A chance to share, celebrate King’s legacy

By: Sherri Kolade | Farmington Press | Published January 11, 2017

 Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.


FARMINGTON HILLS — The Jewish and African-American communities will soon join forces to celebrate a king, Martin Luther King Jr.

The celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, set for Jan. 16, will take place Jan. 15 with “Creating the Beloved Community — A Time for Healing: An Afternoon of Song and Inspiration” at 3:30 p.m. at Adat Shalom Synagogue, 29901 Middlebelt Road.

Adat Shalom Synagogue, Greater New Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church and Russell Street Missionary Baptist Church will honor King’s legacy at the event. 

The event is in partnership with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the Detroit Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Jewish Community Relations Council/American Jewish Committee and Spill the Honey Organization, according to a press release.

The event will feature choirs and other presenters.

Daniel Gross, a hazzan, or cantor, at Adat Shalom Synagogue, said during a recent interview that this is the second year that Adat Shalom Synagogue has participated with Greater New Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church — where the program took place last year.

“(It is) really a celebration of our commonalities that we share of our past history,” Gross said of African-Americans and Jewish people. “(This unity is) tied to MLK’s vision of equality, peace and harmony, and to really both pastors of these churches.”

Rabbi Aaron Bergman, of Adat Shalom Synagogue, agreed.

“The voice of Dr. King must be heard in each generation and among all peoples. I am thrilled that Adat Shalom will be a place that shares his powerful message in a world that needs it now more than ever,” he said in a press release.

The Rev. Kenneth James Flowers, pastor of Greater New Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, added that King sought to establish the “beloved community” where racism, sexism, classism and anti-Semitism are behind us. 

“He believed in the equality of humanity and that we should live together as brothers and sisters. I, too, believe that this is needed now more than ever,” Flowers said in a press release.

The program will end with a dessert reception and is open to the community for free; reservations are not needed. 

For more information, call Adat Shalom Synagogue at (248) 851-5100 or visit adatshalom.org.