For the second year, Palm Beach Atlantic and the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County have partnered for Martin Luther King Jr. Day — a "day on" to serve, not a day off.
On Jan. 18, a combined 500 volunteers from both organizations will fan out at a dozen locations across Palm Beach County for impactful service that honors the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy. All of the service projects have reached capacity.
At 6 p.m. Monday, community members of various faiths and backgrounds will gather for an MLK Virtual Solidarity Program. Register for the program here. The program will commemorate King's vision of tolerance and social justice, and celebrate the Jewish values of chesed (kindness) and tikkun olam (repair the world).
Dr. Terriel Byrd, PBA professor, evening ministry coordinator and inaugural fellow in the Council for Intercultural Engagement, will share meaningful insights on King’s legacy. The Tikkun Olam Awards will be presented, and children from Tabernacle Baptist Church and the Arthur I. Meyer Jewish Preparatory School will put on inspirational performances.
In the first year of the partnership, 750 volunteers served 6,200 hours, according to Director of Workship Nathan Chau.
Photo: Volunteers clean up the beach during MLK Day of Service in 2020, pre-COVID.