Being that it is one of only two officially designated service days in the United States, Martin Luther King Day presents a golden opportunity for Jews to get their tikkun olam on. These six events around the Bay Area offer opportunities to help heal the world, meet other Jews, learn about issues affecting the United States, or simply honor a history-making activist and his dream.
Annual MLK Jr. Pulpit Exchange. Interfaith dinner and service with the Rev. Amos Brown of Third Baptist Church Friday, Jan. 12 at Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., S.F. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Morning service with Emanu-El’s Rabbi Beth Singer and Cantor Marsha Attie Sunday, Jan. 14 at Third Baptist Church, 1399 McAllister St., S.F. 10 a.m.
Dreaming a World in Story and Song. Storyteller Muriel Johnson uses Martin Luther King and his dream as a jumping-off point for family-friendly stories. Sunday, Jan. 14 at Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St., S.F. 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Free with museum admission.
MLK Monday. Two-day event includes a synagogue screening of the documentary “The 13th,” about the amendment that abolished slavery in the 1860s and its ongoing implications for black Americans. MLK Monday also includes a full day of activities at a Napa church. Sunday, Jan. 14 at Congregation Beth Shalom, 1455 Elm St., Napa. 6 p.m. Free.
Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day. Activities include making appreciation baskets for local firefighters and making toys and beds for animals at Peninsula Humane Society. Sunday, Jan. 14 at Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd., Foster City. 1-4 p.m. Free.
Mitzvah Day. Oshman Family JCC hosts its 11th annual community-wide day of tikkun olam, with a range of hands-on service projects divided by age group. There will also be a canned-food drive and gift-card drive for North Bay fire victims. Monday, Jan. 15 at Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Mitzvah Day. Congregation Shir Hadash hosts a donation drive (see website for list of needed items) and service projects including blanket making and sandwich making for local homeless shelters. Sunday, Jan. 14 at Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos. 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
For other interfaith events around the Bay Area, go here.