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For African Americans and Jewish Americans, the Fight for Justice Is Inextricably Linked

We’ve seen the oppression our communities face bring us together over this shared struggle. The passing of Congressman John Lewis reminds us that Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel stood arm-in-arm with Lewis and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in their historic walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. As a teenager, Representative Solomon took part in Operation Understanding, a program that took Black and Jewish youth to Senegal and Israel to build an appreciation of the historic bond between African and Jewish Americans. Last fall, Representative Harris joined Solomon at Congregation Temple Beth’El, an African American synagogue in Philadelphia, to further grow this understanding.

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