On June 1 at 7:30 p.m., the documentary film regarding the life of Rabbi Joachim Prinz will be shown at Faith Lutheran Church in New Providence. This will be another program in the continuing dialogue of Faith Lutheran and the Congregation Ohr Shalom-Summit Jewish Community Center. The dialogue began in 1998. .
Dr. Prinz (1902-1988) was a German-American rabbi, who was outspoken against Nazism and became a Zionist leader. As a young rabbi in Berlin, he was forced to confront the rise of Nazism and eventually emigrated to the United States. He settled in Newark, New Jersey and became the spiritual leader of Temple B’Nai Abraham there.
Within a short period after his arrival, Prinz’s activism led to his rise as one of the top leaders within the Jewish organizational structure. He was vice-chairman of the World Jewish Congress and an active member of the World Zionist Organization. He became a close friend and ally of the founding leaders of the State of Israel.
From his early days in Newark, a city with a very large minority community, he spoke from his pulpit about the disgrace of discrimination. He joined the picket lines across America protesting racial prejudice from unequal employment to segregated schools, housing and all other areas of life.
While serving as President of the American Jewish Congress, he represented the Jewish community as an organizer of the August 28, 1963, March on Washington. He came to the podium immediately following a stirring spiritual sung by the gospel singer, Mahalia Jackson, and just before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have a Dream” speech.
Dr. Prinz's address is remembered for its contention. Based on his experience as a rabbi in Nazi Germany after the rise of Hitler, in the face of discrimination, “the most urgent, the most disgraceful, the most shameful and the most tragic problem is silence.”
Following the film and discussion, refreshments will be served.
The public is invited to the program. Faith Lutheran is located at 524 South Street in New Providence. If you have any questions, please call the church office at 908-464-5177 or email the office at email@example.com The web site is www.famfaith.org