“The time is always right to do what is right,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
In our world, we often hear people speak about “waiting until the time is right.” Whether they are referring to relocating or purchasing a new vehicle, or something as simple as planting a garden, waiting on time seems to be a common thing. Sometimes waiting is necessary. After all, if we planted a vegetable garden in the dead of winter, the results would be dismal. However it is always the right time to be an ambassador for social justice and do what is right.
On Martin Luther King Day, some of us marched in memory of the great civil rights leader. Some attended vigils to remember the sacrifices he and other civil rights movement heroes made. Some participated in a day of service to strengthen our community. Jewish Family Services decided to pass on some of the wonderful teachings of Dr. King by partnering with PJ Library and Winter Camp Shalom for a special program with the camp children.
Following the reading, I facilitated a conversation focusing on the story’s heroine Clara, tikkun olam (repairing the world) and social justice. The campers did an incredible job capturing Clara’s personality. They described her as prepared, considerate, brave, helpful, resilient, and a leader. Together, we linked Clara’s traits to the definition of a hero – a person of courage or ability, admired for brave deeds and noble qualities. From there, the campers were asked to list injustices in the world and what can we do to make things better.
It was rewarding to speak of the amazing advances in our world thanks to Dr. King’s bravery and determination, and convey it in a way that the campers could understand. We at Jewish Family Services look forward to more programs with PJ Library and Camp Shalom.
If you would like more information about JFS youth initiatives and resources, please contact Tara Feiner, JFS Director at (937) 401-1546 or firstname.lastname@example.org.