I write from the airport en route to Montgomery, Alabama. I am joining a march sponsored by the NAACP called Journey for Justice. It is raising awareness for “lives, votes, jobs, and education.” This is a 40 day march from Selma to Washington, DC. It started on August 1st and everyone is invited to join for a day or more. Our Reform Movement is co-sponsoring this march through the Religious Action Center and when we put out a request for rabbis to participate, over 140 responded yes. Every day of the march, rabbis will be marching with a Torah that will make the entire journey. I will be marching tomorrow from Montgomery with Rabbi Peter Stein from Rochester, NY. We will go about 20 miles and end the day in Lagrange, Georgia.
Today is the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. Despite heroic efforts a generation ago, there is still much injustice in the country. I pray that my small effort will lend support for more equity and justice to our country.
Adam Stock Spilker, Rabbi