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Interfaith and Social Action Committee Film Screening "Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not be Silent"

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 • 29 Tevet 5778

7:45 PM - 9:45 PM

Please join on us on Tuesday, January 16, at 7:45 pm for a viewing of “Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not be Silent” at CAI.

The documentary traces the life of Rabbi Prinz, who first gained fame as a leading rabbi in 1930’s Berlin, before immigrating to America with the rise of Nazism in Germany. Here in New Jersey, he served for many years as the Rabbi at B’nai Abraham, while still in Newark. His sermons were prized throughout the Jewish
community, and it was considered a privilege to attend.

Having seen Hitler’s ascension first hand, and understanding the disastrous impact of demagoguery coupled with anti-Semitism, Rabbi Prinz instructed, by his own deeds, that Judaism cannot abide discrimination by retreating to the sanctuary. He became an activist beyond the confines of the Jewish community. Nor was his learning limited to Jewish texts. He had a P.h.D. in philosophy and had minored in art history.

Rabbi Prinz was a close confidant of Martin Luther King, Jr. As president of the American Jewish Congress, he organized for the March on Washington in 1963. He spoke immediately prior to Dr. King giving his famous “I have a dream” speech. Rabbi Prinz’ address was widely acclaimed at the time, and since. Rabbi Prinz is remembered, among his many insightful remarks, for his profound observation that in the face of discrimination, “the most urgent, the most disgraceful, the most shameful and the most tragic problem is silence.”

Today, when white supremacists feel empowered to march in our cities, and new
instances of the misuse of power for sexual degradation are revealed daily, Rabbi
Prinz’s story – his words and his actions -- his profoundly Jewish life -- are particularly instructive.

For more information on Rabbi Prinz and to read the transcript of his March on
Washington speech, please see the website at
We hope you will join us for this important and inspirational documentary about this righteous man.

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