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The Jewish Community Center will host a free virtual screening of the documentary “Spiritual Audacity: The Abraham Joshua Heschel Story” at 7 p.m. Oct. 25. The screening is part of the center’s Festival of Books & Art, which goes through Nov. 18.

Abraham Joshua Heschel was a Jewish theologian and philosopher who died in 1972. He is considered to be one of the major figures in Jewish and African American relations and was a mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

At the annual Rabbinical Assembly in 1968, where King answered questions about his views on America and its future, Heschel opened by praising King, calling him “a sign that God has not forsaken the United States of America.”

SPIRITUAL AUDACITY: THE ABRAHAM JOSHUA HESCHEL STORY”

The Jewish Community Center will host a free virtual screening of the documentary about Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, who was a mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders.
• When: 7 p.m. Oct. 25
• Where: Virtual
• Register: jccindy.org

“I call upon every Jew to harken to his voice, to share his vision, to follow in his way,” he said. “The whole future of America will depend upon the impact and influence of Dr. King.” The conversation came 10 days before King was killed.

Heschel joined King on the Selma to Montgomery march three years earlier and said he felt like his “legs were praying” as he marched.

Heschel was also a mentor to John Lewis and Andrew Young, who are interviewed in the documentary.

There will also be a conversation after the screening with filmmaker Martin Doblmeier, along with Heschel’s daughter, Susannah Heschel, and Eli M. Black, professor of Jewish studies at Dartmouth College. The conversation will be moderated by Rabbi Dennis Sasso.

Learn more and register at jccindy.org.

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