In honor of MLK weekend, Rabbi Schechter will share with us his memories of marching in Alabama with Dr. King, as well as his other inspiring activism in the Civil Rights Movement.
Rabbi Schechter served as a socially active rabbi during the major challenges of the last century. He will be speaking about his experiences as a young rabbi during the Civil Rights movement of the 1950’s and 60’s. Rabbi Schechter was on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement in Baltimore and was arrested for his actions as a Civil Rights activist. He also marched on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama during some of the most heated times of the Civil Rights movement.
Rabbi Schechter was a Chaplain in the U.S. Air Force during the Cold War. He also participated in the anti Viet Nam War movement and was appointed to become the first chair of The Freehold NJ Township Human Rights Commission. He served as Rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel of Atlantic City during the tumultuous Democratic National Convention in 1964.
He was rabbi of Temple Shaari Emeth, Manalapan, NJ for 29 years until his retirement in 2001. He also was the chair of the Bio-ethics Committee and on the Board of the CentraState Medical System in Freehold, NJ.
In retirement, he is now the Rabbi in Residence of Stamford’s 1st Presbyterian Church. He is Chaplain of the Stamford Jewish War Veterans and serves as the CCAR representative to the JWB Jewish Chaplains Council. He is also on the Community Advisory Board of radio station WFUV, Fordham University. Rabbi Schechter and his wife, Rabbi Liz Rolle, are members of Community Synagogue of Rye.