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Together With Ike
    Date: June 4, 2006
    Time: 3:30 to 6 pm
    Location: Mi Rancho Restaurant
      8701 Ramsey Avenue
      Silver Spring MD 20910
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Pitch In For Ike - Baseball & Politics
    Date: June 11, 2006
    Picnic Dinner: 6:15pm
    Baseball Game: 7:30pm
    Location: Shirley Povich Field at
      Cabin John Regional Park
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Zydeco Meets Jazz
    Ike Celebrates His Louisiana Roots
        and brings Mardi Gras to
        Montgomery County!
    Date: June 25, 2006
    Time: 5:30-9:30pm
    Zydeco Dance Lesson: 5:30-7:15
    Location: Indian Spring
        Country Club
        13501 Layhill Road
        Silver Spring, Maryland 20906
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Event With Stella Kwan and James Whuan
    Group Photo
    Date: January, 2006
Olney Theatre Event
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    Date: April. 23, 2006
Indian Holi Event at the Home of Mr. Arora
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    Date: Apr. 9, 2006
Meet and Greet that was Held at Ron and Kim Little's Home
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    Date: Mar. 18, 2006
African-American Dems pay homage to black officials
    Montgomery County Gazette
    Published: Mar. 1, 2006
Letter to the Honorable Montgomery County Delegation
    Date: Feb. 23, 2006
Leggett Goes After Waste
    Washington Post
    Published: Feb. 16, 2006
Letter to County Council President George Leventhal
    Date: Feb. 14, 2006
Save Our Sligo
    Photo Album
    Date: Feb. 7, 2006
Ike Around the County
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    Various Dates and Locations
Volunteers at the Olney

    Photo Album
    Date: Jan. 30, 2006
Martin Luther King Commemorative Event
    Washington Jewish Week
    Published: Jan. 26, 2006
Coffee Hosted by Carmen and Joe Camacho
    Photo Album
    Date: Jan. 24, 2006
Debate at Leisure World
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    Date: Jan. 12, 2006
District 20 Breakfast Club
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    Date: Dec 18, 2005
Montgomery College in Takoma Park
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    Date: Dec 10, 2005
Habitat for Humanity Groundbreaking
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    Date: Nov. 6, 2005
County Executive Candidate Supports ‘Balanced Growth’
    Montgomery County Gazette
    Published: Nov. 16, 2005
Current & Former Councilmembers, Former County Execs to Step Forward to Support Leggett
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    Released: Nov. 8, 2005
Anticipating Emergencies
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Panelists: Common goals remain for blacks, Jews

By George L. Spectre
Washington Jewish Week
Thursday, January 26, 2006

Time, discord and even turbulence have taken their toll on black-Jewish relations. But the will and rationale to continue working together toward an America of greater equality, opportunity, tolerance and justice have not diminished.

That was the message from the African American and Jewish speakers at a Martin Luther King commemorative event held Wednesday of last week, and jointly sponsored by the NAACP of Montgomery County and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington.

Some 300 members of both communities — along with a number of elected county representatives — attended the evening program, held at the Bolger Center in Potomac.

Acknowledging that the two communities began to drift apart in the late 1960s, former Montgomery County Council president Ike Leggett asked the audience to remember always that “throughout the civil rights struggles, our Jewish sisters and brothers were right by our side.”

Unfortunately, he said, “too many of our [African American] young people today do not know about this.”

By the end of that decade, African Americans “had grown impatient with the pace of change and with the strategy of nonviolence,” he said.

For many blacks, the emphasis shifted to black power, and traditional white allies were spurned in the process.

“This isolated many of our friends in the Jewish community,” said Leggett, a professor of law at Howard University’s Law School, and that gulf widened with differences over such issues as affirmative action and Israel.

Despite differences, admonished Leggett, both groups “must continue to keep their eyes on the prize — the prize of equality and justice for all.”

David Shuster, a national correspondent for NBC and MSNBC, moderated the panel, which also included Judge Peter Krauser of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and a past chair of the Maryland Democratic Party; Colbert King, The Washington Post’s deputy editorial page editor and columnist; and Peter Edelman, former assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, who now teaches law at Georgetown University Law Center.

Krauser offered an overview of the black-Jewish relationship beginning in the 1920s when “the Jewish press led the attack” against the Jim Crow lynchings of African Americans in the South.

Throughout the years, Jews have funded a variety of black institutions and played prominent roles in the black struggles for equality. Moreover, “at a time when trade unions were refusing to admit blacks,” Krauser added, “Jewish trade unions were opening their doors.”

In the 1950s, Roy Wilkins and Arnold Aaronson came together to form the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, “and that relationship became a symbol of the black-Jewish alliance.” Krauser also pointed out that in the historic 1963 March on Washington, Jewish groups formed the largest white contingent after the trade unions. But with the assassination of Rev. King, “the black-Jewish relationship would never again be as strong.”

Colbert King likened that relationship to a “romance” between an older, more experienced partner and a younger partner with less experience, brought together by “common purpose and mutual attraction.”

The luster of that romance has obviously faded, but Jews and African Americans still share and profess worthy common goals. However, King underscored, “It is not good enough to view each other from a distance; we must also interact in our personal lives.”

Edelman bemoaned the rise of “identity politics” in the United States. “We seemed to have lost that sense of the common good,” such as working for the elimination of poverty in this country. Americans have “allowed the poor to become invisible.”

Especially in the wake of Katrina, Jews must take the lead in getting the rest of America to start paying real attention to the needs of the poor.

The two communities, he said, should cooperate on “very concrete projects” to better the lives of African Americans.

But Krauser was quick to point out that many good things are happening in both this county and throughout the state. “On the local level,” said Krauser, “it is surprising how much fraternity and cooperation there is between blacks and Jews.”

Nor is the national level barren of black-Jewish cooperation.

Indeed, those ties inspired JCRC president Andy Stern and Henry Hailstock, president of the Montgomery County NAACP, to agree by the end of the evening to hold a series of black-Jewish programs in Montgomery County throughout the year.

© 2006 Washington Jewish Week


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