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Rabbi Dresner, second from right, meets with President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at the White House in 2013 during a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Also pictured is his son, Avi Dresner. (Chuck Kennedy/The White House via Avi Dresner)

Obituary from the Washington Post

“I feel a little guilty,” he said, “leaving the present world where the forces of hatred and discrimination seem to be on the rise and democracy seems to be in danger.”

Rabbi Israel Dresner to NPR


Click here to read the article from The Jewish Standard


Three of 10 freedom riders on trial at Tallahassee, Fla., for unlawful assembly confer during a court recess on Thursday, June 22, 1961, in Tallahassee, Fla. The riders were charged following an attempt to integrate the city airport restaurant on June 15-16. Talking are (from left) Rabbi Israel Dresner of Springfield, N.J., one of two Jewish leaders in the group; the Rev. A.L. Hardge of New Britain, Conn., one of three African Americans; and the Rev. Robert Storm of New York City, one of five white protestant ministers. Three Tallahassee integration sympathizers are also on trial. (AP Photo)

Click here to read an article from The Times Of Israel


From left, Rabbi Dresner, the Rev. Petty D. McKinney of Nyack, N.Y., the Rev. A. McArven Warner (partly visible) from New York City, and the Rev. Robert J. Stone from New York City. Seated is Robert McAfee Brown of Stanford University. The men served brief jail sentences in Tallahassee in August 1964 stemming from a 1961 arrest for a sit-in demonstration.
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Click here to read the News Obituary from NPR

“He was the kind of guy who believed you’ve got to show up. “It’s one thing to stand in the street and raise your fist. It’s another thing when they arrest you in a state where they want to kill you. [Dresner] was the kind of guy who couldn’t just stand by.”

Jimmy Richardson, a documentarian and longtime friend of Dresner


NPR New segment from “All Things Considered

But what I emphasized in my lifetime was tikkun olam – to repair the world, to leave the world in a better place than you found it. And I’ve tried.

Rabbi Emeritus Israel S. Dresner


Beautifully written opinion column by Jodi Rudoren from Forward:

“I believe that somehow the thing that distinguishes every human being from every other human being is what we call in Yiddish the neshama, and that survives” he said. “I believe that in some way my neshama — my soul — will survive in olam habah,” the world to come. 

Rabbi Emeritus Israel S. Dresner


Rabbi Israel Dresner of Wayne, civil rights activist who marched with MLK, dies at 92 article with a video interview from 2010


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Lisa Rozner, CBS News & Rabbi Dresner

December 28th piece on “Most Arrested Rabbi” news clip from CBS News

“I’ve always been very optimistic. I try to follow Dr. King’s course. He always felt that we’re making progress and we have to continue to make progress,” 

Rabbi Emeritus Israel S. Dresner


Avi Dresner & Rabbi Dresner at Katz’s Deli, NYC, photo taken by Rabbi’s daughter, Tamar

“I’ll have what he’s having…. Link to article in Forward


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