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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)

Article from the Times of Israel, ‘Freedom rider,’ who built a career as a social justice-oriented rabbi, recently said he wanted to be remembered in part for invoking doctrine of ‘tikkun olam,’ repairing the world

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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

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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

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Rabbi Israel Dresner of Wayne, civil rights activist who marched with MLK, dies at 92

NorthJersey.com 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

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Avi Dresner & Rabbi Dresner at Katz’s Deli, NYC

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

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