Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 40, and Controversy

     What steps do you think we can take to make our history more  inclusive of all of our stories?

     I started my own walking singing tour company in the belief that song was a powerful way to help make this happen.  Some of what I learned is in my book Stayed on Freedom’s Call (last week was page 39…):


” .. the Jewish community and without. Since breaking off from the reformers at Washington Hebrew Congregation, which should have been called Shaarei Tefilah, or maybe it was Shaarie Tzedek, as one person insists, though no one seems to remember now; but how to approach the Gates of Prayer when the mixed seating and organ music were so distracting? And shouldn’t Hebrew be used, the Sacred Language, for prayers, not English or German? So we remained traditional.

Orthodox some are calling us. Then there was the controversy over colored members of the Republican Congress passing laws permitting the Negroes to ride and eat in the best places in the city, which deeply offended many older White residents, and of course the newly readmitted Southern Congressmen.

You step inside your newly built synagogue, quietly singing

“Mah Tovu, ohalekha Yaacov, mishkanotekah Israel…”

3. New dome topped Adas Israel Building : 6 th and I St, NW:

    Well the year is 1906, and your cousin is finally getting married!      In the new beautiful shul just built for the bursting at the seams congregation. Let us hope that the Italian fruit seller, the nice Mr. Stephen Gatt who bought the old building Adas used to daven in, treats it with respect. Our new building is beautiful, just like a mosque from old Spain.    Some claim that all of our German Jewish shuls look like mosques from Medieval Spain,
but who is to say?

Oh!    There is the music, don’t trip over little Albert Small! It’s time to go dance! “Od Y’shama be arei Yehudah, u bekhutzot Yerushalaim…”

4. Greater New Hope Baptist Church / Washington Hebrew Congregation: 8 th and I St, NW Walking past the Reform synagogue on your way to the library, you are startled.
Stopping to listen as the door opens for a moment, you are surprised to hear what
40.    “

    So, it turns out that I might have needed to explain a bit more about the importance of song in the Jewish community, too…

Page 39 was last week, next week will be Page 41

Action Prompts:

1.) What are your thoughts on this page?  (You can download the entire book for free via the Archive link below…)

2.) Share your thoughts on how this page from Stayed On Freedom’s Call helps continuing empathy-building cooperation, and may also  help, or hinder, inclusive thinking.

4.) Write a story, post or tweet that uses those thoughts.

Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness,  #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind? 

Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure  & #StopSmoking at least for CCOVID-19:
1. #PublicLibraries,
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write

-we can learn from the past Stayed on Freedom’s Call for free,

          by Teaching and Learning (Lesson Plans offline) in the present, to

                  help build a kinder future: Do Better (was Baby Acres): a Vision of a Better World


Peace     ! שָׁלוֹם

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS


the year, 2021 CE = year 12021 HE

(5 month GED lesson 16 of 67 plans…), and

                                              Babylon 5 review posts, and my historical fiction serial Ann&Anna posts show how story inspires learning…

Stayed on Freedom’s Call
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.

Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.


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6 thoughts on “Thoughtful Thursdays, Stayed on Freedom’s Call page 40, and Controversy

  1. I agree with the ideal and welcome successful strategies. However, everything boils down to sources. History, being the interpretation of the past based on documentation, depends on sources. Sadly, many sources have become lost to us. Others never existed.

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    1. Oral sources are often overlooked, as are many archeological sources that are only now being explored for some communities. There is more data, if we are willing to dig for it.
      Much archival material also languishes in libraries and collections, needing to be catalogued and published.

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