Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at Rabbi Israel Dresner's synagogue, Temple Sha'arey Shalom, in Springfield, N.J., on Jan. 18, 1963. Dresner became close to King when he was an activist for civil rights in the 1960s. PHOTO BY Avi Dresner

Rabbi Israel “Sy” Dresner was one of the early Freedom Riders in the 1960s civil rights movement and was close with King. He said Jewish teachings and Jewish history compelled his activism.

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