Rose Library’s collections tie the past and present together: Rabbi Jacob Rothschild & Jon Ossoff


Jacob Rothschild and Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. dinner, Atlanta, Georgia, January 27, 1965

Today Senators Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock will be sworn into office. Ossoff will take the oath of office using Rabbi Jacob Rothschild’s Chumash. Rothschild served as the rabbi for Atlanta’s Reform congregation, the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation, usually referred to as the Temple. The Rothschild papers detail the Rabbi’s friendship with Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and his advocacy for civil rights that led to the bombing of The Temple in 1958. This friendship and alliance that will extend today with the swearing in of Georgia’s new Senators.

The Rose Library’s Political, Social and Cultural Movements and African American collections document the rich civil rights and human rights activism in the Jewish and Black communities of Atlanta