Campaign 42: A Multi-Generation
Civil Rights Project
We’re sure that many of you remember the historic article that the New York Times published about the Havurah’s “Campaign 42” on April 15, 2013.
Two of Rabbi David’s post-bar mitzvah students (Jack Carroll from Ashland and Jonah Harris from Portland) collected money and contacted Little League and high school teams to wear the number 42 on April 15. Why? Because that’s the day that all the major league ballplayers wear the number 42 on their uniforms to celebrate Jackie Robinson being the first black baseball player to play in the major leagues on April 15, 1947.
In 2013 Rabbi David and the boys distributed more than 4,600 stickers with the number 42 on them and biographical fliers to young ballplayers throughout the country. This year Rabbi David and his team (Jonah Harris, Jesse and Jerry Carroll) hope to double the number with the eventual goal of seeing every single little league, high school, and college baseball player wearing the number 42 on April 15 every year.
To make this happen this year, many small donations are needed. If you like our campaign make a $1, $2, or $5 donation so we can print the patches. Go to our secure Paypal donation page to donate now. Write “Campaign 42 in the purpose line. This is a wonderful, simple tikkun olam, social action project.
If you know of any Little League or high school ballplayers that would like to participate in the project this year have them contact Rabbi David through the contact page on this website.
If you are a Facebook user hit “like” on the Campaign 42 Facebook page to keep up on the news of the project and to see pictures of kids around the country wearing the sticker patches. To raise funds the Havurah is selling refrigerator magnet with the number 42 on them. Make a donation through Paypal or at the Havurah’s tzadakah wall-box. Be sure to ask Rabbi David for your own magnet after you make your donation