Ben-Ami, David Z., 1924-


Rabbi, educator, and civil rights worker. Ben-Ami served as the rabbi of Temple B’Nai Israel in Hattiesburg, Mississippi from July of 1963 to February of 1965. He worked as a part-time Sociology instructor at the University of Southern Mississippi. Ben-Ami was part of the the interfaith "Committee for Concern," the interfaith committee to raise money for the rebuilding of the burned African-American churches in Mississippi and in June of 1964, was appointed to the Mississippi State Advisory Committee of the United States Commission on Civil Rights. By February 1965, Ben-Ami and his family moved to Washington, D. C. where he served as a consultant to the Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW).

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