Rabbi fired over support of convicted Black teens

As nine African American teenagers were sentenced to death for an alleged rape in Alabama, despite physical evidence proving their innocence, Rabbi Benjamin Goldstein publicly fought for the overturning of their verdict and their right to a fair trial. Rabbi Goldstein’s activity in support of the Scottsboro boys and his outcry against the miscarriage of justice in their case had cost him his job at the congregation, and he was forced to resign his post as rabbi of Beth Or Temple in Montgomery, Alabama. Goldstein’s activity in support of the teenagers persisted following his forced resignation.