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The JJ Seabrook Story

The JJ Seabrook Story

An excerpt from : O’Dell, Bob, Five Years with Orthodox Jews, (Jerusalem, Israel: Root Source Press, 2020), 290-291.   In 1975, eight years before I first set foot in Austin, a debate raged in the city council about renaming one of the larger streets, 19th...

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Visiting the Places of Israel

Visiting the Places of Israel

In my five years of working with Orthodox Jews, I created a number of videos that show interesting locations in Israel. We called this series Root Source Tours. The Inn of the Good Samaritan is one of my more recent videos on that series. The ancient road from...

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The man behind MLK Blvd (KXAN)

The man behind MLK Blvd (KXAN)

This story by local TV news channel KXAN Austin was published in January 2011, on Martin Luther King's birthday, the day that we all marched over the J.J. Seabrook Bridge for the very first time.   AUSTIN (KXAN) - In honor of one civil rights leader, thousands...

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How I Got Involved

How I Got Involved

An excerpt from : O’Dell, Bob, Five Years with Orthodox Jews, (Jerusalem, Israel: Root Source Press, 2020), 290-293.   Twenty-seven years after the death of J.J. Seabrook, in 2010, my wife and I attended a fund-raising dinner for the Austin House of Prayer. There...

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