October 30, 2014 · 6 Cheshvan

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Million Mom March

Temple Ahavat Shalom

18200 Rinaldi Place
Northridge, California 91326
818-360-2258

Temple Ahavat Shalom's website

Declaring that "The indiscriminate distribution of guns is an offense against God and humanity," Rabbi Eric Yoffie inspired hundreds of thousands of Americans who gathered on the National Mall in Washington, DC for the Million Mom March on Mother's Day, May 14, 2000.

The Million Mom March began as a response to the shootings last summer at the Northern Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills, CA by a group of five mothers sitting in a basement in New Jersey. Calling for licensing and registration, child safety locks, and waiting periods before the purchase of any gun, they built a broad coalition of support, mobilizing the pro-gun control movement in an unprecedented manner.

The Religious Action Center led the effort to mobilize the Jewish and faith-based communities to support the March. Bringing together over a dozen organizations in January, we helped build a coalition that, by the time of the March, numbered more than 50 religious organizations, including everyone from the American Ethical Union to the United States Catholic Conference, to endorse the March and activate their membership.

But the real success of the March was that it was the first-ever mass mobilization for gun control, bringing together hundreds of thousands of people throughout the country. In the Reform Movement, hundreds of congregants took part in the March, with more than 50 synagogues, from as far away as Temple Emanu El in Honolulu, Hawaii and as close as Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington, D.C. , joining together on the national mall under the banner of the Reform Movement.

Together with the tens of congregations who took part in local marches (often with the support and organization of the regional UAHC office) and those that took part in the Washington march, but did not find their way to the Reform Movement banner, we salute the following congregations for their outstanding commitment to social activism, who, on Mother's Day 2000, prayed with their feet for the end of gun violence.

We have asked Temple Ahavat Shalom (Northridge, CA), the congregation that is home to two of the three children who were shot at the North Valley Jewish Community Center, and which has made gun control a central theme to its social action programming, to accept this award on all of their behalf.

  • Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple (Cleveland, OH)
  • Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple (New Brunswick, NJ)
  • Berith Sholom (Troy, NY)
  • Bet Aviv (Columbia, MD)
  • Beth El Hebrew Congregation (Alexandria, VA)
  • Beth Shalom (Cary, NC)
  • Brooklyn Heights Synagogue (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Community Synagogue (Rye, NY)
  • Congregation Ahavath Sholom (Bluefield, WV)
  • Congregation B'nai Jeshurun (Short Hills, NJ)
  • Congregation B'nai Shalom (Westborough, MA)
  • Congregation Beth Chayim Chadashim (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Congregation Beth Tikvah (Carlisle, PA)
  • Congregation Gates of Heaven (Schenectady, NY)
  • Congregation Kol Ami (West Hollywood, CA)
  • Congregation Ner Shalom (Woodbridge, VA)
  • Congregation Shaarai Shomayim (Lancaster, PA)
  • Har Sinai Congregation (Baltimore, MD)
  • Larchmont Temple (Larchmont, NY)
  • Leo Baeck Temple (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Main Line Reform Temple Beth Elohim (Wynnewood, PA)
  • Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation (Reston, VA)
  • Temple Adat Elohim (Thousand Oaks, CA)
  • Temple B'nai Shalom (Fairfax Station, VA)
  • Temple B'nai Torah (Bellevue, WA)
  • Temple Beth Abraham (Tarrytown, NY)
  • Temple Beth Ami (Rockville, MD)
  • Temple Beth El (Chappaqua, NY)
  • Temple Beth El (Salinas, CA)
  • Temple Beth El of Huntington (Huntington, NY)
  • Temple Beth Hillel (Valley Village, CA)
  • Temple Beth Shalom (Arnold, MD)
  • Temple Beth-El (Somerville, NJ)
  • Temple Emanuel (Greensboro, NC)
  • Temple Emanu-El (Honolulu, Hawaii)
  • Temple Emanuel (Kensington, MD)
  • Temple Emanu-El of Lynbrook (Lynbrook, NY)
  • Temple Isaiah (Columbia, MD)
  • Temple Isaiah (Lexington, MA)
  • Temple Judea (Tarzana, CA)
  • Temple Micah (Washington, DC)
  • Temple Oheb Shalom ( Baltimore, MD)
  • Temple Rodef Shalom (Falls Church, VA)
  • Temple Shaaray Tefila (New York, NY)
  • Temple Sholom (Broomall, PA)
  • Temple Sinai (Rochester, NY)
  • Temple Sinai (Washington, DC)
  • Temple Sinai of Long Island (Lawrence, NY)
  • The Temple (Louisville, KY)
  • The Temple-Tifereth Israel (Cleveland, OH)
  • Washington Hebrew Congregation (Washington, DC)


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