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Sylvia Levy at the March for Our Lives in DC

I am indescribably proud to have marched with the Reform Jewish Movement at the March for Our Lives in Washington, DC. The songs we sang in the morning, and the powerful speeches that the teens leading our work made about their experiences struck a chord in me. I was inspired by the message that my fellow Jewish students sent – that we will not stand idly by as our country suffers from an epidemic of gun violence. But more profoundly, I reflected on the impact of the violence that affects many of us in our schools and communities in one form or another. I was struck by how deeply these tragedies can mark us, forcing us to grow up in a matter of minutes or days, dramatically shifting our worldviews and understandings of identity.

Sylvia Levy
Ashley Schlaeger and a peer at the March for Our Lives

Six minutes, and twenty seconds was the time it took for the gunman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to take the lives of 17 innocent people.

Ashley Schlaeger
Teens holding signs in support of LGBTQ equality

 

Cantor Sheri Allen

This post is adapted from a sermon given by Cantor Hollis Suzanne Schachner at Temple Shir Tikva of Wayland, MA on March 2, 2018.

Cantor Hollis Suzanne Schachner
Rabbi David Saperstein visits a refugee camp in Bangladesh

Since August 2017, nearly 700,000 Rohingya refugees have fled violence and ethnic cleansing in the Rakhine State, a region on the western border of Burma.

Elizabeth Leff
Passover celebrates the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in ancient Egypt. The word for Egypt, Mitzrayim, is derived from m'tzarim, meaning ‘narrow straits.’ This imagery carries into the present, often used to describe ‘one’s narrow place,’ w
Photo: Tomer Neuberg/Flash90 via Times of Israel.
 
Elizabeth Leff

Rabbi David Levy Reiner
Aaron Torop offers the D'Var Torah at the Reform Movement March for Our Lives event

This blog post is adapted from the D'Var Torah offered by Aaron Torop at the Reform Movement's gathering in DC before the March for Our Lives.

Aaron Torop
Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner offers a call to prayer at the Washington National Cathedral's interfaith vigil.

Photo: Donovan Marks, courtesy of Washington National Cathedral.  

Last July, I joined partners from throughout the faith community for a 24-hour vigil to defend the Affordable Care Act.

Nathan Bennett