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Gun Violence Prevention

Photo of Tree of Life Synagogue

What I am left with is the silence. 

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner

In my world, I cannot walk around at night without an escort. In my world, one in five American women and one in 71 men will be raped.

Dani Wiesenthal

In response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, communities across the country have come together to help protect our schools and our students.

Danielle Wolff

Photo by Hector Emanuel

Noah Fineberg
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

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