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Gun Violence Prevention

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 weekend, Harvey McGuinness participated in the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism's L'Taken Social Justice Seminar, which brings teens from a

Harvey McGuinness

Last week, Reform Jewish high school students from across the country came to Washington, D.C for the Bernard and Audre Rapaport L’Ta

Jacob Reeves
Ohio students, wearing orange for gun violence, speak to press and onlookers at the Columbus Statehouse

On Wednesday, March 14, one month after the mass shooting that killed 17 students and community members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Matthew Youkilis, along wit

Matthew Youkilis
Teens lobby in Tallahassee, Fl for gun violence prevention

This post is adapted from a sermon given by Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner at the NFTY Southern Tropical Region (NFTY-STR) Kallah at Temple Kol Ami Eman

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner
The author and her campers at URJ Camp Coleman

My hope for you is that your schools will feel as safe as your camp cabins. I want you to be able to run, laugh, play, learn, and grow as freely as you could at camp, where your biggest fear is falling and skinning your knee. I want you to not have to question whether or not the next time you talk to your friends will be the last time you’re able to. I want you to be active and engaged citizens, like we teach you to be at camp, but I want you to do this out of a desire for good, not out of trauma and necessity. Most importantly, I want you to just be kids. I want you to not have to worry. I want you to have a childhood that lasts as long as possible, free from fear, free from pain, and free to always be as happy as you are at 201 Camp Coleman Drive. 

Madeline Budman

Last week, Reform Jewish high school students from across the country came to Washington, D.C for the Bernard and Audre Rapaport L’Ta

Harrison Klein

December 14, 2017, will mark the 5th anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. In the years since, 500,000 Americans have been killed or injured by gun violence.

Matt Fidel
Stop gun violence tree

Roughly 30,000 people die each year in the United States due to gun related violence, the most of any other nation by far.  I wish I were surprised when I read about a new mass shooting, but we hav

Alyssa Berkson