On Sunday, September 25, people from all across the United States will gather in person and on social media in the #ConcertAcrossAmerica to call for an end to the epidemic of gun violence that has plagued our country for far too long.
The flagship concert will be at the Beacon Theater in New York City, with concerts also happening across the country, with social media and other opportunities to connect and be a part of this moment if you cannot be there in person.
Jewish tradition emphasizes the sanctity and primary value of human life. Jewish Tradition Jewish tradition emphasizes the sanctity and primary value of human life. The Bible commands us, "Thou shalt not murder" (Exodus 20:13). The Talmud teaches us that "he who takes one life it is as though he has destroyed the universe and he who saves one life it is as though he has saved the universe" (Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5). We must take action, and continue to take action, to ensure that no one faces such senseless violence.
You can learn more about the concert and how to get involved at ConcertAcrossAmerica.org.
You can learn more about the RAC’s work on gun violence prevention here.
Below events we've heard about being hosted by Reform congregations. If your congregation or community is hosting an event, please be in touch with me, and we'll be happy to post about the event here:
- Woodlands Community Temple in White Plains is participating in the Concert Across America with a community sing in on September 25 led by Ellen Dreskin, Jonathan Gordon, Kenny Green, Adam Hart, Ira and Julia Levin, Jenny Murphy, and others. Learn more here.
- Temple Emanuel Kensington is also participating with a community sing in on September 25 led by Rosalie Boxt, Doug Mishkin, Joshana Ehrenberg and others. Learn more here.