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Sylvia Levy at the March for Our Lives in DC

Note: This post includes a non-graphic discussion of suicide. If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.

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...

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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. According to Everytown, an average of 96 Americans per day are killed by guns; seven of those being children or teens. The U.S as a whole also averages 13,000 gun homicides each year.

The statistics that flashed before my eyes at the March for Our Lives in Washington D.C. on Saturday, March 24 are statistics I didn’t enjoy seeing. These are statistics that we must act to change. 

No one should be a statistic. No one should have...

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Teens holding signs in support of LGBTQ equality


Passover is about our journey from oppression to freedom.   Each year we sing, “Avadeem Hayeenu, Atah B’Nei Chorin: We were slaves but now we are free.” But this year, I’m not as comfortable rejoicing when so many living in this country are experiencing heightened oppression resulting from a wave of xenophobia (fear or hatred of strangers or of anything that is strange or foreign) and homophobia that has swept over the country over the last few years.

Coincidentally, the first day of Pesach, March 31, is also International Transgender Day of Visibility. ...

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This post is adapted from a sermon given by Cantor Hollis Suzanne Schachner at Temple Shir Tikva of Wayland, MA on March 2, 2018. In response to the Parkland shooting, congregants at TST purchased toys and other goods for donation to the Boys & Girls Club at their local Dick's Sporting Goods, leaving hundreds of thank you notes to the store's management for its decision to end sales of assault weapons. Read more about their action in the...

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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. The survivors have made their way to Bangladesh where refugee camps hold new humanitarian and bureaucratic challenges. The Rohingya are an ethnic Muslim minority in Burma who have historically faced persecution in the region and have more recently become targets of extreme violence and ethnic cleansing that began to escalate in late 2017. These practices include the burning of villages and mass murders of entire communities are carried...

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