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Reform Jewish Movement Hosts Student-Led Gathering before March for Our Lives

Reform Jewish Movement Hosts Student-Led Gathering before March for Our Lives

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
​March 21, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC – On Saturday, March 24, 2018, the Reform Jewish Movement, led by NFTY - The Reform Jewish Youth Movement, will host March For Our Lives: The Reform Movement Marches Together, a pre-march gathering featuring worship, speeches and action. The event will include remarks, songs, and a Shabbat morning service led by Reform Jewish teens and featuring appearances from Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida, and others. All programming, including the worship service, will be student-centered and student-led. The popular response to this event has been overwhelming, with nearly 3,000 expected to attend. Immediately following the event, participants will march together in the DC March For Our Lives. 

WHAT: 
Reform Jewish students lead entire Movement in pre-March For Our Lives gathering

WHERE: 
Marriott Marquis, 901 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
 
WHEN: 
Saturday, March 24

Doors open 8:00 a.m.
Press check in by 8:45 a.m.
Program begins at 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

MORE INFO: NFTY.org/GVP     #JewsDemandAction 

Following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and building on NFTY’s longstanding commitment to gun violence prevention, NFTY and Reform Jewish young adult leaders have taken leadership on this issue with an inspiring call to action to participate in a wide scope of grassroots student-led efforts that are passionate, strategic, and rooted in core Jewish values and teachings. On Saturday, the entire Reform Movement will stand behind our young leadership at the DC March for Our Lives, and at marches across the country. 

Informed by Jewish teachings and decades of institutional policy, the Reform Movement is demanding legislation to implement universal backgrounds checks and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. 

“Teens from the Reform Movement are joining together and getting engaged,” said Zachary Herrmann, NFTY President. “We are choosing to protest and say enough is enough. Change needs to happen. We are angry, we are determined, and we are strong.” 

“There’s a Jewish teaching: ‘You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it.’ The March for Our Lives is just the beginning,” said Zoe Terner, NFTY Social Action Vice President-elect, who rode the bus with Parkland students to lobby Florida legislators in Tallahassee. “We are determined to do something, anything, that will save just one life. And then we will keep going until we have saved them all.” 

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Media Contact:
Lauren Theodore, ltheodore@urj.org, 917-767-8973
Jenna Galper, jgalper@rac.org, 202-387-2800