This post is adapted from a sermon given by Cantor Hollis Suzanne Schachner at Temple Shir Tikva of Wayland, MA on March 2, 2018.
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 with other Reform Jewish students and their classmates organized nearly 250 students to lobby at the Co
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.
Last week, Reform Jewish high school students from across the country came to Washington, D.C for the Bernard and Audre Rapaport L’Taken Social Justice Seminar.
Last weekend, Harvey McGuinness participated in the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism's L'Taken Social Justice Seminar, which brings teens from across the country to Washington, D.C., to learn about social justice, advocacy, and Jewish values.
Photo: Donovan Marks, courtesy of Washington National Cathedral.
Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, made the following statement about 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.