An Urgent Open Letter to the Leadership of the Republican Jewish Coalition: RJC Leaders Must Ask Candidates about Gun Violence on America
December 3, 2015
21 Kislev 5776
President Barack H. Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President,
Today, the Republican Jewish Coalition is hosting a presidential candidates forum in Washington, D.C., at which all 14 Republican presidential candidates will address attendees about critical issues facing the U.S. It is a tribute to the organization and the entire Jewish community that all of the candidates will be there with in person.
On December 14, 2012, almost three years ago, a gunman murdered twenty children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
The darkness of the season, amidst the high latitudes of the Pacific Northwest, was deepened with news of the tragedy resounding from across the continent.
What a whirlwind year! As we close out an exciting 2015, my first as the director of the Religious Action Center, this note of thanks is to tell you how much I appreciate your ongoing support for me personally, and for the Reform Movement’s work of Tikkun Olam.
This fall, the afternoons seemed darker than I remember. Family and friends also noticed that on some days, sundown seemed to come along as early as 3:30 or 4 p.m. On Thanksgiving, I even said, “We’re still three weeks from the equinox. Why does it seem so dark?”