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We mourn the six lives taken today in Highland Park, IL and pray for all those injured, beloved members of our Reform Jewish community among them. On this day celebrating American independence, it is clear that Americans’ ability to live independent of the fear of gun violence is ever more elusive. With each massacre, the freedom to gather, pray, shop, learn, and simply be, free from fear of gun violence, is taken away.
This year, July 4th was especially difficult to celebrate. As young leaders in the Reform Movement, we are troubled by the current state and future of the U.S.
Saperstein: "While we may not always agree with the ideas expressed, our deep commitment to Jewish and democratic values requires that we defend the free speech of all Israel's citizens, including its Arab citizens."
At the heart of everything we do, every decision we make, the importance of the physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health (MESSH) of every human being is our highest priority. Our camp and Israel Immersive leadership, summer staff, and others supporting our community are professionals who deeply care about our participants and are here for the mission of shaping their lives to create a better world.