How do we work to prevent what has become an epidemic of gun violence? How do we honor those who have become the victims of this deadly trend? And how do we engage in this issue, specifically as Jews?
Gun violence in America has become consistent, reliable news. Breaking news alerts draw our attention to shootings at schools, movie theaters, night clubs, and in the middle of our streets. We follow social media, watching and waiting for the number of dead and injured to stop climbing.
#JewsDemandAction is NFTY’s effort to end gun violence by demanding universal background checks and bans on both assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines.
Marching this weekend was only part of our journey to end gun violence in America. Our march didn’t end when we headed home.
Learn what NFTY teens are doing to organize their peers to participate in March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C., and other cities nationwide, on Saturday, March 24.
For too long, Congress – and, indeed, all of America – has stood idly by, mass shooting after mass shooting, refusing to take action.
We are told tzedek, tzedek tirdof: justice, justice, shall you pursue. In this moment, your teens – our friends – are pursuing justice.
This is the moment when, truly, the students become the teachers. As Reform Jewish adults, we stand behind our teens and support their efforts while letting them take the lead.
This post is adapted from a sermon given by Cantor Hollis Suzanne Schachner at Temple Shir Tikva of Wayland, MA on March 2, 2018.
This is an issue that affects all of us, every child in this country no matter your race or gender. Quite honestly, I am tired of hearing about how we are the future of this country. We are this country’s present.