Mark your calendars for the final #SpeakTorahtoPower event, “Inalienable Dignity & American Public Policy” featuring speaker Rabbi Rachel Timoner. This Thursday, 3/22 in NYC and streaming on Facebook Live. Presented by our friends at Avodah and UJA-Federation of New York, you won't want to miss this enlightening event: avodah.net/speaktorahtopower
"Enough is enough. For far too long, the students and kids in this country have had to live in constant fear of being victims of gun violence." - Micah Kraus, Reform Jewish teen and Ohio highschooler who helped organize 200+ of his peers to lobby their state legislators for commonsense gun policies after the #NationalSchoolWalkout. #JewsDemandAction
March with NFTY as #JewsDemandAction for gun violence prevention! The Reform Movement is coming together for the March for Our Lives on 3/24 – from DC to local marches, get connected to the Reform Jewish community by registering here: https://goo.gl/66JJR9
"We may never reach a full t’shuvah in our ability to forgive, but we should always strive to make the world better for future generations so they will never face these kinds of physical, spiritual, and emotional challenges in their lifetimes."
Powerful words from a Parkland rabbi as we head into this Shabbat, one month after the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High: https://reformjudaism.org/…/after-parkland-can-we-ever-forg…
“We have such an influence. Every single person here is going to be 18 in a couple of years and those are all voters.” - Emily Marmer, Reform Jewish teen and Ohio student who helped organize yesterday's lobby day. #JewsDemandAction
Check out this excerpt from Rabbi Jonah Pesner's chapter on Passover and social justice in the upcoming book "Moral Resistance and Spiritual Authority" - available for pre-order now!
ICYMI: Ohio's 10TV - WBNS covered the lobby day organized by Ohio students that brought hundreds of young people to the Columbus Statehouse to demand commonsense gun reform.
Watch for interviews with several Reform Jewish teens who led their peers in organizing this powerful action! #JewsDemandAction on gun violence prevention, and young Jewish leaders are leading the way!
So you participated in the #NationalSchoolWalkout... now what? Contact your members of Congress to keep up the pressure on gun violence prevention! Here's a great video from NFTY explaining how. #JewsDemandAction
So you're done with the walk-out & it's not yet time to march. What can you do in the meantime? LOBBY CONGRESS! In this quick, real-life video, NFTY Social Acti...on Vice President Adam Friedman shows you how it's done.
Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to be connected to your Members of Congress's offices.
Yesterday, Reform Jewish teens in Ohio and their classmates organized over 200 students to lobby at the Columbus Statehouse for commonsense gun violence prevention policies. Politicians across the country had better pay attention - when young people organize and take action, anything is possible. #JewsDemandAction
Proud to stand with our Ohio Jewish teens and their classmates. They turned out over 200 students at the statehouse, held 14 legislative meetings and stood up for gun violence prevention legislation in Ohio.
"Among the many gleanings of the Exodus narrative that ground Jewish life and values, three stand out as the sources of the spiritual authority demanding that Jews resist injustice and champion morality in every age (and regardless of the challenges we face). First, we learn not only that resistance is required by our faith and experience, but also that it is always possible. Second, we are reminded that our empathy extends beyond the “stranger” to all those who are vulnerabl...e in our midst. Finally, we instill in our souls that the Exodus is not simply about freedom from bondage; our master story culminates with the agency to enter into a covenantal community in which all people are bound to one another."
Read more from Rabbi Jonah Pesner's excerpt in the upcoming book, Moral Resistance and Spiritual Authority (available for pre-order now!): http://ravblog.ccarnet.org/…/moral-resistance-spiritual-au…/
We ❤️ this: Congregation B'nai Israel - Sacramento joined the Golden Doors California campaign, painting doors of residences, businesses and places of worship gold in response to the news that California is being sued for its policies that protect immigrants. Inspired by the line in Emma Lazarus' "The New Colossus" -- "I lift my lamp beside the golden door" -- Reform Jews in California are remaining steadfast in their support for immigrants. Photos courtesy of Rabbi Mona Alfi.
Her school's administration banned students from participating in the #NationalSchoolWalkout. Zoe and her peers wrote a petition, got 200 signatures, and reversed the decision. At the last minute, her school forbade students from talking about gun violence policy today. Zoe spoke her truth anyways. Hear about her experience:
Today, over 250 Ohio high schoolers descended on the Columbus Statehouse after walking out from their schools to lobby their legislators and demand they act on gun violence prevention.
We're so inspired by their advocacy and powerful message, and are particularly proud of the Reform Jewish teens who organized their peers to turn out in full force for this impressive action!
See news coverage from the The Columbus Dispatch: http://www.dispatch.com/…/hundreds-of-student-gun-protester…