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Gun Violence Prevention

Group of somber people wearing orange clothing and holding a banner that says WEAR ORANGE

On Friday, June 5, we observe Wear Orange Day, a national day of awareness about the scourge of gun violence in the United States. We wear orange to call attention to the epidemic of gun violence facing our country, and to fight for a future free from gun violence. 

Katie Wysong
Womans hands holding a Yahrzeit candle

Not enough time has passed for us to fully heal from what we, as the communal collective, experienced. We may be able to understand and process the grief more fully, and recognize the signs of post-traumatic stress, but it doesn’t lessen the effects of either.

Rabbi Melissa Zalkin Stollman
Rabbi Stephanie Alexander leads a Havdallah service behind the bimah with two others

Rabbi Stephanie M. Alexander received her undergraduate degree from Tulane University, and ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Two teen boys holding an award and wearing matching red tees that say THIS SHIRT CAN SAVE A LIFE

When 17 people were killed in a shooting at our school, we were devastated by the deaths of our friends and teachers, and we wanted – no, needed – to take action. Here's how our Jewish values continue to guide and inform that work.

Jason Halpern
Two young women holding signs protesting gun violence

I will not mince words: the violence we witnessed this weekend is sickening. Join me in ensuring the period of “thoughts and prayers” without action is over – that instead, we prioritize real, lasting change to keep our communities safe. 

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner
Construction paper rendering of a broken heart held together with a bandage

The Passover story reminds us that in every generation an enemy rises up to destroy us. These enemies do not define us nor will they defeat us. Am Yisrael Chai.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner
Aerial view of an empty chair at a wooden table

When we gather on April 19 and 20 to mark the first two nights of Passover, we will pray. And we will ask aloud: What makes this year’s seders different from all others

Rabbi David Wirtschafter
A hand lightly touches a mezuzah on a doorpost with black space behind the entryway

Until a few months ago, I felt safe whenever I stepped into our temple. But then the massacre at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Congregation occurred, and I was asked to guard our temple’s front door.

Bruce Black
Haley Stav on stage presenting her address on the bimah

It's been one year since the shooting at my high school that left 17 injured and another 17 dead.

Haley Stav

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