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Teen Engagement

Dozens of teens standing on the Tallahassee Capitol steps wearing PARKLAND STRONG signs and carry gun violence prevention signs

I hope you saw the news stories about buses of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, making their way to Florida’s Capitol to plead with their legislators about preventing gun violence.

Zoe Terner
Large group of teenagers posing with Rabbi Paul Kipnes in front of the US Capitol Building

We met with the legislative directors who we could sense knew – and they knew that the teens knew – that our teens would be voting in just a few years time.

Rabbi Paul Kipnes and Rabbi Julia Weisz
Teen lobbyists from Temple Shaaray Tefila in front of the U.S. Capitol

Despite yesterday’s government shutdown, this group of teens figured out a way to deliver their impassioned lobbying speeches.

Rabbi Joel Mosbacher
Smiling bar mitzvah boy wearing a suit and kippah and wrapping himself in a prayer shawl from the bimah

We spent two hours doing a mitzvah project together before our synagogue social hall was transformed from an assembly line into a festive New Year’s Eve party. 

Cantor Rachel and Rabbi Adam Stock Spilker

My teens lobbied their members of Congress on LGBTQ equality, comprehensive sexuality ed, climate change, the minimum wage, refugee resettlement, and gun violence prevention, each choosing an issue that was personally important to them.

Rabbi Jared H. Saks
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