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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 preven

Zoe Terner
Closeup of a police siren in the dark with colorful but blurry lights  in the distance

As Reform Jews, our task is to challenge America's conscience. Here, yet again, we offer words, prayers, and concrete ways to take action to prevent gun violence.

Kate Kaput
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
Dark night full of stars above a campfire near a lake

I’m continually amazed by the way Jewish ritual has a way of lifting up everyday moments and making them holy here at Jewish summer camp.

Lisa David
Four female campers of middle school age sitting on the sidewalk together with their arms around one another and smiling

First as a camper and now as a counselor, I've learned so much from my time at URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute, lovingly known as GUCI, a Reform Jewish summer camp in Zionsville, IN.

Leah Jacobson
Map of US and Mexico with a pushpin at the border

Our Jewish teens are organizing a public rally/prayer vigil to challenge our community to become a more welcoming and safer place for undocumented immigrants and refugees.

Rabbi Andrea London
Promotional still from 13 Reasons Why of a scared teenage girl standing in front of high school lockers

13 Reasons Why, the new miniseries from Netflix, is filled with painful stories about sadness, bullying, rape, and suicide. Teens need their parents' help unpacking it.

Dr. Betsy Stone and Michelle Shapiro Abraham
Closeup of a gate with a Star of David in wrought iron with a cemetery in the background

My grandparents, both Holocaust survivors, often said that having children and grandchildren was the greatest revenge against Hitler, and hearing their stories taught me just how precious it was for me to be alive.

Sydney Rothschild

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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