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Friday is National Tell-a-Story Day in the United States, and you know who loves telling a good story? The Jewish people! So much of what our rabbis, cantors, and educators do can be described as storytelling, from sharing divrei Torah (literally, “words of Torah”) about the weekly Torah portions to teaching Midrash (story-based commentary about Torah and Jewish values).

A year ago, we celebrated National Tell-a-Story Day by announcing the launch of our new podcast, Stories We Tell. Rabbi Leora Kaye, our podcast producer, wrote of the new project, “This deep and rich tradition of...

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Group of teens holding signs for gun violence prevention in front of an orange March for Our Lives banner

Thousands of Reform Jews around the United States gathered today to participate in March for Our Lives events in Washington, D.C. and satellite events across the country. In D.C., the Reform Movement was proud to host a Shabbat worship experience before the march, attended by nearly 2,000 Reform teens and adults and their allies. Led by teens from NFTY: The Reform Jewish Youth Movement, the event included prayer, song, and inspiring commentary that allowed our participants to gather strength as a Movement before taking to the streets to demand action on gun violence...

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When Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel returned from the south after marching from Selma to Montgomery, AL, with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., he was asked if he had had time to pray while he was away. “I prayed with my feet,” Rabbi Heschel responded.

This Shabbat, thousands of Reform Jews, led by the young leaders in NFTY: The Reform Jewish Youth Movement, will pray with their feet in marches and rallies in Washington, D.C., and other cities across the U.S., urging Congress to take action for gun violence prevention. (Learn more about their efforts and plan to join them.)

When...

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Two Jewish teen boys holding a sign that says I Am a Reform Jewish and I Support Gun Violence Prevention

Leviticus 19:16 instructs us, “Do not stand idly by while your neighbor’s blood is shed.” For too long, Congress – and, indeed, all of America – has stood idly by, mass shooting after mass shooting, refusing to take action to prevent the next massacre from happening.  

In mid-February, a gunman armed with an assault weapon murdered 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. This tragic event drove teens nationwide, including those of NFTY: The Reform Jewish Youth Movement, to ask: If not now, when? And if not us, who? Now, they’re leading the...

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At least 17 people are dead and more injured in a horrific shooting Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. Once again, in the wake of senseless and devastating gun violence, we mourn, we come together, we offer words of condolence – and we ask how we can prevent these tragedies from happening again.

Says Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, in a statement from the Reform Movement issued after the massacre,

I can imagine the Holy One sobbing along with us, distraught over the senseless bloodshed we’ve collectively allowed...

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