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The news of today’s shooting at Chabad of Poway, targeting innocent people during a Passover celebration, breaks our hearts anew.

Collage of Rabbi Rick Jacobs and other Reform leaders on Capitol Hill with members of the 116th Congress

I was in Washington, D.C., to celebrate with some old friends, and some new friends, as they were sworn in as members of the 116th Congress.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
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The mission of the URJ is to build a world of wholeness, justice, and compassion. Now more than ever, we must be strong and resolute in this important mission.

Debbie Niederman
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 All of us are hurting as we try to make sense of the horrific and deadly attack on Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

the Union for Reform Judaism
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Here is my plan, all or parts of which you may wish to replicate in your own congregation in the days to come, along with additional resources for Jewish educators.

Michelle Shapiro Abraham
The five authors of this piece stand with their arms around one another outdoors on green grass

We were serving on NFTY board on December 14, 2012, when a gunman killed 26 students and teachers, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.

Evan Traylor, Jordan Rodnizki, Joy Nemerson, Jacob Georginow, & Marlee Ribnick
Three teen girls holding signs that says JEWS DEMAND ACTION in front of the US Capitol building

This is a moment unlike any in recent memory – and all over the U.S., Reform Jewish teens are leading the way.

Zachary Herrmann
Young woman standing outside holding a sign that says GUN VIOLENCE IS PREVENTABLE with the NFTY and RAC logos

As NFTY and the Reform Movement undertake a reinvigorated campaign to help end gun violence in the United States, we've compiled a few tips and resources for teen activists who want to get involved. 

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

We will tell our grandchildren about this one day, NFTY. What will you be able to say?

Zoe Terner
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The Reform Jewish community faced the tragic task last week of burying our own: Among the 17 people gunned down in last Wednesday’s Parkland school shooting were Reform Jewish teens and a teacher.

Zachary Herrmann