Stunned By Carnage, Again, We Cannot Be Idle

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Stunned By Carnage, Again, We Cannot Be Idle

Closeup of a stop sign riddled with bullets

Not again. No.

Las Vegas faces the unimaginable. Again and in ever more terrifying ways, gun violence has shaken the United States to its core. We mourn. We come together. We offer words of condolence in an attempt to somehow address the compounding and boundless scope of grief and the scale of innocent human lives lost.

But each time, the country goes back to business as usual. As the body count grows, with new scenes of senseless slaughter, nothing changes.

Thoughts, prayer, and words are appropriate – but they’re not sufficient.

Words help us explain the unexplainable to children. Words help unite us as a Jewish community and as a civil society. But the truth is, our words and prayers simply cannot fix this immense problem.

Our words need to be followed by long overdue actions and hard work.

In response to the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, said,

“We cannot say that there are ‘no words’ to express our grief and our outrage. We must find the words, and we must not stop saying them and acting on them until we stop this plague of gun violence that has gripped our nation for far too long.”

Please join the Reform Jewish Movement in taking action to prevent gun violence.

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Daryl Messinger, chair of the North American board of trustees of the Union for Reform Judaism, has served on the URJ board for 15 years and in Reform Movement affiliated organizations in a wide variety of roles. A dynamic leader with a track record of sustained involvement and success, she has recently concluded her service as chair of the Reform Pension Board, which serves Reform Movement professionals and has a total portfolio of more than $1.2 billion.

She has been a key partner in helping to implement the URJ’s Campaign for Youth Engagement and in shaping the URJ’s 2020 Vision strategic plan. She previously served as chair for URJ Camp Newman's advisory board (in Santa Rosa, CA), and as a vice chair and an assistant treasurer of the URJ. 

Messinger’s congregational lay leadership experience is extensive. She served, at the age of 36, as the youngest president of her then 1,100-member congregation, Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, CA. She has served in a variety of roles there including as treasurer, chair of its capital campaign, chair of the rabbinic search committee, and volunteer coordinator of an innovative family education program.

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