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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 prevention.
Watch the live video of this morning's pre-March event:
All day long, Jews across the U.S. tweeted and shared photos to Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #JewsDemandAction to show our community's support for for gun violence prevention. Leviticus 19:16 instructs us, “Do not stand idly by while your neighbor’s blood is shed.” For too long, Congress has stood idly by, mass shooting after mass shooting, refusing to take action to prevent the next massacre from happening. May the 17 lives lost in Parkland not be lost in vain.
Check out NFTY's Facebook album of photos of the day, and if you have photos to add, please add them to our group album. Please upload photos that tell the story of the Jewish presence at marches in your community - and know we may share your images on social media and across the web.
And we're not done yet. Check out some of the tweets from this morning:
#JewsDemandAction because we are TIRED of thoughts and prayers. @BobGoodlatte6 @MarkWarner @timkaine I urge you to lead Virginia in the fight for common sense gun laws. #marchforourlives pic.twitter.com/IeldTKQCgd— Hannah (@hadaniel27) March 24, 2018
As a country (and world), this should not even be an issue. We are supposed to evolve and learn from history. I can't understand WHY we are doomed to endure this yet again. #JewsDemandAction— Debra "The NRA Are Terrorists" Cook (@literarilyme) March 24, 2018
Watching the Jewish kids from #Parkland make change, hand-in-hand with their brothers and sisters from black communities, ravaged by gun violence for decades: this solidarity & love trumps any manufactured hatred & misunderstanding #JewsDemandAction— Stefanie Iris Weiss (@EcoSexuality) March 24, 2018
We're making so much noise with #jewsdemandaction that it's bringing out the frightened trolls. Glad they're listening to committed Jewish voices for justice.— Rabbi Joel N Abraham (@sholomrav) March 24, 2018
Leviticus 19:16 compels us - YOU SHALL NOT STAND IDLY BY THE BLOOD OF YOUR NEIGHBOR. @nfty teens are leading our Reform Movement to not stand idly by. We're marching today in the #MarchForOurLives to say: #JewsDemandAction #EnoughIsEnough! https://t.co/ntYn8FyyBg— Rabbi Jonah Pesner (@JonahPesner) March 24, 2018
#JewsDemandAction for universal background checks, bans on assault weapons & high capacity ammunition magazines. We will NOT stand idly by. Following the lead of our @NFTY teens, we’re taking action today, tomorrow, and every day until we end gun violence. #MarchForOurLives pic.twitter.com/aH66NbC9CB— The RAC (@TheRAC) March 24, 2018
Visit nfty.org/gvp/act to learn what comes next, including filling out an action alert that calls on your members of Congress to enact universal background checks and ban the purchase and sale of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.