The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
In the last year, our youth-led, Reform Jewish gun violence prevention campaign engaged hundreds of student leaders around civic engagement and reducing gun violence in America. In our second year, we want to train even more stellar leaders, and mobilize to pass state and federal gun violence prevention legislation. We’re building partnerships across lines of race and faith, working to lift up and learn from young activists of color who have been doing this work for decades, and rallying the entire Reform Movement, two million Jews strong, behind our efforts.
February 14th marks the first anniversary of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. It was a tragedy that stunned the nation and spurred a generation of Jewish activists into action, joining the decades-long chorus of youth leaders of color demanding change in our communities.
The Reform Jewish Movement continues to commit resources and train young leaders to raise their voices and make legislative change that will keep our schools, communities, and synagogues safer. At this moment one year after the tragedy, we also want to pause to lift up...Read More
High school social justice leaders are invited to attend the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism’s biennial social justice leadership conference, the Consultation on Conscience. Held over three days in Washington D.C., the Consultation on Conscience is dedicated to training and empowering Jewish leaders like you to make real, lasting change at the national, state, provincial, and local levels.
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On March 24, thousands of Reform Jews joined together in Washington, D.C., and in cities around the world in support of the March for Our Lives. Led by our high school and college students, we spent Shabbat engaged in social justice work and, as Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel said, “prayed with our feet” to end the scourge of gun violence.
Two months ago, just days after the massacre in Parkland, NFTY — The Reform Jewish Youth Movement...Read More
Cry with full throat, without restraint; raise your voice like a shofar!'' -- Isaiah 58:1
As a social work intern, I encountered teens at organizations like Ceasefire and Corazon Community Services, a community organization in Cicero, a Chicago suburb that’s a hotbed of gang and gun violence. I helped them organize marches to take back their streets, efforts designed to end violence in their community.
Thirty-five miles away, I also worked with their peers at Temple Chai in Long Grove, IL. As a youth group advisor, I helped them plan events, including an annual spaghetti...Read More