Zachary Herrmann

Zachary Herrmann

Inside Leadership
Two teens in tallitot holding gun violence prevention signs at a recent march

Marching this weekend was only part of our journey to end gun violence in America. Our march didn’t end when we headed home.

Our work is centered on three pillars, and there are so many ways to get involved with each. There are three things we're asking you to do in the next few weeks to keep this momentum going, and put pressure on our elected officials:

1. Accountability.

We have to hold our elected officials accountable. The next two weeks, Congress has a recess – they are at home, in our districts. On our website, you can find out where they have town halls in the next...

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Teens holding gun prevention violence signs in front of the Capitol Building

My fellow NFTYites and I have reached a tipping point: We’re tired of living in fear of gun violence and frustrated when we hear politicians send their “thoughts and prayers” to the families and friends of victims every time there’s a mass shooting – without taking action to stop future shootings. Enough is enough.

That’s why we started #JewsDemandAction. To end gun violence, we’re demanding universal background checks and bans on both assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines. Now.

On March 24th, in Washington, D.C. and in cities and locales across the country...

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Three teen girls holding signs that says JEWS DEMAND ACTION in front of the US Capitol building

"I’ve been saying for a long time now that I want to change the world. I didn’t know it then, but this is what I meant. Today is the day that every NFTY event I’ve ever been to has been preparing me for." -Zoe Terner, Vice President-Elect of NFTY Social Action

Since the unspeakable – but, sadly, not remotely unimaginable – horror of the shooting in Parkland, FL, students across the country are standing up, using our voice and our power to say we will no longer accept the current level of gun violence in America. We are mobilizing in a wide variety of ways, both locally and...

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Hand sin the darkness holding a candle

As our NFTY teens know only too well, 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.

Now, like teens across the county – led by some remarkable teen leaders in Parkland – NFTY leaders from across North America are channeling our rage and gearing up to play a leadership role in the campaign for meaningful gun violence prevention measures.

We are angry, we are determined, and we are strong. We are committed to ensuring that this...

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