Join the Movement!

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 4:21pm -- judyzimola

Teens are making it clear that they are tired of feeling unsafe in their schools.  They want to see change and are using their voices to fight for what they believe in -- to fight for their right to feel safe.  There is a movement that has begun in our country started by teenagers just like yours.  

As a sacred community, we support them in their cause.  

Next Friday March 23, join us for Shabbat services at 6:15pm at Rodef Sholom.  Adam Friedman, NFTY Social Action Vice President and Rodef Sholom teen, will share his experience leading teens around North America in this sacred work, as well as his vision, his hopes, and his concerns about the gun violence in our country and in our schools.

On Saturday morning, March 24, throughout the United States, hundreds of thousands of people, teens and adults, nationwide, will march together to make their voices heard, to share our grief, shape our future, and demand action to prevent gun violence.  One such March will take place in San Francisco.  

Here is our plan:  Rachel Altfeld, our Director of Youth Engagement, will help to lead our Rodef Sholom delegation.  We will be meeting at 10:00am at Jessie Square, 736 Mission Street in SanFrancisco, and walking to the march no later than 12:30pm.  All Rodef Sholom teens, families and friends will join together there with other NFTY teens and Jewish teens from around the Bay to prepare, make signs (materials provided, or you may bring your own) and to set our intentions for the march. We will then head to the march together as a group. You are welcome to join us anytime within that timeframe.  Click here to find out more.

Looking ahead:  On Saturday April 21, there will be a local Marin March for our Lives that is organized and led by teens, including Rodef Sholom's own Elliott Scheuer.  For more information and to get updates about that March, click here.

We understand this issue is sensitive in nature and may bring up questions. We encourage you to educate yourselves and your family first.  NFTY, our North American teen youth group, and the Religious Action Center in Washington DC, have created a website with resources relating to advocacy and community organizing, as well as information about spreading the word to others.  Learn more by clicking here.

When Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel marched with the Reverend Martin Luther King in Selma, Alabama, he said he felt like he was praying with his feet.  As Jews, we believe that prayer is meant to lead us to action.  And so, on this Shabbat, we pray together for peace in our home and peace in our world, and next week, we will take our feet and our voices to the street and turn our prayers into action for peace in our schools, peace for our children, and peace for our world.

Rabbis Lara, Stacy, Elana and Cantor David