TKT at March for Our Lives Charlotte

The Temple Kol Tikvah Social Action Committee is organizing a group to attend the March for Our Lives Charlotte Event on Saturday March 24. Teenagers across the country and here in Charlotte have decided to take decisive action. They feel called to make real change in the world they have inherited. Our Jewish Tradition as interpreted by the Reform Movement calls on us to support them.

The group will meet in the Temple Kol Tikvah parking lot at 9:00AM depart by 9:15am. There are some links below and some information on Jewish Values and Gun Violence Prevention from the Reform Movement.


Information for the March:

URGE CONGRESS TO TAKE ACTION – Write Your Representatives Today

6 Jewish Ideas for Your March Signs -


Jewish Values and Gun Violence Prevention Jewish Tradition Jewish tradition emphasizes the sanctity and primary value of human life. The Bible commands us, "Thou shalt not murder" (Exodus 20:13). The Talmud teaches us that "he who takes one life it is as though he has destroyed the universe and he who saves one life it is as though he has saved the universe" (Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5). In an increasingly impersonal and alienating society, the dehumanizing of the human being and the carelessness with which human life is taken stand in direct violation of these affirmations of our tradition. Scripture encourages peaceful pursuit of our mutual welfare. Isaiah exhorts the people of the earth "beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks." (Isaiah 2:4) We are commanded to turn weapons of destruction into tools for the greater good of society. The following text from the Bereshit Rabbah (21:13) further idealizes the land free of weapons, "The Rabbis, commenting on the words: 'He placed at the East of the Garden of Eden the Cherubim and the flaming sword' say: 'At the East of the Garden of Eden at the very spot where stood the Cherubim with the flaming sword - there was Gehenna created.' The Reform Movement and Gun Violence Prevention The URJ has long recognized the need for legislation "that would limit and control the sale and use of firearms" and has called on the United States government to "eliminate the manufacture, importation, advertising, sale, transfer and possession of handguns except for limited instances." (URJ 1975). Over the years, the URJ has spoken out on gun violence prevention with particular passion, insisting that gun regulation is "a vital necessity."


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