/Judaism

Do not stand
idly by the blood
of your neighbor.

 

SAMPLE SERMONS

An Armed Amalek: Why We Must Not Stand Idly By – Rabbi Robert Nosanchuk (2012), Courtesy of Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, OH (View/Download PDF)

Yes, This Is A Sermon on Gun Control – Rabbi Audrey R. Korotkin (2012) (View/Download)

 

RESOURCES/ INSPIRATION

Rabbis Against Gun Violence Shabbat Gun Violence Prevention Resources

Gun Violence Prevention Community Resource Guide (Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism)

Source Sheet on Gun Violence (Rabbi Ashira Konigsburg and the Rabbinical Assembly)

Kaddish for Gun Violence Shabbat (Rabbi Richard Plavin)

A Surprising Sugya on Responsibility and Weapons Sales (Rabbi David Weiner)

 

PRAYERS AND READINGS FOR TIMES OF TRAGEDY

Echoes Prayer

Gun Shabbat Prayer (courtesy of Temple Micah in Washington, D.C.)

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

EVENT IDEAS

Engagement Activity: Dinner with a missing guest
Hand out a paper plate to each congregant with a prayer on them and ask congregants to place the plate at the dinner table on December 14th, the anniversary of the tragic shootings in Newtown, to represent one of the many who are no longer with us. (Get the one-pager w/ prayer courtesy of Eileen McCarron.)

Sermon & Education
Deliver a Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath sermon, invite reporters to attend, and provide gun violence prevention information/activities to congregants.

Shoes we can never fill
Provide the visual of empty shoes or clothes on a clothesline outside church and invite media to vigil. See examples of the powerful imagery of shoes here.

Points of Light
Light thousands of tealight candles depicting the number of people who have been lost to gun violence since Newtown or light candles representing the number of local gun violence victims. 

Vigil & Vocals
Hold a vigil or church service with choir outside member of Congress's office. While church choir is singing, have names of gun violence victims read. Intersperse lines of psalms with names of gun violence victims.

Fasting for Action
A communal fast – have a continuous 2,000 hour fast (12 weeks) where people commit to fasting for one day outside elected officials’ office for gun violence victims.

Acts of Kindness
Perform a specific number of acts of kindness to honor the number lost to gun violence in your community since Newtown.

 

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The Fall 2016 National Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath Weekend is December 14-18

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