— Susan Myers
The shootings in Newtown, CT, have horrified our senses with the tragedy of loss, and highlighted for us the ongoing toll that gun violence takes daily on our American cities. This Shabbat in Adath Jeshurun (7763 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA) is dedicated to understanding the current situation, considering how guns can be kept “out of the wrong hands while protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners,” and considering how we can work together to reduce the toll of gun violence in our society.
Rabbi Rosenbloom has invited as our Guest Speaker Shira Goodman. A lifelong member of Adath Jeshurun, Goodman is the Executive Director of CeaseFirePA, a coalition of citizens, mayors, police chiefs, faith leaders and community organizations taking a stand against gun violence in Pennsylvania. Shira has had a long career as a lawyer and public policy advocate, including ten years as Deputy Director of a statewide court reform organization and five years as a labor lawyer. CeaseFirePA focuses on common sense regulations to keep legal guns from becoming illegal guns that ultimately are used in crimes and empowering Pennsylvanians to take a stand against gun violence in their communities, in the courtroom, in the legislature and at the ballot box.
The event is sponsored by Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence. Join the conversation about how to make our society safer, and prevent gun violence from plaguing our society. Services begin at 9:30 AM (Parashat Sh’mot).