The senseless shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida has impacted our USY community profoundly, especially as many current USYers and alumni were there that day.
We want to seize this singular social action-tikun olam moment of our generation. That is why we must act and demand change to assure our safety. We must declare with one voice that it is not acceptable to be worried about being shot at school. We must ensure an end to this epidemic of mass school shootings. And we must make this crystal clear to our government leaders.
Join us March 24 in Washington D.C. to take to the streets and demand an end to the epidemic of mass school shootings at the March for Our Lives.
March 24 is also Shabbat, and our decision to participate in the rally speaks to one of the values of USCJ – the tension of old and new, in which we balance tradition and modernity. We are committed to both an authentic Jewish practice and making our powerful voices heard at this critical time in history.
We will gather the night before at locations throughout the DC/Maryland area for a meaningful Kabbalat Shabbat experiences, including prayer communities, Shabbat dinner, and text study relevant to gun safety.
The following day we will travel to the rally together (either on foot or via pre-paid metro card), reuniting afterwards to process what we experienced, before davening Maariv and Havdallah. Click here for FAQ and more information on the D.C. march.
There is a $36 required donation to participate in this event that goes to the USY Tikun Olam fund and will be allocated by teen leaders to organizations that advocate for gun safety.
USCJ is proud to work with its partners in the movement and in Washington D.C. to subsidize costs for housing, food, and transportation to/from the rally. Additionally, for those spending more than $200 to travel to D.C. , USCJ will subsidize $100 of travel costs.
Please read our FAQ for more information on how to redeem this subsidy.
Location: Farragut Square Park
On Friday, March 23rd in Washington D.C., we are co-hosting a Shabbat dinner in the greater D.C. area open to EVERY local Jewish teen for FREE.
The evening will include teen-led Shabbat services, speakers on gun and school safety, and a kosher Shabbat meal.
To register and for more information, please go to https://tinyurl.com/USYShabbatForOurLives.
We are gathering together to march under the USY banner in select cities*. Staff will be provided at these locations and designated meeting points will be assigned prior to the march.
See if your city is listed, below, and check back frequently for more information on meeting times and locations.
*Locations subject to change
Contact: Daniel Koas
Meeting location: SW corner of West 75th St and Central Park West (Upper West Side, Manhattan)
Meeting time: 9:30AM
Contact: Julie Marder
Meeting location: The corner of Randolph and N. May Street
Meeting time: 10:00AM*
* We will depart at 10:15AM to walk to the march location
Contact: Sarah Miller
Meeting location: In front of theHotel Whitcomb, 1231 Market Street
Meeting time: 12:00PM
Contact: Kenny Einhorn
Meeting location: The corner of 5th and Market Street
Meeting time: 9:30AM
Contact: Joyce Juda
Meeting location: Harriet Tubman Square, 450 Columbus Ave, in front of the statue
Meeting time: 11:15AM
Contact: Diana Silver, Temple Beth Torah Sha’aray Tzedek Youth Director, (954) 650-6411
Meeting location: The Trails entrance at Pine Trails Park, 10555 Trails End trails. Meet before the park amphitheater at the bathroom/info center/medical area
Meeting time: 8:30AM-9:00AM
As marches are taking place across North America, we strongly urge you to participate in your local city. Organize a group of USYers and wear your USY t-shirts to show that we stand for gun and school safety.
Click here to download signs to carry to your local march.
Click here for a list of march locations across North America.
-Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
When I marched in Selma, my feet were praying.
HaNegev USYer and freshman Michael Pincus organizes a “We Need Change” rally at his school after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Check out our educational and advocacy resources to help you speak out locally for gun and school safety: