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Jewish Youth Organization Rallies for Gun Control

In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, United Synagogue Youth’s annual international convention ventured outside the confines of its Jewish denomination and into the realm of a national political issue.

USY, the youth movement of the Conservative movement’s congregational umbrella (United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism), on Dec. 26 drew about 1,000 Jewish youths to Boston’s Copley Square as part of the “Praying With Our Feet” rally against gun violence.

During the rally, USYers (as they are affectionately known) were taught the effects of collective action and given background information on gun control regulations.

“We felt it was important to mobilize the USYers around an issue that really is pan-denominational—it crosses all lines; it’s not a white, a black, a Jewish, a Catholic thing. It’s an every thing. It is a global issue that we are addressing and something that our USYers can feel that they are making an impact and have a voice because they don’t actually have a vote yet,” said USY Communications Coordinator Matthew Halpern.

USY International President Joshua Ull said the group rallied “not for policy but for peace” in the wake of the shooting that killed 26 people in Newtown, Conn.

“Through our efforts, USY is making a difference: We are the voice for the [Sandy Hook] children who did not have a chance to speak up for themselves,” he said.

The rally opened with a briefing at the Copley Marriott Hotel, followed with a march to the center of Boston’s downtown area, where featured speakers included Rabbi David Levy (director of teen learning for the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism), Pastor Corey Brooks of the New Beginnings Church of Chicago, and Colin Goddard, a survivor of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting.

Sheila Decter, director of the Jewish Alliance for Law & Social Action, in her speech outlined a potential three-pronged reform plan created by the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition.

The plan suggested requiring a criminal background check for every gun sold in the U.S., banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and making gun trafficking a federal crime with real penalties. Decter read a letter from Boston Mayor Thomas Menino in which the mayor described that changes in gun control legislation eliminated 500 illegal guns from the city’s streets in the past year.

After the Sandy Hook shooting, USY as an organization felt the rally was a natural direction to go in.

http://www.jns.org/latest-articles/2...ainst-gun.html

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It'd be hypocritical if 1,000 Jews represented all Jews. But thats not the case. So, nonsense.

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