2018-04-11 / Voice at the Shore

Teens take the bima to protest gun violence in schools


Teens who took the bima at Beth Israel to read a letter protesting school shootings included (from left, front row) Madeline Kent, Sarah Sinderbrand, Jocelyn Schwartz, (top row) Bella Reich, Rachel Lischin, and Sara Strenger. Teens who took the bima at Beth Israel to read a letter protesting school shootings included (from left, front row) Madeline Kent, Sarah Sinderbrand, Jocelyn Schwartz, (top row) Bella Reich, Rachel Lischin, and Sara Strenger. Beth Israel in Northfield was among the many Reform Congregations nationwide to take part in #teenstakethebima during Shabbat services on Friday, March 24.

To show solidarity with teens demanding change after the high school shooting in Parkland, FL, six teens took the bima to read a letter they and their classmates at Kulanu High School for Jewish Studies had composed. The letter, which stressed the need for safer schools and gun control, was published in the March 28 issue of Voice at the Shore. It was also sent to elected officials and the local newspaper.

At the end of the service, two of the teens, Rachel Lischin and Jocelyn Schwartz, sang “Empty Chairs” from “Les Miserables,” a song that laments fallen classmates. 

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