Thoughts regarding the recent events in Newtown, Connecticut

Mon, 12/17/2012 - 7:11pm -- Rabbi Ed Feinstein

Rabbi FeinsteinDear VBS Family,
The tragedy of Newtown, Connecticut has left us all shaken this week. The pictures of families attending the funerals of their children only sharpens the sense of emptiness and loss. At the Newtown memorial service on Sunday evening, the President spoke movingly of our collective responsibility to turn rage and pain into a commitment to change the elements in our national culture that threaten the well-being of our children. This is the best way to heal such a tragedy. 

There are several funds set up to help the families of Newtown should you wish to make a contribution.

We join with families across America, families of every faith and culture, in a prayer that the families of Newtown might know they are not alone. At this time of Winter Solstice, when the days are so short and so dim and the nights so dark, we pray that light can penetrate darkness, love can penetrate bitterness, and hope can overcome despair. 

Rabbi Ed Feinstein

The national leaders of our Conservative Movement have joined the call for a change in gun laws. Below is a link to their statement: Conservative Movement Leaders Express Need for Restrictions on Gun Ownership

Position Statement of the Interdisciplinary Group on Preventing School and Community Violence
This statement was authored by the leading scholars of school and youth violence, including VBS member, Prof Ron Astor.  CLICK HERE to read

Monday, December 17, 2012 - 7:00am
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