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Reducing Gun Violence

Gun Violence Reduction – Education and Advocacy

In 2013, our clergy took the lead in delivering a strong statement of sympathy for the victims of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy and expressed solidarity with the then-growing movement among faith institutions to advocate for sensible gun violence regulation. At its March 2013 meeting, the Board of Trustees thoughtfully discussed and approved the Social Justice Council’s advocacy proposal regarding Gun Violence Prevention.

Temple’s advocacy position is deeply rooted in Jewish values, and is firmly in the mainstream of current Jewish thinking on the issue of reducing gun violence. Temple joins other faith based organizations, including the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism and the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, as well as organizations representing numerous other faiths, in calling for sensible legislation that will help reduce gun violence. Our position reflects the belief that we have a genuine opportunity to influence public policy in regard to:

  • Universal, meaningful background checks
  • A ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines
  • Improved access to mental health services

You can read the entire proposal here.

The Social Justice Council and Advocacy Committee will be communicating upcoming advocacy opportunities and educational programs about the relevant issues related to gun violence. 



Clergy and Pastoral Staff at Temple Emanu-El are here to talk with you, to process with you, and to support you at any time. You can reach Rabbi Amy Ross by email, or by calling 214-706-0021. Our Director of Member Support, Meredith Pryzant, can be reached at or 214-706-0000 extension 122.


  • Moms Demand Action: For Dallas Chapter: Moms Demand Action information, contact Roz Katz, Temple liasion or Donna Schmidt, Volunteer-Dallas Local Group Leader.
  • National Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY)
  • Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC)