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The March for Our Lives is a planned demonstration, scheduled to take place on March 24, 2018, in Washington, D.C. and throughout the United States. Student organizers are planning the march in collaboration with the nonprofit organization Everytown for Gun Safety, following the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, widely reported in the media as being the tipping point for gun control legislation. 

Temple Emanu-El will be represented in Westfield, Newark and in Washington DC. Read on to learn more! 

Westfield, NJ

Please join the students of Westfield High School on Saturday March 24 from 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM at the Westfield Train Station, South Side, to call upon our government for stricter gun laws and to remember the 17 student and teacher lives lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018. The time is now and the change is us. Click here to learn more.

Newark, NJ

Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ will be leading a delegation of students and community members in the March for Our Lives taking place in Newark, NJ on March 24.  This march is part of the larger March for Our Lives event taking place across the country and centered in Washington D.C. on the same day.

Federation is offering several ways to come together as a community around this important event.

  • For Greater MetroWest High School Students wishing to spend the full Shabbat with JTEEN-GMW 
  • For community meember and students not participating in the Shabbatorn

Click here to learn more! 

Washington, D.C.

We are organizing a trip specifically for our teens in grades 9-12. Our Temple members are welcome to join them in Washington, however the information below is specifically for our teens.

Please direct all questions to Rabbi Sarah Smiley: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Washington Hebrew Congregation is opening their doors to students and parents on Friday, March 23 to join for a special 8 PM Friday night Shabbat service, vigil and social action song session with guests Dan Nichols, Stacey Beyer, Alan Goodis and Rabbi Joe Black. The service is being created by teens and will showcase their words and their voices. Many DC area congregations are also willing to host teens for the night. Washington Hebrew is opening their doors for teens and chaperones to sleep in the social hall or other congregations are available to help with home hospitality. 

Please read this entire message as it contains a tremendous amount of information.

First and foremost, we are so proud of the teens in our community. They think seriously and deeply about issues that affect them, and are motivated to make change where they believe it is needed.We are here to support them, and as such, are committed to making it possible for those who wish to attend the March for Our Lives event in Washington DC on March 24 in support of gun violence prevention to do so.

Participation is open to all teens affiliated with Temple Emanu-El in grades 9-12. Registration is needed as soon as possible and does not guarantee a spot because space on the shared bus is limited. YOU MUST FILL OUT A SEPERATE FORM FOR EACH PARTICIPANT.

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  • All participants must arrive at Temple Beth-El (67 US-206, Hillsborough Township, NJ 08844) on Friday, March 23 no later than 2:45pm.
  • We will travel by bus to Washington D.C. where we will join Reform teen communities from all over the US at Washington Hebrew Congregation for dinner, teen led Shabbat services, song session, rally prep, and oneg.
  • Overnight arrangements will be shul-in style at Washington Hebrew Congregation (WHC) supervised by a chaperone from Temple Emanu-El and many other communities.
  • After breakfast on Saturday all groups will attend the Reform Movement pre-march rally and the march itself. All Temple Emanu-El teens will participate as a group with adult chaperones.
  • After the march we will return to New Jersey, arriving home late Saturday night.

Thanks to the support of many donors and our friends at Washington Hebrew Congregation, there is no cost for the meals and events at WHC.
We do, however, need to cover the cost of the bus to/from Washington. The total cost of the bus is $4000. We are partnering with other congregations to ensure that we can fill every seat. We are asking each participant to contribute $18.

Participants should also bring spending money for lunch at the march and dinner on our way home. It is unclear how accessible food will be in the march area, so it is strongly suggested that teens pack a small bag of snacks and water to keep with them.

Additional information from Washington Hebrew Congregation: 

What is the timing on Friday? (please note that times are approximate and may change slightly)

  • 7:00 Dinner will be served and will be available as people arrive throughout the hour – dinner will be vegetarian with gluten-free and dairy-free options.
  • 8:00 Open to the community Shabbat service (led by teens along with Dan Nichols, Alan Goodis, Stacy Beyer, and Rabbi Joe Black)
  • 9:00 Social justice song session and sign making
  • 10:30 Oneg
  • 11:00 Those who are not staying the night at WHC will depart.
  • 12:00 Lights out

Is breakfast provided?
Yes! We will make sure there will be something for everyone regardless of their dietary restrictions. There will be dairy-free and gluten-free options and we will not serve anything with nuts. If you have any other concerns please let us know. Participants are also welcome to bring snacks/food with them to ensure they have food that they will be able to eat and enjoy. 

What should we tell our teens to bring to prepare for the sleepover?
Everyone should bring what they would normally bring to a sleepover. In addition, we are asking that everyone brings their own sleeping bag and pillow.

Will there be showers?
We do not have showers. Please plan accordingly.

Is there a dress code for Shabbat?
While we do want Shabbat to be special, we realize that many of you will be arriving after a long day of travel. Feel free to come ‘as you are’ for Shabbat.

Again, we are so proud of our teens and thrilled to be able to support them in this meaningful experience. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to be in touch.