Gun Violence Prevention

TBE Congregants to Prevent Gun Violence


Mother's Day Walk For Peace, Boston
Sunday, May 12, 8:00 am

Walk to make a difference this Mother's Day.  Join the TBE Team at the 23rd annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace, benefiting the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, founded and led by Chaplain Clementina (Tina) Chery, a recent TBE Shabbat service speaker, is a center of healing, teaching, and learning for families and communities impacted by murder, grief, trauma and loss.  The Mother’s Day Walk started in 1996 so mothers of murdered children could receive support and love from their neighbors.  Twenty-three years later, the walk continues to be a powerful way to honor those who have been murdered and embrace our partners in peacemaking.  It is also the Peace Institute’s most important fundraising event.

The walk begins at Town Field Park in Fields Corner, Dorchester and ends at Boston City Hall (6.8 miles).  Walkers may also begin at Madison Park High School (3 miles). 

Unable to walk but want to support the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute?  Consider sponsoring the TBE team by clicking here.

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Fee: $10 registration fee suggested

Learn more & RSVP:  Nicole Roos,  [email protected]

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Our Past Accomplishments and Events

July 3, 2018: Extreme Risk Protective Order Passes!

As of today, Extreme Risk Protection Orders are the law in Massachusetts.

A big thanks to our TBE Congregants to Prevent Gun Violence! They, along with our Mass Coalition allies, spent countless hours in making this bill a reality. MA continues to be a leader in preventing gun deaths. Lives will be saved by this legislation.

Janet Goldenberg, the chair of TBEPGV, was in the room for the signing (photo below).

March 24, 2018: March for our Lives

Thank you for joining TBE at the March for our Lives in Boston! Our adults and teens were there to show our power.


An Evening with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey & Reverend Liz Walker
November 2017

Congregants to Prevent Gun Violence hosted an evening with MA Attorney General Maura Healey and Rev. Liz Walker supporting our ongoing efforts to reduce gun violence in MA and the excellent work of the Roxbury Presbyerian Social Impact Center.



Got Peace? Basketball Tournament
March 2016

The event also included a jobs and education fair.  The MA Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence represented by Janet, presented the PEACE MVP award to Chiefs Terry Cunningham (of Wellesley), William Brooks and Wayne Sampson for their critical support to pass the gun bill and their ongoing work helping to get the provisions implemented.  Chief Cunningham was also the first MA chief to sign onto the gun manufacturer Do Not Stand Idly By Campaign being run by the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, (GBIO).


January 2016

TBE Congregants to Prevent Gun Violence attended the Do Not Stand Idly By Training in Boston that brought over 100 interfaith participants to learn from leaders from the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, Jewish Community Relations Council, and houses of worship on how to move our nation forward with respect to pushing the market, society and our government to adopt safer gun technology.

December 2015

TBE Congregants to Prevent Gun Violence joined Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Everytown for Gun Safety to commemorate the third anniversary of the Sandy Hook tragedy and honor all victims and survivors of gun violence by accompanying moms, dads, survivors, elected officials, faith leaders, and other community members in the Orange Walk to demonstrate their power and shared commitment to reducing gun violence.


Beth Nast, Jackie Dana, and Nicole Roos at the "Orange Walk".


April 2015 

TBEPGV event on April 16 in memory of Dr. Michael Davidson

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January 2015

JALSA, the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action, gave special recognition to the MA Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence at JALSA's annual meeting on Sunday, January 25.  As many of you know, JALSA has been a major player in the Coalition and played an instrumental role in making passage of the gun safety bill a reality last summer.  Two of our own, Janet Goldenberg and Angus McQuilken, were recognized!



August 13, 2014August 2014 Bill

Many of you have been tracking the work of TBE Congregants to Prevent Gun Violence and the work of the Mass Coalition in pushing hard for sensible legislation in Massachusetts.

Today was a big day, and a big step forward for reducing gun violence as Governor Deval Patrick signed H. 4376, "An Act Relative to the Reduction of Gun Violence". The bill meets many of the goals our coalition set out to accomplish, including requiring background checks for all private sales, bringing the state into compliance with the Federal NICS background check system, giving chiefs of police discretion in issuing permits for rifles or shotguns, and collecting trace data for guns used in crimes or suicides. The bill also contains meaningful provisions around education for suicide awareness.

While we still have much work to do, when the story is eventually written of how the tide turned on sensible gun laws, the work of faith based communities will be central to that story. And, here in Massachusetts, TBE Congregants to Prevent Gun Violence has played a huge role in moving this coalition forward, through convening community events on violence; phone calls, visits, and emails to legislators; organizing; and most importantly, leading. We have much to be proud of. TBEPGV stands on the shoulders of this incredible community.

We look forward to continuing to build on this work. Yasher Koach to TBEPGV!

Temple Beth Elohim Congregants to Prevent Gun Violence grew out of a Shabbat Reflection following the tragic mass shooting in Newtown, CT, which occured Dec. 14, 2012.  Participants were looking for a way to take meaningful action together to reduce the scourge of gun violence in our community and our country– whether caused by crime, accident or suicide.  Acting from our values, we have joined together with a growing movement of faith-based and community groups to influence state and national legislation through a post-card campaign, hearings, bringing stakeholder speakers to TBE, educating ourselves and others and supporting innovative efforts, such as fundraising to help with inner city coffeehouses, meeting with our state reps., gathering and speaking at political rallys -- all to reduce gun violence.  

Most powerfully,  the proposed gun law that was just approved by Mass State Congress in July, 2014 and will appear before the Governor this year, was a direct result of all the strategic and hands on work we have done at TBE alongside collaborative partners such as GBIO, JCRC, JALSA, Mom's Demand Action, to name a few.

TBECPGV is a vocal member of the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, convened by former legislative-aide Angus McQuilken, a TBE member, and currently convened by TBE member Janet Goldenberg.  We   welcome anyone interested in learning about the causes of gun violence and in taking steps to reduce gun violence to join us at our monthly meetings (evening) and/or by participating in actionable steps such as calls, letter writing, joint meetings with other organizations/temples, various forms of political action. To join us, contact: Janet Goldenberg, [email protected], Nicole Roos, [email protected] or Beth Nast,[email protected].