Gun Violence Prevention

TBE Congregants to Prevent Gun Violence

After the Newtown Tragedy, TBE members formed a committee: Temple Beth Elohim Congregants to Prevent Gun Violence. After hosting speakers, contacting our politicians, showing up at hearings/meetings, giving money, joining forces with other churches/temples/individuals/coalitions, we are happy to say, "our world is safer".  We collectively helped fund inner city peace cafes in Roxbury and worked to achieve a new, stronger gun law in Massachusetts, that was signed by our Governor in August, 2014. Come join us in this effort and stay tuned for more! 

To join us, contact: Janet Goldenberg, [email protected], Nicole Roos, [email protected] or Beth Nast, [email protected]. 

Read Janet Goldenberg's article highlighting the great work performed by the TBEGVP team!

Upcoming Events

Shabbat Dinner & Program with Gun VChaplain Clementina Cheryiolence Prevention Activist, Chaplain Clementina M. Chéry
Friday, March 15, 6:00 pm

Join us for conversation and Shabbat dinner with Chaplain Clementina M. Chéry founder of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute founded in 1994 after the murder of her fifteen year old son Louis. Chaplin Chéry is both an inspiring leader and a gun violence prevention activist. Chéry is also an internationally recognized expert in the field of homicide response. She is an ordained Chaplain and a Lady of the Order of St. Gregory the Great, the highest honor bestowed by Pope John Paul II on a lay Catholic.






Learn more:  Caron Tabb,  [email protected] or 617.645.4624      




Chaplain Clementina M. Chéry

In addition to the innovative programs and services Chaplain Chéry developed at the Peace Institute, she has published tools for survivors of homicide victims including the Survivors Burial and Resource Guide and Always in My Heart: A Workbook for Grieving Children. Chaplain Chéry was chosen as a 2017 Barr Fellow for her effective, visionary, and collaborative leadership and capacity to motivate others, drive change, and produce results. She was also selected as a 2016 Social Innovator by the Social Innovation Forum in recognition of the Peace Institute’s groundbreaking solutions to social problems. She is also the founder and chair of the Mother's Day Peace Walk which celebrates the lives of gun violence victims.  Chéry holds honorary Doctorate Degrees from College of the Holy Cross, Regis College, and Mount Ida College. Chaplain Chéry has served families of murder victims for over two decades and has trained thousands of public health professionals, law enforcement officials, and religious leaders in the best practices for supporting survivors and interrupting cycles of retaliatory violence. Her proudest accomplishment is being Louis, Alexandra and Allen’s mother and Alexander’s grandmother.   


MA Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence Peace MVP Awards featuring David Hogg
Thursday, March 28, 7:00 pm

The MA Coalition will present its Fourth Annual Peace MVP Awards to the amazing teen leaders who have led the charge on sensible gun law reform this year.  Keynote speaker will be David Hogg, Parkland survivor and teen GVP activist. 

Who should attend? Adults, Youth community (middle and high school, grades 6-12).    This event is open to the public.  Advance registration is encouraged.


Fee: $25 suggested donation

Learn more: Janet Zipin, [email protected]


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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Click here to download the flyer.

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].