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Midterm Elections: Our Duty to Vote and Encourage our Families to Vote

Midterm Elections: Our Duty to Vote and Encourage our Families to Vote
07 Oct 2019 by Lori Kowit

Midterm elections will take place on November 6. It will be here before you know it. It is our civic duty to vote. While we should not push our beliefs on anyone, I do see it as our responsibility to encourage the families in our schools to vote and get engaged in the election process. 

Some of the ways to engage families in the election process include:

  • Share information from the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism  
  • Bring voting to your classrooms.  Have the children vote on something, anything. This exercise will encourage the families to discuss voting and the elections at home. We can influence the future voters by making voting a habit or what is expected of all adults.
  • Encourage families to bring their child(ren) to the voting booth.
  • Read books in the classrooms that promote voting and share the list with families.
  • In preparation for the 2020 election, share this link with your families who may not be registered to vote.

Reform Jewish Movement Leadership Statement
Last month, the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ) issued a statement regarding the “coarseness of public discourse” currently taking place in the United States. 

The Reform Jewish Movement Leadership Statement, which included “We must all expect more from the president of the United States,” was signed by leaders of the URJ and leaders of all of the Union’s affiliated organizations, including ECE-RJ.

 “The words of the High Holiday prayer book are written in the collective, reminding us that responsibility for misdeeds and their correction lies with the community as much as the individuals,” said the statement.

The statement also quotes Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel who said, “Some are guilty; all are responsible. Indeed, decency knows no party. Whether we are Republicans, Democrats, or Independents, conservatives, moderates, or liberals, we all bear the responsibility to uphold the norms of ethical speech and moral conduct that have made our democracy great.”

This mid-term election is very important for the work we do with children, families and our communities.  Who we elect will have a direct impact on the direction of this country. For me, I am paying close attention to a candidate’s position on gun control and the Me Too Movement (#metoo).