JCRC/AJC Gun Violence Prevention Policy Statement

March 21, 2018 – Approximately 38,000 people are killed by firearms in the United States each year. These deaths are caused by suicide and homicide, as well as by accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2016, the firearm death rate was approximately 12 deaths per 100,000. That statistic exceeds many other nations and represents a national tragedy and serious public health issue. The Jewish value of pikuach nefesh teaches Jews that the preservation of human life is of supreme importance and overrides almost every other commandment in the Torah. Because of this, JCRC/AJC feels compelled to call on our leaders to take the necessary steps to reduce gun violence in the United States.

Specifically, JCRC/AJC calls on our legislative leaders to:

  • Support universal background checks for all gun transactions, including person-to-person
  • Oppose concealed carry reciprocity
  • Support extreme risk protection orders
  • End the prohibition of government funding of gun violence research because gun violence is a grave public health epidemic
  • Oppose permitless carry
  • Support the abolition of open carry
  • Oppose the sale of semi-automatic firearms with a large magazine of ammunition designed and configured for rapid fire and combat useMoreover, JCRC/AJC calls on our legislative and community leaders to engage in open and productive dialogue on this issue in order to craft a multi-faceted approach to eliminate gun violence in our nation.

Black and Jewish Congregations Celebrate the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 2018 – Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, Russell Street Missionary Baptist Church and Adat Shalom Synagogue, together will celebrate the legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in “Where do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 14 at Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit.


Presented in partnership with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and the Jewish Community Relations Council/AJC, the program will feature the Adat Shalom, Greater New Mt. Moriah and Russell Street choirs under the leadership of Hazzan Daniel Gross, Elder Herman Harris and Reverend Michael Kennedy. Other presenters will include Rabbi Aaron Bergman, Reverend Dr. Deedee M. Coleman, Reverend Kenneth James Flowers, and the youth choirs of Greater New Mt. Moriah and Hillel Day School.


The theme of the program – “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” – is taken from the name of Dr. King’s final book before his assassination. The book, written in 1967, analyzed the state of race relations in America in light of recent federal protections and posed the question of whether or not the new protections would usher in a new era of racial equality.


“Dr. King’s last book was actually a call for love and unity in the face of what he felt was an increase in racism across America,” says Reverend Kenneth Flowers of Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church. “It is profound and sad that these words ring so true today, which is why we must keep his message alive and never cease in our commitment to overcome injustice wherever and whenever we can.”


The program will be followed by a dessert reception sponsored by AIPAC. It is open to the community at no charge and reservations are not required.  For more information, contact Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church 313-871-8025; Adat Shalom Synagogue, 248-851-5100; or Russell Street Missionary Baptist Church 313-875-2458.