Our Temple Emanuel community is excited to be walking in person as a team, led by Rabbi Wes Gardenswartz, in this year’s Mother’s Day Walk for Peace! Walk with us as we honor the lives of loved ones who have been murdered and build together for Generation Peace. This walk is for ALL ages from families with kids in strollers to seniors as long as you are comfortable walking! We are partnering with our TE Social Action Committee and TE Social Justice Advisory Board for this community-wide initiative.
Join the TE Team by walking with Rabbi Gardenswartz and TE community members of all ages, donating and/or fundraising for the event with your friends and family in support of the work of the Louis D Brown Peace Institute.
To donate in support of the Temple Emanuel team or to sign up to walk with us, click here. If you are registering as a walker or fundraiser, please indicate that you are a member of the “Temple Emanuel, Newton” team.
For those who plan to walk with our TE Team on May 8:
Temple Emanuel will provide a bus to and from the walk. The bus will leave from the front of Temple Emanuel at 8:45am and return to the synagogue around 12:15pm
Our group will bring water, a banner and will announce a location for our team to meet and march together.
Here is our schedule:
8:45am: The bus to the walk will leave from the front of Temple Emanuel
9:30am: Our TE Walking Team will join the walk at 9:30am for the second half of the full walk. We will begin at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, 75 Malcolm X Blvd, Boston, MA
11:30am: The walk will end at Town Field, 1520 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, MA with a Closing Rally
12:15pm: The TE bus will return to the synagogue
The Mother’s Day Walk for Peace (MDW4P) is a beloved 26-year-long Boston tradition and celebration of our potential to create more peaceful communities. The Walk is organized by the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, a Center of Healing, Teaching and Learning for families and communities impacted by murder, trauma, grief and loss. Our goal is to equip survivors with the tools, resources and opportunities that they need to become architects of their own healing and advocates for social change.
The Annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace was founded in 1996 by Louis D. Brown Peace Institute’s President and CEO Chaplain Clementina Chéry*, so mothers of murdered children could receive support and love from their neighbors. When Chaplain Chéry’s son, Louis, was murdered she wondered how she could grieve her son on Mother’s Day and also celebrate her living children. Twenty-six years later, the Walk for Peace continues to be a powerful way to honor loved ones who have been murdered and embrace our shared responsibility of peacemaking.
Last year in the United States, approximately 27,500 people were murdered. For every homicide victim, there are at least 10 immediate family members directly impacted by that death. It is safe to say that this year there are at least 275,000 new survivors of homicide victims dealing with the emotional, physical and financial stress of losing a loved one to traumatic death, such as murder.