No More Thoughts & Prayers

No More Thoughts & Prayers: A Documentary and Non-Partisan Panel Discussion on Gun Violence

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24 AT TEMPLE ISRAEL
3:00 PM: INTRODUCTION WITH DIRECTOR ANGELA LAMB & FILM SCREENING
3:30 PM: PANEL DISCUSSION
4:30 PM: AUDIENCE Q&A WITH DIRECTOR AND PANELISTS

Join the community at Temple Israel for an educational and meaningful panel discussion and Q&A with community leaders, parents, and students. Learn about the many non-partisan opportunities to support common-sense gun legislation and understand why shifting the focus of common-sense gun legislation from being a political issue to a public health issue is so important to making change. Everyone is welcome to join us.
RUN TIME: 19 minutes
NOT RATED: Appropriate for ages 16+ (we recommend younger teens be accompanied by a parent)

PANELISTS INCLUDE:
MODERATOR: MARK L. SHOOK, RABBI EMERITUS, TEMPLE ISRAEL
PANELIST: GAIL WECHSLER, MOMS DEMAND ACTION F0R GUN SENSE
PANELIST: LAURIE J. PUNCH, MD, CO-DIRECTOR, STOP THE BLEED STL
PANELIST: TOM STRECKFUSS, ST. LOUIS POLICE OFFICER
PANELIST: DAMEN ALEXANDER, STUDENT & ACTIVIST

DIRECTOR: ANGELA LAMB       
EDITOR: MICHELE STEINBERG 

MORE ABOUT OUR PANELISTS:

Rabbi Mark L. Shook is Rabbi Emeritus of the congregation. He retired on July 1, 2010, having been Senior Rabbi since 1987. A graduate of the University of Michigan (BA - Anthropology/Near Eastern Studies), he was ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in 1972.
Rabbi Shook was awarded the Doctor of Divinity degree from HUC-JIR. He is an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at St. Louis University, where he teaches courses in Jewish Philosophy. The courses are partially funded by grants from the Jewish Chautauqua Society.  He is a regular commentator for St. Louis Public Radio/KWMU, a local affiliate of NPR. This year he was awarded the Golden Microphone Award for his service to the station and community.


He serves on the Board of Interfaith Partnership/Faith Beyond Walls, an interfaith program of community service, and is a past chairman of the Board of Ranken-Jordan, Children's Rehabilitation Hospital, where he is currently Chair of the Governance Committee. A Police Chaplain for more than thirty years, Rabbi Shook is the Coordinating Chaplain for the St. Louis County Police Chaplaincy Program, and also serves as a Police Chaplain for the City of Creve Coeur.

 

Gail Wechsler is the volunteer St. Louis Faith Outreach Lead for the Missouri Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.  In this role, she engages in outreach to faith-based communities on the critical work of reducing gun violence. Gail also serves as a National Mentor for Moms Demand Action, working with new volunteer leads for the organization.   

She has extensive experience doing advocacy work, having spent close to nine years as Director of Domestic Issues/Social Justice at the Jewish Community Relations Council of St. Louis. She also is a past Vice President for Social Responsibility and past Board member (and current member) of Central Reform Congregation.  In her day job, she is Library Director of the Law Library Association of St. Louis.

Gail received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University, her library science degree from Mizzou and her law degree from New York University.Gail and her husband, Robert Cropf, have two grown children. 

 

Laurie J. Punch, MD is an acute care surgeon at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and an Associate Professor of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. Her areas of interest include surgical education, gun violence prevention, and the management of soft tissue infection and injury. This threefold mission has served to unite her clinical practice with my academic pursuits. As a provider of trauma surgical care in both Baltimore and St. Louis, Dr. Punch has been on the front of the gun violence epidemic and expanding her community involvement and curriculum development around violence prevention. Her future goals include expansion of this mission through further engagement the Stop the Bleed campaign throughout the St. Louis region, as well as the development of a more robust curriculum around firearm injury for both medical students and trainees. She believes that, “Education is power. Service is a healer.”

 

Tom Streckfuss joined the United States Marine Corps at the age of 20, and had several different duty stations from Camp Lejeune, NC, to Okinawa, Japan, also conducting security operations in Kosovo in 1999. He continued his service in the Marine Corps as a Military Policeman from 2000-2005, and successfully completed nine years of service at the rank of Sergeant. 

In 2007, Tom was accepted as a recruit with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. He graduated from the police academy in June of 2008 and has been policing the streets of St. Louis as a uniformed officer and a plain clothes detective ever since. He’s currently assigned to District 4 as a Non-Fatal Shooting Team detective.

Tom was born and raised here in the St. Louis area, and lives with his wife Amie and their three boys, Samuel (10), Bradley (7) and Alexander (1).

 

Damen Alexander is a Saint Louis area activist, who was inspired by the Ferguson protest his freshman year of high school. Since then, Damen has volunteered on a number of progressive campaigns in Saint Louis and organized March for Our Lives, Saint Louis. Damen is currently a freshman at Saint Louis Universi ty studying Political Science.

 

ABOUT THE FILM MAKERS:  

Angela Lamb has always been a creative person from drawing, painting, photography, an author of a healthy living children's book and a 15-year career as a graphic designer, art director, and producer of 30 second spots for large retailers. However, Angela never dreamed of becoming a filmmaker until her life was threatened by chronic illness. In the process of becoming well, she was driven to share the information to help others do the same. Although the most challenging creative endeavor of her life, creating “Un-Inflame Me: Reversing the American Diet & Lifestyle," it has also been the most fulfilling because it can truly make a difference in the health of others. Fast forward to Angela's 2nd film, after Parkland, Angela was compelled to create another film to help stop children from being slaughtered in their schools. No More Thoughts & Prayers is the result of her desire to stop this national public health epidemic.

Michele Steinberg is a St. Louis-based creative and storyteller, specializing in video editing, design, and photography. She owns and operates a local business -- Shutterbug Stories --  where she compiles professional picture and video slideshows for milestone birthday celebrations, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, weddings, and other special occasions. Michele is passionate about her St. Louis community and her Jewish faith, and gravitates toward projects that further the conversation in areas such as social justice and tikkun olam (repairing the world). Michele and her family attend Congregation Temple Israel, and No More Thoughts and Prayers is her first documentary film.

 

 

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