With great pride JSPAN bestowed its 11th Annual Social Justice Award on Hon. Allyson Y. Schwartz at a gala ceremony on May 12 at the Independence Visitor Center. Speakers npted her decades of dedication to serving the best interests of Pennsylvania’s families. Prior to holding elected office, Schwartz was commissioner of the Philadelphia...
In addition to telling the traditional story, chanting prayers, and singing songs, Jews across the world use the Seder as an opportunity to ask, "What does the Exodus mean for us today?" Surely in 2016, the world-wide refugee crisis, mirroring so many moments in Jewish history, looms as a "must discuss" topic for our Seders. Click on the picture...
At its March 2016 Board meeting, JSPAN welcomed the leaders of three local immigration and refugee advocacy organiztions: Sundrop Carter, Director of Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition (PICC), Peter Pedemonti, Director of New Sanctuary Movement of Philadelphia, and Judi Bernstein-Baker, (please click on photo for more text)...
The JSPAN Board recently met at the Shop Rite on Fox Street to learn about the community-centric work of Jeff Brown, President and CEO of Brown's Super Stores, and Atif Bostic, Executive Director of UpLift Solutions, a nonprofit established by Brown to "support food businesses, government, and nonprofits to create sustainable environments for...
A rare, borderline miraculous thing happened inside Congregation Rodeph Shalom: a Republican and a Democrat not only jointly identified a political problem, but also agreed upon a set of solutions. Perhaps the true miracle would be if any of their ideas are ever adopted by Congress.
Edward Hoffman
- What do you do for a living? I’m a fund-raiser for the Greene Street Friends School, a Quaker educational institution in Germantown.  I work in the development office...
5/28/2016
Do you have even a little time to spare? As HIAS ramps up its refugee resettlement program and copes with increasing numbers of deportation threats, it is seeking additonal...
5/23/2016
At its meeting on May 16, the JSPAN Board reiterated its support for fair treatment of immigrants and refugees by endorsing two specific initiatives and promising future action....
5/23/2016
Join JSPAN on April 20 as we co-sponsor a program on immigration at Congregation Adath Jeshurun. Presdenter will be Eleanor Pelta, a recognized leader in immigration and...
4/13/2016
(Note: This report, by JSPAN Executive Director George Stern, first appeared in the Philadelphia Jewish Voice. Also at the Summit from JSPAN were Board members Ruth Damsker and...
3/28/2016
JSPAN President Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom, acting on behalf of JSPAN, has joined with area clergy, faith leaders and women religious leaders in Pennsylvania, in a letter-writing...
2/21/2016
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