This person is a member of the board of JSPAN.

Hon. Babette Josephs

    Born in the City of New York, Babette moved to Philadelphia upon marrying the late Herbert B. Newberg, a well-known class actions attorney.  She graduated from Rutgers Law School Camden in 1976, and was admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania.  Babette was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from the 182nd District in1985 (Center City).  She served in the General Assemble until 2012 becoming the Chair of the State Government Committee and a spokesperson for the Philadelphia Delegation.

Nathan Kleinman

Nate Kleinman was born in Philadelphia. He graduated from Abington Friends School in 2000 and from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 2004. He worked a wide range of jobs, from landscaper to spotlight operator to office manager, before choosing to pursue a life of activism. He has since primarily sought work in politics and organizing, though he quit his last “real job” in 2012 (as an organizer with the Service Employees International Union).

Marlena Kleit

Marlena currently teaches courses in writing/critical thinking and literature at The Moore College of Art & Design.  She also maintains a connection to the work that she did for many years at the Jewish Community Relations Council here in Philadelphia, where she presently serves as a judge for the Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition on the Holocaust.

Audrey Ann Ross

Audrey Ann Ross currently works as Communications and Community Engagement Manager at AccessMatters. Formerly she was the Government and Media Relations Coordinator at Planned Parenthood Southeastern Pennsylvania.

J. Sanford Schwartz, MD

Sandy Schwartz is Leon Hess Professor of Medicine and Health Management and Economics at the School of Medicine and The Wharton School, Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Policy and Economics and Senior Scholar at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a clinically oriented health services researcher focusing on medical decision making.

Richard Malkin, MD

Richard Malkin is a retired pediatrician whose interests include health care reform, social and economic justice, Judaism in America and urban educational opportunity. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he also earned his medical degree.

Rabbi David Straus


Rabbi David Straus is the Senior Rabbi at Main Line Reform Temple in Wynnewood, PA.  He was appointed in July, 1998, and is only the fourth rabbi to serve in this position at Main Line Reform Temple. Under his leadership, the congregation has begun many new and innovative programs and services, including a child-parent religious school program where parents learn and attend school weekly with their children.

Daniel Segal , Esq.

Dan Segal, a founding litigator at Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, is a magna cum laude graduate of the Harvard Law School, where he was Executive Editor of the Harvard Law Review. He received his B.A. from Yale University and a Master of Science degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics.

Theodore Mann, Esq.

Theodore Mann is a 52-year veteran of the Philadelphia and international legal world. He was the National Chairman of the Jewish Council on Public Affairs (JCPA). He was the chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations from 1978-1980. Mr.

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