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Report from SOS: State of Stem Cells

March 15th, 2005- Harrisburg, PA Ninety Philadelphia participants were joined by other Hadassah members from Harrisburg and Pittsburgh at the morning session and were addressed by Representatives Josephs and Frankel, who had introduced House Bill 864 the previous day.

Letting Israel Sell Itself

M.J. Rosenberg's Weekly Opinion Column Washington DC, March 18, 2005 March, 2005 A new poll on the attitudes of American Jews had some disturbing, if not surprising results. The poll is the work of Professor Steven M. Cohen of the Melton Center at the Hebrew University. Cohen is the most distinguished pollster specializing in Jewish attitudes and, accordingly, his polls are always eagerly awaited in the community.

JSPAN's Passover Response to Hunger



During Passover, Jewish people everywhere become extremely conscious of food, even as we invite all who are hungry to come and eat with us at the Seder table. We should never forget that there are millions of people in this country and around the world who go to bed hungry every night. In the tradition of our holiday, JSPAN urges all of its members and friends to use this occasion to help alleviate hunger. See below for a list of resources and enjoy a sweet and happy Pesach.

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Further urgent action is now needed in Congress to pass the Darfur Peace and Accountability Act, which would strengthen civilian protection and allocate $ 50 million dollars in the final FY06 military appropriations bill to support the African Union mission in Sudan.

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A group of Jewish activists in Philadelphia recognized a voice that is not being heard.

Join us for JSPAN's First ANNUAL MEETING!

JSPAN's Annual Meeting will be held Wednesday, May 25 in the Justice Roberts Room in the Wachovia Building, which is located at 123 South Broad Street. This event will begin at 7:30pm. JSPAN will present Reverend Cedric A. Harmon, Associate Director for Religious Outreach at Americans United for Separation of Church and State. JSPAN's Annual Meeting will be held Wednesday, May 25 in the Justice Roberts Room in the Wachovia Building, which is located at 123 South Broad Street. This event will begin at 7:30pm. JSPAN will present Reverend Cedric A. Harmon, Associate Director for Religious Outreach at Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Where to Lay the Blame: Accountability for the Performance of Social Service Programs

Outside Resource - Reprinted with Permission - August 12, 2004 The text of this paper is also available in PDF form: Where to Lay The Blame
Faith Based Community Initiatives Where to Lay the Blame: Accountability for the Performance of Social Service Programs
Presented at Association for Research on Nonprofits and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) 30th Annual Conference November 30, 2001 Miami, FL
Presented by Jay Spector President & CEO

JSPAN Lauds Supreme Court Juvenile Death Penalty Decision

JSPAN NEWS - March 2005 Supreme CourtSupreme Court Declares Juvenile Death Penalty Unconstitutional The Supreme Court voted 5-4 that the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishments applied to the execution of persons who were under the age of 18 at the time of the crime. The Court, in an opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy, concluded that there was an emergent trend among the states to prohibit the execution of persons who were Juveniles when they committed the crime of murder.

What do we mean by moral values? Read Leonard Fein's Essay: Trembling Before Saying "God"

Forward, February 18, 2005 Trembling Before Saying "God" God. There, I’ve said it. And I didn’t flinch. That’s the big divide, according to Frank Luntz, a Republican strategist who first came to prominence when he helped draft Newt Gingrich’s late and unlamented “Contract with America” back in 1994. Now Luntz is freely dispensing advice to Democrats in search of “values.” Or, more properly, to Democrats who are persuaded that they had best start talking values talk if they want to appeal to Middle America.
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