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? Right now I’m retired, but for 20 years I was fortunate to be an elected public official.  I’m a social worker by background, so before that...
2/18/2016
JSPAN President Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom
Writing in the Forward, J. J. Goldberg challenges Jewish organizations to develop an agenda that reflects the concerns of the community today.   JSPAN fits the...
2/18/2016
I am most grateful to Minister Rodney Muhammad for this opportunity to bring greetings from the Jewish Social Policy Action Network (JSPAN) here in Philadelphia. I am especially...
1/20/2016
Edward Hoffman
- Tell me about AccessMatters, your employer. AccessMatters works to transform access to sexual reproductive health.  We are a non-profit based in Philadelphia.  We...
1/20/2016
Hebrew scripture tells us that the early Jews created one of the world’s first systems of social welfare.  We left part of our harvest to the poor (Leviticus 19:9), and in...
1/20/2016
Ken Myers, one of JSPAN's founders, had the following letter pubnlished in the Inquirer. Ken also spoke at our November 22 program on Campaign Finance and Resdistircting. JSPAN...
12/16/2015
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