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.
JSPAN Executive Director Rabbi George Stern
In 2014, $174 million in “dark money” flowed into political campaigns. Experts expect double that in 2016. Marco Rubio has spent almost none of the money he has raised on TV ads,...
12/16/2015
Edward Hoffman
This interview first appeared in our December Newsletter. A full copy of the newsletter can be accessed in the Newsletter tab above.- Jonathan, what do you do for a living? I’m...
12/16/2015
We are pleased to share with you the text of a report on Black Lives Matter that the JSPAN Board adopted to guide our future work in Race Relations. Email our Executive Director,...
12/16/2015
JSPAN sent the following letter of suport to Al Aqsa Mosque following the desecration of the property with a swine head tossed from a car. We are also sending a check in the...
12/16/2015
THe following message is from JSPAN President Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom. It was originally published in the December newsletter, which you can access through the Newsletter tab...
12/16/2015
Edward Hoffman
What do you do for a living?  I am an attorney.  I currently work as a Federal law clerk in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for the Honorable Gerald Austin McHugh...
11/12/2015
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