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.
As reported below, the long fight for Army Capt. Singh to obtain a religious accommodation to keep his turban and beard has ended. The JSPAN Board encouraged the government...
5/31/2016
On April 17th, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed a bill legalizing marijuana use-in pill, oil, vapor, liquid or topical form for 17 qualifying diagnosed conditions. By...
5/31/2016
JSPAN's Board recently voted to endorse Alianza Pro Licencias PA (Alliance for Licenses PA). We are supporting--and encourage you to work to enact--Pennsylvania House Bill...
5/31/2016
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
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