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 represented the progressive Jewish community at an October press conference in Harrisburg supporting passage of a carefully crafted, fair, and scientifically warranted medical marijuana bill. While the issue has bipartisan support, it has been bottled up in committee, and there is concern about the final...
Dr. Adrienne Jacoby, a member of JSPAN’s Board of Directors and chair of our Education Policy Center, just retired as Executive Director of Philadelphia Reads, a non-profit organization formed by Mayor Rendell after the President’s Summit for America’s Future (Philadelphia, 1997). Philadelphia Reads’ goal is to help ensure that all children read...
A Report by JSPAN Executive Director Rabbi George Stern  “The God we love is impatient with justice. The God we love commands us that black lives matter.” So said Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, in a stirring speech in Raleigh during America’s Journey for Justice. Sponsored by the NAACP, the Journey has been...
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
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
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