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?  I am the campaigns director for HIAS – Hebrew Immigration Aid Society – which is the Jewish agency that works for the protection of refugees...
11/15/2016
Mr. President-Elect: Lift Us All Together  The Jewish Social Policy Action Network (JSPAN) advocates on behalf of social justice from the perspective of Jewish tradition and...
11/15/2016
Edward Hoffman
- What do you do for a living?  I’m a special ed teacher, but I don’t teach full time for lots of different reasons.  Some are due to disability, some about issues in...
8/31/2016
July 5, 2016 – Ever vigilant to protect the separation of church and state, the Jewish Social Policy Action Network (JSPAN) today submitted a brief to the Supreme Court in support...
7/13/2016
Edward Hoffman
- What do you do for a living? I’m the Field Director for Penn Environment, a statewide environmental non-profit group that works to push policies at the state and Federal level...
6/28/2016
A Report by Rabbi George Stern, Executive Director of JSPAN             There’s been a lot of talk in recent years about...
6/28/2016
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