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 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...
Join JSPAN on April 20 as we co-sponsor a program on immigration at Congregation Adath Jeshurun. Presdenter will be Eleanor Pelta, a recognized leader in immigration and...
4/13/2016
(Note: This report, by JSPAN Executive Director George Stern, first appeared in the Philadelphia Jewish Voice. Also at the Summit from JSPAN were Board members Ruth Damsker and...
3/28/2016
JSPAN President Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom, acting on behalf of JSPAN, has joined with area clergy, faith leaders and women religious leaders in Pennsylvania, in a letter-writing...
2/21/2016
JSPAN recently joined humanitarian aid organizations, and faith, labor, civil and human rights groups in expressing support for the U.S. refugee resettlement program and...
2/21/2016
Pennsylvania has some of the most gerrymandered political districts in the country. JSPAN has long supported the creation of an independent redistricting system to restore...
2/21/2016
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
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