Allyson Schwartz Honored by JSPAN


Rabbi George Stern, JSPAN executive director; Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom, JSPAN president; JoAnne Fischer, executive director of Maternity Care Coalition; Allyson Schwartz; and event co-chairs and JSPAN vice presidents, Ruth Damsker and Jill Zipin.

Former Congresswoman and State Senator Allyson Schwartz was awarded the Jewish Social Policy Action Network’s (JSPAN) Social Justice Award at an event held at the Independence Visitor Center on May 12.

Schwartz had a leadership role in the passage of the Affordable Care Act in Congress, and her role as architect and steward of the Children’s Health Insurance Program in Pennsylvania. Prior to holding elected office, she was commissioner of the Philadelphia Department of Human Services, founder and director of the Elizabeth Blackwell Health Center for Women, and a founder of Women’s Way. [Read more…]

‘Fighting Back, Moving Forward’: Keystone Progressive Summit Points the Way

Keystone Progress, an organization whose goal is to strengthen the progressive political movement in Pennsylvania, held its annual Progressive Summit in Harrisburg. The summit is an opportunity for progressive leaders and individuals to network, support one another and share ideas and successful programs. As such, this year’s event was a much welcome respite from the drumbeat of hate-mongering and negativity we’ve endured during this endless election season. [Read more…]

Perelman Teachers Have the Right to Organize: Interview

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Rabbi Jill Jacobs. Photo: T’ruah.

Starting September 1, the Perelman Jewish Day School has ceased to recognize its teachers union.

Following the Perelman board’s announcement, The Perelman Teacher-Alumni-Parent Partnership sponsored a presentation in Bryn Mawr, “Work & Workers in Jewish Law: A Community Teach-In,” by Rabbi Jill Jacobs.

Jacobs is the founding executive director of T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, which mobilizes 1,800 rabbis and cantors and tens of thousands of American Jews to protect human rights in North America and Israel. The author of Where Justice Dwells: A Hands-On Guide to Doing Social Justice in Your Jewish Community and There Shall Be No Needy: Pursuing Social Justice through Jewish Law and Tradition, she is widely regarded as a leading voice on Jewish social justice.

The Philadelphia Jewish Voice caught up with Rabbi Jacobs for an interview soon after her presentation.

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