Spreading the Message of Tolerance — One Sign at a Time

An example of one of the signs created by North Park Neighbors, Chicago, Illinois.

An example of one of the signs created by North Park Neighbors, Chicago, Illinois.

“Hate has no home here” — powerful words written by two elementary school students in North Park, a neighborhood in Chicago characterized by its diversity. The students’ message — in English and five other languages — is now plastered on posters throughout their school, and, thanks to a small group of community members, on yard signs throughout the North Park neighborhood. The signs are red on one side and blue on the other, denoting that the message crosses party lines. [Read more…]

Michelle Portnoff: Second Woman in Gratz College History to Chair Board of Governors

Michelle Portnoff, Esq.

Michelle Portnoff, Esq.

Gratz College welcomes the new academic year, not only with new students and new programs, but also with many new faces on the Gratz College Board of Governors. In the last year alone, eight new people have joined the board, bringing the total number of members to 25. And this summer, board member Michelle Portnoff became only the second woman in Gratz College history to assume the role of board chair. [Read more…]

Expressing Your Politics with Swag

In addition to the eloquent speeches by high-profile members of the party, Democrats of all stripes have been touting their political messages around town with great creativity. People are exuberantly exercising their First Amendment right of self-expression through slogans on t-shirts, caps, socks and the ubiquitous political buttons. From Trump toilet paper to “Chillary” iced coffee to the sold-out “Presidential Election 2016 — Moving to Canada” t-shirt, politically themed merchandise can be found all over the city. [Read more…]

Clinton Adviser Responds to Trump Press Conference

At a press conference in Florida, Donald Trump was asked about the hacking of Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails. His response spurred the release of the following statement from Jake Sullivan, senior policy adviser to the Clinton campaign:

This has to be the first time that a major presidential candidate has actively encouraged a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent. That’s not hyperbole, those are just the facts. This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue.

Below is a video of the Trump press conference. The remarks begin at time marker 35:35, and the especially controversial ones appear at time marker 44:00.

The Philadelphia Jewish Voice Pays Tribute to Elie Wiesel

Elie_Wiesel_2012_We at The Philadelphia Jewish Voice are profoundly saddened by the recent death of Elie Wiesel. Although Wiesel experienced the worst of mankind during the Holocaust, he transformed his experience into something extraordinary: He became, as President Obama said, “one of the great moral voices of our time, and in many ways, the conscience of the world.” [Read more…]

Rabbi Morton Narrowe: From Philadelphia to Chief Rabbi of Stockholm

Rabbi Morton Narrowe

Rabbi Morton Narrowe

Rabbi Morton Narrowe describes his upbringing as “typical.” His career, however, has been nothing short of extraordinary. For over 30 years, he was the rabbi of the Great Synagogue of Stockholm. Even in retirement, as rabbi emeritus, he hasn’t slackened his pace, taking on part-time rabbinical positions in places like Prague and Johannesburg, and writing his memoirs, which he is currently translating from Swedish to English. [Read more…]