Hate will not be tolerated in Philadelphia

unnamed (3)— by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney

cemetery-660x430My heart breaks for the families who found their loved ones’ headstones toppled Sunday morning. We are doing all we can to find the perpetrators who desecrated this hallowed resting place, and they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Hate will not be tolerated in Philadelphia.

I know Philadelphians stand with our Jewish brothers and sisters and I’ve been moved by the number of you who have reached out to ask how you can help.
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Food on the Brain: Top Brain Boosters and Brain Drainers

By Dr. Christopher Calapai

The foods you have in your pantry and fridge may be helping or hindering your brain. The foods we choose have a lot to do with how sharp, attentive, alert, focused and happy we feel after they are consumed. [Read more…]

Open Letter of Concern About Betsy DeVos

School Chalk Board

School Chalk Board

An Open Letter to Senator Toomey, (R-PA)
Dear Senator Toomey:

I grew up in a working class family and neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. I was the first in my family to get a college degree, made possible by the then free City University of New York system, an institution that enabled many working and lower middle class kids to achieve the American Dream. I have been an educator for 32 years, 25 of those at a public institution in Philadelphia (Temple University). During that time, I have enabled other kids, like the one I was, to reach, dream, and land higher than the place from where they came. But, now, that dream is in jeopardy. [Read more…]

Kellyanne Conway Struggles to Explain Handling of Flynn Scandal

by Jen Hayden of the Daily Kos

Speaking with Matt Lauer on “The Today Show,” White House deflector Kellyanne Conway struggled to get through an interview about why Donald Trump didn’t fire Michael Flynn the moment the Justice Department informed him that Michael Flynn had not been truthful about his comments to the Russian ambassador in December and was “potentially vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians.” In fact, that Flynn had been actively undermining President Obama as he levied new sanctions against Russia for their role in the U.S. elections. [Read more…]

Israeli Film Festival of Philadelphia This Entire Month

By Laurel Fairworth

2017 LogoThis year the Israeli Film Festival of Philadelphia is all over the map in a theatrical way. Now in its 21st year, the festival kicked off on Saturday, March 4. The month-long film extravaganza, which runs through April 2, 2017, takes place in venues around the Philadelphia area including the Perelman at the Kimmel Center, the Ritz, the International House, Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy and the Bryn Mawr Film Institute. [Read more…]

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Responds to Ruling by Ninth Circuit

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman issued the following statement after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals handed down its decision to uphold the suspension of President Trump’s immigration ban: [Read more…]

Over $4 Million Raised for Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Dr. Stuart and Lelaine Nemser; Dr. Robert and Marla Zipkin.

Dr. Stuart and Lelaine Nemser; Dr. Robert and Marla Zipkin.

The Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Associates, Ben-Gurion University (AABGU) held its largest and most important event of the year at the Fairmount Park Horticultural Center: the community tribute event, which raised over $4 million. [Read more…]