Philadelphia Women’s March — 50,000 Strong

“I woke up this morning feeling truly human for the first time since waking up in a daze of horror on November 9,” said Jessica Weigarten after attending the Women’s March in Philadelphia. Weingarten is a Philadelphia Jewish Voice contributor and a Democratic Convention Watch blogger.

Demonstrators at the Women's March on Philadelphia.

Demonstrators at the Women’s March on Philadelphia.

She was joined in Philadelphia on January 21 by thousands of women, children and men who took to the streets, walking shoulder to shoulder, with the crowd stretching for a solid mile along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The number of marchers on the Parkway was estimated at 50,000, more than double the predicted total. [Read more…]

Boathouse Row Transformed Into a Mammoth Menorah

This year, a Hanukkah greeting appeared on one of the boathouses for the first time. Photo credit: NBC10.com

This year, a Hanukkah greeting appeared on one of the boathouses for the first time.
Photo credit: NBC10.com

One of the most magical sights in Philadelphia is Boathouse Row at night, when the riverbank rowing houses are illuminated with a beckoning glow, reflecting on the still waters of the Schuylkill River. For Jews celebrating Hanukkah this season, this visual delight has taken on a new significance: for the first time, the boathouses have been converted into what Mayor Kenney’s office describes in a press release as “one of the largest representations of the menorah in the nation.” [Read more…]

President Obama Speaks at Rally in Philly

President Obama speaks at rally in Philadelphia for Hillary.

President Obama speaks at rally in Philadelphia for Hillary.

At 12:30 about 40 people were awaiting POTUS’ arrival on the Tarmac at Philadelphia International Airport, under warm sunny skies.

Yolanda Dugger, of Philadelphia, had an iPad ready to record the president’s arrival. She said she admired the president for the success he had after growing up without his biological father. Dugger, 57, said she hoped Obama’s story would inspire young men in single-parent homes “and empower them to be better people.”

Mike Bernstein, 15 (but turning 16 Wednesday) held the book “Obama’s Legacy” by Michael Days. “It’s fun,” he said of waiting to see the president. [Read more…]

At Democratic National Convention the Sky is the Limit

People have come to Philadelphia from all over the country to attend the Democratic National Convention (DNC). In addition, the international press has followed our election, and the delegates from Democrats Abroad represent American expats who voted in over 140 countries.

_87569069_c0097730-international_space_station,_2009-splWhile interest in the convention spans the globe, the DNC may be having an additional observer pass overhead. The International Space Station (ISS) will be flying 249 miles over Philadelphia at 9:20 pm, from West-Southwest to Northeast, rising to 19° from the zenith, probably around the time that Chelsea will be getting ready to introduce her mother, Hillary Rodham Clinton, as the first woman to be nominated for president of the United States by a major political party.
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Meet the Most Senior PA Delegate: Benjamin Franklin

Ralph Archbold as Benjamin Franklin at the National Museum of American Jewish History

Ralph Archbold as Benjamin Franklin at the National Museum of American Jewish History

The Philadelphia Jewish Voice bumped into Pennsylvania’s most senior delegate at the National Museum of American Jewish History, before the Bend the Arc reception during the Democratic National Convention. To our delight, Benjamin Franklin took the opportunity to chat with us about the convention and his relationship with the Jewish community. [Read more…]

Live Blog: The Democratic National Convention Begins

The Philadelphia Jewish Voice is on site this week at the Democratic National Convention. Publisher Dan Loeb, President Bonnie Squires, Vice President Ken Myers and writer Jessica Weingarten will be providing reports, photos and updates. Follow below from most recent to earliest.

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Commute to the #DNC by Bike and Bus

bike-to-work-bicycle-coalition-900vpThe Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia urges Regional Rail riders to utilize bicycles in combination with available public transit to get to their destinations. This will be especially true during the Philadelphia Democratic National Convention, since SEPTA forecasts that repairs of defective regional rail cars will be ongoing, resulting in crowding and delays. [Read more…]