Former Vice President Joe Biden Honored at Jewish Museum Gala

Vice President Joe Biden seated with Ron Rubin, co-chair of the gala committee and a presenting sponsor.

The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) honored Vice President Joe Biden at the museum’s annual Only in America Gala, held at The Bellevue Philadelphia on April 24. [Read more…]

Philly Jews “Pray With Their Feet” for Shabbat at March for Our Lives

Attorney General Josh Shapiro with his children Jonah and Sophia. Photo by Andrea Cantor

“The students and young people in this country, and here in Philadelphia, are inspiring the next generation of leaders, and their voices are lifting up the voices of so many on common sense laws in this country to prevent gun violence, and to keep our streets and our schools safe,” said Attorney General Josh Shapiro (D-Pa.) to the Philadelphia Jewish Voice at March For Our Lives Philadelphia. “I wanted to be here today really to support the young people, support their voices, and frankly, to be inspired by them.”

The March 24 event in Philly was a Sister March with Washington DC’s March for Our Lives, called for by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School survivors of the February 14 mass shooting that left 17 people dead. As reported by The Times of Israel, among the victims, five Jews were killed: Jewish students Alyssa Alhadeff, 14, Jaime Guttenberg, 14, Meadow Pollock, 18, and Alex Schachter, 14, as well as geography teacher Scott Beigel, 35.

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Social Justice Civic Engagement Fair

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Meed

All are invited to stop by and talk to representatives from a variety of organizations to learn how you can give voice to your values. This event is for the entire family and community.

Featured Speakers:  Former PA Governor, Edward G. Rendell and PA Attorney General, Josh Shapiro

Participating organizations include:  (list will be updated as more groups join)

Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

CeaseFire PA

Fair Districts PA

Hebrew Immigrants Aid Society (HIAS)

League of Women’s Voters

National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW)


Beth Or Social Justice Committee

Beth Or Social Action Committee


Contact Social Justice Committee Chairs, Craig Schulz or Char Friedenheim at [email protected] with any questions.


The Trump University Scandal Touches Pennsylvania

— by Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro

Recently unsealed court documents from an ongoing lawsuit against Trump University revealed new details about the alleged fraudulent practices of the unaccredited, for-profit “university” founded by Donald Trump. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who has filed a $40 million lawsuit alleging unfair and deceptive practices by Trump and his associates, summarized the case by saying, “It’s straight-up fraud.”trump-u-0623

The records indicate that Trump University preyed on people looking for hope, opportunity and new careers in the midst of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. A court will determine Mr. Trump’s responsibility, but what this case shows is a fact of life we know too well: Everyday folks will be taken advantage of by powerful interests when no one is looking and no one holds them accountable. If I am elected Pennsylvania attorney general, I will be watching. [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…]