Author: Andrea Cantor

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…

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Philly POPS and an Eagles mascot forming a conga line. Photo: The Philly POPS Facebook page. “Fly, Eagles, fly on the road to victory.” As one would expect, the 2018 Super Bowl Champions’ anthem has been sung across Philly, from sports bars to the victory parade on February 9. But one might not expect The Philly POPS to also get into the green. But that’s exactly what the orchestra did at the Kimmel Center during “Lenny’s Revolution,” a tribute concert to the legendary composer Leonard Bernstein. Midway through “Conga!,” from the musical “Wonderful Town,” an Eagles mascot appeared on stage…

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Anti-Semitic definition at Ryerson University. Ryerson University’s Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) has officially adopted and printed the Canadian definition of anti-Semitism. The implementation of an anti-Semitism definition at the Toronto university may encourage other schools and universities to follow suit. Students Supporting Israel at Ryerson University – SSI Ryerson posted a Facebook statement announcing the accomplishment: After tons of hard work and effort, we are happy to announce that the RSU has officially printed and adopted the official federal definition of antisemitism. Despite the current Ryerson Students’ Union – RSU president, Susanne Nyaga’s attempts to redefine our definition-despite it already being adopted…

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Candlelight vigil at Ambler Church of the Brethren. Photo credit: Andrea Cantor “Hate has no home here,” Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, said to a room of around 300, during an interfaith candlelight vigil in response to recent anti-Semitic and racist attacks. The latest incident occurred approximately two weeks ago, where Klu Klux Klan (KKK) flyers, marked with hearts and language such as “Love your race,” were distributed to homes in Maple Glen, a district of the Upper Dublin Township. Other recent hate-based acts in Montgomery County have included graffiti with Nazi and…

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A protester being arrested. Photo courtesy of March on Harrisburg. Twenty-three protesters were arrested under charges of disorderly conduct, a summary offense, during a sit-in outside Pennsylvania State Representative Daryl Metcalfe’s office at the PA Capitol Monday, May 22. Five more were arrested on Tuesday. Two were from out-of-state and charged with failure to disperse, trespassing, and disrupting a meeting, as confirmed by Xelba Gutierrez, the outreach coordinator of March on Harrisburg. The two unidentified protesters have an unsecured bail set to $25,ooo and have a hearing on June 5. The other three protesters arrested on Tuesday had lesser charges. The demonstrators were…

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The second day of March On Harrisburg’s march. Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Jewish Voice’s Periscope. One hundred and five miles in nine days—that is the feat just accomplished by March on Harrisburg’s participants, who marched from Philadelphia to the State Capital in Harrisburg, May 13-21. But the activists do not have time to rest their feet, as they start a four-day lobby and protest at the State Capital, May 22-24. “The relationship between governed and government is in a sorry  state and there is a lot to be done to heal that relationship,” said Executive Director Michael Pollack of the March…

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A side-by-side of Mayim Bialik (left) and Linda Sarsour (right). Photo courtesy of Fox News. This article was originally published on Huffington Post. Linda Sarsour, the Palestinian-American political activist, expressed back in March how feminists need to care for Palestinian women, and alluded to the sentiment that Zionism and feminism are incompatible. Sarsour said to The Nation, “It just doesn’t make any sense for someone to say, ‘Is there room for people who support the state of Israel and do not criticize it in the movement?’ There can’t be in feminism. You either stand up for the rights of all…

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If you think your Passover Seder is missing that magic touch, perhaps Harry Potter and his friends can help you out. Moshe Rosenberg, author of Morality for Muggles: Ethics in the Bible and the World of Harry Potter, recently published his latest Jewish-Potter hybrid project, The (Unofficial) Hogwarts Haggadah. For the kids (and let’s be honest, adults), who are fast asleep before you can finally eat at the Seder, The (Unofficial) Hogwarts Haggadah will be the spell that breaks the boredom curse. First, the Haggadah itself is aesthetically pleasing with Harry Potter and Passover illustrations, designed by Aviva Shur, that…

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