Will Congress Act on Zika?

With the presidential campaign at a post-convention lull and Congress on recess, the country has reached the eye of 2016’s political storm. But with 16  locally contracted cases of the Zika virus reported in the Miami, Fla., neighborhood of Wynwood as of Aug. 8, some wonder if the legislature will act in time to prevent… Read More

BJC ‘Distressed’ By Black Lives Matter Platform’s Take on Israel

The Baltimore Jewish Council released a statement Monday calling parts of the recently released Movement for Black Lives platform “malicious” and “untruthful” regarding Israel. “The Baltimore Jewish Council is a strong supporter of the social justice ideals that are promoted by the Black Lives Matter movement,” the statement began. “We are proud of our long… Read More

Convention Had Little to Say About Jewish Issues, Republicans Take Note

The delegates have left, the thousands of balloons have been popped and the traffic has subsided (sort of). Now that the Democratic National Convention has ended, some still feel left out. Specifically: Where were the Jewish or Israeli shout-outs? There were bits and scraps of Jewish phrases thrown into speeches, but even less talk of… Read More

Legislators Nationwide Thanked for Their Roles in Opposing BDS

Pro-Israel state legislators from around the nation were honored July 28 at the Jewish Community Services Building in Philadelphia for their contributions in the fight against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. About 15 legislators were on hand to receive recognition during the Democratic National Convention. “We know how hard you work, said Naomi… Read More

JStreet Met By Supporters and Protest at the DNC

It was a star-studded evening at the National Museum of American Jewish History July 27, at least in terms of Democratic National Convention star-power. The self-described “pro-Israel, pro-peace” J Street held an event called “Breaking Convention,” which was attended by a bevy of Democratic legislators, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and two politicians who… Read More

DNC Dealing With Chair Absence

With Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s abrupt resignation this week, the party now finds itself in search of a leader. Donna Brazile, the 2011 interim chair who preceded Wasserman Schultz, a member of the House of Representatives from Florida, is serving in the position again through Election Day. One name floating around party… Read More

A Fly (Donkey?) On the Wall: Behind the Scenes of the DNC

PHILADELPHIA — As the Democratic National Convention opened, Democrats were certainly feeling the Bern — also the actual burn because it felt like 500 degrees and humid. (The temperature officially maxed out at 97 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.) Despite the heat, delegates and attendees were exuberated for a day of Democratic bliss…. Read More

Philly Area Artist Switches Mediums, Paints Two DNC Donkeys

Jonathan Mandell primarily uses tile, glass shards, minerals and semi-precious stones to create elaborate mosaics, but he jumped at the recent chance to paint a couple of the 57 DNC Donkeys displayed around Philadelphia. Mandell, a Bala Cynwyd resident, applied to participate in the Donkeys Around Town program conducted by the Mural Arts Program, arts… Read More

Scenes from Philadelphia with the DNC in Town

With the start of the Democratic National Convention on July 25, all sorts of visitors descended on Philadelphia, particularly in Center City. Protesters, almost all of them carrying some kind of Bernie Sanders paraphernalia, gathered in the City Hall courtyard and spilled out into Dilworth Park, where kids frolicked in the fountains. Assorted other politicos,… Read More