Scenes from Philadelphia with the DNC in Town

Photo by Liz Spikol

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

Debra Messing Shares Why She Supports Hillary Clinton

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Actress Debra Messing stopped by Philadelphia on July 20 at the Hillary for America headquarters in Center City to raise awareness for the candidate she supports — and believes the rest of the country should get behind. Messing, most well known for her iconic, ahead-of-its-time role in the sitcom “Will and Grace” — and, more… Read More

AJC Diplomatic Reception Promotes International Interest in Israel

The first thing to know about the American Jewish Committee is that it single-mindedly focuses on Jews and Israel. This week, the AJC was in Philadelphia, just as last week it was in Cleveland. Not for Democrats and Hillary. Not for Republicans and Trump. It’s here simply to promote the cause of Judaism and the… Read More

Jewish Groups Hold Events to Counter Inflamed Rhetoric

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Two Jewish organizations held events this week — the week of the Democratic National Convention — addressing the issue of hate speech and inflamed political rhetoric. Bend the Arc Jewish Action held a reception at the National Museum of American Jewish History called “To Bigotry No Sanction: The 21st century Jewish movement for justice in… Read More

Sanders Supporters Showed Up in Droves to Protest DNC

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City Hall was a hotbed for those protesting the Democratic National Convention and, even more so, the candidate the convention was officially nominating. Starting as early as 10 a.m. on Monday — the first day of the convention — protesters showed up to voice their support for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Throughout the day, there… Read More

Trump Call for Russian Spying Causes Stir at AJC Event

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition Presidential Forum in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The theft by suspected Russian agents of the Democratic National Committee’s emails, leading to the abrupt departure of Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz as DNC chairwoman after the release of 30,000 of those emails by WikiLeaks, was bound to continue to earn headlines on Wednesday. But as Day 3 of the Democratic National Convention in… Read More

Wasserman-Schultz Resigns from DNC Chair Post

When the Democratic National Convention gets underway this week in Philadelphia, it will be without one of the party’s key leaders. Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.) resigned her position as chair of the Democratic National Committee Sunday. Her term was scheduled to end next year. “Going forward, the best way for me to accomplish those goals… Read More

JWV Fights Changes in Veteran Hiring Law

A screenshot from the JWV website that supports the current veterans-preference hiring system (Screenshot of Jewish War Veterans Opposes Elimination of Veterans Preference: jwv.org)

The veterans-preference hiring system that has helped former U.S. troops re-enter the workforce is in jeopardy, according to the Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. The National Defense Authorization Act of 2017, which sets out budget priorities for the Department of Defense, contains wording that would limit veterans to one-time use of the hiring preference,… Read More

Gauging the Impact of BDS Is the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel succeeding?

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In 2005, Palestinian nongovernmental organizations initiated the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement to encourage businesses, universities and other global entities to pressure Israel into ending the occupation of the West Bank and Golan Heights, giving full equality to Palestinian citizens of Israel and recognizing the Palestinians’ right of return to land they had fled when… Read More

Presbyterian General Assembly’s Shift Brings Mixed Reactions

Presbyterians are pushing back against the church group’s  anti-Zionist study guide.

Jewish organizations praised the Presbyterian Church of the United States of America for moderating its stance highly critical of Israel. The 222nd Presbyterian Church’s General Assembly, held in Portland, Ore., last month, passed a resolution in “opposition to any efforts to deny or undermine the rights of the Palestinian people or the Jewish people to… Read More