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

Former President Bill  Clinton, wearing a button that says "Hillary" in  Hebrew, shares some thoughts with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vlsack at the 2016 Democratic  National Convention in Philadelphia. (Ron Sachs/dpa/picture-alliance/Newscom)

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 were recognized July 28 at an event hosted by The Israel Project and Jewish Federations of North America. (Andy Gotlieb)

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

A J Street event on July 27 was met by protesters. (Liz Spikol)

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

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

Debra Messing  (HD1/Hugh Dillon/WENN/Newscom)

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

Screenshot of Bend the Arc Jewish Action homepage (

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