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Trump Encourages White Supremacists, DJOP Says

DJOP: Trump’s latest comments sadly add to his encouragement of anti-Semites and racists(Sept. 23/2020) — The board of the Democratic Jewish Outreach PA (DJOP) said today that a report in today’s Washington Post “only adds to the proof that Donald Trump encourages anti-Semites, racists, white supremacists and violent persons who want to divide American society.” Jill Zipin, DJOP Chair, said in a statement that the Post’s story “is consistent, sadly, with Trump’s observation that the torch-bearing marchers shouting anti-Semitic and anti-Black slogans in Charlottesville included “very fine people.” The Post reported:“In unguarded moments with senior aides, President Trump has maintained…

DJOP Praises Biden’s ‘Historic’ VP Selection

Democratic Jewish Outreach Pennsylvania (DJOP) today endorsed what it called Vice President Joseph Biden’s “historic move” in naming US Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his running mate for Vice President. “Sen. Harris represents the diversity of the Democratic party,” said Jill Zipin, chair of DJOP. “She reflects our Jewish values as shown through her commitment to immigrants, affordable healthcare and a more just society. Together Joe Biden and Sen. Harris will restore decency and intelligence to the White House.” Zipin said that Harris’ support of Israel and the Jewish people has been “unwavering.” “She has been to Israel on numerous…

DJOP Endorses Eugene DePasquale For Congress in PA 10th

The Democratic Jewish Outreach Pennsylvania (DJOP) today announced its endorsement of Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, Democrat candidate for the US House of Representatives from the state’s 10th Congressional District. The district is in Central Pennsylvania and covers Dauphin County, including Harrisburg, and parts of York and Cumberland Counties. Jill Zipin, Chair of DOJP’s Steering Committee, said the committee “enthusiastically endorses DePasquale because of his experience in government, because he best reflects the Jewish values and progressive policies of DJOP, and because this is a winnable seat for Democrats.” Zipin pointed to the Washington Post’s’ reference to PA’s 10th District…

Response to Muslim Massacre in New Zealand

We at DJOP are horrified and saddened by the deaths this week at the Muslim Mosques in New Zealand. As Martin Luther King so eloquently said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” We believe when one House of God is under attack, we are ALL under attack. The Muslim community was attacked simply due to their religious beliefs and their faith. We as Jews understand and know all too well what it like to be attacked for one’s faith. Unfortunately, the President of the United States, the leader of the Free World, who has the power of the…

DJOP Endorses Marc Friedenberg for Congress

Marc Friedenberg is our best choice for the US House of Representatives (PA 12th.): He supports healthcare for all, a clean environment, an economy that works for everyone, commonsense gun laws and a strong, secure Israel. He is a faculty member at The Pennsylvania State University and a graduate of Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology, where he earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees. After studying cyber law and internet privacy at Columbia Law School, he worked for law firms pursuing cases against Wall Street banks. While suing the big banks in the aftermath of the 2008 financial…

The Democratic Agenda

Democrats have taken the house by 39! This gives our party the ability to set the agenda for the coming weeks and months ahead. Although the corrupt Trump administration should be held accountable for its misdeeds, the Democrats must push forward with a positive agenda that will better the lives of all Americans. We at DJOP believe that the Democrats should make the following issues a priority: The ACA needs to be strengthened and improved so all Americans can receive affordable quality health care. We support lowering the Medicare eligibility age to 55. The minimum wage must be raised so…

DJOP Endorses Scott Wallace in PA-1

The Democratic Jewish Outreach of PA (DJOP) on Monday, July 2 2018 endorsed Scott Wallace, Democratic nominee for the U.S. Congress in Bucks County (PA-1.) The Steering Committee of the federal political action committee issued the following statement: “The Democratic Jewish Outreach of Pennsylvania has studied carefully Congressional candidate (PA-1) Scott Wallace’s clarification of his position on Israel. His strong statement of support and understanding should put to rest any doubts of Mr. Wallace’s commitment to Israel’s security and the critical importance of the special relationship between the U.S. and the Jewish State. “We especially note Wallace’s recognition of Israel…

DJOP Urges Congress To End ‘Humanitarian Crisis’

The Steering Committee of the Democratic Jewish Outreach of PA (DJOP) today urged the state’s members of Congress to demand an end to the “humanitarian crisis” created by the Trump Administration’s taking of children from their parents at the nation’s southern border The DJOP is a federal political action committee (PAC) formed in 2008 to support progressive candidates and legislation and sponsor programs on contemporary issues. “Our Jewish tradition teaches us to welcome the stranger,” the DJOP said in letters to the state delegation. “The Trump Administration’s policy of separating children from their parents is an inhumane violation of this…

DJOP Endorses Chrissy Houlahan in PA’s U.S. 6th

Democratic Jewish Outreach of PA has endorsed Chrissy Houlahan in her race for U.S. Congress from PA’s 6th District in Chester County. Houlahan, a U.S. Air Force veteran and the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and a career U.S. Navy officer, is a former teacher and business leader making her first run for public office. “We are proud to endorse Chrissy Houlahan for the U.S. Congress because she brings to the campaign a wide range of experience in the business world and as a community leader,” said Jill Zipin, member of the Steering Committee of the DJOP. “She is exactly…

Democratic Jewish Outreach PA Endorses Wendy Rothstein and Jeff Saltz for Montgomery County Court of Common Plea in November 7, 2017 General Election

On Friday, October 27, 2017, Democratic Jewish Outreach PA (DJOP) announced its endorsement of Wendy Rothstein and Jeff Saltz, candidates for judge of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas in the PA General Election being held Tuesday, November 7, 2017. We are taking special interest in this year’s judicial races because of the substantial role the courts have nationally and at the state level in maintaining checks and balances on the executive and legislative branches of government. And even though the Courts of Common Pleas typically receive less attention from voters, they are the courts that state residents are…

Democratic Jewish Outreach PA Endorses Daylin Leach for Congress in 7th Congressional District (July 14, 2017)

On July 14, 2017, DJOP announced that we have endorsed State Senator Daylin for Congress in the 7th Congressional District. You can read the media release announcing the endorsement below (click the image to view and download a PDF version of the release). DJOP will also be hosting a fundraiser for Daylin’s campaign on Sunday, September 10, 4:00 – 6:00 PM at the home of Jill and Howard Zipin in Horsham. Click here for more information.

Daylin Leach to Run for Congress & You’re Invited to His Congress Kickoff Event July 6

State Senator Daylin Leach announced on July 1 that he is running for Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District, currently represented by Republican Pat Meehan. Daylin has served in the Pennsylvania House since 2003 and in the state Senate since 2009, where he has a well-earned reputation for working across the aisle to pass some of the most meaningful legislation in state history. The official campaign kickoff event will take place this Thursday, July 6, 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Radnor Hotel (591 E. Lancaster Avenue in Radnor). All are welcome. Click here to RSVP. Meehan is expected to face a highly competitive re-election battle in 2018 due, in part,…

Attack on Mount Carmel Cemetery in Northeast Philadelphia

Update on Mount Carmel Cemetery: Call to Action (posted February 28, 2017 at 3:40 PM) The Jewish Community Relations Council, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, and other community groups are organizing a gathering of support in response to the desecration of Mount Carmel Cemetery. The event, called “Stand Against Hate,” will take place Thursday, March 2, at 12:00 Noon at Independence Mall, 599 Market Street. All are welcome. Many people, perhaps 10,000 or more, are expected. So, allow plenty of time to get there and consider taking mass transit. The program will consist of brief remarks, singing, and a few readings;…