Democratic Jewish Outreach PA Endorses Wendy Rothstein and Jeff Saltz for Montgomery County Court of Common Plea in November 7, 2017 General Election (October 27, 2017)
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 most likely to encounter. Therefore, we decided to make an endorsement in the Montgomery County judicial race.
Democrats outnumber Republicans by over 50,000 voters in Montgomery County. However, only 7 of the 23 judges currently serving on the Court of Common Pleas are Democrats. The election of Rothstein and Saltz will reduce the gap in representation significantly. They are both extremely qualified, highly experienced, and well-regarded by a variety of legal and community organizations. The full text of the endorsement announcement is available here. For more information about Rothstein and Saltz, and the Democratic judicial candidates for statewide positions, click here.
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, to his support for Donald Trump’s agenda in Congress. Despite Meehan’s attempts to portray himself as not beholden to Trump, he has voted in line with Trump’s position 88% of the time (click here to view the figures). It’s also worth noting that Hillary Clinton won the 7th District, which covers parts of Delaware, Montgomery, Berks, Chester, and Lancaster Counties, in 2016.
Daylin’s campaign released a video on www.VoteDaylin.com citing three crises affecting the country, including Donald Trump, that spurred him to run. With his legislative accomplishments, outspoken nature, and reputation as a champion of progressive causes, Daylin would be a strong contender for Congress.
Daylin received his undergraduate degree in political science from Temple University, and his J.D. from the University of Houston Law School. He is married to Jennifer, a psychologist who received her Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College. They live in Upper Merion with their two children, Brennan and Justin. Daylin was honored in May by the Democratic Committee of Lower Merion and Narberth at its annual spring dinner (see photo above). Daughter Brennan was also recognized by the committee’s as its first-ever Youth Advocate of the Year.
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; it should last about an hour. The content will be appropriate for children of all ages. Please feel free to share this information on social media and elsewhere.
Regarding assisting in the clean-up effort at the cemetery, there has been such an outpouring of support that all of the volunteer slots for this week have been filled. People are asked not to enter the cemetery unless they are part of an approved volunteer clean-up group, as the cemetery remains an active crime scene.
Lastly, the Jewish Federation is collecting funds on behalf of Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Any donations received that exceed restoration costs will be used to address the growing security needs of our Jewish communities. We encourage DJOP supporters to make a contribution; visit https://www.jewishphilly.org/donate-now-mt-carmel-cemetery#.
Please feel free to share this information on social media and elsewhere.
Original Post (posted February 27, 2017 at 7:00 PM)
Tragically, a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia’s Wissinoming section (Northeast Philadelphia), Mount Carmel Cemetery, was desecrated overnight Saturday. Philadelphia Police detectives reported that 75 to 100 headstones had been knocked over, although a rabbi at the cemetery said he counted more than 500 Jewish grave sites vandalized. The attack is similar to an attack at Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery in suburban St. Louis that occurred last weekend. In that attack, perpetrators knocked over 154 headstones.
Rabbi Beth Kalisch of Beth David Reform Congregation in Gladwyne wrote in an email to congregants, “This news is especially distressing following the desecration of the Jewish cemetery near St. Louis last week, the vandalism of a synagogue in Northeast Philly earlier this winter, and a rise in anti-Semitic incidents throughout our country.”
The staff of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Philadelphia is developing a coordinated Jewish community response to the cemetery desecration. In the meantime, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is collecting donations to help defray costs of the repair. Please consider making a donation; the link is https://www.jewishphilly.org/donate-now-mt-carmel-cemetery#.
For more information about the attack, see the articles on Philly.com’s (Inquirer) website: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/Cops-Report-of-vandalism-at-Jewish-cemetery.html, and Philly Voice’s website: http://www.phillyvoice.com/police-vandals-strike-gravesites-mount-carmel-jewish-cemetery/.