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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 that Black Americans have mainly themselves to blame in their struggle for equality, hindered more by lack of initiative than societal impediments, according to current and former U.S. officials.“After phone calls with Jewish lawmakers, Trump has muttered that Jews ‘are only in it for themselves’ and ‘stick together’ in an ethnic allegiance that exceeds other loyalties, officials said.”Zipin stated:“It is no coincidence that the most violent attack on the Jewish community in U.S. history took place in Pittsburgh after Trump warned falsely of an invasion at our southern border, or that according to the Anti-Defamation League we’re seeing the highest number of anti-Semitic hate crime since the tracking of them began more than 40 years ago.”In contrast to Trump’s record, she said, “Joe Biden and Kamala Harris consistently have condemned anti-Semitism and racist remarks. They will not tell American Jews that Benjamin Netanyahu is ‘your Prime Minister’ or that Israel is ‘your country.’”The DJOP is a federal political action committee formed in 2008 to support progressive candidates and legislation and sponsor programs on contemporary issues. Its work is driven by the traditional Jewish values of the pursuit of justice and the principle of tikun olam, Hebrew for “repair of the world.”Serving with Zipin on the DJOP board are David Broida, William Epstein, Brett Goldman, Adam Kessler, Dina Lichtman, Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom, Martin Raffel, Nina Rosenthal and Burt Siegel.
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 occasions and supports a two-state solution to achieve peace.,” Zipin said. “Moreover, she believes Israel never should become a partisan issue.
Zipin cited Sen. Harris’ comments about Israel:
“Israel is a critical friend and ally to the United States. I stand with Israel both because of our shared values, which are so fundamental to the founding of both our nations, and because I believe the bonds between the people of the United States and the people of Israel are unbreakable and we can never let anyone drive a wedge between us.”
Noting that Sen. Harris’ husband is Jewish, Zipin said, “How wonderful it is that our first second gentleman will be Jewish.”
DJOP proudly endorses Joe Biden for President
The Democratic Jewish Outreach PA (DJOP) today endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for President.
Jill Zipin, Chair of the DJOP board, said she and her colleagues made an exception to their practice of not endorsing in primary campaigns “because each of us supports Joe Biden and we know him well as a decent, compassionate leader who shares our values on a range of domestic issues, including education, gun safety, health care and women’s reproductive rights – as well as being a consistent, reliable and strong friend of Israel. Zipin said:
“We urgently need a unified, effective campaign to defeat the misplaced policies, lies, scandals and bigotry that are part of everyday life in the Trump administration.
“A unified Democratic Party is essential to restoring responsible domestic policies and rebuilding America’s standing with her partners around the world. It also is important to save and build on the Democratic majority in the US House of Representatives and to capture a Democratic majority in the US Senate.”
Zipin said that the members of the DJOP board recognize the dedication of supporters of other candidates in the primary election.
“Our party has room for differences of opinion on policies and strategies,” she said. “But their price cannot be ‘my way or the hi-way’ or another four years of the dangerous and narcissistic bully in the White House.”
The DJOP is a federal political action committee formed in 2008 to support progressive candidates and legislation and sponsor programs on contemporary issues.
The members of the DJOP Board are David Broida, William Epstein, Brett Goldman, Adam Kessler, Dina Lichtman, Martin Raffel, Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom, Nina Rosenthal, Burt Siegel and Jill Zipin.
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 as being one of the top 10 competitive races in Congressional elections in 2020. The Republican incumbent, Scott Perry, prevailed in 2018 in the second-closest US House race in the state.
Perry is known as a far right-winger who has accused the news media of exaggerating the 2017 damage of Hurricane Maria to Puerto Rico. He also spread the false theory that ISIS was behind the 2018 mass murder shooting in Las Vegas, when law enforcement officials say that the shooting was conducted by a lone gunman with no ISIS affiliation. Perry is listed by the Washington Post as holding the seventh most vulnerable seat in the US House of Representatives, and the Cook Report rates him as the only Republican sitting in what it calls a “Toss Up” district.
DePasquale was raised in a working-class family and worked to help cover the costs of medical care for his brother, Anthony, who eventually lost his battle with Muscular Dystrophy.
DePasquale went on to graduate from the College of Wooster, to earn his graduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his law degree from the Widener School of Law.
“Gene DePasquale represents our best chance to replace an ardent Trump supporter with a Democrat who is proud to align himself with the DJOP agenda, including budget priorities, gun safety, women’s reproductive rights, the environment and integrity in government,” Zipin said. “He will be a high-quality candidate who can win in the 10th District in a Presidential election year.”
The Steering Committee of DJOP consists of David S. Broida, William Epstein, Brett Goldman, Dina Lichtman, Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom, Nina Rosenthal, Burt Siegel and Zipin.
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 crisis, he saw firsthand the greed, corruption, and carelessness that had taken over the US economy and government.
In 2012, Friedenberg returned to State College. He serves on the University’s Faculty Senate and teaches classes on cyber law and the global economy.
On May 21, join us in making our district proud by electing Marc Friedenberg to the US Congress.
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 people can earn enough to reasonably support themselves.
- We must rejoin the Paris environmental agreement. Congress should do everything in its power to limit climate change. It is a duty we owe to our children and grandchildren.
- Common sense gun reforms such as universal background checks and the reinstatement of the assault weapons ban. We have had enough of thoughts and prayers.
- Citizens United should be overturned by Congress to limit the impact of money inpolitics.
- Reinstatement of the Voting Rights Act in addition to securing our elections.
- Infrastructure—we must rebuild America’s roads and bridges as well as rail to move us forward and keep our nation competitive.
- Comprehensive immigration reform and protection of the Dreamers.
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 as “a key strategic ally against terrorism and weapons proliferation.” His statement points out the importance of
continued cooperation in the areas of defense, and that the sharing of military information has enhanced the security of both nations. He has articulated his personal commitment to Israel’s unequivocal “right to defend itself and to keeping its people safe against both military aggression and terrorism.” Wallace also mentions his firm belief that the US has an obligation to help safeguard Israel’s security. If elected, Wallace might well be one of the few members of Congress with family members who are Israeli citizens.
“The DJOP appreciates Mr. Wallace’s affirmation of his support for Israel. We also very much appreciate his strong desire to fight for quality public education, health care for all, a safe environment, and for rights of refugees and their children. While his opponent claims that he is, too, is an advocate for these issues, his voting record in Congress proves otherwise. He has voted to support of President Trump’s policies more than 80 percent of the time. He is not the moderate Republican he purports to be. Counter to the interests of Bucks County residents, he has voted with his fellow Republicans on tax breaks for millionaires, and against reproductive choice and a compassionate refugee policy.
“The DJOP strongly recommends that the voters of Bucks County support Scott Wallace for Congress.”
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 ideal. The Steering Committee of the Democratic Jewish Outreach PA PAC urges Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation to call upon the Trump administration to demand an end to this policy.” The DJOP letter added:
“The separation of children from their parents is a humanitarian crisis that goes against both Jewish and American values. As members of the Jewish community we know what it means to be dehumanized and persecuted. We call upon the organized Jewish community to join us in our call to immediately end this cruel, horrific policy of destroying families simply because they seek safety and a better life.”
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 the kind of candidate we need to bring our nation together and to pursue the policies that will build strong communities and a strong Pennsylvania.”
She has earned endorsements from former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bob Casey and U.S. Reps. Dwight Evans, Matt Cartwright, and Brendan F. Boyle, along with the Chester County Democratic Committee.
“Chrissy fully represents the values and policies that the DJOP has articulated since our founding 10 years ago,” Zipin said. “We will be fortunate to have her voice in Congress representing the voters of Chester County and all of the people of Pennsylvania.”
Houlahan earned her engineering degree from Stanford University and her masters’ degree in technology and policy from MIT. She then served three years on active duty in the U.S. Air Force and 13 years on inactive reserve.
She worked as a chemistry teacher in North Philadelphia and was a Teach for America Corps member, and served as President of Springfield Collaborative, a Philadelphia-based non-profit focused on improving early childhood literacy in underserved communities.
Following her Air Force Service, Houlahan served as Chief Operating Officer of AND1 Basketball, helping to transform the company from a start-up to a major apparel and footware brand. She also was founding COO of B-Lab, a non-profit that promotes corporations and good business practices.
In addition to endorsement from Biden and Pennsylvania elected officials, Houlahan has been endorsed by Emily’s List, End Citizens United, the Council for a Livable World, Off the Sidelines, New Politics and 314 Action.
Houlahan lives in Devon, PA, with her daughters Molly and Carly and her husband, Bart.
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/.