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Gerrymandering allows politicians to ensure their reelection by choosing voters rather than giving voters a meaningful choice. As a result,  control of Congress is systematically biased 7.5% in favor of the Republicans. Reform efforts so far have made little progress in Harrisburg. However, with the Pennsylvania legislature controlled by the Republicans and a Democratic majority in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, our state is in a unique position where both parties have something to gain by making our elections more fair.
 
Accordingly, a number of organizations including the Philadelphia Jewish Voice, Common Cause PA and the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania are forming the Fair Districts PA coalition to improve redistricting in Pennyslvania. 
 
We will be holding a panel discussion on February 20 in Harrisburg at the PA Progressive Summit. Our panel speakers will be:
  • Suzanne Almeida, Exec. Director, League of Women Voters PA
  • Mary Jo Daley, Pennsylvania State Representative (District 148)
  • Stephen DeFrank, Chief of Staff for PA State Sen.Lisa Boscola
  • Daylin Leach, Pennsylvania State Senator (District 17)
  • Daniel Loeb, publisher of The Philadelphia Jewish Voice
The summit also includes debates among the Democratic Senate and Attorney General candidates.
 
Visit FairDistrictsPA.com for information on this important issue and how you can join our effort.
 
Meanwhile, here is the latest news and opinions from the Philadelphia Jewish Voice.

NEWS & OPINION
Rabbi Spiro-Savett used a midrash from Rabbi Simcha Bunim to ask Hillary how she balances humility and ambition.
SNAP benefits may come to an end on June 1 for residents of some counties in our area. 
 
THE KOSHER TABLE
Stir the heart with a combination of freshly brewed Turkish coffee, fragrant ground cardamom and golden toasted nuts.
 
ISRAEL
American Jewish Congress protests decision to bar investment in Israeli banks.
 
COMMUNITY
If you will be travelling for yomtov, make sure you apply for an absentee ballot.
Since 1988, quadrennial Politicons have afforded Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy students a unique opportunity to shape and challenge their views on key issues.
Hear Michael Steinhardt speak at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy Gala.
Concert organized by the Kehillah of Old York Road for about a thousand people at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel.
 
COMMUNITY CALENDAR
 
Saturday, February 20: Redistricting Reform Panel with Philadelphia Jewish Voice and Fair Districts PA

Sunday, February 21: Jewish Federation's Super Sunday 2016
 
Saturday, February 27: Black Tie & Blue Jeans Ball at Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El
 
Tuesday, March 9: Barrack Hebrew Academy Gala with Michael Steinhardt
 
 
You can add your organization's events to our free community calendar. Choose "Add an Event" under Community Calendar above our logo at pjvoice.org. Contact Amir if you need help.

Yours,

Bonnie Squires president@pjvoice.org
 
 
 
 
Cartoons courtesy of Mike Stanfill (Raging Pencils) and Yaakov "Dry Bones" Kirschen.