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West Philly synagogue to host Hanukkah Party benefiting Jewish-Muslim solidarity work

Posted on 13 December 2017

On Saturday, Dec. 17, Kol Tzedek, West Philly’s reconstructionist synagogue, is hosting their annual Hanukkah Party. This year, the party is titled “Rejoice and Resist” and will benefit Kol Tzedek’s Jewish-Muslim solidarity work.

Kol Tzedek, which means Voice for Justice, has been actively participating in many social justice causes and projects in the area. The synagogue is a member of POWER (Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild), a consortium of faith communities from across the city. Kol Tzedek members participate in several social justice projects and movements, including the Jewish-Muslim Solidarity Project, whose goal is “to create relationships with local Muslim communities, and to work with them against Islamophobia and discrimination.”  Continue Reading

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Second chances for lifers focus of community forum on Friday

Posted on 07 December 2017

A community forum at the Kingsessing Recreation Center (4901 Kingsessing Ave.) on Friday, Dec. 8 will focus on life-without-parole sentences and include speakers ranging from legislators and family members of victims to recently released “juvenile lifers.”

The Community Educational Forum on Life Without Parole, which will run from 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., will include discussion of state legislation that would provide parole eligibility for men and women serving life sentences. Under current law, anyone convicted of first- or second-degree murder in Pennsylvania receives a mandatory sentence of life without parole.

Forum organizer Gregory Benjamin said that he used to be skeptical of providing parole eligibility to lifers, but changed his mind after meeting with prisoners at Graterford, the maximum security prison 25 miles outside of Philadelphia.  Continue Reading

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Help fight homelessness in Philadelphia: Items made by Project HOME residents on sale at The Porch this month

Posted on 05 December 2017

This holiday season, we’ll be sharing information on how community members can give back and help those in need.

University City District has just launched a new holiday pop-up at The Porch at 30th Street Station, which will run through Dec. 22. The pop-up is a collaboration between UCD, Project HOME and Schmear It and contributes to the fight against homelessness in Philadelphia.

From noon to 6 p.m. on weekdays, Project HOME will run a holiday shop selling items made by Project HOME residents. The HOME shop offers homemade candles, homemade soaps, and holiday cards with artwork created by Project HOME residents. The shop is a part of a social enterprise where the residents earn income from the sale of their unique items. This pop-up is an ongoing partnership between UCD and Project HOME.  Continue Reading

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#GivingTuesday in West Philly

Posted on 28 November 2017

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday when people are encouraged to support not-for-profit organizations. There are so many great nonprofit organizations with many great causes in our area. We don’t want to point out any specific ones, but you can check out our Civic Life page and choose one or more organizations with a cause you’re most passionate about. Here are also Twitter messages from some local non-profits:  Continue Reading

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Cedar Park Holiday Food Drive underway

Posted on 27 November 2017

Cedar Park Neighbors in cooperation with area churches and other nonprofit organizations, will again prepare and distribute food baskets for those in need during the holiday season. The 2017 CPN Holiday Food Drive is currently underway. The suggested donation is $36. Support at this amount will help CPN supply meals for two families.

In 2016, CPN was able to reach over 150 local families.  Continue Reading

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Local businesses team up to serve Thanksgiving community dinner

Posted on 20 November 2017

Several West Philly businesses, including Siddiq’s Water Ice, Dynamite Pest Control, Royal Mane Boutique and others, have partnered this Thanksgiving holiday to serve a special “Giving Thanks” community dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23. The dinner will be served at Siddiq’s Water Ice location at 264 S. 60th Street (in a heated tent between Locust and Spruce) from noon to 3 p.m. The food is catered by Ol’ Boys Soul Food.

Siddiq Moore has been serving real fruit water ice, ice cream and frozen yogurt near 60th and Irving since July 8, 2017 when he opened his first brick-and-mortar location, but he has been in the business since mid-90’s when he started running a water ice cart at Temple University. After opening in July, Siddiq’s Water Ice (Facebook page) received its own street marker, “Siddiq’s Water Ice Way”, from the city, recognizing Moore’s efforts to revitalize 60th Street Corridor.

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