November 9, 2017
The Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition (PJC) commends the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Act 70 of 2014 Task Force (comprised of professional educators focused on the Holocaust, genocide and human rights violations) on reaching their goal of having guided over 90% of the Pennsylvania public and charter schools to offer instruction on the Holocaust and related issues in their curriculum. This morning the Pennsylvania Board of Education approved the survey of the state’s public and charter schools, confirming that 90% of these schools are sensitizing students to the Holocaust, genocide and human rights violations through such instruction. The Board likewise made recommendations for the Commonwealth to continue to update resources and training on these subjects.
The Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition (PJC) commends the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA) on the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to encourage cooperation in industrial research and development and innovation between Israeli and Pennsylvania companies. The MOU is being signed on November 6, 2017 at a ceremony at the Big Data & Digital Health Summit at Thomas Jefferson University at Jefferson Alumni Hall.
As the voice in Harrisburg of Pennsylvania’s Jewish Federations and Jewish community, the Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition (PJC) has had a very successful year. The PJC was able to achieve the following steps forward in public social policies, agency funding, and regulation of the delivery of human services