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July 2020

BZBI Presents: Dana Bazelon on Philadelphia’s Criminal Justice System in 2020

July 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Dana Bazelon is a Policy Advisor to Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner.  Dana drafts and helps to implement policies to realize the DA's agenda of criminal justice reform, including ending cash bail for minor offenses, no longer charging or diverting minor offenses and reforming Philadelphia’s probation system. In recent weeks, Ms. Bazelon has helped to lead the effort to reduce the jail population as COVID 19 has produced significant risks to those held in local custody.  Social distancing in jail…

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The Morocco Trip with Sheldon Bernick

July 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Bernicks’ were on an extensive Jewish tour of Morocco when COVID-19 disrupted travel to the US.  This is the visual story of a dramatic tour and more dramatic rescue effort. Register here. Photo: A Berber woman pouring mint tea in the Ourika Valley of the Atlas mountains. We'd love to hear your Jewish travel story! Please use the Contact Us form to let us know where you've been and when you'd like to share it with us!

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The Story of the Irish Torah by Ira Siegal

July 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Longtime BZBI member Ira Siegal will share the story of a family heirloom, a Sefer Torah, originally from the town of Oshmyany (now Belarus) that made its way to Dublin and then to Philadelphia, carried by his grandfather Isaac Schreider in 1908. The lecture was presented in February 2020 to the Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia. We are pleased to be able to host Ira for an encore presentation of this well received lecture. We require pre-registration…

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