News Briefs, the Week of April 20, 2017

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Jewish Exponent Wins Three Keystone SPJ Spotlight Contest Awards

Jewish Exponent staffers won three awards in the 2017 Keystone Society of Professional Journalists Spotlight Contest.

News Editor Liz Spikol won a second-place award in the non-daily feature story category for her Aug. 25, 2016 article “Rosenbach Celebrates Restored 15th-Century Chumash.” Judges said the article about a historic volume first printed in 1482 “involves the reader in the action” and “describes the scene well.”

Spikol also won third-place honors in the non-daily enterprise reporting category with the June 30 article “Tattoo This: The Jewish Body is No Longer Off Limits.” Judges cited the article, which explored the growing interest in tattooing among Jews, for “excellent writing and reporting uncovered some little-known truths about tattooing and the Jewish religion.”

And reporters Rachel Kurland and Marissa Stern won third-place honors in the non-daily spot news category with the June 16 article “Philadelphia Jewish Community Stands With Orlando.” The judges commended the article exploring the aftermath of the June 12 Orlando nightclub shooting as a “good local reaction story, tying together the two communities, the commonalities and their interests effectively.”

The winners will be honored May 20 in Lancaster.

A month earlier, the Jewish Exponent also won six Keystone Press Awards, including two first-place honors, competing against other weekly newspapers throughout Pennsylvania with a circulation of 10,000 or more.

Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel Creates Task Force on Social Justice

The board of directors of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel has created a Task Force on Social Justice to speak out against hate speech, voter suppression, gun violence, climate change and immigration and refugee issues, among other topics.

Congregational President Evonne Kruger said the group’s work is rooted in the tradition of Reform Judaism.

“In light of all that has happened this year, we think it is important to call attention to what’s going on, and to remind our community that this is not what America stands for,” she said.

One resolution passed by the task force addresses the bomb threats made to Jewish organizations, desecrated cemeteries and attacks on mosques and calls for “elected representatives to use all the power and influence of their offices to ensure investigations continue without denial, interference, or delay.”

Another resolution referred to President Trump’s Holocaust Remembrance Day statement, which didn’t mention Jews or anti-Semitism. It called that omission a form of Holocaust denial.

An earlier resolution approved by the task force addressed President Trump’s immigration travel ban.

Einstein Recognized for LGBTQ Commitment

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) has recognized the Einstein Healthcare Network as a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality.”

HRC, which is the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, first recognized Einstein in 2014 for its commitment to LGBTQ-inclusive patient, visitation and employment policies.

Einstein earned the top score possible in HRC’s 2017 Healthcare Equality Index, which examines foundations protections, inclusion on patient care, inclusion in the workforce and public commitment to the LGBTQ community.

All hospitals in the Einstein Healthcare Network earned the designation, including Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park, Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, MossRehab and Willowcrest.