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Jewish Social Policy Action Network (JSPAN) Biography

Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Legal?"

“It is the position of the Jewish Social Policy Action Network to oppose the death penalty as it is currently applied in the United States and to press for the immediate abolition of capital punishment…

Our position is compelled by a moral imperative, our belief that the death penalty is immoral and constitutes an unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment that is at odds with our best traditions, fosters a culture of violence, and teaches our children the wrongheaded lesson that the way to settle scores is through violence, even to the point of taking a human life.”

“Death Penalty Policy Center,” Jewish Social Policy Action Network website (accessed June 23, 2008)


“A group of Jewish activists in Philadelphia recognized a voice that is not being heard. That is the voice of Jews who care about their community and the rest of the world, and want to have a say about the Delaware Valley, about Pennsylvania, and about America‚Äôs conduct in national and international politics. Between April and December 2003, a discussion group on the issues that were missing became an organization for change. Today JSPAN invites everyone to help make progressive principles drawn from Jewish teachings heard.”

“Our Mission,” Jewish Social Policy Action Network website (accessed June 23, 2008)


“We join forces to research, to inform and to act:

  • To advance equality and opportunity for all women and men in our pluralistic democracy.
  • To protect the Constitutional liberties and civil rights of Jews, other minorities, and the weak in our society.
  • To secure for ourselves and society the benefits of Jewish learning and culture.
  • To carry out the goal of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world.”

“Our Mission,” Jewish Social Policy Action Network website (accessed June 23, 2008)

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  1. Is the Death Penalty Immoral?