Ben Burrows came from a mixed family: His mother is a Democrat, and his father (z''l) was a Republican. Although Burrows has views which are well left of center, he believes strongly that community journals should present a broad spectrum of views. During teach-ins in 1967-68 at the University of Rochester, for instance, Burrows actively recruited speakers from the Conservative Party of New York, despite his own disagreement with their positions. Ben has longstanding friendships with people who disagree with him politically and religiously. After a long period of political dormancy, Ben began writing more frequent letters to national and local newspapers -- to assure that their editorial viewpoint would not continue to be dominated by the same frequently published right-wing voices. In 2003, Burrows became involved with the Howard Dean campaign and joined the Rapid Response group for Pennsylvania, to advocate for Dean and for liberal Democratic positions. Ben has continued to advocate for liberal causes, and has written replies to articles and letters (even in the Voice) as letters to the editor.
Ben Burrows grew up in Chicago as a Reform Jew. Ben and his wife Ariana were married in 1982, and moved to the Philadelphia area in 1987. They first joined Old York Road Temple Beth Am, where Ben became an early member of their Shabbat Morning Torah Discussion group, and was active in the Social Action Committee. Ariana was an active member of Sisterhood. Their son Reuben attended Jewish day school at the Perelman (Schechter) Melrose Park campus, and celebrated his Bar Mitzvah at Beth Sholom Congregation. Reuben recently graduated Towson University in Music Education. Ben and Ariana are now members of Congregation Melrose B'nai Israel Emanu-El. His wife Ariana was recently elected President at the synagogue.
He can be contacted at burrows @ pjvoice.com
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