Jay Sand is a freelance
journalist, historian and activist. He has
written for Philadelphia City Paper,
Wired and Z
Magazine and is currently a managing
editor of the Direct Action Media Network, an
international news service that covers
progressive political movements. Jay graduated
Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude with Honors in
History from the University of Pennsylvania.
While at the University of Pennsylvania, Jay won
the Donald Ober Prize for the best undergraduate
Folklore paper and earned the Thomas Cochran
Honorable Mention prize for best American History
senior honors thesis for work he did about
radical community radio in the 1960s.
Jay grew up in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Jewish community, where he attended religious
school and participated extensively in Jewish
community organizations. While in Harrisburg, Jay
planned numerous regional and international
conventions, events and exhibits for the Bnai
Brith Youth Organization and attended Jewish
leadership camps. He also traveled around the
United States teaching Jewish songs at Bnai
Brith Youth Organization conventions. At the
University of Pennsylvania he studied Hebrew,
participated in Hillel events, and planned
musical and cultural events for a city-wide
audience. Since he graduated he has toured the
United States as a singer/songrwriter. In addition to
his journeys to Africa, Jay has traveled
extensively in North America, Europe, the Middle
East and Southeast Asia, planning his own budget
tours for several months on end.
Jay will bring a lot of personality to
"The Jews of Africa" presentation. He
will teach songs, tell stories, lead children in
African games, and make "The Jews of Africa"
presentation one that all of your organizations
members will recall with a big grin.