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Jewish Exponent Feb. 13, 2020

Jewish Exponent Feb. 13, 2020

FEBRUARY 13, 2020 / 18 SHEVAT 5780
The impact of eugenics is considered in a
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OF NOTE Population
Study Details
SPORTS Growth,
Change in
Day Schools Jewish
Revisit Rivalry Community
Via Hoops
Barrack, Kohelet ERIC SCHUCHT | JE STAFF
tangle on court.
THE JEWISH FEDERATION of Greater Andrew Henshaw mans the grill at Laser Wolf. Photo by Michael Persico
Page 4 Philadelphia has released the executive
summary of a study it commissioned on CookNSolo Opens Israeli
LOCAL the socioeconomics, public health and Grill Restaurant, Laser Wolf
demographics of Jews living in Greater
That’s Italian: Philadelphia. JESSE BERNSTEIN | JE STAFF business. ey could have gone with Esau,
Shabbaton Slated who hunted wild game for his father, Isaac;
for Mikveh Israel The key findings were formally WHEN MICHAEL SOLOMONOV, Steve they could have made use of the Kohanim,
Former chief rabbi announced at a press conference at Cook and Andrew Henshaw were trying to who ate the sacri cial o erings (they even
of Florence to visit. the Independence Visitor Center this come up with a name for their new Israeli salted it rst); or Moses, of course, who
week. e data was presented by Jewish grill restaurant — traditionally known as instructed the Israelites to slaughter lambs,
Page 8 Federation sta and lay leaders, and local a shipudiya in Hebrew, meaning “skewer at God’s behest.
representatives from the Jewish commu- house” — they had endless options for
BOOKS nity, including author Jennifer Weiner Jews famously involved in the animal esh So who did they settle on? Why, Lazar
and City Councilman Allan Domb, spoke Wolf, the butcher from “ e Fiddler on
Survivors and about their connections to Philadelphia’s
Descendants, Jewish communities.
Varying approaches According to “Community Portrait:
explore timeless A 2019 Jewish Population Study,” there
topic. are an estimated 351,200 Jews liv-
ing in Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware,
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Maccabi mainstay William Steerman Miriam’s Advice Well
dies at 86.

4 HEADLINES A reader is concerned that considering
the environmental problems in the
Local world today, Tu B’Shevat is getting short
shrift — and wonders how to make the
Israel holiday more relevant. Miriam notes that
a single holiday isn’t going to fix what ails
National the planet, but believes the symbolism
involved can be spiritually nourishing.
Global Check Miriam’s Advice Well for the
details. From dating to parenting, Miriam
14 OPINION welcomes all questions. Email yours
to [email protected] and put
Columns “Advice Well Question” in the subject line.
Kvetch ’n’ Kvell
18 LIFESTYLE more-relevant/

& CULTURE Swoon over Philacatessen

Arts pareve pastries. PUDDING
24 TORAH Food columnist Keri White came home
COMMENTARY and found a few leftover Federal Donuts
goodies that were a bit past their prime.
25 COMMUNITY Instead of tossing them, she used the
donuts to make bread pudding — and
Jewish Federation the results were favorable. Check
Calendar Philacatessen for the recipe, as well as
Mazel Tov content not normally found in the printed
Deaths edition, including additional recipes, gift
Newsmakers ideas, restaurant reviews and food news
from around the Delaware Valley.
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‘Friday Night Lights’ (Day School Remix)

SPORTS when Shabbat happens. sentiments. The Kohelet girls (in white) hung tough for a half, but in the end there
MATT SILVER | JE STAFF What to do? Well, um, how “When you’re in middle was too much talent on the Barrack side.

LIKE ITS MORE rough-and- about Saturday night? Saturday school, you go to that game and Courtesy of Kohelet Yeshiva High School
tumble cousin, high school night, as Sir Elton John would see your seniors play against
football, high school basket- say, is all right — maybe not (Barrack) ... it’s a cool experience Jefferson University by press been onto something, as the
ball’s busiest night is Friday. for fighting but certainly for because everyone in the com- time. underdogs went ahead early
High school gymnasiums, basketball. munity comes together to watch
those under-ventilated cess- it. One of the reasons people get
pools of stale air and residual Biannual contests between excited to play on varsity is to
gym-class body odor, magically Barrack and Kohelet happen take part in this game.”
transform into supercharged just infrequently enough to
bandboxes where anything can be special and just frequently School administrators, too,
happen and usually does. enough to be tradition. The realize the impact of these
atmosphere is a fusion of over- games on their school’s respec-
By opening tip, the smell’s the-top intensity and music tive cultures.
gotten worse and your jacket festival sans music — like a
is irretrievably lost underneath rope burn at a Jewish overnight “For two schools that are
the bleachers, which is beside camp. more focused academically, it’s
the point. There are kids out nice to have that piece to add to
there whom you know and are And as with a rope burn, the student life of both schools,”
nervous for, adolescents on a kids brought up in this milieu said Justin Cooper, Barrack’s
squeaky floor handling the daydream about playing in athletic director. “It may not be
scrutiny of peers and assem- these games from the moment Duke-Carolina, but they know
bled authority figures with they learn of them. that for two nights out of the
frightening coolness. year, it will be Duke-Carolina.”
“I’ve been coming to this
In high school basketball, game and looking forward to Barrack-Kohelet may not
Friday night is where the magic playing in it since I was in sixth be Duke-Carolina, but these
happens. grade,” said Sophia Shapiro, two schools share just as much
a senior guard/forward on DNA as those two Tobacco
For members of the boys Barrack’s girls’ varsity squad. Road powerhouses.
and girls varsity basketball “All the parents from both
teams at Jack M. Barrack schools all know each other “This is the natural rivalry
Hebrew Academy and Kohelet and are all here, the gym’s that occurs between the two
Yeshiva High School, this pres- packed and all that energy Jewish options,” Cooper said.
ents a dilemma. Because in makes it that much more fun.” “There’s that friendliness,
their universe, Friday night is that familiarity — of course,
Noam Troodler, Kohelet’s Kohelet is in the building
senior point guard and where Barrack used to be when
co-captain, echoed Shapiro’s Barrack was Akiba.”

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It was standing-room-only in Kohelet’s gym for a rivalry game that’s become like a community carnival. Barrack’s catalyst, though, 23-11 at half.
Courtesy of Kohelet Yeshiva High School was the more reserved In the third, Barrack broke
Bernstein, who was all over the
Moments later, though, Barrack It was 16-14 Barrack. at’s on consecutive trips down the the game open with a 15-6 run.
senior wing Ben Bernstein drew as close as it would get. oor — ring pantomimed oor, lling up the stat sheet — Both sides brought it in
a foul on a strong drive and hit steals, blocked shots, acrobatic
two free throws. Barrack senior sharpshooter arrows into the crowd like a driving scoop shots. terms of energy and, to their
Abe Wachs hit three pointers Jewish Katniss Everdeen. credit, the Kohelet girls never
Wachs hit two free throws stopped hustling, even a er
right before the half capping a they went down 20-plus in the
20-0 Barrack run. Goodnight, fourth quarter.
Barrack coach Chris
In the second half, more of Corcoran proved to be one of
the same: another three from those coaches who screams
Wachs, one from senior guard even louder when their team’s
Matan Dolev and a series up big. He exhorted, implored
of impressive put backs and and beseeched until the clock
blocked shots by Hassidim. read double-zeros, likely losing
his voice in the process.
Kohelet played hard to the
end; Troodler at times played Meanwhile, every time
like a man possessed, putting Kohelet scored, though they
his head down and driving had no chance of getting back
to the cup like a fullback. He into the game, its support-
found only short gains. ers went crazy. It’s clear these
programs are at two di erent
Barrack 65, Kohelet 34. places.
On the girls side, Kohelet
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Maccabi USA Legend Bill Steerman Dies at 86

OBITUARY dying almost contemporaneously. team, he was always a team Games began in 1964 when he programs for athletes from
MATT SILVER | JE STAFF Steerman would go on to player,” Levy said. “He believed was named the national vice different nations so that they
his days at Temple made him president of the United States might discover the strength of
WILLIAM “BILL” Steerman, Central High School before value team effort, devotion to Committee Sports for Israel, now their common bond; he chaired
a longtime Philadelphia attor- enrolling at Temple University, a cause, fair competition and known as Maccabi USA. He con- housing, transportation and
ney who was among the chief where he became part of the sports as a common denomina- tinued in that position through security committees. He liter-
architects of Maccabi USA, men’s varsity soccer team that tor in fostering and developing the 1993 summer games. ally did everything but lace up
died Fed. 5. He was 86. went undefeated and won a personal relationships.” his cleats for an officially sanc-
national championship in 1953. His Maccabi work led him to tioned run around the pitch
Steerman grew up at Third That entire team was inducted Steerman excelled at con- be honored by the Philadelphia — all while running his law
and Catherine streets in Queen into the Temple Athletics Hall necting people and causes Jewish Sports Hall of Fame as a firm back in Philadelphia.
Village in a house that would of Fame in 2009. through sports, his daughter Pillar of Achievement.
be known in later years as said. And it was through sports “He really felt so, so con-
Dmitri’s, the popular Greek “He was better at work- that Steerman cultivated what But Steerman wasn’t the nected to helping athletes and
restaurant that recently closed ing with athletes than being would become a vast network type of executive to watch the to the Maccabi International
after 30 years. a stellar athlete on the soccer of personal relationships that proceedings from a suite far Organizational Committee,”
field,” Levy said, recalling how would last throughout his from the action. Each Maccabi Levy said. “And even to the
In Steerman’s childhood, she and her father would joke adulthood. Games, he managed to find bitter end, he always did things
the family lived upstairs, while about the little game action he himself in the thick of it all. for the state of Israel and
his mother ran a luncheonette actually saw. “He took what he learned Maccabi — it was his life.”
downstairs. from playing sports,” Levy In 1965, he chaired the
But for Steerman, it wasn’t said. “And he parlayed that games’ soccer committee and It wasn’t his whole life,
“And he loved going (to the playing time, or lack into longstanding relationships was also an assistant coach for though, Levy said. The
Dmitri’s) — it’s really kind of thereof, that mattered; the val- with the people who would go the U.S. team; he led U.S. dele- father she referred to as a
funny,” said his daughter Suzin ues instilled in him as a Temple on to build Maccabi USA.” gations to the Maccabi Pan Am “Renaissance man” loved the
Levy, noting the irony of the athlete shaped how he’d live Games in Mexico and Brazil, music of Glenn Miller, ski trips
restaurant closing and her father the rest of his life. Steerman’s nearly six-decade in 1973 and 1977, respectively; with the boys, the fine arts and
relationship with the Maccabi he chaired Jewish heritage
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William Steerman was recognized by Maccabi USA as a “Legend of the

Maccabiah” in 2012. Courtesy of Suzin Levy

He took what he learned from playing sports,
and he parlayed that into longstanding


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“Glass Houses” album cover. Steerman was proud to be
Jewish and loved that Maccabi
Situated on top of a hill, the USA a orded him the chance
house was perched above the to meet Jews from everywhere.
woods overlooking Mill Creek
Road in Gladwyne. “It was “He forged and bonded with
essentially a big tree house,” people who were Jewish, who
Levy said. He liked living were all di erent colors, and
among tall trees, she said — and they all studied the same book
he especially liked watching the — that was what he loved,”
birds perched in the morning Levy said. “He really loved
while he ate breakfast. being Jewish.”

A lifelong learner, he stud- Steerman is survived by
ied painting as an adult and his wife, Louise (née Lipitz)
even had a few pieces displayed Steerman, his sons Craig, David
in local galleries. and Roger Steerman, and his
daughter, Suzin Levy. His sister
“In the last few years,” Levy Doreen Sa er also survives him,
said, “he was really able to open as do eight grandchildren. ●
up and become more abstract.
It wasn’t easy for him, but he [email protected];
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Former Chief Rabbi of Florence to Visit

LOCAL an Italian Shabbaton with explained that, though sepa- to places like Amsterdam, an Italian-themed repast.
MATT SILVER | JE STAFF Spagnoletto, the former chief rated by thousands of miles, Bordeaux and Bayonne in Following the 4:30 p.m. ser-
rabbi of Florence, Italy, on Feb. Spagnoletto’s congregation in France, Venice and Ferrara in vice, there will be a seudah
FEW COUNTRIES are more 21 and 22. Florence and Mikveh Israel Italy and, of course, Rome. shelisheet (small third meal)
strongly associated with conduct their services in much consisting of foods consistent
Christianity than Italy. But The synagogue will celebrate the same manner. “So we at Mikveh Israel have with Sephardi custom.
there are Jewish communities Shabbat according to the rites, a very close connection with
there, some dating back about rituals and melodies that pre- The tradition that Mikveh Italian Spanish-Portuguese Following the evening
500 years, some dating back vail in the Spanish-Portuguese Israel is a part of — the blood- Jews, and even more so because havdalah service, the pro-
nearly 2,000. And some of their Sephardic tradition, which in lines it shares with congregations one of our greatest ministers, ceedings will broaden beyond
traditions are closer to home itself is no great stretch for Mikveh in Italy — traces its roots to the the Rev. Sabato Morais, came simply Italian-themed activi-
than you might think. Israel, given its centuries-long Spanish Inquisition, Oslick said. from Livorno. He was our ties to encompass a celebration
tradition as a Spanish-Portuguese minister from 1851 until 1897, of Sephardi traditions. The
Rabbi Amedeo Spagnoletto congregation. “What a lot of people don’t and he brought and wrote event will be called Sephardic
knows American Jews are realize is that a small num- melodies that are still used Splendor and serve as a com-
curious about Italian Jews What is special about this ber of Sephardi Jews stayed in our synagogue today that munity-wide celebration
because American Jewish tour- particular Shabbaton is that in Western Europe. Many of are similar to Italian-Jewish featuring Sephardi music, food
ists ask him questions about Spagnoletto will join Mikveh them were conversos, who pre- melodies.” and refreshments, said Oslick,
them almost every day. But Israel Rabbi Albert Gabbai in tended to practice Christianity who also said it’s likely there
next week, you won’t need a leading services, using melo- for about a generation or two So while Spagnoletto will will be a live band.
passport to get those questions dies from the Great Synagogue and then fled to places such as be far from home, his local
answered. Mikveh Israel, the of Florence. Amsterdam, Southern France, stay may not feel like it, at least It’s expected that Spagnoletto
city’s oldest congregation and and Italy, where they reclaimed liturgically speaking. will be present for both the
one of the oldest in the coun- “We are what’s called their Judaism. praying and the partying.
try, dating to 1740, is hosting Western Sephardim,” said Shabbat services will begin
Jacob Oslick, an adjunto (an “The Spanish-Portuguese at 5:15 p.m. on Feb. 21 and The rabbi is, in fact, excited
old Spanish term for board Jewish tradition really comes again at 9 a.m. the next morn- to get to Philadelphia — it will
member) at Mikveh Israel, who from those Jews who went ing, each to be followed by be his first time here, though

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HEADLINES Mikveh Israel Brings Italy
To Philadelphia!

Join us on Shabbat Shekalim
February 21 and 22 for

Congregation Mikveh Israel’s
Celebration of Jewish Italy!
Joining us from Florence, Italy

Former Chief Rabbi

Rabbi Amedeo Spagnoletto

Rabbi Amedeo Spagnoletto, left, the former chief rabbi of Florence, Italy, SERVICE TIMES: Enjoy these special services with both
will be in residence at Mikveh Israel Feb. 21-22. Courtesy of Mikveh Israel Friday Evening at 5:15 pm
Shabbat Morning 9:00 am Rabbi Gabbai & Rabbi Spagnoletto
Both services will be followed by
Italian style hot Shabbat Meals Leading us in prayer and song
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Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes Drop in January The relief on a wall of the Stadtkirche Wittenberg certified kosher meals per day from a certified kosher
in New York City in eastern Germany depicts a sow suckling Jews and source. In addition, they’re entitled to meat or dairy
HATE CRIMES DIRECTED AT JEWS in New a rabbi viewing a pig’s anus. meals on Shabbat and Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur,
York City dropped from 25 in January 2019 to 21 in Sukkot and Shavuot; on the holidays they’ll also
January 2020, JTA reported, citing New York Police The Naumburg Higher Regional Court ruled Feb. receive a cheesecake.
Department statistics. 4 that a Holocaust memorial the church established
in 1988 — as well as text explaining the sculpture’s Michigan has 600 Jewish prisoners, with between
Yet in both years, anti-Semitic hate crimes com- historical background — established the proper 85 and 193 approved for kosher meals.
prised the majority of hate crimes in the city — 72% context. Judge Volker Buchloh also noted that the Kirk Douglas Dies at 103
in 2020 and 65% in 2019. sculpture is protected as part of a UNESCO World Iconic Jewish actor Kirk Douglas, who made 87
Heritage site. movies over the course of his lengthy career, died
“These are not great trends,” said Evan Bernstein, Feb. 5 at his Beverly Hills, California, home, JTA
vice president of the Northeast Division of the The ruling is being appealed to the Supreme Court reported. He was 103.
Anti-Defamation League. “It’s great that there’s in Karlsruhe.
less anti-Semitic incidents, but we want the per- Born Issur Danielovitch in upstate New York
centage to also go down of the overall number of Michigan’s Jewish Prisoners Win Rights to to Russian-Jewish immigrants, Douglas forged a
hate crimes, and there’s a lot of work that needs to Kosher Meat and Dairy Meals screen career in which he often played tough guys.
be done.” A federal district judge ruled Jan. 30 that Michigan’s He was nominated for Academy Awards three times
Jewish prisoners have a right to meat and dairy and received an Oscar for lifetime achievement, as
The total of anti-Semitic hate crimes climbed kosher meals on Shabbat and some Jewish holidays, well as a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
26% in New York in 2019, including numerous well- the Detroit Jewish News reported.
publicized incidents. There were 234 anti-Semitic hate One of his most enduring movies was “Spartacus”
crimes in all, compared to 186 a year earlier. In 2013, the Michigan Department of Correction from 1960, where he played a slave rebellion leader in
placed Jewish and Muslim inmates on a vegan diet to ancient Rome. Seven years earlier, he played a Holocaust
German Court: Anti-Semitic Sculpture solve religious meal issues. But a class-action lawsuit survivor in “The Juggler,” which was the first Hollywood
Can Stay on Historic Church filed on behalf of two Jewish inmates contended that feature filmed in Israel.
Even though it may be offensive to some, an anti- a vegan diet didn’t stick to kosher preparation princi-
Semitic image dating to the 14th century may remain ples, among other problems. The father of actor Michael Douglas embraced his
on an historic church’s facade, a German court ruled, Judaism in his later years and celebrated a second bar
according to JTA. Judge Linda Parker said MDOC must offer par- mitzvah at 83. l
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Israel, Palestinians Engage in Trade War in the Eurovision Song Contest slated for May in and two other commanders, will be reprimanded,
ISRAELI AND PALESTINIAN OFFICIALS are the Netherlands, JTA reported. She will be the first and the lieutenant colonel who ordered the buys will
battling over agricultural imports, with each side Ethiopian Israeli to represent Israel in the contest. be demoted; he may also be dismissed from the mil-
banning the sale of some of the other’s products, The itary. Another officer received a 28-day sentence in a
Times of Israel reported. Alene, 19, of Kiryat Gat, won the reality contest military jail.
“HaKochav HaBa,” or “The Next Star,” on Feb. 4, with Knesset Member Donates Kidney to Stranger
On Feb. 6, the Palestinian Authority’s National a performance of Beyoncé’s “Halo” to become Israel’s Yehiel (Hili) Tropper, a member of the Knesset’s
Economy Ministry barred the import of Israeli Eurovision representative. Blue and White Coalition, donated his kidney to a
fruits, vegetables, bottled water and juices to stranger on Feb. 2 at Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital,
Palestinian markets. “It is an insane honor to represent my country. It is JTA reported.
amazing that an Ethiopian is doing it for the first time,”
That was in response to Israeli Defense Minister she said after her victory. “Think about where we were Matnat Chaim, a nonprofit organization based in
Naftali Bennett’s decree to ban Palestinian fruits when the Ethiopians first started making aliyah and Jerusalem that works to encourage kidney donations,
from Israel — a response itself to a PA boycott of look at where we are now. It’s a whole new world.” arranged the transplant. Tropper is the first Knesset
Israeli-grown cattle. member to donate a kidney.
Alene is fulfilling her mandatory army service and
“The minister’s decision was made after months is a Jerusalem native. Tropper, 41, was slated to meet the kidney recipient
of repeated attempts by the security establishment this week.
to negotiate a solution to the cattle crisis, which Israel hosted the Eurovision contest in 2019 after
has caused severe harm to the cattle-growing sector Israeli singer Netta Barzilai won it in 2018. “The surgery went well, and the kidney was trans-
in Israel and the collapse of hundreds of farms,” ‘Operation Tahini’ Leads to Military Discipline planted successfully,” Tropper said. “For the next few
Bennett’s office said in a statement. Several Israeli military intelligence personnel were days, I will stay in the hospital, and then I will go home
disciplined because they sent an Arab undercover for recovery. I will, of course, be available for any mat-
The PA first embargoed Israeli cattle in September. agent to buy containers of tahini from a Palestinian ter, only a little further away for the upcoming period
The embargo briefly ended in December when Israel West Bank village, JTA reported. of time. I hope to get back to things fully soon.” l
allowed the Palestinians to directly import cattle from
abroad, but the PA reversed course again in January. The Israel Defense Forces said the sesame paste
was used for “non-operational activity.” The affair
Ethiopian Israeli Singer to Represent was dubbed “Operation Tahini.”
Country in Eurovision Contest
Ethiopian Israeli Eden Alene will represent Israel The IDF said the army’s chief intelligence officer,
Yuval Shimoni, along with the unit’s commander





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Montgomery and Chester study of a Jewish community in the household contained any Photos by Eric Schucht
counties. That marks a 66% the United States to use address- adults who had a Jewish parent
increase from a previous study based sampling, a difference or who participated in Jewish From left: Philadelphia City Councilman Allan Domb, author
done in 2009 — sort of. Overall from the 2009 community study, activities as a child but do not Jennifer Weiner, Jewish Federation Board Chair Susanna Lachs Adler,
population growth, along with which relied on landlines. identify with any particular Jewish Federation Chief Operating Officer Steve Rosenberg, Sara Laver,
a slightly broader definition of religion today. Researchers said Adam Laver and state Rep.Jared Solomon at the Community Portrait Press
being Jewish, contributed to Using landlines for a survey that definition is more inclusive Conference at the Independence Visitor Center
the sharp increase. can be problematic, as many and allows for a more accurate
households have transitioned reflection of the community. Courtesy of Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
At the press conference, to cellphones or have phone
Jewish Federation Board Chair numbers from other area codes In all, 2,119 Jewish house- York and Chicago have yet to As for denominations, 26% of
Susanna Lachs Adler spoke Address-based sampling reaches holds responded to the survey release their own population Jewish households that responded
of how the study’s results will more people, thus leading to a in English or Russian. In addi- studies, which will also use the are Reform, 26% are Conservative,
affect local nonprofits, includ- more accurate — and different tion, 17 in-person focus groups new research method, so that 8% are Orthodox, 6% are
ing the Jewish Federation itself. — results. were conducted between Jan. ranking may change. Reconstructionist, 1% are Renewal
28 and July 16, 2019. The focus and 6% described themselves as
“We now have the concrete About 58% of the popula- groups allowed researchers In the five-county area, Jews
data that will help us retool, tion increase is believed to be to compile qualitative data to account for 9% of the entire See Study, Page 24
rethink the way we allocate attributable to the change in supplement the other material population.
resources, the way we raise survey method, while about and to delve deeper into sub-
money, the way we grant and the 3% derives from population set communities, like Israelis,
way we structure ourselves for growth and another 4% comes Russian speakers, older adults,
the 2020 decade ahead of us,” she from the study’s broader defi- college students and more.
said. “We will use the feedback to nition of Judaism.
help continue to build an inclu- The study results show that
sive model Jewish community, The study defined a Jewish the Philadelphia area is home to
one that embraces the growing household as one containing the United States’ third-largest
number of interfaith families, at least one adult who iden- Jewish community, after New
and one that embraces the grow- tifies as Jewish by religion, York City and Los Angeles.
ing number of Jews of color.” ethnicity, culture or heritage. However, cities including New
Unlike in 2009, it also asked if
Westat, a Maryland-based
research firm, was hired by
the Jewish Federation to con-
duct the study. The firm mailed
survey questionnaires to 79,496
addresses — some gleaned from
Jewish organizations, others
picked at random. It is the first

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Immigration: Ugly Debate Not Aligned With Jewish Values

BY MAX WEISMAN and discrimination the Jewish what it’s like to be “othered” run a zoo, not a country. Support immigrant-owned
people face, we are to treat oth- rather than welcomed. Our In a few weeks, we will cele- businesses, befriend those in
THERE IS A FAMOUS ers with dignity and respect. Jewish values remind us to your community who may look
Talmudic story in which Rabbi This applies to other Jews in treat immigrants with the dig- brate Purim. This is the classic or speak differently than you,
Hillel tells a young man, all our community as well as to nity that we wish we had been Jewish story of a man in power consume books and movies
while standing on one foot, the stranger. shown throughout history. trying to exterminate the Jews about other cultures.
that the Torah can be sum- When other nations deemed because we were seen as dif-
marized as the golden rule: The U.S. is in the middle of Jews as “less than” or “unde- ferent and thus a threat. In the On a larger level, speak out
Treat others as you wish to be an ugly debate around strangers sirable,” we would not have Purim story, when Esther tells against systemic oppression.
treated. We are reminded that, — our immigrant community. wished to be deported or sepa- King Achashverosh that the Be aware that our country
regardless of the persecution As people from all corners of rated from our family in cages. king’s top adviser is trying to kill is treating immigrants on a
the world flock to the U.S., it So why would a modern and her and her people, his response frighteningly similar scale that
is our job to lead the way in democratic nation do the same is not to build cages and walls. we were treated in Germany
welcoming them. Immigrants to others? That would have been cowardly, in the early 1940s. Think back
are here to seek opportunities undemocratic and not a viable to every time a Holocaust sur-
for success, quality education, The political discussion solution. Instead, he confronted vivor spoke to your Hebrew
refuge from war-torn countries around immigrants is despica- his advisor and stood up for school class and you wondered,
and countless other reasons, ble — it’s not democratic and oppressed people. “What would I have done?”
not dissimilar to many of our certainly not aligned with our
ancestors. Jewish values. To be so scared But we don’t have to feel Now is the time to act
of those who speak or pray or defeated. We can be a part of instead of wonder. l
Jews, from biblical times dress differently than us that the solution.
to Babylon to Ancient Rome our government’s solution is to Max Weisman is a senior associate
to Nazi Germany and even in build walls and cages is a way to On a small scale, treat your at Ceisler Media. He lives in
present-day America, know neighbors with kindness and Philadelphia.
welcome others with open arms.

Immigration: Progressive Dogma Not Welcome on Pulpit

BY ALBERT EISENBERG Jews from Baghdad to Galicia pale politically but against the same, and it’s whatever that Judaism and Jewish life
to Ethiopia. Jewish values. Or so I hear will galvanize the mostly pro- have flourished for centuries
THE AMERICAN and Jewish in the often one-note sermons gressive synagogue-goers into not with openness but with
foundational stories are funda- But to hear many in a delivered at the various syna- political action. insularity; that is why we
mentally linked. The Hebrews decidedly left-leaning rabbini- gogues I attend now and again have laws of kashrut, eruvs to
were commanded to resettle cal establishment tell it today, across our city. Surely it is a virtue to wel- retain community within spe-
Eretz Yisrael after years in Jewish values demand a certain come in the “stranger” and cific geographical regions and
slavery in the Diaspora, while approach to America’s contem- The call from the pulpit for treat every person with dignity, laws of communal (as well as
the first “Americans” — those porary immigration issues. more immigration, more lax but one individual stranger personal) prayer.
native to Europe, that is — enforcement for illegal immi- does not apply to a massive
came to the New World with It sounds something like grants and bigger and more absorption of new populations, That doesn’t argue for any
messianic fervor and with free- this: You welcomed in the comprehensive refugee pro- and there is no such example immigration policy in particu-
dom of worship in mind. stranger among you, and grams is part and parcel with in the Torah of the Jewish peo- lar, but rather a more balanced
therefore the U.S. today should the average d’var at the aver- ple welcoming massive foreign conversation that doesn’t claim
The U.S. has stood as a wel- take in scores of Syrians and age left-leaning shul, which is populations — and certainly the mantle of tenuous or ahis-
come signal for immigrants Afghans and Eritreans. Or you to say is that delivered to any not without demanding some torical biblical quotes in order
worldwide for generations, and should not deport immigrants non-Orthodox congregation sort of cultural or religious to satisfy today’s progressive
Israel, too, has beckoned back who have overstayed visas or on a given Shabbat. assimilation. dogmas.
come here completely against
our laws. Or raise legal immi- Environmental “justice,” We are living in a world So what does Jewish wisdom
gration quotas by whatever racial “justice,” anti-Trump- with 7 billion people in it, bil- have to teach us about present-
percentage the Democratic ism, immigration and refugee lions of whom come from what day immigration policy?
Party is arguing. issues are all common topics economists label euphemisti- Probably not as much as you
in sermons across Philadelphia cally the “developing world.” will hear from the pulpit on
Any opposition to refugee and elsewhere. And yet, these Can the U.S. really take every any given Saturday. l
programs that have a tenuous speeches feel to me more like one of these in, in an era of
track record of assimilating the left-wing orthodoxy dressed environmental degradation, Albert Eisenberg is a right-leaning
people here, or support for with Talmudic language rather increasing consumption and political consultant and commen-
enforcing existing immigration than an approach to current economic duress for many tator based in Philadelphia. He
laws by way of Immigration issues based on Jewish teach- native-born Americans? has worked on Israel and Jewish-
and Customs Enforcement is ings. The conclusion is always related issues, among others.
deemed not only beyond the It is worth recognizing



Kobe Bryant Supported the KVETCH ’N’ KVELL

Jewish Community Letter About Death Penalty Misstated Facts
RALPH BLOCH (“Death Penalty Doesn’t Solve Anything,”
BY JEREMY TREATMAN this week that I realized how friend Anthony Bannister, then Feb. 6) states that in the Tree of Life massacre case that the
much he impacted people and a maintenance man there, gave Department of Justice, which is a federal department, is seek-
LIKE EVERYONE ELSE in how much he impacted me. him a key so he could practice ing the death penalty. at is true. Bloch then mentions that
the United States and most there at any time. One time in a Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has declared a moratorium on
places on the globe, Kobe Here’s how: Bryant was the pickup game when Bryant was signing death warrants. at is also true.
Bryant’s death and the death of most con dent, talented, sin- in ninth grade, I tried to guard
his daughter and seven others gularly focused person I ever him. He did his patented o - What Bloch is missing, however, is that a state governor does
has rocked me. met. at’s evident in basket- arm push o to create space, and not have a role in signing death warrants in federal criminal
ball, but also in his life a er that 6-foot-1, 150-pound ninth cases but only in cases in the state’s court system. As the death
When thinking about basketball, in business, creative grader caused me to double over penalty in this instance is being sought in a federal court case,
sharing some thoughts about projects and, especially, father- with stomach pain. It’s a mem- the executive authority on whether to carry out or commute
Bryant, I wondered, where do hood. He taught me to not let ory I’m now grateful to have. a death sentence that has been imposed and upheld in federal
you start? How do you put anything get in the way of your courts rests with the attorney general of the United States and
things on paper about an icon dreams. As his high school Even when he hit the big ultimately, the president of the United States, not the governor
this big, a legend this big? coach Gregg Downer always time, Bryant continued to lean of Pennsylvania.
said, “He did it with no short- on our people for the biggest
e only way is to tell the cuts. No excuses. Just hard roles in his life. It is important to be mindful of the separation of federal and
story of his youth, what he work, dedication and results.” state jurisdiction in such cases.
meant to the people who know Arn Tellem was his rst
him and to tell the truth. Bryant had detractors and agent, Tzvi Twersky is run- Stephen M. Asbel | Wynnewood
obstacles along the way, and he ning his Mamba Academy and
So I would like to share a always used the negativity to “fuel Doug Young is a board member Gene London Will Be Missed
snippet of my unique perspec- his re,” to make him prove people of many of Bryant’s charities I loved Gene London’s show (“TV Host, Hollywood Fashion
tive about Bryant from 1992 to wrong. He knew he was special, and a close con dant. He has Maven Gene London Dies at 88,” Jan. 30). My husband and I
2002, when I had the best seat yet he took on this blessing and hired countless Jewish people were just talking about it a few weeks ago. I’m so glad he was
in town to his formative years never looked at it as burden. at throughout his life. Bryant told able to continue to use his artistic skills a er the show went o .
— rst as a family friend of the is why, as Downer so poetically me his dad and mom taught him
Bryants, then being the media said last week, “Superman isn’t that “they don’t see color, reli- e world truly needs more shows of simplicity and humanity
member who was lucky enough supposed to die.” gion, race. Just human beings.” like his. ●
to do all of his rst-ever televi-
sion, radio and print interviews What’s not as well-known is that Bryant loved Carol L. Lapp | Troy, Michigan
and lastly to being an assistant and supported the Jewish people.
coach at Lower Merion during STATEMENT FROM THE PUBLISHER
the 1995-1996 state champion- What’s not as well-known at’s pretty ironic since Bryant
ship season. My memories are is that Bryant loved and sup- doesn’t seem like a real human We are a diverse community. The views expressed in the signed opinion columns and
blended in from three vastly ported the Jewish people, and being. He was larger than life. letters to the editor published in the Jewish Exponent are those of the authors. They
di erent but nevertheless beau- he very much felt at home amid do not necessarily reflect the views of the o cers and boards of the Jewish Publishing
tiful and poignant angles. his friends and teammates Running the Kobe Bryant Group, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia or the Jewish Exponent. Send
in the Jewish community in Basketball Classic we do at letters to [email protected] or fax to 215-569-3389. Letters should be a
What a blessing to have wit- Lower Merion. He loved tag- Lower Merion High School maximum of 200 words and may be edited for clarity and brevity. Unsigned letters
nessed and played a small role ging along with his dad Joe, every year is a blessing. e will not be published.
in the growth of one of the a legend himself, when he plans for next year’s event will
greatest international icons of was the girls coach at Akiba blow people’s minds and help Be heard.
the game of basketball — one Hebrew Academy in 1992-’93. us support widows and fami-
who died having transcended lies that lose children. Email your letters
sports, and causing millions at was the rst time I met to the editor.
around the globe to shed tears Kobe Bryant, and while he was Bryant has inspired me and
even though they never even practically dunking on a side anyone who knew him to be a [email protected]
met him. It hasn’t been until basket I remember asking his better version of him or herself. If
father, “Is he anything close to only he could see this reaction to
what you were?” And Joe Bryant his death. Maybe it would bring
said, “He’s so much better than all of us some more comfort. ●
me at this age it’s not even funny.
He is going to be so much better Jeremy Treatman, one of Kobe
than me. It’s not even close.” Bryant’s assistant coaches at Lower
Merion High School, co-owns the
Bryant further honed his Play by Play Sports Broadcasting
skills at the JCC on the Main Camps and owns Scholastic Play-
Line as a youngster, and his by-Play Classics.



Never Again Begins With Never Forget

BY U.S. REP. BRENDAN BOYLE seen anti-Semitic attacks instill people died, and 43% of all by introducing a bill that being exposed to the Holocaust
fear in communities nation- participants falsely thought encourages schools nation- in the classroom. We have a
THIS YEAR, we mark the 75th wide after waves of violent that Adolf Hitler became the wide to include Holocaust duty to change this. Learning
anniversary of the liberation of attacks took place in New York German chancellor “by demo- education in their curricula. about the horrific consequences
Auschwitz, the conclusion of and New Jersey. In addition, cratic political process.” This is Furthermore, last month, the of hatred and bigotry is our best
World War II and the ending there has been a growth in deeply troubling, and it should House of Representatives suc- defense to ensuring those vile
of the Holocaust. Year after memberships within far-right not go unaddressed. cessfully passed the Never acts are never repeated.
year, communities around the extremist groups along with Again Education Act, of which
world come together to com- participation in hate crimes. As a Pennsylvania state I am an original co-sponsor, to We must stand united
memorate the lives of more And in our own state of legislator and a member of reaffirm our bipartisan pledge against anti-Semitism and
than 6 million Jewish victims Pennsylvania, we must never Congress, I have fought hard to keep alive the memory of protect the Jewish community
and millions of other victims forget the horrific shooting at to make sure we would never the Shoah. I’m proud to sup- at home and abroad. Nothing
of the Holocaust while vowing Tree of Life synagogue that allow time or distance to port this bill because it will can justify anti-Semitism. In
to stop future genocides from claimed 11 lives just over a diminish the horrors that hap- help increase education pro- Congress, I will continue to
happening again. year ago, and ensure that no pened 75 years ago. I believe it speak out and amplify the need
similar tragedy strikes the
Yet 75 years after the terrible Commonwealth again. We Yet 75 years after the terrible atrocities of the Holocaust, we continue to
atrocities of the Holocaust, we should all be appalled by this witness an alarming rise in Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism, threats of
continue to witness an alarm- epidemic of violence. genocide around the globe and toleration of unchecked hatred.
ing rise in Holocaust denial
and anti-Semitism, threats of Now, more than ever, we is our collective duty to keep grams on the Holocaust and for education on the Holocaust
genocide around the globe, and need to reinforce our words these lessons at the forefront the availability of resources for at every opportunity. But, as
toleration of unchecked hatred. with action when we say never of our global memory. That’s educators. Americans, this is a call for
again. We can start by ensur- why I spearheaded legislation action to strengthen our efforts
Just in recent weeks, we’ve ing that future generations will as a state legislator to ensure Expanding education about to do our part in educating
never forget about the dangers Holocaust education would be the Holocaust and genocide has future generations about the
of extremism and discrimina- included in all Pennsylvania been, and continues to be, a pri- consequences of unchallenged
tion that defined the Holocaust. schools — making it the sixth ority for me. As of July 2019, hatred. There is so much more
state at the time to do so. Now, there were only 12 states that to be done, and I ask you to
In January, the Pew as a member of Congress, I require public schools to include join me in this fight. l
Research Center released a new have continued that mission the Holocaust in lesson plans.
study revealing that half of its to teach the next generation That means an overwhelm- U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle represents
13,000 participants did not to never forget the Holocaust ing majority of students in our Pennsylvania’s 2nd District.
know the basic facts regarding school systems graduate without
Nazism and the Holocaust. It
is alarming that only 38% of
teens knew how many Jewish


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Holocaust Survivors, Their Descendants

BOOKS The result is brutal, included some of the photograph, found tucked
haunting and frequently beau- survivors’ spoken and away in a drawer. His shirt
Portraits and Testimony tiful poetry that paints a bleak transcribed testimony. blends with colors from the
picture of the period that it Testimony comes background; Holten has mem-
JESSE BERNSTEIN | JE STAFF describes. One example: up again and again in ory, and is memory, a quality
the essays. In Kassan’s shared by all of us but height-
“Facing Survival” paintings, survivors are ened in the historical survivor.
David Kassan “He picked up a stick of wood “as you have never seen
USC Fisher Museum of Art them before,” the artist One painting of a survivor
and said John Nava says. Kassan wearing a clean version of a
IN HIS COLLECTION ‘By Jesus Christ, I will knock “understands that testi- concentration camp uniform
“Testimony: The United States mony in its essence is is genuinely astonishing. The
(1885–1915), Recitative,” your brains out,’ being,” writes Stephen uniform looks brand new,
Charles Reznikoff took real and told her to leave the Smith, executive direc- almost clown-like, or as if
courtroom testimonies describ- tor of the USC Shoah it’s just been picked up from
ing all manner of crime — from house. Foundation. Testimony, the costume store. It’s a por-
petty theft to infanticide — and She answered she would go Kassan himself writes, trait of dignity that had to be
refashioned them into poems. “Facing Survival” “is an effective weapon reclaimed in order to live life as
Line breaks were inserted, but when she was good and Courtesy of USC Fisher Museum of Art in countering hate a human and not as a prisoner.
the original words were hardly ready.
touched. “Testimony” is in the He said, ‘You will go before group propaganda and It is in those portraits, and
tradition of found poetry, work you are ready,’ of Jews who f led Russian racism.” even in the studies of sub-
that tweaks and reorders exist- and shoved her towards the pogroms in the early part of The paintings are, on the jects’ floating hands printed
ing text so that the original is door. the 20th century, does not whole, simple and realistic. in the back of the book, that
seen from a different angle. She caught hold of the door moralize, nor does he even Subjects stand against dark Kassan finds a genuinely novel
casing, comment on the events that backgrounds; skin sags, wrin- testimony, one that reorders
and their little girl began to cry.” the poems describe. But with kles and reveals the veins survivors ever so slightly to
reveal a deeper truth about
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born lawyer and the son literal experiences.

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artist using his medium to add survivors in a new way; they forthcoming memoir, “I Want
to something that could not be look wise and they look world- You to Know We’re Still Here,”
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Eugenics at the Forefront in Dystopic ‘Babel’

T H E AT E R Playwright Jacqueline of healthy, active 7-year-old than gratuitous absurdism. movement in contemporary
MATT SILVER | JE STAFF Goldfinger’s new play, twins. “There is a sci-fi element theater.
“Babel,” brings sci-fi
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turge Jacqueline Goldfinger joked. movies and the result was too
thinks that’s changing. which places are at a premium. And that’s how you know often “clunky and weird and
“You can get very specific During the pregnancy, there you’ve seen a play written by a campy,” she said.
She’s written a new play, was a test that indicated there Jewish playwright at her best
“Babel” (like the tower), that test results on what the proba- could be a health issue with one — you leave contemplating But, now, she believes that
figures to be among a new bilities are around what type of of the twins. Everything turned several new questions with no staged sci-fi is about to have its
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“Babel” envisions a not-too-dis- question of how many people on where in-utero testing was school, also teaches in Temple she said. “It’s really about to
tant future where rapid advances should be born so we can sus- going, and my mind was blown University’s MFA theater pro- bust out.”
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‘Hurricane’ Schwartz Dishes on Debut Novel

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JESSE BERNSTEIN | JE STAFF Schwartz spoke about climate weather even more interesting. inspired by Michael Crichton
change, the writing process and and his greatness in explaining discussed, or potential poli-
IF YOU’VE FLIPPED ON “Mad Max.” What was the editing process science to the general public. cies — change over the course
NBC10 in the last 25 years, like? Who did you trust to “Jurassic Park” was my favorite of your writing?
you’ve seen Glenn “Hurricane” When did you decide to write read the dra s? novel. Where else could you
Schwartz sweeping his arm this book? write about chaos theory in a My rst dra had a spir-
over satellite images and tell- I had a couple of colleagues popular book? ited debate on climate change
ing you whether you’ll need an Back in 2006. During a lunch read the rst dra and other between Neil and his mentor,
umbrella. But like any meteo- conversation, a friend said, early versions. Dr. [Jon] Nese How do you think Neil with the older one being the
rologist, he can’t get ‘em right “Why don’t you try ction?” was a natural choice — a Stephenson’s Judaism shapes skeptic. But in recent years,
100% of the time, as much as (I had recently coauthored a great meteorologist and com- him as a character? meteorologists have become
he’d like to. non ction book). I had the idea municator. Another was TV much more in agreement about
for “ e Weathermaker” that meteorologist Doug Kammerer, He may not have been the basic science, and argue more
But what if he could? Or bet- night. Looking back, I was rst who is one of the people I pat- brought up in a strict religious about the details (like how much
ter yet, just make the weather interested in the idea of chang- terned the main character a er. atmosphere, but he was exposed worse climate change made the
himself? ing the weather as a kid who to (and appreciated) the moral-
loved baseball. A er a bunch of Were there other books of a ity and ethics taught in Judaism. ood, or hurricane, or ...). Every
That’s the premise of rainouts in a row, I decided that, similar sensibility that you A recognition that God has the time I’ve rewritten or updated
Schwartz’s rst novel, “ e when I grew up, I was going read to try and nd some ultimate control, and that we the book, I’ve had to strengthen
Weathermaker.” ebookdetails to build a machine so I could pointers? should use our talents for good, the language on climate. It
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a weatherman whose power to decision to become a meteorol- I try not to read “similar” He is not just using his gi to evolved in those 14 years. And
control the weather presents him ogist. Later, a great teacher in books, since I don’t want to become famous or get rich, but most of that change has hap-
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Franklin and Joshua — are writes of learning this, “but the chance to deepen the mem- experiences shape her “I Want You to Know We’re Still Here”
all prominent writers, the rst this was the beginning of a oir into something else, she politics? You can only Tim Duggan Books
as a novelist, the latter two as search that would de ne the declines. guess.
journalists. next phase of my life.”
For instance, Jonathan It’s probably ungrate-
On the second page, Safran She decides that she will Safran Foer’s “Everything Is fultoaskmoreofsomeone
Foer introduces the engine of embark on a mission to Illuminated” is based on his who is already sharing
the book: Her mother, Ethel, Ukraine to solve two myster- unsuccessful attempt to nd her painful family his-
the only member of her fam- ies: who had hidden her father out who hid his grandfather, tory. But you can glimpse
ily to survive the Holocaust, during the war, and who was but his mother apparently has what this memoir could
mentions that Safran Foer’s this sister she never knew — very little to say about this. have been, when Safran
father, Louis, himself the her name, for starters. She belongs to a social milieu Foer describes her rela-
lone survivor of his family, that allows her to ask for travel tionship with her mother.
had once had another family, e rest of the book does tips from an FBI agent who In those brief moments,
a wife and a daughter, who not need to be anything more had been involved in the case the central question of
were murdered by the Nazis. than competent to satisfy the that inspired “ e Silence of a memoir, especially one
Louis ended up killing himself stakes that are set out right the Lambs,” a former national about family history —
in 1954, overcome with what there. e drama of the story security adviser to Bill Clinton who am I? — is answered
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Why We Need Synagogue Feb. 14 5:17 p.m.
Feb. 21 5:25 p.m.

BY RABBI GREGORY MARX We all would like to say some- and supporting a Jewish com- moral values that are essential as Moses called the people to
thing akin to, “Please support munity must be of importance for true success and happiness. God’s covenant. For those who
Parshat Yitro and belong to the Jewish com- in today’s world. have drifted away, come back
WE LEARN IN Exodus 19 that munity.” Please don’t just hire Third, there are many vital because it will connect you to
Moses went up to God, and God a private rabbi to officiate at Second, synagogues teach Jewish organizations in the the roots from which you come,
called to him from the moun- your child’s bar/bat mitzvah, values that make mensches. world. Of that there is no doubt. because it will connect you to a
tain, saying, “This is what you funeral or wedding. Please Everyone wants their children Most are dedicated to saving community that cares, because
shall say to the House of Jacob, understand the importance to be successful, but what most Jews. When a Jew is in crisis, it will teach your children about
and tell to the Children of Israel.” and value your role plays in the of us value even more than it’s good to know that there are the importance of goodness,
God calls Moses and tells him community and the support monetary success, is strong organizations that can bring because it will connect you to
to rally the people behind the and relationships that are only moral character. We teach the relief. But know this: Only the a heritage that contains some
covenant. And just a few lines found in synagogues. importance of ethical good- synagogue makes Jews. Others wise insights into how to lead
later, God proclaims the Ten ness every day at shul. At our save Jews. But the synagogue a moral life and, above all else,
Commandments and links the Consider the following. First, synagogue, and I’m sure in makes Jews. If we fail, then because we need you, and to be
Jewish people to the performance cost should not push you away. others as well, we house the there will be no one left to save. needed is such an important
of mitzvot, designed to repair the Every synagogue has reduced homeless, collect food for the I ask you to join us because the part of every person’s life.
world and refine the soul. rates for those who need them. hungry, collect clothing for synagogue is the one essential
Having said that, I know that immigrants, support social historic institution dedicated Be a part of the most historic
These are some of the most it’s expensive to belong. But we justice causes, comfort the sick to teaching us how to be Jews. Jewish institution ever devised.
dramatic words in the Torah. all make choices based on our and march for justice. Be a part of rebuilding this
priorities. If we cannot afford When we open a prayer vital Jewish association and, in
I sometimes think that both a new car and a trip over- Our children need places book, the generations that went the process, be strengthened
Moses proclaimed truth that seas, then we have to decide where they can learn about the before us come alive. We open yourself. l
the people of Israel needed to which means more. necessity of moral character. the prayer book and say the
hear. So what would I tell the We want our children to marry same words that they said, and Rabbi Gregory S. Marx serves as
community today? What is one And if we cannot afford the moral people. We want to work we know that we belong to the the senior rabbi of Congregation
of our greatest spiritual chal- synagogue and something else, with moral people. We need ages, and that the ages belong Beth Or in Maple Glen. The Board
lenges today? what we are really saying is that character in public life. to us; that we are not here today of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia
the synagogue is not a priority; and gone tomorrow, but that we is proud to provide the Torah com-
Certainly there are politi- that the other thing, whatever it Where else can we find these are part of our people’s history, mentary for the Jewish Exponent.
cal, environmental and ethical is, is more important. Everyone teachings if not in the syna- and that history is part of us.
obstacles to be overcome, but has the right to set his/her gogue? You teach your children
Jewishly there is one overriding own priorities. But we must all by the choices that you make If I were on a mountain top
concern that I hear expressed acknowledge/admit that this is and, if you rent a rabbi like a and could speak to the entire
by rabbis over and over again. what we are doing. Belonging commodity, then we are losing Jewish community, I would call
a golden opportunity to instill you home to the synagogue,

Study “By gaining an under- which was believed to be an what Allan and I need is col- Chai.
standing of the nuances of our underestimate. lective data, otherwise we’re
Continued from Page 12 communities, we will be able to flying blind,” Solomon said. News for people
tackle issues such as food inse- Other findings include: “So this is just critical work in who know we don’t
“other.” Some respondents iden- curity, emergency services and • 24% of Jewish households getting the data set that will
tified as multiple denominations educational needs in a much best inform the work that we mean spiced tea.
and 43% didn’t identify with more informed manner,” Laver have synagogue member- do in communities every day.”
any denomination — a threefold said. “Quite simply, the informa- ship, down from 35% in Every Thursday in the
increase from 2009. tion in this study can save lives.” 2009. The Jewish Federation plans JEWISH EXPONENT
• 74% of Jewish adults reported to host a series of community and all the time online
About 10% of the Jews in About 6% of Jewish households having heard anti-Semitic meetings to further dissemi-
Greater Philadelphia are Jews are at or below 100% of the federal or anti-Israel comments in nate the study’s findings.
of color, meaning they identify poverty level, with that number Greater Philadelphia For home delivery,
as Hispanic, black, Asian or jumping to 20% for Jews of color • 40% are in favor of a two- Town Halls are scheduled for call 215.832.0710.
other nonwhite races. and 22% for those from Russia or state solution. March 12 at 8:30 a.m. and 5:30
the former Soviet Union. At the press conference, p.m. at the Jewish Community
In terms of sexual orienta- Councilman Domb said he Services Building at 2100 Arch
tion, 4% identified as lesbian or The study indicated that 5% looked forward to putting the St. Other meetings are scheduled
gay, with another 5% identify- of Jewish seniors and 10% of study’s findings into action to for community centers and syn-
ing as bisexual or other. Jewish families with children improve the local Jewish com- agogues throughout the region.
live in poverty. Also, 11% of the munity, a thought echoed by
The study was organized region’s Jews ages 18-64 do not state Rep. Jared Solomon. More information can be
by a lay leadership commit- have health insurance. “What I would say is the found at
tee co-chaired by Adam and importance of the work is that populationstudy. l
Sara Laver. At the press confer- About 47% of Jewish
ence, Adam Laver spoke about marriages are interfaith, an [email protected];
the importance of carrying increase from 28% in 2009, 215-832-0751
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Tree Hugging on ‘Jewish Earth Day,’
from Philly to Israel

DID YOU KNOW THAT IN ISRAEL, trees are considered so precious that you have transformed deserts into farmland and even forests.
need a permit to chop one down, even if it’s on your own property? It’s true: Jews Maintaining and replacing millions of hand-planted trees requires constant
are natural born tree huggers.
care, but Israelis insist the effort is well worth it for the environmental benefits,
And just as we celebrate Arbor Day in America, Judaism has the holiday of Tu such as improving air quality, absorbing greenhouse gases, providing shade,
B’Shevat. Known as “Festival of
the Trees,” the holiday, which this improving storm water control,
year falls on Feb. 10, is celebrated reducing summertime air tem-
as a sort of Jewish Earth Day, perature through the release of
with Tu B’Shevat seders and tree water vapor and adding a cheerful
plantings — the latter of which dose of nature to city landscapes.
looms large in Jewish tradition.
All those reasons also hold
Planting a tree signifies hope, true in Philadelphia, which is
since it represents the optimism why recently Philly has also made
that future generations will live a huge commitment to planting
to see that tree grow to maturity. trees. The city forestry program
“Just as my ancestors planted for TreePhilly has provided more
me, so I will plant for my chil- than 21,500 free trees for plant-
dren,” says the Talmud. In fact, ing in city streets and yards, and
the Talmud says — with a ring of the Pennsylvania Horticultural
Sholom Aleichem-like humor — Society plants more than 1,000
that tree planting is so important trees throughout the region every
that if you’re holding a sapling year, plus trains local volunteers
and happen to see the Messiah on tree maintenance to ensure
coming, “first plant the tree, then their survival.
greet the Moshiach.”
So for Tu B’Shevat this year,
As a practical matter, modern-day Israel puts just as much emphasis on trees. get in touch with your inner tree hugger. Sign up to become a tree tender in your
Careful reforestation efforts over the past century by the Jewish National Fund community and join the movement to make our world a little greener.

Chag sameach!

Supporting Jews of All Abilities

AS THE MOTHER OF AN AUTISTIC TEENAGER, Gabrielle Kaplan- needs families through the Jewish Disability Inclusion Consortium of Greater
Meyer understands the way disabilities can pose challenges for families Philadelphia, a group which includes Jewish Federation.
partaking in Jewish communal life.
February is Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance and Inclusion Month
“For example, Purim is loud and wonderful,” said Kaplan-Meyer, director (JDAIM), an international initiative now in its 12th year. There are many great
of Jewish Learning Venture’s Whole Community Inclusion, supported by ways to participate in Greater Philadelphia:
Jewish Federation. “But from a sensory perspective, it can be overwhelming to • Learn and grow at one of nearly two dozen “JDAIM Shabbat” programs
walk into a place with that much stimulation.”
held throughout the month at synagogues across the region.
Kaplan-Meyer’s family is far from alone. According to the U.S. Census, one • Attend an important Feb. 20 training on mental illness awareness in faith
in five people has some kind of learning, cognitive, physical and/or develop-
mental disability. communities.
• Download Whole Community Inclusion’s free coloring book for kids,
Mindful of the need to make Jewish communal life welcoming to people
of all abilities, Whole Community Inclusion was formed to make Jewish pro- which teaches when you take time to understand friends who are different
gramming accessible for families raising kids with special needs. from you, you are showing kindness/chesed. That is an important Jewish
That includes creating sensory-friendly jkidphilly programs (like a Purim For more about how Jewish Federation helps support inclusion for people
party with the noise level turned down, or with a designated “quiet space”); with disabilities, visit
expanding education for synagogue leaders and early childhood educators;
compiling downloadable lesson plans; and advocating on behalf of special


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THURSDAY, FEB. 13 Blood Drive. Shabbat Service. Service’s Our Closet program for a
American Red Cross blood drive at Shabbat evening service at Reform family volunteering afternoon. Our
Film Screening. Beth Sholom Congregation. 2-7 p.m. Congregation Keneseth Israel at 8 Closet provides clothing to vulnerable
The movie “The Invisibles” will be 8231 Old York Road, Elkins Park. p.m. 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park. people throughout the Greater
screened at Reform Congregation Philadelphia via free pop-up shops.
Keneseth Israel. $10. 11 a.m. Jewish Counterculture Lecture. SATURDAY, FEB 15 Help sort the clothing donations.
8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park. The University of Pennsylvania Open to families of all ages. Feel free
Jewish Studies Program, in Torah, Bagels and Coffee. to bring clothes to donate. Call Emalie
THURSDAY, FEB. 13 discussion of the Tanakh over the year. partnership with the Penn Libraries, Begin Shabbat morning at Old Clamage at 267-256-213 to RSVP. 10
Open to all. 11 a.m. 410 Montgomery has completed a pioneering oral York Road Temple-Beth Am with a.m. The Barbara and Harvey Brodsky
Mommy & Me. Ave., Wynnewood. history project documenting the early a discussion of the weekly portion Enrichment Center of JFCS. 345
Sherrie Turetsky, director of the School years of this movement, complete including bagels and coffee at 9 Montgomery Ave., Bala Cynwyd.
of Early Learning at Old York Road Torah Study. with interviews from 32 founding a.m. followed by a peer-led Shabbat
Temple-Beth Am, will lead a weekly Midday Torah study with Rabbi Eric Lazar members. Join us as we screen service at 10:15 a.m. Casual dress is Talmud Study.
one-hour “Mommy & Me” class at 9:30 at noon. All are welcome. Temple Brith excerpts from the oral histories, and appropriate and everyone is welcome. This class asks the overarching
a.m. For more information, call 215-886- Achim. 481 S. Gulph Road, King of Prussia. hear from a panel of experts for the For more information, call 215-886- question: What is the Talmud trying
8000. 971 Old York Road, Abington. 24th annual Silvers Visiting Scholar 8000. 971 Old York Road, Abington. to tell us about shame/shaming?
Short Story Discussion. Program. 4:45 p.m. The ARCH, Room 11:45 a.m. Har Zion Temple.
Torah Study. This group meeting at Main Line 208, 3601 Locust Walk, Philadelphia. Torah Study. 1500 Hagys Ford Road, Penn Valley.
Study of commentaries found in Reform Temple will read “Stations of The rabbis of Main Line Reform Temple
the Hertz Chumash, the Etz Hayim the Cross” by Julie Orringer, from her Torah Study. will lead a discussion on the weekly Wisdom of the (S)ages.
Chumash and the commentaries of collection “How to Breathe Underwater.” The Congregations of Shaare parshah and talk about its context and This class led by Ely Levine will explore
modern biblical scholars to deepen All are welcome to attend. 12:15 p.m. Shamayim will host a class led by history. All are welcome. 9 a.m. 410 selections of the Biblical books of
our understanding of the first book 410 Montgomery Ave., Wynnewood. Rabbi Reuben Israel Abraham as part Montgomery Ave., Wynnewood. Proverbs, Job and Ecclesiastes as well
of the Bible. Lead by Rabbi Ira Flax. of the synagogue’s adult education as Pirkei Avot. The aim is to try to
10 a.m. Har Zion Temple. 1500 Hagys Canasta Open Play. calendar. His topic is “Proclaim Liberty SUNDAY, FEB. 16 understand the moral sensibilities of the
Ford Road, Penn Valley. Canasta walk-in friendly game. Throughout the Land: The Hebrew ancestors and look for tidbits useful in
1-3 p.m. Social hall at Ohev Shalom of Bible as a Sourcebook for the Creation Civil Rights Tour. people’s own lives. Free and open to the
Bible Study. Bucks County. Weekly open play for of the United States.” Refreshments AJC Philadelphia/Southern NJ and community. For more information, call
The rabbis at Main Line Reform $2. To register, call 215-968-6755. will be served. For more information, the Dialogue Institute-Journal of 610-667-5000. 1 p.m. Har Zion Temple.
Temple will lead an ongoing 944 Second Street Pike, Richboro. call 215-677-1600. 8 p.m. Ecumenical Studies will host a half-day 1500 Hagys Ford Road, Penn Valley.
9768 Verree Road, Philadelphia. tour and to explore the relationship
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Active Adult Friday. Church for morning services at 9:30 game. Open to the entire kehillah.
A full day of activities for active adults. a.m. followed by a discussion and No charge for MBIEE sisterhood
Coffee, tea and snacks at 8:30 a.m., lunch. Afterward, the group will members. A one-time charge of $36
chair exercise or current events or depart for a 90-minute walking tour of includes membership to the MBIEE
Yiddish with Sarita Gocial at 9:30 a.m., Philadelphia’s historic district featuring Sisterhood. Contact 215-635-1505
Kabbalat Shabbat service led by Rabbi civil rights sites. Tour concludes at 2 or [email protected] for more
Beth Janus at 10:30 a.m., hot kosher p.m. near Congregation Mikveh Israel. information. 7 p.m. 8339 Old York
lunch from Betty the Caterer at 11:30 $60 registration fee includes lunch. Road, Elkins Park.
a.m. and a presentation on Medicare For more information, contact Hilary
fraud prevention by Dan Milloy of Levine at [email protected] of 215-665- TUESDAY, FEB. 18
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215-832-0539. KleinLife: Center City. Art Class.
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Join AMIT Philadelphia/Shira workshops will introduce participants
Breakfast and Parshah. Chapter on a docent-led tour of to charcoal, pastels, watercolor and
Rabbi Alexander Coleman will explore the Forbidden Art exhibit at Liberty acrylic paint. Each individual will then
the weekly Torah portion over a Museum at 11 a.m. The group will have choose one medium to create their
delicious breakfast of bagels, lox and lunch at Star of David Kosher Grill own unique piece. Participants may
coffee in this weekly interactive class. after the tour. Cost is $36 for adults, choose to work from photographs, a
9 a.m. Young Israel of Elkins Park. $12 for grade school students and $18 still life setting or their imagination.
7715 Montgomery Ave., Elkins Park. for high school/college students. This program is open to all adults.
321 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. Beginners to advanced levels
Kabbalat Shabbat. welcome. Call 267-256-2018 to
Join Temple Judea of Bucks County MONDAY, FEB. 17 register. $30. 10:30 a.m. The Barbara
for Kabbalat Shabbat with Cantor Paul and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment
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Discussion of the parshah of the week. Come play mahjong at Congregation 8546B Bustleton Ave., Philadelphia.
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Discussion of the parshah of the week. the synagogue office at 215-635-6611 or past substance use issues. In addition [email protected]
This session will be led by Rabbi or [email protected] to sharing personal experiences,
Seth Frisch. All are welcome. Noon. 7763 Old York Road, Elkins Park. insights, and advice, people will learn Temple-Beth Am, will lead a weekly Book Discussion Group.
Congregation Adath Jeshurun library. about and engage with speakers on one-hour “Mommy & Me” class at 9:30 The Book Discussion Group with
7763 Old York Road, Elkins Park. Cooking Class. topics related to co-dependency, self- a.m. For more information, call 215-886- Rita and MaryAnn, a joint venture
Join Jewish Family and Children’s care, combating denial, healthy role 8000. 971 Old York Road, Abington. program by Northeast NORC and
Mahjong. Service and “The Geography Lady” modeling, depression and anxiety. the Congregations of Shaare
This mahjong group meets at 1 p.m. Alycia Larson for an interactive learning For more information and to register, Torah Study. Shamayim meets again at noon. This
in the Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel experience on Greece. Following the contact Sarah Waxman at [email protected] Study of commentaries found in month’s selection features the book
synagogue chapel to play the game, presentation, participants will cook or call 267-804-5888. the Hertz Chumash, the Etz Hayim “The Night Fire” written by New York
have fun and raise money for tikkun specialty dishes from Greece with JFCS $36. 6:30 p.m. The Barbara and Harvey Chumash and the commentaries of Times bestselling author Michael
olam. Have you heard of mahjong and kitchen educator Drew Gold. Event Brodsky Enrichment Center of JFCS. modern biblical scholars to deepen Connelly. A $2 donation is required
want to learn to play? Are you new in hosted by Circle of Wisdom. $18. 345 Montgomery Ave., Bala Cynwyd. our understanding of the first book to cover a light lunch. Call the
town looking for the game? Have you 10:30 a.m. The Barbara and Harvey of the Bible. Lead by Rabbi Ira Flax. synagogue office at 215-677-1600
lived in town and want a new group to Brodsky Enrichment Center of JFCS. Mahjong. 10 a.m. Har Zion Temple. 1500 Hagys for more details. Transportation is
play with? The group is always looking 345 Montgomery Ave., Bala Cynwyd. Old York Road Temple-Beth Am will Ford Road, Penn Valley. available through Northeast NORC
for new players. A $4 donation is host a drop-in mahjong game at at 215-320-0351. 9768 Verree Road,
asked per session. 300 S. 18th St., Bereavement Group. 7 p.m. Bring your cards. Mahjong sets Bible Study. Philadelphia.
Philadelphia. Jewish Family and Children’s and cards will be for sale. For more The rabbis at Main Line Reform
Service is offering this eight-session information, call 215-886-8000. Temple will lead an ongoing Canasta Open Play.
Judaism’s Gifts Class. support group for individuals who 971 Old York Road, Abington. discussion of the Tanakh over the year. Canasta walk-in friendly game. 1-3
The Jewish Learning Institute’s have suffered the loss of a spouse Open to all. 11 a.m. 410 Montgomery p.m. Social hall at Ohev Shalom of
latest class will unpack six of the or partner. Participants will find Brotherhood Poker. Ave., Wynnewood. Bucks County. Weekly open play for
world’s most cherished values community, support, strength and Enjoy an evening of poker with the $2. To register, call 215-968-6755.
and how they were delivered to comfort in a warm and professionally Brotherhood of Old York Road Temple-Beth Film Screening. 944 Second Street Pike, Richboro.
humankind by the Torah. Instructor guided discussion. For more Am at 7 p.m. For more information, call 215- The movie “Ushpizin” will be screened
is Rabbi Yochonon Goldman. Fee is information or to register for the 886-8000. 971 Old York Road, Abington. at Reform Congregation Keneseth Film Screening.
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information, visit 7 p.m. 10:30 a.m. The Barbara and Harvey THURSDAY, FEB. 20 Road, Elkins Park. Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival,
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St., Philadelphia. 345 Montgomery Ave., Bala Cynwyd. Mommy & Me. Torah Study. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn” will
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RAPHAEL-SACKS Frebowitz, David Frebowitz, and Stuart
Strome. His family relied on him for optim-
BIENSTOCK ism, laughter, advice on every single aspect
of life, fun times and even political banter. Al
Estelle Bienstock was born in 1929 in West was a man of action, integrity, self-respect,
Philadelphia and died peacefully at her home humility and appreciation for others. He had a
in Margate, NJ on February 3, 2020. She was larger than life personality and his love of
the daughter of William and Sarah Green- people, learning and life in general was in-
wald and the younger sister of Morton Green- spiring. Everyone who knew Al would de-
wald, MD, of blessed memory. After graduat- scribe him as kind, humble, optimistic, de-
ing from University of Pennsylvania on a full termined, hilarious, and selfless, among
academic scholarship, she met the love of many other positive attributes. In his free
her life, Joseph Bienstock, in Atlantic City and time, Al focused on spending time with his
they wed in 1962. Estelle and Joe were teach- family and friends by sharing stories, attend-
ers at Atlantic City High School. They en- ing and/or watching Red Sox and Patriots
joyed a few years of retirement together until games, playing a friendly round of golf,
Joe’s death in 1997. Though they never had watching movies, consuming the news, tak-
children of their own, they were beloved ing a walk, relaxing on the beach, or going to
mentors to their nieces and nephews: Sarah breakfast or lunch. Al was born in Lynn, Mas-
(Greenwald) Brennan, Lisa (Agre) Brown, sachusetts and raised in Marblehead and
David and Miriam Greenwald, Shelly and Swampscott. He graduated Swampscott
Steven Klinger, Irene (Greenwald) Plotzker High, class of 1969, and then went on to earn
and Rachel (Agre) Rohrer, who survive her; his Bachelor in Science in Business Adminis-
and to her students. Estelle could not enter tration from Northeastern University and
any business or office in the area without be- Masters of Business Administration from
ing greeted by former ACHS students who re- Suffolk University. In 1988, he got a promo-
galed her with stories and memories. Estelle tion at CIT Group and moved his family to
was able to spend her final years in her home Fort Washington, PA, where they have lived
because of the dedication of Terri Costello, since then. With decades of experience in the
her caretaker who became family. Estelle was commercial lending market, Al spent 35
a devoted member of Shirat Hayam and The years as a sales executive at CIT Group,
Avoda Club. The family asks that contribu- where he earned numerous awards. Most re-
tions in her memory may be made to the cently, Al served as VP, National Sales at Vis-
Avoda Club, P.O. Box 3120, Margate, NJ, ion Financial Group where he informally
08402 to fund college awards for local schol- served as the team’s mentor. For the past
ars. three years, he also proudly served as the
Chief Financial Officer and strategic advisor
pany, and they both cherished the precious
COHEN opportunity to work together. Al had a real
zest for life. He felt that “life is good”, “meant
Allan Cohen, Feb. 3, 2020 of Deerfield Beach, to be enjoyed” and that it was critical to “turn
FL and Yardley, PA. Husband of Corrine (nee lemons into lemonade” and “stay positive”.
London). Father of Caren Cohen (Dan Nass- His family is doing their best to live their
er), Glenn Cohen (Barbara) and Robert Co- fullest lives in his honor and to continue his
hen (Amy). Grandfather of Alex, Blake, Cady, meaningful legacy. Al is already missed so
Dara, Jay and Sloane. Contributions in his much by everyone who loves him. He was a
memory may be made to The Girard College true mensch, mentor, leader, friend and the
Foundation. epitome of a family man. The funeral took
place on Thursday, January 23rd at 1 p.m. ET
JOSEPH LEVINE and SONS at Goldstein’s Rosenberg’s Raphael Sacks
Suburban North in Southampton, PA. Contri-
FISCHER butions in his memory may be made to
Alzheimer's Association,,
Polly Fischer, arts lover, writer, public radio or a charity of the donor's choice.
programmer, and raconteuse, died peace-
fully in Philadelphia on February 2, 2020, age GOLDSTEINS' ROSENBERG'S
95. Adoring wife of 69 years of Martin Fisc- RAPHAEL-SACKS
her. Also survived by son Edward "Skip" Fisc-
her (Dawn Pratson), daughter Jane Broder-
son (William Fletcher), five grandsons, one
great-granddaughter, and brother Jerry Al-
bert (Bobbie). Polly and Martin lived in Phil-
adelphia; Key Biscayne, Fla.; and Long Beach
Island, NJ. Contributions in Polly's memory
may be made to the Jewish Federation of
Philadelphia or the donor's choice. www.lev-



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Sander Robert Gorberg, 86, of Wynnewood, Howard Ronald Kaback, on December 20, Phyllis Melamed (nee Miller), January 30, Florence (Floss) Frances Fishman Solomon MARY (nee Abrams) on February 2, 2020 at
PA, died Friday, January 31, 2020. Sander 2019, of Sherman Oaks, CA; Beloved hus- 2020. Beloved wife of the late Irvin. Devoted (1933-2020) age 86, of Philadelphia, PA, age 99. Beloved wife of the late Harvey Siller,
received his undergraduate degree from band of Mollie “Teenchy” (nee Schreibman) mother of Dr. Brian (Beth) Melamed, Eileen passed away on Thursday, January 30th in Loving Mother of Suzanne (Dr. Robert)
Temple University and Juris Doctorate de- Kaback; loving father of Dr. Elizabeth Kaback, (Jack) Berk and Ira (Susan) Melamed. Lov- Wyncote, PA. Florence was born in Phil- Koffler, Dr. Randall Siller and the late Terry
gree from Penn Law School. He served in the George (Josheen) Kaback and the late Joshua ing grandmother of Noah (Elizabeth, Esq.) adelphia to Nathan and Ann Fishman on June Siller; Devoted grandmother of Lauren (Josh)
U.S. Army after law school and then went in- Kaback; cherished grandfather of Sara Lind- Melamed, Zachary (Courtney) Melamed, 1, 1933. She graduated from Philadelphia Dunoff, Dr. Todd (Dr. Jessica Thurlow)
to private practice, at his firm, Gorberg & say, Lena Marie and David Joseph; devoted Lauren (Michael) Watt, Esq., Hannah High School for Girls and worked as an ad- Koffler and Jacey Siller; Adoring great-grand-
Zuber, as a personal injury attorney. He was brother of Dr. Michael Kaback and the late Melamed and Lee Melamed. Adored great ministrative assistant for the State of PA for mother of Raquel and Brooke Dunoff. Contri-
an avid reader and history buff, loved the arts Sandra Kaback. Graveside Services were held grandmother of Dylan, Mason, Olivia, Fiona, 20 years. Florence later worked as an usher butions in her memory may be made to the
and theater, and a wonderful husband, father, at Haym Salomon Memorial Park, Frazer, Hayley and Alexandra. Contributions in her at the Kimmel Center and volunteered at vari- Jewish National Fund.
grandfather, brother and uncle. He is prede- PA. Contributions in his memory may be memory may be made to Jewish Older Adult ous charitable organizations. Florence is sur-
ceased by his parents, Samuel and Ida, and made to the Dr. H. Ronald Kaback Fund for Services, 1102 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City, NJ vived by her loving children Ricky Solomon GOLDSTEINS' ROSENBERG'S
sister, Zelda Margolis (Dr. Bernard Margolis) Graduate Education, Research & Training at 08401, of Boca Raton, FL, Lisa Hanson of Panama RAPHAEL-SACKS
and survived by his wife of 58 years, Toby the Miraglo Foundation. (www.miraglo- City, Panama and Donna Goldberg of
(nee Green); children: David (Stacy), Ellen GOLDSTEINS' ROSENBERG'S Wyndmoor, PA. and her loving grandchil- TRACTON
(Robert Singer), Rhona Leeman (David Lee- RAPHAEL-SACKS dren, Jessie Solomon, Kristin Hanson and
man), Susanne Gaber (the late Andrew JOSEPH LEVINE and SONS Tara Schlacterman as well as her sisters-in- Shirley Brownstein Tracton, age 90, passed
Gaber), and Janet Dickman (Gregg Dickman); NEW law Ruth Fishman, Florence Solomon and the away on January 31, 2020, after a brief ill-
grandchildren: Brian, Emily, Leah, Sadie, LIPSCHUTZ late Dorothy Solomon. In addition Floss is ness. She was the daughter of Sarah and
Rachel Leeman, Gabrielle Leeman, Jason Jerry S. New, originally of Phila., PA, died survived by many adoring nieces, nephews Nathan Brounstein and the sister of Martin
Leeman, Grace Gaber, Libby Gaber, Aaron Robert Lipschutz, age 76, died on February 4, peacefully on January 23, 2020, in Boca and friends. She was preceded in death by (Sylvia). A life-long Philadelphian, she was a
Dickman, and Robert Dickman. Memorial 2020. He was a retired accountant who Raton, FL, with his devoted wife, Charlotte her former husband Alvin Solomon, her lov- proud 1947 graduate of South Philadelphia
contributions may be made to the Tikvah resided in Maple Glen, Pennsylvania. Hus- New, by his side. Brother and eternal friend, ing brother Erwin Fishman and her beloved High School for Girls where she was editor of
Jewish Organization or the Parkinson’s band of Marlene (nee Berman). Father of Dr. Ronald (Joan) New; loving father of Linda partner James Hendrix. In lieu of flowers, the yearbook. During the era when women
Foundation. Services were private. Bonnie and Lauren (Jeffrey Izes) Lipschutz- Forman, Pamela (Robert) Saltzburg, R. Dav- contributions in Florence's memory can be had few job paths, she followed two in high
Karp. Grandfather of Devin Izes. Contribu- id New, and proudest “Pops” of William, Jac- made to the American Lung Association school: secretarial and academic, then when
WWW.WESTLAURELHILL.COM tions in his memory may be made to the ob, and Shayna. Funeral and Shiva com- 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, on to graduate from Temple University.
American Cancer Society, 1818 Market St., pleted. Contributions in his memory may be Chicago, IL 60601 There, she met her husband of 70 years,
GOSFIELD Suite 2820, Phila., PA 19103, made to Access Now,, Power Stanley Tracton, a science teacher for 35 Access,Inc.Org, or Reform Congregation GOLDSTEINS' ROSENBERG'S years at Leeds Middle School. Shirley and
Phyllis Gosfield (nee Starobin) on February 4, Keneseth Israel, Elkins Park, PA - New RAPHAEL-SACKS Stanley had 4 children: Paula (Richard Man-
2020. Wife of the late Eugene; Mother of Re- GOLDSTEINS' ROSENBERG'S Streaming Fund. del), Wayne (Jane Willen), Gregg (Catherine
uben, Josh, Avery and Annie; Grandmother of RAPHAEL-SACKS SPIELMAN “Kate” Bannister) and Keith (Debra Perez).
Leela, Toby, Jacob, Justin and Roxie; Great- SASSLER She adored her grandchildren Michael Man-
grandmother of Maybelle Flip and Beatrix LOWE Our beloved father, Wayne R. Spielman, del (Joanne Devaney), Lauren Mandel (Jake
Eileen of Under the Blue Moon. Norman Sassler, on January 31, 2020. Be- passed on January 28, 2020. He was nearly Greenberg), Justin (Erin Jarrell) Tracton, Iain
Lenore Lowe (nee Einhorn), on January 28, loved husband of the late Gerri Tannenbaum; 90. Until then, he shared a 67 year long love Tracton, and Samuel Tracton and her be-
GOLDSTEINS' ROSENBERG'S 2020. Wife of the late Irving Lowe. Mother of loving father of Amy (Bob) Silverman and the affair with his wife and our mother, Meta, that loved great-grandchildren, Francesca,
RAPHAEL-SACKS Stephen J. Lowe, Fredric J. Lowe and the late late Lisa Sassler Cohen; dear brother of Mil- began on their first date. Theirs was the kind Raphael and Emma. For 25 years Shirley and
Alan A. Lowe. Mother-in-law of Susan Lowe, dred (Edgar) Stern and the late Joseph Sas- of love and commitment that you read about her sister-in-law owned and operated Edith
GROSSMAN Dushanka Lowe and Lisa Cortella/Lowe. Sis- sler. Norman adored his many grandchildren in the great books and see in the great Moss Fashions, a ladies clothing store in
ter of Joanne Gardner and the late Ruth Ein- as well as his extended family members. movies. Our mother survives him, and con- Northeast Philadelphia where they shopped
Mary Grossman, on February 4, 2020. The horn. Survived by 7 grandchildren; Alisha Contributions in his memory may be made to tinues to love him and cherish his memory; personally fir their long-term customers.
former Mary Gordon, wife of the late Irwin; Youch, Jennifer Hackford, Joshua Lowe, Cancer Support Community-Phila., 4100 she deeply feels his loss. We do too. Dad Shirley and Stanley spent many years enjoy-
mother of Robert (Anita) Grossman, Paul Allyson Morinelli, Adam Lowe, Nicolette Chamounix Dr., Phila., PA 19131 or Michael was a wonderful and truly remarkable man to ing the shore and making new friendships at
Grossman, David Grossman (Judith Fox), Lowe, Michael Lowe and 12 great-grandchil- J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hager- us, his daughter and son, and to his grand- the Klein Life Center. All will miss her sharp
and Joan Grossman (Edward Kennedy); also dren. Contributions in her memory may be stown, MD 21741 or Jewish Family and Chil- children, other family members, friends, ac- wit, her intellect, her liberal spirit and her in-
survived by 9 grandchildren and 2 great- made to International Myeloma Foundation dren's Services, Foster Care, 2100 Arch St., quaintances and business associates. Those credible editorial skills. As she told the fam-
grandchildren. Contributions in her memory 12650 Riverside Dr., North Hollywood, CA 5th FL., Phila., PA 19103. of us who survive him remember his good- ily: I made horrible chicken soup but gave
may be made to U.S. Holocaust Memorial 91607. ness. We were very fortunate to have a fath- good advice. Interment was private. Remem-
Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl.SW, GOLDSTEINS' ROSENBERG'S er who took on the financial and emotional brances may be made to Klein Life Center or
Washington, DC 20024 CREMATION SOCIETY of PENNSYLVANIA RAPHAEL-SACKS responsibility of raising us. He taught us that a charity of your choosing. our education was very important and made
GOLDSTEINS' ROSENBERG'S SCHLECKER sure we learned the lessons to support our GOLDSTEINS’ ROSENBERG’S
RAPHAEL-SACKS MATZNER individual life choices. We and our children RAPHAEL-SACKS
Dr. Bernard “Bunny” Schlecker, on February will get together and share stories. Life will
HORN passed away on February 2, 2020. Ellen is 2, 2020. Husband of Rosalie (nee Tachner). continue, however, today is less joyful for all A Community
survived by her husband Steven Matzner, her Father of Paul (Sherrie) Schlecker and Joy of us. We miss you Dad and thank you for Remembers
Harold Horn, age 91, died on January 31, daughter Jennifer (William) Sherwood, and (Les) Dubin. Grandfather of Scott Dubin and being you. Love and hugs always…Wayne R.
2020. He was a retired teacher who resided her sons Jeffrey (Megan) Matzner and Jason Neil Dubin. Contributions in his memory may Spielman D.O.B. 3/11/1930. Dad grew up in Monthly archives of
in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. Beloved hus- Matzner (Julie Lindley). She is also survived be made to Abramson Center for Jewish Life, Philadelphia, PA, and graduated from Penn Jewish Exponent Death Notices
band of the late Bernice Ruth (nee Rosen); by her brother Barry (Linda) Markow and her 1425 Horsham Rd., North Wales, PA 19454. State University. He then worked in the print-
loving father of Burton (Joan) Horn, Phyllis grandchildren Nicole Sherwood, William ing business, first with his father, Jack C. are available online.
(Earl) Epstein and Ivan (Lynn) Horn; and also Matzner and Emma Lindley. Ellen loved noth- GOLDSTEINS’ ROSENBERG’S Spielman, then at W.R. Spielman & Asso-
survived by 7 devoted grandchildren and 6 ing more than spending time with her family RAPHAEL-SACKS ciates. He also served in the US Army Re-
great-grandchildren. Contributions in his and friends. She was an avid Eagles fan and serves. He loved being with our Mother and
memory may be made to Southern Poverty lifetime season ticket holder. She also spent A Community Remembers us, and enjoyed golf, bridge and helping oth- To place a Memorial Ad
Law Center, many hours at Temple Brith Achim where she Monthly archives of Jewish Exponent ers. Survived by his wife, Meta Coane Spiel- call 215.832.0749
had previously served as President as well as Death Notices are available online. man D.O.B 2/19/1931. Graduate, University
GOLDSTEINS' ROSENBERG'S President of the Sisterhood. Contributions in of Pennsylvania. His children and grandchil-
RAPHAEL-SACKS her memory may be made to the Fox Chase dren: daughter, Ellen Spielman (married to
Cancer Center, goldsteins- Michael Walton) and their sons, Zachary and Justin Walton, and son, Lee Spielman (mar-
ried to Sheryl Glassman Spielman) and their
GOLDSTEINS’ ROSENBERG’S daughter, Stephanie Spielman. If you would
RAPHAEL-SACKS like to do so, please send donations in his
blessed memory to The Harry Chapin Food
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program that provides Day Cares, Letters of Administration have been Late of Philadelphia CEASED. Late of Philadelphia, Philadelphia S. SCHEIDLER, SR., DECEASED. Montgomery County
Schools, After Schools, and Sum- granted in the Estate of ALVIN A. LETTERS of ADMINISTRATION on Late of Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania Late of Philadelphia LETTERS TESTAMENTARY on the
mer Food Programs with nutritious THIEROFF, late of Philadelphia the above Estate have been gran- LETTERS TESTAMENTARY on the Notice is hereby given that in the LETTERS of ADMINISTRATION on above estate have been granted to
child friendly meals. We are invit- County. All persons having claims ted to the undersigned, who re- above Estate have been granted to estate of the decedent set forth be- the above Estate have been gran- the undersigned, who request all
ing qualified vendors to request the or demands on the Estate are re- quest all persons having claims or the undersigned, who request all low, the Register of Wills has gran- ted to the undersigned, who re- persons having claims or demands
Invitation for Bid on Dairy, Dry quested to make them known, and demands against the estate of the persons having claims or demands ted Letters Testamentary or of Ad- quest all persons having claims or against the estate of the decedent
Goods, Frozen Goods, Meat all persons indebted to the said de- decedent to make known the same against the estate of the decedent ministration to the person named. demands against the estate of the to make known the same and all
Products, Produce, Snacks, Baby cedent are requested to make pay- and all persons indebted to the de- to make known the same and all All persons having claims or de- decedent to make known the same persons indebted to the decedent
Food, and Bakery Products for the ment without delay. JAMES A. cedent to make payment without persons indebted to the decedent mands against said estate are re- and all persons indebted to the de- to make payment without delay to
fiscal year 2020-2021. Request for THEIROFF, c/o The Law Firm of delay to STEPHANIE J. JOSEPH, to make payment without delay to quested to make known the same, cedent to make payment without Amy E. Sosnov, Executrix, 47 N.
IFB should be made in writing Ref# Barry S. Rabin, 797 E. Lancaster ADMINISTRATRIX, 1420 Locust BEATRICE M. QUATTRONE, EXEC- and all persons indebted to said es- delay to THERESA M. O’BRIEN, AD- Tallahassee Avenue, Atlantic City,
ADV#FP20-21 and directed to Pur- Avenue Suite 13, Downingtown PA St., Apt. 24-Q, Philadelphia, PA UTRIX, c/o Martin J. Pezzner, Esq., tate are requested to make pay- MINISTRATRIX, c/o Harry Metka, NJ 08401
chase Director at 85 Tomlinson Rd, 19335, Personal Representative. 19102 100 W. Sixth St., Ste. 204, Media, ment without delay, to the Execut- Esq., 4802 Neshaminy Blvd., Ste. 9, Attorney:
Unit F, Huntingdon Valley, PA Barry S. Rabin, 797 E. Lancaster ESTATE OF DAVID HUTCHESON PA 19063, ors or their attorney named below: Bensalem, PA 19020, Amy W. Sosnov, Esquire
19006; Fax: 215-938-0205; email: Avenue Suite 13, Downingtown PA SOWARDS, DECEASED. Or to her Attorney: Geneva Williams, Executrix c/o At- Or to her Attorney: Sosnov & Sosnov
[email protected] on or 19335, Attorney. Late of Philadelphia MARTIN J. PEZZNER torney Robert A. Stewart, Esq. 777 HARRY METKA 540 Swede Street
before 03/04/2020. The awarded ESTATE OF BARBARA J. SIM- LETTERS of ADMINISTRATION on GIBSON & PERKINS, PC Township Line Road Suite 250 4802 Neshaminy Blvd., Ste. 9 Norristown, PA 19401
vendor will be notified in writing on MONS WRIGHT, DECEASED. the above Estate have been gran- 100 W. Sixth St., Ste. 204 Yardley, PA 19067 Bensalem, PA 19020 ESTATE OF OLHA HOLOWECKY
or before 05/08/2020. Late of Philadelphia ted to the undersigned, who re- Media, PA 19063 ESTATE OF JOEL G. FLAKS a/k/a ESTATE OF JOSEPH JAMES a/k/a OLHA O. HOLOWECKY DE-
LETTERS of ADMINISTRATION on quest all persons having claims or JOEL FLAKS, DECEASED. PETERS, JR. a/k/a JOSEPH J CEASED.
PRESUMED DECEDENT - the above Estate have been gran- demands against the estate of the ESTATE OF DOROTHY E. JONES, Late of Philadelphia PETERS, JR., DECEASED. Late of Philadelphia
ANN McCANTS, Presumed De- ted to the undersigned, who re- decedent to make known the same DECEASED. LETTERS TESTAMENTARY on the Late of Philadelphia LETTERS TESTAMENTARY on the
cedent, last known address of 1422 quest all persons having claims or and all persons indebted to the de- Late of Philadelphia above Estate have been granted to LETTERS TESTAMENTARY on the above Estate have been granted to
S. 21st St., Phila., PA 19146. To her demands against the estate of the cedent to make payment without LETTERS TESTAMENTARY on the the undersigned, who request all above Estate have been granted to the undersigned, who request all
heirs, and all persons interested in decedent to make known the same delay to ADAM S. BERNICK, AD- above Estate have been granted to persons having claims or demands the undersigned, who request all persons having claims or demands
her estate or having any know- and all persons indebted to the de- MINISTRATOR, 2047 Locust St., the undersigned, who request all against the estate of the decedent persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent
ledge of her whereabouts: Notice is cedent to make payment without Philadelphia, PA 19103, persons having claims or demands to make known the same and all against the estate of the decedent to make known the same and all
hereby given that Patricia McCants delay to IRENE WRIGHT, ADMINIS- Or to his Attorney: against the estate of the decedent persons indebted to the decedent to make known the same and all persons indebted to the decedent
a/k/a Patricia McCants Riddick has TRATRIX, c/o Michael F. Cotter, ADAM S. BERNICK to make known the same and all to make payment without delay to persons indebted to the decedent to make payment without delay to
petitioned the Orphans’ Court Div. Esq., 296 Sunset Rd., Barrington, LAW OFFICE OF ADAM S. BERNICK persons indebted to the decedent ROSALIE S. OTT, EXECUTRIX c/o to make payment without delay to EDWARD A. ZETICK, EXECUTOR,
of the Court of Common Pleas of NJ 09008, 2047 Locust St. to make payment without delay to David S. Workman, Esq., The Bel- KIMBERLY ELLINGSWORTH, EX- 415 Johnson St., Ste. 101, Jenkin-
Phila. County, PA to enter a Decree Or to her Attorney: Philadelphia, PA 19103 ADRIENNE C. RIAZ-KHAN, EXEC- levue 6th Fl., 200 S. Broad St., Phil- ECUTRIX, c/o Michael F. Frisbie, town, PA 19046-2705,
(i) finding that Ann McCants died MICHAEL F. COTTER Estate of David J. Gawlinski aka UTRIX, c/o Joseph V. Cardona, adelphia, PA 19102, Esq., 590 Bethlehem Pike, Colmar, Or to his Attorney:
on/about 8/10/1996; and (ii) au- 296 Sunset Rd. David John Gawlinski; Gawlinski, Esq., One Penn Center, 1617 JFK Or to her Attorney: PA 18915, EDWARD A. ZETICK
thorizing the Register of Wills of Barrington, NJ 09008 David J. aka Gawlinski, David John, Blvd., Ste. 1270, Philadelphia, PA David S. Workman Or to her Attorney: 415 Johnson St., Ste. 101
Phila. County to issue Letters of ESTATE of CLARA BERKOWITZ Deceased. 19103, Astor Weiss Kaplan & Mandel, LLP MICHAEL F. FRISBIE Jenkintown, PA 19046-2705
Admin. with respect to the Estate of Late of Upper Merion Township - Late of Philadelphia, PA. Or to her Attorney: The Bellevue 6th Fl. PRITCHARD LAW OFFICES Estate of Patrick J. Fitzpatrick aka
Ann McCants. A hearing will be Montgomery County LETTERS of ADMINISTRATION on JOSEPH V. CARDONA 200 S. Broad St. 590 Bethlehem Pike Patrick Joseph Fitzpatrick;
held on 5/5/20 at 9:45 a.m., Rm. LETTERS TESTAMENTARY on the the above estate have been gran- JOSEPH V. CARDONA, P.C. & AS- Philadelphia, PA 19102 Colmar, PA 18915 Fitzpatrick, Patrick J. aka
414, City Hall, Phila., PA. All per- above estate have been granted to ted to the undersigned. All per- SOCIATES ESTATE OF JOHN F. MILLER a/k/a ESTATE OF KARL SEIBERLING, DE- Fitzpatrick, Patrick Joseph
sons who have any knowledge of the undersigned, who request all sons having claims against or in- One Penn Center JOHN MILLER, DECEASED. CEASED. Deceased.
Ann McCants are asked to attend persons having claims or demands debted to the estate should make 1617 JFK Blvd., Ste. 1270 Late of Philadelphia Late of Philadelphia Late of Philadelphia, PA.
the Court hearing or to contact the against the estate of the decedent claims known or forward payment Philadelphia, PA 19103 LETTERS TESTAMENTARY on the LETTERS of ADMINISTRATION on LETTERS of ADMINISTRATION on
undersigned: Patricia Riddick, c/o to make known the same and all to Michael Gawlinski, c/o Michael J. above Estate have been granted to the above Estate have been gran- the above estate have been gran-
Richard L. Vanderslice, Atty. for persons indebted to the decedent Flanagan, Esq., 4238 Richmond St., To place an ad in the the undersigned, who request all ted to the undersigned, who re- ted to the undersigned. All per-
Petitioner, 1445 Snyder Ave., to make payment without delay to Philadelphia, PA 19137, Adminis- Real Estate Section persons having claims or demands quest all persons having claims or sons having claims against or in-
Phila., PA 19145, 215.667.8070. Bradley Berkowitz, Executor c/o trator. call 215.832.0749 against the estate of the decedent demands against the estate of the debted to the estate should make
540 Swede Street, Norristown, PA Michael J. Flanagan, Esq. to make known the same and all decedent to make known the same claims known or forward payment
To place a 19401 4238 Richmond St. SELL IT IN THE persons indebted to the decedent and all persons indebted to the de- to Judd T. Fitzpatrick, c/o Michael
Classified Ad, Attorney: Philadelphia, PA 19137 JEWISH EXPONENT to make payment without delay to cedent to make payment without J. Flanagan, Esq., 4238 Richmond
call 215.832.0749 Amy W. Sosnov, Esquire DIANE MILLER, EXECUTRIX, c/o delay to CHARLES A. HALPIN, III, St., Philadelphia, PA 19137, Ad-
Sosnov & Sosnov TO PLACE A CLASSIFIED AD 215-832-0749 Harry Metka, Esq., 4802 Nesham- ADMINISTRATOR, The Land Title ministrator-CTA.
540 Swede Street CALL 215.832.0749 iny Blvd., Ste. 9, Bensalem, PA Bldg., 100 S. Broad St., Ste. 1830, Michael J. Flanagan, Esq.
Norristown, PA 19401 TO PLACE A CLASSIFIED AD 19020, Philadelphia, PA 19110, 4238 Richmond St.
CALL 215.832.0749 Or to her Attorney: Or to his Attorney: Philadelphia, PA 19137
CALL 215.832.0749 4802 Neshaminy Blvd., Ste. 9 The Land Title Bldg.
Bensalem, PA 19020 100 S. Broad St., Ste. 1830
Philadelphia, PA 19110


CEASED. ums Association has been incor- Notice is hereby given that an Ap- ad SENIORS TO SENIORS
Late of Philadelphia porated under the provisions of the plication for Registration of Ficti- in
LETTERS TESTAMENTARY on the Pennsylvania Business Corpora- tious Name was filed in the Depart- the SENIBOORXSRTEOPSLEIENSIORS
above Estate have been granted to tions Law of 1988. ment of State of the Common- Real
the undersigned, who request all 2006 Cambridge Street Condomini- wealth of Pennsylvania on Decem- will be forwarded once a week on Friday.
persons having claims or demands um Association, Inc. has been in- ber 31, 2019 for TheTickingClock at Estate To answer a Senior to Senior ad,
against the estate of the decedent corporated under the provisions of 1417 S. 6th Street Philadelphia, PA Section address your reply to:
to make known the same and all the PA Nonprofit Corporation Law 19147. The name and address of JE Box ( )
persons indebted to the decedent of 1988. each individual interested in the Classified Dept.
to make payment without delay to Klehr, Harrison, Harvey, Branzburg business is Sockha Lieu at 1417 S. 2100 Arch Street 4th Floor
James B. Dilsheimer, Executor, c/o LLP 6th Street Philadelphia, PA 19147. Philadelphia, PA 19103
David V. Bogdan, Esq., 100 S. 1835 Market St., (1400) This was filed in accordance with
Broad St., Ste. 1520, Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 19103 54 PaC.S. 311. DEADLINE -
PA 19110, Daniel Gracie Jiu Jitsu, Inc. has
Or to his Attorney: been incorporated under the provi- PETITION NAME CHANGE TO PLACE YOUR SENIOR TO SENIOR AD
DAVID V. BOGDAN sions of the Pennsylvania Business Court of Common Pleas for the Friday by 10 am for the following Thursday’s issue
100 S. Broad St., Ste. 1520 Corporation Law of 1988. County of Philadelphia, January
Philadelphia, PA 19110 FIVE MAX, INC. has been incorpor- 2020 Term, No. 004527 NOTICE IS Call 215-832-0749
ESTATE OF ROBERT JOHN ated under the provisions of the HEREBY GIVEN that on January
McALEER a/k/a ROBERT J. Pennsylvania Business Corpora- 17th, 2020, the petition of Justice
McALEER, DECEASED tion Law of 1988. Clark-Bey was filed, praying for a
Late of Montgomery County, Steven Laynas, Esquire decree to change his name to
Pennsylvania LETTERS TESTA- 1500 JFK Boulevard Justice Clark. The Court has fixed
MENTARY on the above Estate Suite 1300 February 14th, 2020 at 10:30 am,
have been granted to the under- Philadelphia, PA 19102 in Toom No. 691, City Hall, Phil-
signed, who request all persons J Twice, Inc. has been incorpor- adelphia, PA for hearing. All per-
having claims or demands against ated under the provisions of the sons ineterested may appear and
the estate of the decedent to make Pennsylvania Business Corpora- show cause if they have any, why
known the same and all persons in- tion Law of 1988. the prayer of the said petitioner
debted to the decedent to make Frank Campese, Jr., Esquire should not be granted.
payment without delay to Bridgette 1943 South 11th Street
M McAleer, Executirix c/o Michael Philadelphia, PA 19103 MATCHMAKING
E. Eisenberg, Esquire 2935 By- Noble Physician Group, P.C. has
berry Road, Suite 107 been incorporated under the provi- ATTENTION!!!
Hatboro, PA 19040 sions of Chapter 29 of the Busi- Are you a single
Michael E. Eisenberg, Esquire ness Corporation law of 1988 as a woman from 60-78?
2935 Byberry Road, Suite 107 Professional Corporation. Would you like to
Hatboro, PA 19040 Pursuant to the requirements of
ESTATE OF RUTH E. COHN, DE- section 1975 of the Pennsylvania meet an
CEASED. Business Corporation Law of 1988, amazing man?
Late of Philadelphia notice is hereby given that Cyberse- Local matchmaker is
LETTERS TESTAMENTARY on the curity Analysis, Ltd. is currently in seeking a match for
above Estate have been granted to the process of voluntarily dissolv- one of my clients.
the undersigned, who request all ing.
persons having claims or demands Friedman, Schuman, PC JINLLo EfeLeLIsO.T
against the estate of the decedent 101 Greenwood Ave. 215-949-0370
to make known the same and all Fifth Floor
persons indebted to the decedent Jenkintown, PA 19046 STATEWIDE ADS
to make payment without delay to
P. COHN, 1428 Patrick Court, Notice is hereby given that an Ap- Loving dads wanting to adopt new- MCNALLY
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Or to their Attorney: ment of State of the Common- paid. 845-260-1314 or
MARK S. HARRIS wealth of Pennsylvania on Decem- [email protected] JARED N.
KRAUT HARRIS, P.C. ber 23, 2019 for 2 Boss Brothers at ARONOFF
5 Valley Square, Ste. 120 4509 Ludlow Street Philadelphia, Auto or Wanted: 215.832.0750
Blue Bell, PA 19422 PA 19139. The names and address Donate your car, truck or van. Help
Estate of RUTH FYNE; FYNE, RUTH of each individual interested in the veterans find jobs or start a busi-
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Late of Philadelphia, PA. mier Thompson and Nassunni Ab- tion. Fast, FREE pick-up. Max tax- Follow us on
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the undersigned. All persons hav- This was filed in accordance with Miscellaneous:
ing claims against or indebted to 54 PaC.S. 311. A PLACE FOR MOM: The nation’s SELL IT IN THE
the estate should make claims FICTITIOUS NAME REGISTRATION Largest senior living referral ser- JEWISH EXPONENT
known or forward payment to Notice is hereby given that an Ap- vice. Contact our trusted, local ex-
Francyne Holtzin, c/o Bart Benoff, plication for Registration of Ficti- perts today! Our service is FREE/no 215-832-0749
Esq., Benoff Law Firm, 5 Nesham- tious Name was filed in the Depart- obligation. CALL 1-855-400-1032
iny Interplex, Suite 205, Trevose, ment of State of the Common- Miscellaneous:
PA 19053, Executrix. wealth of Pennsylvania on January Eliminate gutter cleaning forever!
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Trevose, PA 19053 each individual interested in the ate today. 15% off and 0% finan-
ESTATE OF RUTH SMITH, DE- business is Lynda Chandler at 413 cing for those who qualify. PLUS
CEASED Dekalb Street Bridgeport, PA Senior & Military Discounts. Call 1-
Late of Abington 19405. This was filed in accord- 855-569-3087
LETTERS of ADMINISTRATION on ance with 54 PaC.S. 311. Wanted Buy or Trade:
the above Estate have been gran- FICTITIOUS NAME REGISTRATION Freon Wanted: We pay CA$H for
ted to the undersigned, who re- Notice is hereby given that an Ap- cylinders and cans. R12 R500 R11
quest all person having claims or plication for Registration of Ficti- R113 R114. Convenient. Certified
demands against the estate of the tious Name was filed in the Depart- Professionals. Call 312-815-1973
decedent to make known the same ment of State of the Common- or visit
and all persons indebted to the de- wealth of Pennsylvania on January Education/Training:
cedent to make payment without 3, 2020 for Infashionation at 40 AIRLINES ARE HIRING – Get FAA
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ESTATE OF SOEHAERNA M. business is Colette R Spera at 40 ance. CALL Aviation Institute of
JONES, DECEASED Brookside Court Horsham, PA Maintenance 877-207-0345
LATE OF PHILADELPHIA COUNTY, 19044. This was filed in accord-
on the above Estate have been Retired Dentist, 75 years old. Looking for
granted to the undersigned, who companionship and a soul mate 65-75
request all persons having claims Follow us on years old. I play golf, social drinker and like
or demands against the Estate of going out to dinner and movies. Elkins Park
the decedent to make known the @jewishexponent area preferable. Reply to Box GOJ
same, and all persons indebted to
the decedents to make payment
without delay, to: GREGORY J.
S. 17th Street, Suite 2609 Phil-
adelphia, PA 19103.
Or to attorney:
255 S. 17th Street, Suite 2609
Philadelphia, PA 19103


Community / mazel tovs


COLE-DA SILVA Former Temple Opera Conductor Valéry Ryvkin Dies at 59
VALÉRY RYVKIN, who served as conductor of Temple Opera at Temple
Diedre and Stephen Cole of Huntingdon University from 2012-19 and was an associate professor of voice and opera there,
Valley announce the engagement of died Jan. 22 from stomach cancer. He was 59.
their son, Jared Reed Cole, to Kaline da Ryvkin had moved to Pittsburgh in September for
Silva, the daughter of Chirlene da Silva a position at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of
and the late Benjamim Alves of Recife, Music.
Brazil. A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Ryvkin studied
at the Leningrad State Conservatory of Music, then
Jared earned a bachelor’s degree immigrated to the United States in 1979 with his
from Pennsylvania State University and family. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in music from
is employed as a senior accountant at the Mannes School of Music at The New School and a
Savran Benson LLP in Bala Cynwyd. master’s in music from The Julliard School.
In the course of his career, he conducted for the San
Kaline graduated from Faculdade Francisco Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, Germany’s Valery Ryvkin
Metropolitana in Brazil with an under- Theater Erfurt, San Diego Opera, Chicago Lyric Courtesy of Temple University
graduate degree in law and has worked as a college promoter.
Opera and the National Center for the Performing
Jared is the grandson of Sheldon Stein and the late Helen Stein, and Vera Cole Arts in Beijing, China. At the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, Ryvkin
and the late DeVere Cole. Kaline is the granddaughter of Eliezer da Silva and the served as an assistant and cover conductor for various productions.
late Iolanda da Silva. He was a frequent guest coach to students in the Young Artist Program at the
Los Angeles Opera and served as assistant conductor for Plácido Domingo for a
Sharing in the couple’s happiness are Jared’s sister and brother-in-law, Ashley production of Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette.”
and Michael Occhiogrosso and their son Henry, and his Uncle Steven. Ryvkin is survived by his wife Victoria Hart, daughter Amanda Ryvkin and
father Alexander Ryvkin.
The couple is planning a 2021 celebration in Philadelphia.


NOAH ROBERT STROEHLEIN January Incident in Kosher Market Under Investigation
by Philadelphia Joint Terrorism Task Force
Noah Robert Stroehlein will celebrate his first birth- The Philadelphia Joint Terrorism Task Force is investigating an incident from
day at Frieda’s on Walnut Street in Philadelphia. Jan. 26 where a man was reported to have shouted anti-Semitic comments inside
the House of Kosher market in Northeast Philadelphia, FOX 29 reported.
Joining the festivities will be his mom and dad,
Ingrid Chaya and Luke, his grandparents Jonathan Sources told FOX that an 18-wheeler tractor-trailer driver was parked in the lot
Podwil and Jessica, aunts Isa and Camilla, and for an extended period before the driver walked into the market and began shout-
grandmother J. Also joining will be Aunt Lois and ing anti-Semitic comments. The incident was caught on video by surveillance
cousins Eli and Anya, as well as cousins, aunts and cameras, and a witness was able to get a tag number off the truck.
“Ridiculous, it’s just disgusting,” Sylvia Royzin said to FOX 29. “We left the
ANNIVERSARY Soviet Union 40 years ago because of this problem.”
The incident comes less than two months after the shooting inside the JC
Marcia (née Leibman) and Sid Kosher Market in Jersey City, New Jersey. That attack left six people dead, includ-
Weinberg celebrated their 65th ing the two attackers.
wedding anniversary on Oct. 24.
While there were no reported injuries at the House of Kosher incident, Shira
The couple has three children and Goodman, regional director of ADL of Philadelphia, urged caution. She said her
four grandchildren. The celebration organization has been in contact with law enforcement and the Jewish Federation
for family and friends was held at of Greater Philadelphia regarding the incident.
Uzbekistan Restaurant in Somerton.
“As we’ve seen recently, kosher markets and other Jewish institutions have
been targets for hate-motivated intimidation and violence, and we have to take
them extremely seriously,” Goodman said. “We believe the police are on top of
this, that there is not an imminent threat.”

Theatre Ariel Presents ‘Dov & Ariel’
“Dov & Ariel,” which chronicles the story of Orthodox Jewish teacher Dov and
his Muslim student Ali, will be presented by Theatre Ariel Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. and
Feb. 16 at 2 p.m.

Shows are presented in homes along the Main Line, with venue information
made available after tickets are bought.

The play, which was written by Anna Ziegler, is set in Detroit and features two
characters who “find their lives intertwined as they work through questions of
faith, identity, responsibility and loyalty to one’s father and people. Do the teacher
and student serve as each other’s mirror?” according to the press materials.

The cast features David Pica, Abdul Sesay, Lois Abdelmalek and Rachel
Brodeur. l



NEWSMAKERS NextGen held a Women’s Ben Gurion Society dinner on Jan. 21 at Pietro’s Italian. BGS members
— young professionals who donate $1,000 or more annually to the Jewish Federation of Greater
Jack R. Bershad, emeritus Mid-Atlantic Region chair of American Philadelphia — networked, ate and created coasters at the direction of Emily Goodman, founder
Associates, Ben-Gurion University, hosted the organization’s of Creative Intelligence Group.
annual year-end board meeting and holiday luncheon in the Courtesy of Andrea Cantor
offices of Blank Rome.

From left: Connie Katz, David Blumenthal and Claire Winick On Jan. 27, a delegation of American Jewish Committee Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey
leaders, interfaith partners and local diplomats attended the annual United Nations Holocaust
Memorial Ceremony, commemorating 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz. The AJC
Philadelphia group attended the ceremony alongside hundreds of AJC leaders from throughout
the Northeast, in addition to dignitaries and officials.

From left: Andrew Demchick,
Dylan Steinberg, Maya Perry,
Jennifer Steinberg, BJ Hoffman,
Hilary Levine, Aziz Nathoo,
Liat Rosov and Tarik Kahn

Courtesy of AJC

On Jan. 14, Technion - Israel
Institute of Technology wel-
comed Gov. Tom Wolf for a
roundtable discussion with
Israeli ag-tech, food-tech and
water-tech companies.

From left: Vered Nohi, Neil
Cooper, Gov. Tom Wolf, Uri Sivan
and Ambassador Dani Dayan

Courtesy of Technion

Alton Sutnick and Lisa Scheller Courtesy of AABGU

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As part of the Cook for a Friend program, NextGen partnered with Repair the World on Jan. 22 to make 150 meals
of noodle kugel, vegetables and fruit. The meals were prepared for food-insecure homebound adults in the Greater
Philadelphia area. The event was held at Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel.
Photos by Andrea Cantor

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, volunteers from Har Zion On Jan. 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Mayor Jim Kenney visited the Horwitz-
Temple and the community took part in a day of service. Wasserman Holocaust Memorial Plaza and received a tour of the plaza from Philadelphia
Holocaust Remembrance Foundation Executive Director Eszter Kutas and board Vice Chair
Matt Pestronk. After viewing
the historical artifacts and the
messages of tolerance displayed
throughout the plaza, Kenney
presented the plaza with a dona-
tion from the city.

Mayor Jim Kenney
Photo by Joseph Bradley

Volunteers participate in the Cook for a Friend program.

Officer Joe Harris from the Yardley Borough Police Department spoke to students at the Abrams
Hebrew Academy about cyber-bullying.

Students in grades five through eight with Officer Joe Harris

From left: Ruth Gleit, Elijah Metter, Gladys Shubin, Leta Shubin and Harris speaks to students.

Peggy Sterling welcome volunteers. Photos by Norman Einhorn Courtesy of Abrams Hebrew Academy


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