April 30, 2016 |
For more than 30 years, the Mandell Education Campus in Melrose Park has been a suburban nexus for the Jewish community, a family-centric complex of schools, offices, and athletic fields on 28 acres not far from the city's edge. When word surfaced in January about the possibility of an apartment building for seniors being added to the bucolic Montgomery County grounds, a battle cry went out. But what started as a fight for open space seems to be turning into a wake-up call about broader issues on a campus that is being utilized less and less, and a collaborative effort to find solutions.
December 8, 2015 |
While many American Jews are committed to social justice issues, climate change is a cause they have been "slow to embrace," a rabbi told a conference in Bala Cynwyd on Sunday. "Why is climate change not a Jewish issue?" Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin asked the 40 people gathered at Temple Adath Israel for an afternoon program titled "Protecting Creation. " The answer might be that many Jews are focused on causes like civil rights, fair labor, the security of Israel, and the needs of the poor and elderly, Cardin proposed.
November 10, 2015
The Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life has elected the following trustees to its board: Julie Beth Axelrod, a physical therapist; Mark R. Eskin, executive vice president/wealth management at Stedmark Partners at Janney Montgomery Scott; Richard J. Ferst, former chairman of CenterSquare Investment Management; Mark Fishman, copresident of GBG Kids; Lori Israelite, controller at Workplace Environments; L. Scott...
August 2, 2015 |
Two hours and two Philadelphia blocks apart, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and challenger Joe Sestak traded major policy speeches Friday on Iran, offering the first blow-for-blow exchange of a widely watched Senate election that is still 15 months off. Toomey (R., Pa.) told an audience at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia that the Iran nuclear agreement was a threat to national security. He did not mention Sestak. But in a news release earlier in the day, he jabbed at the former Delaware County congressman's support for the deal.
June 5, 2015 |
The Jewish Exponent, the nation's second-oldest continuously published Jewish newspaper, has laid off its local editorial and production staff and is transferring newsroom management to a Baltimore-area communications firm to cut operating costs. The Exponent informed the 15 affected Philadelphia employees of the staff reduction Wednesday morning, said Steve Rosenberg, chief marketing officer for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, which publishes the paper. Mid-Atlantic Media, which publishes titles including the Baltimore Jewish Times and Washington Jewish Week, is hiringa smaller editorial team in Philadelphia at the community weekly to replace the seven displaced editorial staffers, Rosenberg said.
April 7, 2015 |
What was Naomi L. Adler thinking? A year ago, she held a job she loved, heading the United Way of Westchester and Putnam in suburban New York. Her husband served as senior rabbi of a Reform temple. Even so, Adler uprooted her family to take over the troubled Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia - its first female leader. Giving lagged behind that at other Jewish federations and the group chewed up leaders - with four changes at the top since the 1990s. Question: What was the situation when you came?
March 24, 2015 |
They came with paint brushes, steel wool, and brawn. But what really got to Robert Sheppard - what made him cry in front of his wife for the first time in almost never - had to be the love. A dozen Samaritans soldiered into Sheppard's Oxford Circle rowhouse Sunday and attacked the shabby abode with fixer-upper resolve. Sheppard and his wife were barely making it in blue-collar retirement; the workers hoped this kindness would help. The 82-year-old Korean War veteran watched the workers and smiled, even while drawing breath from the oxygen tank that has made him feel less and less like the man he once was. He cracked jokes about the Eagles, about the time he ruined his knees by falling two decks on a Navy ship, and how the family never really took vacations and that was all right.
February 26, 2015 |
Bernard Borine, 92, a Cheltenham Township commissioner and a fund-raiser for Jewish causes, died of heart failure Monday, Feb. 23, at his home in Cheltenham. Mr. Borine was the owner of Capital Brokerage Co., a food brokerage in Philadelphia. He retired in 1988, leaving the business to his son. He was most widely known, however, for the volunteer work he did over the years on behalf of Jewish agencies and causes at the local and national levels. Mr. Borine served as a campaign chairman for the Philadelphia Allied Jewish Appeal and as an officer of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.
December 21, 2014 |
Today's feature: Your ratty old car that no longer runs, or perhaps runs sporadically. Price: Trade-in value, Kelley Blue Book or Edmunds.com. Marketer's pitch: Take my car, please! Conventional wisdom: Donating cars to charity seems like a good way to help people and get an old car out of your hair. Reality: It may be a great way to get an old car out of your hair, but the "helping people" portion takes some research. A good thing? So you have an old clunker sitting in the garage, in the driveway, in the yard.
May 30, 2014 |
DELAWARE COUNTY residents of a certain age will remember Shooster's Drive-In Restaurant in Chester. It was a popular hangout for teens, but it catered to everyone with an appetite for burgers, shakes and chicken in the basket. You might have run into Bill Haley and his Comets there, the singers who were among the groups that started rock 'n' roll back in the '50s, and who had an office and studio in Chester. The ditty, "We're boosters for Shooster's," rang out from local radio ads for many years.