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.
April 10, 2014 |
Ralph S. Snyder, 91, of Bala Cynwyd, a Philadelphia lawyer, volunteer worker for Jewish charities, and master storyteller, died Monday, April 7, of congestive heart failure at his home. Born and raised in Harrisburg, Mr. Snyder graduated from Pennsylvania State University and, in 1948, the Dickinson Law School. He served as an Army weatherman in Reykjavik, Iceland, during World War II. Mr. Snyder worked in Harrisburg as a deputy attorney general from 1949 to 1963, when he was invited to join the Philadelphia law firm Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis.
November 19, 2013
Informed care ABC News correspondent Amy Robach's recent courageous decision to undergo mastectomy and breast reconstruction highlights an important shift in our national dialogue on breast cancer. In addition to screening and prevention, we are now experiencing much-needed discussion about healing and survival, with the empowerment of women from diagnosis to recovery at the heart of this conversation. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons emphasizes that breast cancer care includes, at minimum, a surgeon, oncologist, plastic surgeon, radiologist, and gynecologist.
October 8, 2013 |
The last time a study was done on the Jewish population in South Jersey was 1991. That survey led to increased services for children and adults with special needs, and the development of a senior living center for older Jewish residents, Lions Gate, in Voorhees. A survey now underway attempts to provide real data - not just anecdotes - on where the local Jewish population lives, prays, how they marry, and what services they need most. "The [Jewish] population has changed in 22 years," said Debbie Ret, 50, of Franklin Township, Gloucester County, president of Congregation B'nai Tikvah-Beth Israel in Sewell.
January 17, 2013
Selma Kron, 81, a former Horsham resident who with her husband built a foundering business in Ambler into a successful nursing home, died Sunday, Jan. 13, in Clearwater, Fla., where she had lived since the 1990s. She was diagnosed in April with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neurodegenerative disease. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Mrs. Kron graduated from West Philadelphia High School, then graduated with a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania in 1953.
August 23, 2012 |
Kenneth Kaiserman, 73, of Philadelphia, a prominent real estate developer known for his passionate support of Israel, Ethiopian Jewry, and the performing arts, died Sunday, Aug. 19, of complications from colon cancer at a New York hospice. As president and chief executive officer of Kaiserman Co., which was founded by his father, Kevy K. Kaiserman, in the 1920s, Mr. Kaiserman amassed and managed a portfolio that spread over four million square feet of commercial property, including such landmarks as the Bourse, Constitution Place, and the 25-story Rittenhouse Claridge apartment building on Rittenhouse Square.