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.
July 21, 2012 |
Rabbi Marc Rosenstein had left Philadelphia for a life in Israel when he was inspired to make his own contribution to Middle East peace. He founded a circus. In Rosenstein's version, there is no big top, no stilt-walking ringmaster, but there are somersaults, airborne twirls, and juggling acts, all performed by a troupe of Jewish and Arab teens. "I was looking for a cultural bridge," said Rosenstein, 65. The circus "is about overcoming fear, about trust; it's not language-dependent, and it makes people smile.
July 15, 2012 |
Joseph Smukler, 84, a Philadelphia lawyer and philanthropist who was instrumental in helping Jews emigrate from the Soviet Union, died Friday, July 13, of heart failure at his Rittenhouse Square home. Mr. Smukler was a partner at Fox Rothschild. A longtime civic leader, he served as a past chairman of the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, vice president of the National Museum of American Jewish History, and vice chairman of the Anti-Defamation League.
June 13, 2012 |
At the Jewish Genealogical Fair in Cherry Hill, I listen to different voices tell the same story. "I want to find my grandfather. …" "She came here in 1916. …" "He changed his name. …" To the last comment, Steve Schecter, vice president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Philadelphia, offers a ready observation. "They all changed their names," says the Mount Laurel retiree, 66, whose paternal grandfather came to America from what is now Belarus, shucking his Schullriekter surname along the way. The old names were back on Sunday at Temple Beth Shalom, as 150 people queried representatives of public archives, such as the Camden County Historical Society, and private organizations, including the Jewish Federation of Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem Counties.
October 4, 2011 |
HERE'S HOW to ward off a curse, or overcome triskaidekaphobia (fear of the No. 13), courtesy of Abe S. Rosen: Walk over a bed of peanut shells on Friday the 13th, reciting the phrase, "Anyone who does this is absolutely nutty. " When he would send this advice to columnists on a Friday the 13th, Abe didn't hide the fact that his public-relations agency represented Edwards-Freeman Nut Co. in Conshohocken. It was part of Abe's skill in the grand tradition of the old-time press agents who would stop at very little to plug a client.
July 17, 2011 |
The first Philadelphia delegation to the JCC Maccabi Games, the international sports competition for Jewish teenagers, was put together in a few weeks with a few phone calls. Phil Kohler, a swim coach at the Kaiserman Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Wynnewood, and his wife, Beth, scrambled to find athletes. They managed to recruit 35 to swim and to play soccer and basketball at the Detroit games in 1984. Twenty-seven years later, 250 teens representing Philadelphia will march into the Pavilion at Villanova University for the opening ceremony of the 2011 JCC Maccabi Games, which will be held here Aug. 14 to 19. The local delegation will be among more than 1,000 athletes from around the world.