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.
June 25, 2011 |
Arnold R. Ginsburg, 94, a lawyer in Philadelphia for more than 60 years and a leader in the Jewish community, died Friday, June 24, at his home in Center City. In the mid-1950s, Mr. Ginsburg established a solo practice in Philadelphia, specializing in corporate law. In the 1960s, he was counsel and served on the board of the Philadelphia Transportation Co. During his career, he appeared before the Supreme Court four times, his son Leonard said. One case he argued before the justices involved a dispute between a tractor dealer in Kennett Square and the Ford Motor Co. A lower court had awarded $6 million to his client, the dealer, but the award was overturned on appeal to the Supreme Court in 1986.
May 13, 2011 |
Florence Sack Gilbert, 92, of Bala Cynwyd, director of volunteers at Hahnemann Hospital from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s, died Monday, May 9, at Lankenau Hospital. Born in West Philadelphia, Mrs. Gilbert graduated from West Philadelphia High School and earned a medical technician's diploma at the former Philadelphia Normal School. A daughter, Beth Reisboard, said Mrs. Gilbert worked briefly at the former Mount Sinai Hospital in South Philadelphia. In 1949, Reisboard said, Mrs. Gilbert was among the founders of the former Yeadon Jewish Community Center, a synagogue and service organization, where she established and helped run youth social groups.
April 26, 2011 |
Alvin "Vene" Gutman, 93, of Lafayette Hill, a business executive and community leader, died at home Friday, April 22, the day before his 67th wedding anniversary. Mr. Gutman was president and later chairman of the board of Pressman Gutman Co. The firm, which wove, dyed, and printed fabric for clothing manufacturers, was established by his family more than a century ago. He spent more than 50 years with Pressman Gutman, which had offices in New York City, Los Angeles, and Bala Cynwyd.