Amsterdam bridge named for rescuer

The City of Amsterdam will name one of its last remaining nameless bridges for Pieter Meerburg, who saved 350 Jewish children during the Holocaust. Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan and other dignitaries are scheduled to christen bridge 234 the Pieter Meerburg Bridge on Sept. 2. As a student in Amsterdam in 1942, Meerburg was in charge of a network […]

A call to help area’s hungry shows the true meaning of family


In the real world, we generally have brothers, sisters, cousins, uncles, grandparents, and moms and dads who make up our respective families. Each person plays a role, creating a distinct dynamic that keeps the fabric of the family from unraveling, and helps to build a strong foundation of camaraderie and support. When someone falls down, or needs a helping hand, […]

Donors thanked for support of Federation and its family of agencies

The Major Gifts Night of Appreciation took place on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. The event was held to thank donors for their ongoing significant commitment to the Jewish Federation and its family of agencies. 170 guests enjoyed a special cocktail reception in the Planetarium, a behind the scenes presentation by Steven Snyder, vice president of […]

Local delegation goes for the medals at Houston Maccabi Games

South Jersey’s Maccabi delegation had the winning strategy in Houston as the team had a number of impressive victories. Haley Cohen won the Gold medal in 15-16 singles tennis, while Shimshon Dicker took two Golds and two Silvers in table tennis. DJ Swerdloff won a Gold and three Bronze medals in bowling. The Girls Soccer Team went 3-1 in the […]

Minyanaires win; donate to shul

A synagogue in suburban Montreal picked up nearly $25,000 thanks to the provincial lottery and some generous congregants. Fourteen members of the Young Israel of Chomedey recently won a lottery prize of $363,450 and, per an earlier agreement, gave a share of the winnings to the congregation. That means $24,230 went into the synagogue’s coffers. The money was sorely needed. […]

Wife of kidnapped pleads for release

The wife of Warren Weinstein, who was kidnapped in Pakistan by Al-Qaida gunmen, marked the first anniversary of his abduction with a plea for his return. Elaine Weinstein released a statement saying she fears that his health will “deteriorate” since he suffers from several medical conditions, and that his grandchildren ask for him every day, The Associated Press reported. “It […]

Head in the clouds, feet in the desert; Abramowitz dreams of solar power


TEL AVIV—Yosef Abramowitz is running out of time. With only minutes to go until he has to speak to a group of donors at the Jewish National Fund, Abramowitz looks like he just finished a workout. He’s wearing sneakers, shorts and a white T-shirt featuring an outline of David Ben-Gurion’s head superimposed on the picture of a sun. He excuses […]

Free yahrzeit candles now at Platt Chapels

Platt Memorial Chapels, Inc., in Cherry Hill is offering complimentary yahrzeit candles. The community is invited to stop in to pick up the free candles. The address is 2001 Berlin Rd., Cherry Hill. For more information call Harry Platt at (856) 428-9442. .

NMAJH offering free admission to see exhibit

The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) in historic Center City Philadelphia is offering free admission to see the Only in America® Gallery/Hall of Fame exhibit located right in the center of the building’s ground floor. The Only in America® Gallery/Hall of Fame features information, documents and artifacts illustrating the lives and accomplishments of such distinguished Jewish Americans as […]

Shlomo Carlebach’s life comes to the stage in ‘Soul Doctor’

NEW YORK—As he researched the complex life of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach for a new musical, playwright Daniel Wise found a surprisingly candid source. Neshama Carlebach, a successful recording artist and popular performer of her father’s compositions, openly revealed his many struggles as “a lonely and conflicted” Orthodox rabbi—both rock star and spiritual shepherd. “When someone collaborates on a show and […]