Community Briefs: Locals Receive Honorary Degrees From Temple and More


Barrack, Sheller to Receive Honorary Degrees From Temple University

Philanthropist Leonard Barrack will receive an honorary degree from Temple University at the school’s May commencement, while attorney Stephen Sheller will receive a doctor of humane letters degrees from the Beasley School of Law.

Barrack’s philanthropic efforts have included major gifts to Temple’s law school. He is a member of the board of trustees of Temple.

Barrack has made contributions in the Jewish community, too. In 2017, Lynne and Leonard Barrack established the Perelman-Barrack Bridge to facilitate Jewish day school education for families who have at least one child at Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish Day School and at least one child at Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy.

Sheller has been involved in numerous whistleblower lawsuits involving the pharmaceutical industry.

And in 2000, Sheller got involved in the Bush v. Gore presidential election, filing litigation in Palm Beach County, Florida, involving butterfly ballots.

Former Local Hadassah Executive Named to Regional Post

Former Hadassah Greater Philadelphia Executive Director Judy Ron was named managing director for the Hadassah Mid-Atlantic Consolidated Area.

She will be the operations and management of the consolidated area, which includes Greater Baltimore, Greater Philadelphia, Greater Washington and the Southern New Jersey regions. She will also offer guidance and strategic support to the staff and region volunteer leaders.

Ron was named executive director of Hadassah Greater Philadelphia in 2005. More recently, she was director of community outreach and engagement for the Mid-Atlantic Consolidated Area. She lives in Philadelphia.

Israeli-Raised Bassist/Composer Adi Meyerson to Perform

Adi Meyerson, a bassist and composer raised in Israel, will perform at this year’s Center City Jazz Festival on April 27. She performs at 3 p.m. at Franky Bradley’s.

A San Francisco native, Meyerson moved to Jerusalem with her parents at the age of 2. She later was admitted into the Center for Jazz Studies at the Israel Conservancy of Music.

Now living in New York City, Myerson has toured the United States and recorded with pianist and vocalist Champian Fulton and leads her own band.To read an interview with Meyerson, visit

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Andy Gotlieb is the managing editor of the Jewish Exponent. He holds 31 years of experience in communications, mostly in journalism, with a decade in public relations, too. Prior newspaper stops include the St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Tampa Tribune and the Philadelphia Business Journal. The first 17 years were spent in print journalism, where I covered, at various times, business, politics, crime and government, among other beats. The final 2.5 years in that stretch was an editor at the Philadelphia Business Journal, where my responsibilities included complete control over a weekly section and working with both staff writers and freelancers. In late 2005, I switched gears and began working in public relations for the next decade. I learned the ins and outs of public relations -- including being on the other side of the media-PR equation -- and made numerous contacts. I rejoined the ranks of journalism in March 2016, starting as the managing editor of the Jewish Exponent.


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