Community Briefs: Babies Project, Oldenburg Production

From left: Judy Kinman of Congregation Beth Israel, Tamara Fox of ChesPenn, Carol Briselli of Beth Israel and Dr. Gary Davis of ChesPenn. Courtesy of Congregation Beth Israel

Congregation Beth Israel Completes ‘A Better Start for Babies’ Project
Reconstructionist Congregation Beth Israel of Media wrapped up its “A Better Start for Babies” project on Dec. 14, delivering 60 packages of basic supplies for newborns to ChesPenn Health Services’ administration building in Woodlyn.

Beth Israel’s Social Action Committee worked with ChesPenn pediatricians to focus on the 10 most-needed baby items, such as diapers and clothing.

The packages, each of which contained items valued at more than $100, were packaged in colorful bags. The 60 packages doubled the number donated in 2020.

Former Philadelphia-area Jews Lead Production of ‘The Oldenburg Suite’
Former Philadelphia area residents are playing a key role on the Jan. 2 production of the “The Oldenburg Suite,” which is slated for 9:45 p.m. at Feinstein’s 54 Below in New York City.

“The Oldenburg Suite.” Courtesy of Feinstein’s 54 Below

Composer Matt Rose, director Jen Wineman and actor Bryan Freedman all hail from the Philadelphia area. Non-Jew Lizzy McAlpine, a singer from the Philadelphia area, also is associated with the production.

The musical tells the story of three American immigrants who contribute to modern art, including Claes Oldenburg — known locally for the Clothespin Sculpture in Center City — his brother Richard, who was the director of the Museum of Modern Art, and Dutch art historian Coosje Van Bruggen.


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