Beautiful weather, great golfing, fine food and inspiring speakers proved to be a winning combination at four Philadelphia-area country clubs that participated in 2007 Jewish Community Day Events in mid-May and early June. Club members took to the links in support of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's Jewish Community Fund -- a proud tradition of Jewish philanthropy that dates back to the 1920s.
A relatively new twist on this tradition is selecting a specific Federation-supported organization or program to adopt in addition to their Jewish Community Fund gifts.
This year, the Radnor Valley Country Club selected Rhawnhurst NORC as its "pet project." This joint program of Federation's Center for Social Responsibility, Catholic Social Services and the United Way helps the 9,000 senior adults living in this Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood to remain independent and stay in their homes.
The Meadowlands and Green Valley Country Clubs chose to make their additional gifts to purchase bullet-proof gear for Israeli paramedics. Thanks to the generosity of members, volunteers from Hatzolah Israel -- an emergency medical service that assists victims of terrorism and other medical crises in the Jewish state -- can help save lives without risking their own.
The Philmont Country Club asked its members to make a special gift to Federation's Mitzvah Food Pantry -- a network of five different food pantries that provides necessary staples and nutritional items to the neediest Jews in Greater Philadelphia.
Last year, the pantries distributed some 21,000 food packages to 4,200 people. This year, Federation plans to step up its hunger-relief services to meet an increased number of requests from the elderly population, single-parent families, the chronically ill and the unemployed.
Andrea B. Adelman, senior vice president of Financial Resource Development at Federation, served as the guest speaker at both the Meadowlands and Radnor clubs.
Adelman is a familiar face to many club members, due to her more than 25 years of service as a Jewish communal professional and community volunteer.
Philmont members and their guests seemed fascinated by the insights of Yehuda Shaffer, director and founder of the Israel Money Laundering and Terror Financing Prohibition Authority. Begun in 2002, this agency is a part of the Israeli Financial Intelligence Unit of Israel's Ministry of Justice.
Shaffer has helped formulate and present Israel's positions on key economic and human-rights issues.
Bret Stephens, a member of the editorial board of The Wall Street Journal and a regular panelist of the PBS weekly political show "The Journal Editorial Report," motivated Green Valley Jewish Community Day participants.
Before joining The Wall Street Journal, Stephens worked as editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post, a position he assumed at the age of 28.
In total, Country Club members contributed over $5,000,000 to Federation's Jewish Community Fund and in gifts to adopted projects.· · ·
Yasher Koach to the following individuals for their exemplary leadership during the 2007 Jewish Community Days:
Radnor Valley Country Club
Jewish Community Day -- May 16
President, Buddy Goodman
Co-Chairs, Jeffry Bleiman, Howard Domers and Al Greenbaum
Philmont Country Club
Jewish Community Day -- May 17
President, Cary Sandler
Co-Chairs, Ron Schwartz and Michael Shepard
Meadowlands Country Club
Jewish Community Day -- May 17
President, Alan Gelman
Co-Chairs, Peter Friedman, Gary Itzenson and Michael Keitz
Green Valley Country Club
Jewish Community Day -- June 7
President, Robert J. Hall
Co-Chairs, Stanton A. Moss and Stephen H. Moss