Participants in the Jan. 10 Super Sunday phone-a-thon will be part of a new beginning for the Federation Radnor Campus in Bryn Mawr. During the event at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy -- the anchor tenant for the campus that Federation purchased in July 2007 -- visitors will view an architectural rendering of the facility's new name: the Schwartz Campus of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.
Robert Schwartz and his philanthropic and life partner, Judith Creed, hope that the new name will spark greater interest in the campus as a resource for community members seeking a broad range of services and programming for youth, families, senior adults and persons with disabilities.
Creed said that Schwartz's gift to the campus "reflects his great heart and his passion for children at risk, the elderly and the developmentally disabled."
She noted that she shares Schwartz's vision of the campus as a "Jewish destination" for the Greater Philadelphia community. "We want this beautiful, centrally located campus to be 'the place' that inspires people to participate more frequently and fully in the Jewish community," she said.
Federation President Leonard Barrack expressed his gratitude to the Schwartz Family Foundation for this philanthropic act: "The gift is earmarked for enhancements to the Radnor Campus, guaranteeing the continuity of Jewish life and values through the education of our children," said Barrack, adding that "It also provides for the ongoing improvements of current facilities for use by Federation's community partners and other organizations, enabling them to expand scope of their services, and explore and create new service opportunities."
The Radnor Campus will be formally renamed the Schwartz Campus during ceremonies slated for this spring.
Andrea B. Adelman, Chief Community Development Officer at Federation, has known Schwartz for years, and talked with him about Federation's goals and objectives for the Campus, which is currently home to Barrack Academy, Federation's Kehillot of Chester County, Delaware County and Lower Merion, as well as the American College.
Adelman said Schwartz expressed excitement at the chance to associate his family's name with a facility he termed "one of our community's precious gems."
Schwartz has been involved with Federation for more than three decades. His gift represents confidence in the organization's ability to invest in programs and initiatives that have the greatest impact on meeting community needs in the Philadelphia area and in Israel.
Schwartz is involved in a leadership capacity with several entities that receive Federation support, including JCHAI, an agency that provides independent living for Jewish people with special needs; the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education; and the Jaffa Institute in Israel, a social-service agency that serves thousands of severely disadvantaged children and their families.
In 1992, he started Foundations, Inc., a nonprofit organization that partners with new and existing schools to boost academic performance, enhance after-school programming, and engage young people in civic and economic activities that help them succeed in school and life. The organization works with children at risk -- both Jewish and non-Jewish -- in Greater Philadelphia and in Israel.
All of these groups and their work articulate Schwartz's commitment to serving young people.
"Almost everything I do philanthropically revolves around children," he said, explaining that "they represent the very future of our community."
For more information about the campus and its renaming, call Andrea Adelman at 215-832-6010 or e-mail her at: Aadelman@jfgp.org .
Visit the Jewish Federation Radnor Campus during Super Sunday, on Jan. 10 at the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy. Event co-chairs Cari and Alan Lasdon, and Michele and Rob Levin invite volunteers to sign up for phoning sessions from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. To register and for more information, call the hotline at: 215-832-0630 or register online at: jewishphilly.org/supersunday.