News Briefs, Week of Feb. 16, 2017


Boscov’s Chairman Al Boscov Dies At Age of 87

Boscov’s Chairman Al Boscov died Feb. 3 at his Reading home, the Associated Press reported. He was 87.

The son of Russian Jewish immigrants, Boscov was credited with growing the business his father established in 1914 into a company with more than $1 billion in sales, 7,500 employees and about 50 locations throughout Pennsylvania and six other states.

Boscov had announced days earlier that he had been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer.

Boscov came out of retirement in 2008 after the chain survived a bankruptcy filing. The chain trimmed 10 stores and came out of bankruptcy the following year.

Bocov’s has expanded in recent years and announced plans to open two new stores in 2017.

State Sen. Daylin Leach Tangles With Trump Through Twitter

Pennsylvania state Sen. Daylin Leach took to Twitter to post an expletive-laced tweet against President Trump, which then received national attention, according to the Associated Press.

Leach, who is Jewish, was defending an unnamed Texas lawmaker after Trump made a remark about “destroying” the lawmaker’s career, the AP reported. Trump had told a Texas sheriff at a Feb. 7 White House meeting that he could destroy the lawmaker, who wants to reform asset-forfeiture laws; some critics have said that funding source is abused by police.

In his tweet, Leach said he also opposed civil asset forfeiture, then suggested Trump try to destroy his career as well. The AP said he ended the tweet by calling Trump a “fascist, loofa-faced, s—-gibbon!”

Synagogue Seeks Bone Marrow Transplant for Ailing Member

Tiferet Bet Israel in Blue Bell has organized a bone marrow registration drive for 3 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 21 at the synagogue, 1920 Skippack Pike, for a member battling blood cancer.

Those who participate will be joining the Be The Match Registry, which is the world’s largest listing of potential bone marrow and stem cell donors. Donors between the ages of 18 and 44 are sought.

Temple Menorah Keneseth Chai Thanks Community

Twice-vandalized Temple Menorah Keneseth Chai held a Shabbat service of appreciation Feb. 10 to thank community members who supported the synagogue after rock-throwing incidents in December and January.

Glaziers from the District Council 21 International Union of Painters and Allied Trades repaired or replaced damaged windows at no charge. The synagogue has worked with the Tacony Town Watch, an anonymous Florida man offered a $10,000 reward to whoever turns in the vandal(s) and a GoFundMe campaign raised money to buy security cameras.

Israeli Chef to Speak About Coexistence, Prepare Signature Dishes

Famed Israeli chef Uri “Buri” Jeremias, who has won fame for melding Arab and Israeli dishes, will be speaking Feb. 27 at a private Main Line event about the coexistence of the multiethnic and multifaith residents in his hometown on the seacoast in Israel near Haifa.

Jeremias, who will be preparing his signature dishes, also will discuss his family’s adoption of an Arab girl.

The event — one of a series planned in 2017 — is in partnership with the Israeli American Council (IAC).


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