Community Leaders Share Their Summer Plans

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For leaders in the Jewish community, work doesn’t stop, not even during the summer — though it might slow down a bit.

In between campaigning for office, putting on special events and representing Philadelphia at the JCC Maccabi Games, summertime will find these machers catching up on their reading lists, traveling and relaxing by the pool. Here’s what some of them are planning to do this summer.

Naomi Adler

Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia president and CEO


“Like most parents, my summer is based around my children’s camp schedules and other activities. However, this summer has already provided some wonderful travel experiences. My entire family just returned from Germany, where my father received honors for his work as a professor, Jewish composer, conductor and cultural ambassador. I also was fortunate to travel to Israel with The Philadelphia Orchestra to engage in music making and cultural diplomacy, and I was honored to return to Israel this week to represent Philadelphia at the Board of Governors meeting for the Jewish Agency for Israel in which we elected a new leader, Isaac Herzog.”

Jeff Bartos

Republican candidate for lieutenant governor

“Most of my summer will be spent campaigning across Pennsylvania. As we wrap up two years of the Wexner Heritage Program, I look forward to spending a week with the Philadelphia ’16 group in Utah. Sheryl and I are excited to help our daughter Emily move in for her freshman year in college. In between all of that, I look forward to reading the big stack of books on my desk. Sitting here on my desk, I have The Great Revolt by Salena Zito, Grant by Ron Chernow, I Love Capitalism! by Ken Langone and a host of other books.”

Shira Goodman

CeaseFirePA executive director

“I’m back working at CeaseFirePA and, right now, we’re fighting the legislature to get some bills passed. I’m going to the conclusion of the Wexner Heritage Program in Salt Lake City and hopefully enjoy Philadelphia a little bit.”

Ivy Barsky

National Museum of American Jewish History CEO and Gwen Goodman Director

“I recently made plans for some vacation time in Santa Fe this summer, at the end of July. I’m going with my very dear friend from graduate school. Every couple of years I try to go to the opera there and to experience light and terrain so different from anything we have on the east coast — it’s the world as seen by Georgia O’Keeffe. This year, I’m especially excited because the Santa Fe Opera is mounting Candide. This spring and summer at NMAJH we’re celebrating Leonard Bernstein’s centenary with our very special exhibition on him, so being able to extend that celebration is particularly exciting. I’ll also make it to Tanglewood with my kids at the end of the summer — more great music and more great Bernstein. And of course, while in the Berkshires, I’ll visit our colleagues at the Yiddish Book Center and other great cultural attractions.”

David Snyder

Maccabi USA executive director

“The exciting part of our summer that we’re all gearing up for here is the inaugural Maccabi Youth Games in Israel, where we’ll have approximately 180 14- to 16-year-olds participating in sporting events and touring, guest speakers and Israel education, starting in late July. When we come back, I’ll be going to the JCC Maccabi Games in Orange County, representing Maccabi USA to those young athletes.”

Michele Foster

Hadassah Greater Philadelphia president

“We are having a summer event at the shore people might want to know about and I’ll be there. … We are doing a ‘See you at the Sea’ to raise money for the round hospital building being renovated at our campus in Jerusalem. It’s called the 360 Degree Campaign. With the light rail coming, we are expecting a need for many more rooms as the population is expected to grow quite a bit. It’s in Ventnor.”

Rabbi Zalman Wircberg

Old City Jewish Art Center co-director

“Time to time, we bring someone from New York to change it up with something nice and refreshing to expose [attendees] to someone who’s not local. Summer is always a little quiet, so to give an extra boost to the art center we bring in an artist-in-residence. It was so great last year, and people only found out about it at the end of the summer, so we’re bringing [Igal Fedida] back. That just comes to mind right away. … It’s a time to gear up for the Jewish New Year, to plan programming for people from different backgrounds and different ages, while the artist-in-residence is here. It’s also [a time] to be able to create based on the needs of the community, the Jewish art community, to fill the void of the need of the Jewish arts community, for artists to be expressed.”

Amy Krulik

Kaiserman JCC CEO

“I am getting ready for 39 days of awesome because camp starts on [June 25], and that’s how I spend my summer. After I spend my 39 days of awesome at camp, I’m going to be spending five days in California for the 2018 JCC Maccabi Games, representing Team Philadelphia. You’ll also find me hanging out at the pool at the JCC.”

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