Donor’s Community Involvement Led to Creation of Family

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Scott Solomon went on a Birthright trip to Israel in 2008 to have fun, but ended up getting so much more out of the experience.

“I came back with a Jewish hangover,” he said. “I wanted to do more with my newfound Jewish identity.”

Scott Solomon | Photo provided

When he returned to Philadelphia, he decided to get involved in the Jewish community, through the Jewish National Fund and then through Jewish Heritage Programs.


Two years after Birthright, his Jewish community work led to him meeting future wife, Sarah Solomon. She was involved in the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Renaissance Group — now called NextGen — where she was trying to recruit Solomon to get engaged with the Jewish Federation.

Solomon, a senior client executive at OneDigital Health and Benefits, is now a Jewish Federation donor. He recently finished a stint on the board of NextGen and was the director of the Ben Gurion Society.

The couple has a 2-year-old son and, this week, they’re expecting a second baby.

“We have Shabbat dinners a few times a month,” Solomon said. “We are members at [Main Line Reform Temple], and we are planning on raising our kids with a Jewish identity.”

Solomon had a fairly typical Philadelphia Jewish upbringing, he said. He grew up in Elkins Park, went to Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel and attended Cheltenham High School. He then attended Hofstra University to study marketing and moved back to Philadelphia after he graduated in 2005.

He started working at the Montgomery Benefits Group (now OneDigital) as a benefits consultant. Solomon has stayed with the same company for 13 years and has moved up the ladder. Now, he is “effectively the No. 2 guy in Philly,” he said.

Having a mentor has helped. And OneDigital Principal Michael Steinberg has been that mentor. He is involved in the Jew-

ish community and has served as president and chairman of Golden Slipper Club & Charities and as board chairman of the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life.

“[He’s someone] to look up to in the community,” Solomon said. “Having that personal connection, where I can ask him, one, about clients, about family, ask him about charities, having that leader in the community to help guide me a little bit has been really beneficial.”

At day’s end, though, Solomon’s family motivates him.

“I have always had a mentality to push for what I want and go out and get it myself, being persistent and doing everything for another purpose,” he said.

This article is part of an occasional series of profiles of Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia supporters. 

szighelboim@jewishexponent.com; 215-832-0729

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