News Briefs: Millicent Levin Weinstein Dies at 92

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Artist Millicent Levin Weinstein Dies at 92

Millicent (Mitzi) Weinstein, who forged a career as an artist, died Jan. 20 at her Wynnewood home, according to daughter Susan Weinstein. She was 92.

Weinstein studied at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, as well as Moore College of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes Foundation.

She had a one-woman show at the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 and numerous juried shows in the area in the 1970s and 1980s.

Weinstein and her late husband, Mayer, were founding members of Main Line Reform Temple. She founded the Yeadon Community Relations Council, was appointed chairman of the Yeadon Bureau Council and taught art at numerous schools and facilities.

Aside from her art career, Weinstein worked with her husband at Weinstein Hardware and the Hardware Supply Co.

Rabbi Appointed to Illinois Legislature

Orthodox Rabbi Yehiel Kalish was sworn into the Illinois House of Representatives on Jan. 20, JTA reported.

“I may be the first rabbi in any state legislature. And that’s very exciting,” Kalish told Chicago’s CBS affiliate.

Kalish, 43, will represent the state’s 16th District, which is about 30 percent Orthodox. He replaces Rep. Lou Lang, who resigned to accept a partnership offer from a lobbying firm.

Lang and two others were part of a committee that chose Kalish from among 20 possible candidates.

Aside from serving as a cantor for Congregation Shaarei Tzedek Mishkan Yair in Chicago, Kalish is the CEO of the S4 Group, a government affairs and business development firm.

Jews Receive Numerous Academy Award Nominations for 2019

Several Jews were among those announced Jan. 22 as nominees for 2019 Academy Awards, according to The Algemeiner.

Actress Rachel Weisz received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for The Favorite.

Composer Marc Shaiman received two nominations for his work in Mary Poppins Returns — Best Original Score and Best Original Song for “The Place Where Lost Things Go.”

Songwriter and producer Marc Ronson was nominated for Best Original Song as part of the team behind “Shallow” from A Star is Born.

Joel and Ethan Coen were nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

In addition, Skin, which was directed and co-written by Israeli Guy Nattiv, was nominated for Best Live Action Short Film, while RGB, the documentary about Jewish Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was nominated for Best Documentary Feature.

Motion Filed to Withdraw Synagogue Defacer’s Guilty Plea

Sheidali Dzhalilov’s lawyer, Illon Ross Fish, filed a motion to withdraw Dzhalilov’s guilty plea, according to his criminal docket.

Dzhalilov pleaded guilty in November to charges stemming from an incident on Aug. 13, 2017 at Congregation Beth Solomon, when a security camera caught footage of a man urinating on the entrance to the synagogue.

At a that hearing, Dzhalilov pleaded guilty to charges of institutional vandalism, desecration of a place of worship and ethnic intimidation. He faced as much as 11 years in prison and $22,000 in fines.

The commonwealth will oppose the motion, Assistant District Attorney Brendan Flynn said.

At a sentencing hearing, Dzhalilov will go before Judge Vincent Johnson, who will determine whether to grant the motion. l

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Andy Gotlieb is the managing editor of the Jewish Exponent. He holds 31 years of experience in communications, mostly in journalism, with a decade in public relations, too. Prior newspaper stops include the St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Tampa Tribune and the Philadelphia Business Journal. The first 17 years were spent in print journalism, where I covered, at various times, business, politics, crime and government, among other beats. The final 2.5 years in that stretch was an editor at the Philadelphia Business Journal, where my responsibilities included complete control over a weekly section and working with both staff writers and freelancers. In late 2005, I switched gears and began working in public relations for the next decade. I learned the ins and outs of public relations -- including being on the other side of the media-PR equation -- and made numerous contacts. I rejoined the ranks of journalism in March 2016, starting as the managing editor of the Jewish Exponent.

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