Community Briefs: ‘Land of Hope: Israel in Photographs’ Lecture Slated for April 23 and More

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Jeffrey Siegel (Photo by Peter Schaaf)

‘Keyboard Conversations’ Returns to Kimmel Center on April 22

Jeffrey Siegel returns to the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater on April 22 with a springtime concert entitled “Chopin in Paris!

Siegel is in his 50th year of his Keyboard Conversation series. A year ago, his Philadelphia performance centered on the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth.

Keyboard Conversations are concerts with a twist. Instead of simply playing classical music pieces, Siegel frequently interjects his own commentary. Before he plays a piece in full, he gives some brief background and plays a few excerpts out of context.

Comcast Cares Project to Involve JFCS’ Our Closet on May 18

As part of Comcast Cares Day on May 18, the company will join up with Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JFCS) Our Closet program to organize and sort clothing for those in need. This is the first time Comcast has worked with JFCS.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Marple Crossroads shopping center at 400 S. State Road in Springfield. Our Closet distributes clothing free of charge via pop-up shops and also provides emergency response packages to community members in crisis.

Up to 40 volunteers can participate in the program. Call 866-JFCS-NOW or email [email protected] outclosetpa.org for details.

Israeli Olympic Judo Team Visits Penn

Members of Israel’s Olympic Judo team visited the University of Pennsylvania on April 11 to share stories of overcoming anti-Israel sentiment, perform Judo workshops and answer questions from the audience at the Hillel Auditorium.

Judo team members included Ori Sasson, Sagi Muki and Peter Palchick. Sasson made international headlines at the 2016 Olympics when his Egyptian opponent refused to shake his hand after a bout where the Israeli won the bronze medal.

The team has won medals in Arab countries since then and “Hatikvah,” the Israeli national anthem, was played at the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam in October 2018 after the team won a gold medal.

“Waiting at the Bus Stop” (Photo courtesy of Temple Judea Museum)

‘Land of Hope: Israel in Photographs’ Lecture Slated for April 23

Land of Hope: Israel in Photographs,” a photography display from the Temple Judea Museum collection, which will also feature speaker Stephen Perloff, editor of The Photo Review, is scheduled for 6 p.m. on April 23.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will happen at The Print Center, 1614 Latimer St., in Philadelphia.

For more information, call the museum at 215-901-2656 or 215-887-2027 or email [email protected] The Print Center may be reached at 215-735-6090 or by emailing [email protected]

Hate and Anti-Semitism Forum Set for April 23 in Delaware County

A forum to address the issues of hate and anti- Semitism in Delaware County is planned for 7 p.m. at Temple Sholom in Broomall, 55 Church Lane.

The forum was spurred, in part, by word that a white supremacist group called Identity Evropa had met at a Springfield bowling alley the previous month.

Participating in the forum are Nancy Baron-Baer, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL); Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland; Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge Barry Dozor; state Rep. Jennifer O’Mara (D-165th); and Temple Sholom Rabbi Peter Rigler.

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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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