Community Briefs: NMAJH Board Chair to Be Honored in NYC and More

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NMAJH Board Chair to Be Honored in NYC

The National Museum of American Jewish History announced that Board Chair Philip M. Darivoff will be honored at the museum’s Only in America Gala on June 12 in New York City.

The keynote speaker will be Michael Oren, a Knesset member and deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Office. He was formerly Israel’s ambassador to the United States.

Aside from honoring Darivoff for his service, the gala will celebrate the museum’s ongoing work in exploring the American Jewish experience.

Darivoff is the chairman of the board of DFG Investment Advisers and DFG’s parent company, Vibrant Capital Partners, LLC, and serves on the national board of AIPAC.

Lone Soldiers Honored in Cherry Hill

Lone soldiers and their parents from the Greater Philadelphia/ Southern New Jersey area are joined by FIDF supporters. (Photo by Baruch Schwartz)

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces honored lone soldiers at an event May 15 at Congregation Sons of Israel in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

The event was titled “Torah, Morality and the IDF” and honored South Jersey and Pennsylvania natives who enlist in the IDF, as well as their parents. The lone soldiers and their families received a gift as a token of appreciation.

“This event gave the community a chance to personally thank the brave soldiers who risk their lives to protect and defend Israel and the world,” said FIDF Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey Director Tzvia Wexler. “We salute the brave men and women of the IDF, and we honor their service.

In addition, IDF Brig. Gen. (Res.) Benzi Gruber explained how the Torah is the basis for the IDF’s moral code. The event also commemorated the synagogue’s donation of two Torah scrolls to soldiers on IDF army bases.

JCCs Compete in Fitness Challenge

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, all of the JCCs in North America will be competing in the 100 Days of Summer Fitness Challenge. The JCC with the most fitness activity log-ins wins this challenge.

The event is open to all members, including Silver Sneakers members, but participants must register at jcca.org/what-we-do/summerfitnesschallenege (yes, the misspelling is correct) — and must log their workouts within seven days of completing them.

Running (indoor and outdoor), walking (indoor and outdoor), cycling (indoor and outdoor), swimming, cardio workouts (ellipticals, rowers, steppers, etc.), group fitness (any type of class), strength training and personal training are all eligible.

Brad Zimmerman Performs in Sellersville

Comedian and actor Brad Zimmerman — known for the one-man show My Son the Waiter, A Jewish Tragedy — will perform another one-man show titled My Rise to the Middle at 8 p.m. on June 13 at the Sellersville Theater.

The show is told through stories about Zimmerman’s childhood, his mother, his love life, his tenure as a waiter and his experience navigating the world of stand-up comedy.

Zimmerman played a lawyer in two episodes of The Sopranos, worked with Joan Rivers and was George Carlin’s opening act in the final years of the late comedian’s career.

Opening for Zimmerman will be cabaret singer Karen Gross of Bucks County. She is known for her comedic cabaret show Sex & the Single Singer.

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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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