Community Briefs: Temple Lacrosse Coach Named to Jewish Sports Heritage Association and More

Bonnie Rosen
Bonnie Rosen (Courtesy of Temple Athletics)

Temple Lacrosse Coach Part of Jewish Sports Heritage Association Class of 2020

Temple University women’s lacrosse coach Bonnie Rosen was named to the Jewish Sports Heritage Association induction class for 2020.

Rosen grew up in Bala Cynwyd and excelled in both lacrosse and field hockey at Lower Merion’s Harriton High. She earned a scholarship to the University of Virginia, where she was a physical therapy major who captained (and was the MVP of) both the field hockey and lacrosse teams her senior year. In 1991, the lacrosse team won its first NCAA Division I national championship.

Aside from being inducted into the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2010, Rosen was named to the 50th anniversary lacrosse team for the Atlantic Coast Conference and named a top-50 all-time player by Inside Lacrosse Magazine.

Rosen has been Temple’s women’s lacrosse coach for 13 years.

Three Locals Named Jeremiah Fellows

Bend the Arc: Jewish Action announced its first-ever national cohort of Jeremiah Fellows, including three from Philadelphia.

These fellows will focus on “building up a powerful community committed to justice, organizing public actions and fighting for progressive change in Philadelphia,” according to a Bend the Arc news release.

The local fellows include Tess Levinson, a psychiatry research coordinator interested in science education, disability justice and health care; Ava Skolnik, a clinical research coordinator at PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an advocate for health equity; and Noah Strauss, a community organizer, journalist and Jewish educator doing work focused on the intersection of queerness and Judaism and organizing queer and trans faith leaders around the country.

Local Man Slated to Participate in Ride For The Living in Poland

Allan Silverberg, a member of The Fegelson Young Feinberg Post 697 of Levittown, will participate on June 28 in Ride For The Living, by cycling 60 miles from Auschwitz-Birkenau to JCC Krakow in Poland.

Silverberg, who lives in Langhorne, is hoping to raise $3,000 for the JCC through his ride.

“Ride For The Living was inspired by Robert Desmond, who rode his bicycle 1,350 miles from London to Auschwitz, visiting World War II sites of liberation along his journey,” Silverberg wrote. “After joining the JCC and learning about Krakow’s reborn Jewish community, Robert realized he should not have ended his ride in a place of loss, but rather at the place of hope that is JCC Krakow.”

Silverberg has chaired the veterans post volunteer-run Holocaust Remembrance Education program since 2013.


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