Community Briefs: Hersheypark Revamps Kosher Offerings and More

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Herseypark Revamps Kosher Offerings

Hersheypark announced that it updated its kosher offering by buying its former kosher food provider and adding a food truck.

The park said in a news release that it acquired the private owned Central PA’s Kosher Mart, which had provided kosher food for more than 20 years.

In addition, a new food truck called Keepin’ It Kosher has debuted in the Midway America section of the park.

“The kosher consumer is our valued guest, and we are committed to providing an environment which will allow you to enjoy time spent with us to the fullest,” said Brent E. Wertz, managing director of food and beverage at Hershey Entertainment Complex. “Our continued partnership with the Star K ensures that there is seamless oversight in the kashrus standards you have relied upon in years past.”

The park also will offer a Chol Hamoed Sukkot event on Oct. 16-17.

The Inclusion Specialists Network Launches

Jewish Learning Venture’s “Whole Community Inclusion” has announced the launch of the Inclusion Specialists Network, a new professional development opportunity for educators who work in congregational schools.

The program will allow educators to support students who need extra learning, behavioral and/or emotional support.

Specialists will learn from each other, share resources and receive ongoing professional development from experts in the disability inclusion field.

“This network allows us to both emphasize the importance of hiring inclusion specialists in our congregational schools and also give direct support to those educators who are working most closely with students with disabilities and their families,” said Rabbi Philip Warmflash, CEO of Jewish Learning Venture.

Six congregations were selected for the inaugural year: Congregation Beth Or in Ambler, Ohev Shalom of Bucks County, Har Zion Temple in Penn Valley, Main Line Reform Temple in Wynnewood, Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El in Wynnewood and Tiferet Bet Israel, Blue Bell. Each synagogue will receive a $750 stipend for accessibility and inclusion efforts.

The network is being funded through a grant from the Janet and Alvin Schwartz Fund for Special Education.

Arrowhead Day Camp Founder ‘Uncle Al’ Gilbert Dies at 90

Alfred Gilbert — known to generations of children at Arrowhead Day Camp as Uncle Al — died Sept. 11 in West Palm Beach, Florida, according to his family. He was 90.

The West Philadelphia native graduated from Temple University and taught in many Philadelphia public schools, but is best known for founding Arrowhead in West Chester in 1956.

He was married to Charlotte Gilbert (neé Kaminsky) for 49 years and is survived by his three children, Ellen, Howard and Jane Gilbert; his five grandchildren, Brian Witt, Ariana Schultz, Julie and Max Gilbert, and Wyatt Palumbo; and three great-grandchildren, Aidan and Lillyana Witt and Berlin Schultz.

A funeral service is slated for 11:15 a.m. on Sept. 20 at Goldsteins’ Funeral Home in Southampton, with burial to follow at Roosevelt Cemetery in Trevose.

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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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