Community Briefs: K’Far Expands to Offer Dinner Service and More


Local Rabbi Named One of 14 Global Justice Fellows

Rabbi Elyse Wechterman of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association in Abington was named as one of 14 2019-20 Global Justice Fellows by American Jewish World Service.

AJWS works to promote human rights while ending poverty in the developing world. The fellowship “trains American Jewish leaders to advocate in support of international policies that advance the human rights and well-being of vulnerable people and communities around the world,” according to an AJWS release.

In January, the fellows will visit Guatemala and meet with leaders fighting poverty and advancing human rights. They also will participate in six months of training in the United States.

Different dishes at K'Far including rugelach, Jerusalem bagel with lox, kubaneh toast with dates and more
Different dishes at K’Far (Photo by Michael Persico)

K’Far Expands to Offer Dinner Service

K’Far, the Israeli all-day café and bakery from chef Mike Solomonov and Steve Cook, began offering dinner service on Sept. 23.

The dinner menu includes favorites from the all-day menu and new, entree-sized plates designed to be shared.

K’Far, which means “village” in Hebrew, opened for breakfast and lunch on July 31. Its kitchen is run by James Beard Rising Star Award-winner and Executive Chef Camille Cogswell.

Mama’s Vegetarian to Remain Closed Into 2020

Ongoing building renovations apparently are going to keep Mama’s Vegetarian kosher restaurant in Center City closed into 2020, according to a sign taped on the restaurant door.

The restaurant announced an initial closing on Aug. 12, citing “power problems from building renovations.”

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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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