Community Briefs: Day Schools Receive State Security Funding and More

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Area Jewish Day Schools Receive State Security Funding

Several local Jewish day schools are among nonpublic schools in Pennsylvania receiving shares of $3.2 million in public funding for security measures.

The funding will be used by the schools to buy safety and security-related equipment or to pay and train school resource officers.

Morris and Rose Caskey Torah Academy of Greater Philadelphia in Wynnewood received $23,625 in grants, while Chabad Main Line in Merion received $23,205 and Kohelet Yeshiva in Merion got $19,425.

“We thank Gov. Wolf and our state legislators for awarding these funds to nonpublic schools, making our students and educators safe,” said Arielle Frankston-Morris, executive director of Teach PA, a project of the Orthodox Union that advocates for nonpublic schools to receive equitable funding. “The rise in school violence and anti-Semitic attacks motivated us to spearhead this security campaign and we are thrilled to see these awards announced.”

Theatre Ariel’s Salon Ariel 2019-2020 Season Debuts

Theatre Ariel’s Salon Ariel 2019-2020 debuted Oct. 26 and 27 with “Exquisite Potential” by Stephen Kaplan, a play about a parent named Alan Zuckerman, who thinks his 3-year-old son David is the Messiah.

Zuckerman and his wife, Laura, visit their rabbi to verify the son’s divine nature. The show then fast forwards 30 years, with David married to the rabbi’s son. The two are raising their own son and “grappling with the family dynamics that evolve from a child being raised as the special one,” according to a Theatre Ariel release.

Theatre Ariel’s Salon Ariel season features four shows in all that are presented in homes on Montgomery County’s Main Line and Greater Philadelphia neighborhoods.

The final two performances are set for Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 3 at 7 p.m., with more information available at

Other Salon Ariel performances will include “Handle With Care” by Jason Odell Williams on Dec. 7-8 and 14-15; “Dov & Ali” by Anna Ziegler on Feb. 8-9 and 15-16; and “The Scribe” by Jesse Bernstein on April 25-26 and May 2-3.

Second Season of Temple Sinai Cultural Series Debuts

Temple Sinai in Dresher’s second annual Hearts and Minds Jewish Cultural Series kicked off Oct. 27 with an appearance by Daniel Okrent, author of “The Guarded Gate.”

Okrent’s presentation explored historical and contemporary perspectives of immigration issues, with an interview format conducted by Arcadia University history professor Geoffrey Haywood and an audience Q&A session.

Okrent was corporate editor at large at Time Inc., managing editor of Life Magazine, and the first public editor of The New York Times.

Other events in the cultural series include the film “The Passengers,” at the Ambler Theater as part of the Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival on Nov. 10; an appearance Nov. 20 with Tablet Deputy Editor Stephanie Butnick about her book “The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia;” a Feb. 20 appearance by “Yes She Can” co-authors Molly Dillon and Taylor Lustig; and a March 15 event with feminist Phyllis Chelser, author of “Living History: On the Front Lines for Israel and the Jews 2003-2015.”

NCJW National President Keynotes Local Chapter’s 40th Anniversary Luncheon

National Council of Jewish Women national President Beatrice Kahn was the keynote speaker Oct. 29 at the Greater Philadelphia Section’s 40th anniversary luncheon.

During her address, Kahn shared her insights and the future plans of the national organization, including advocacy projects of individual NCJW sections and in Israel.

Kahn is a lifelong New York City resident, a lawyer and a volunteer activist. She chaired the NCJW Trafficking Work Group from 2013-2014 and helped develop and launch Exodus: NCJW’s Anti-Sex Trafficking Initiative. She has also contributed to training members on board building, fundraising, membership advocacy and improving the organization’s financial systems.

The luncheon at Green Valley Country Club in Lafayette Hill began with a 20-vendor fashion boutique.


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