Community Briefs: Jewish Candidates Win Across Region and More

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Jewish Candidates Win Across Region

In Philadelphia County and its four surrounding counties — Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Bucks — a handful of Jewish politicians and judges were either elected or re-elected to public office.

In Bucks County, Judge Jordan Yeager, a Democrat, was elected to the Court of Common Pleas. Linda Bobrin, a Democrat and an attorney, won her race to be the register of wills in Bucks County.

In Montgomery County, Judge Melissa Schwartz Sterling, a Democrat, was elected to the Court of Common Pleas. Lori Schreiber, a Democrat, was elected as the clerk of courts, and Karen Geld-Sanchez, also a Democrat, won re-election as county controller.

In Philadelphia County, Democrat Allan Domb was re-elected to City Council, and Judge Anne E. Lazarus held her seat on the Superior Court. Judge Joshua Roberts was elected to the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court.

In Chester County, Democrat Marian Moskowitz, a first-time candidate, won a seat on the Board of Commissioners, and Deb Ryan became the first Democratic district attorney in the county’s history.

In Delaware County, Stephanie Klein was part of a Democratic sweep of the Court of Common Pleas.

Abramson Senior Care Services Receive “Best” Designations

Two of Abramson Senior Care’s services recently received “Best” designations from U.S. News and World Report and Newsweek.

Abramson’s short-term rehabilitation locations, Birnhak Transitional Care at Lankenau Medical Center and Birnhak Transitional Care at Horsham, were both named “Best Short-Term Rehab” by U.S. News.

To determine the short-term rehabilitation rankings, U.S. News looks at the care provided to patients staying at a facility for less than 100 days and analyzes a number of quality measures, including staffing, outcomes, resident complaints and processes of care. Nationally, 13,683 facilities received one of three Short-Term Ratings, with 2,250 of those homes earning a High-Performing Rating.

“We are truly fortunate to have hard-working, dedicated employees committed to our mission and a community of Board Trustees, volunteers, and donors to provide guidance and support,” said Carol A. Irvine, Abramson Senior Care president and CEO.

Gratz College to Host Alice Hoffman, Jane Eisner at One Book Event

New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman will headline the One Book, One Jewish Community kickoff event Nov. 17 at Gratz College.

Gratz selected Hoffman’s latest book, “The World That We Knew,” as its “one book” for 2019-2020. The author of more than 30 novels, Hoffman will be interviewed by Jane Eisner of Columbia University, a former editor-in-chief of The Forward and a former columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

This event is open to the public, and Hoffman will be available to sign books after the interview.

“This book touches the heart of what we do at Gratz,” said Lori Cohen, director of Adult Jewish Learning at Gratz. “The kickoff and subsequent programming bring our local communities together to discuss a difficult topic, through the common bond of reading and discussion. We hope and anticipate that it will spur conversation, education and dialogue.”

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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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