Community Briefs: Grandparents Donate Ambulance in Bar Mitzvah Boy’s Honor and More


New American Technion Society President a Philadelphia Native

Steve Berger of Newtown Square was named the new national president of the American Technion Society.

The New York-based nonprofit society supports the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, a public research institution based in Haifa.

Berger founded Berger Rental Communities, which owns and operates apartments in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. He and his wife, Ilene, became active in the ATS Philadelphia chapter in the early 2000s. They established the Steve & Ilene Berger Portable Biomedicine Innovative Laboratory and have supported research for developing a mobile device for the early detection of heart arrhythmia.

Einstein Trains Obstetrical Staff in Orthodox Patient Care

Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia on Dec. 2 trained its obstetrical staff how to care for Orthodox Jewish patients.

Volunteers from Bikkur Cholim of Philadelphia led the training for Einstein’s pilot program Dor L’Dor, which is designed to teach staff about the customs and traditions of the Orthodox Jewish community so there’s a better understanding of what the patients’ needs are and the reasons for each custom.

Staff from the labor and delivery unit and the post-delivery unit staff were schooled in traditions that may pertain to giving birth. That included learning that patients will not sign paperwork on Shabbat, that the father will not cut the umbilical cord after birth and what kosher dietary requirements consist of.

Einstein and Bikkur Cholim volunteers also are looking to set up a kosher pantry.

The Dombar family in front of an ambulance donated to Magen David Adom
The Dombar family in front of an ambulance donated to Magen David Adom by grandparents Don and Connie Berg (Courtesy of Magen David Adom)

Grandparents Donate Ambulance in Bar Mitzvah Boy’s Honor

Connie and Don Berg of Jupiter, Florida, dedicated an ambulance for Magen David Adom, Israel’s national EMS organization, for their grandson Simon Dombar’s bar mitzvah.

Simon’s bar mitzvah was on Nov. 9 at Beth David Reform Congregation in Gladwyne. The ambulance was dedicated in honor of Simon, parents Julie and Jason Dombar and other family members.

The ambulance made an appearance at the bar mitzvah and at the synagogue’s Sunday school the next day.

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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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