Community Briefs: Jewish Family Service Wellness Program Receives Grant and More


Haverford Boy to Participate in ‘Kids Baking Championship’

Avner Schwartz, 12, of Haverford will be among a dozen young bakers participating in the Food Network’s show “Kids Baking Championship” debuting on Jan. 6.

Over 10 weeks, the bakers will compete in various challenges, with the winner earning $25,000, a feature in Food Network Magazine and the title of Kids Baking Champion.

On the premiere episode, hosts Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli take the bakers back to the 1970s to test their cake-decorating abilities by challenging them to create shag texture cakes.

The show concludes on March 9.

Buxco Man Charged with Ethnic Intimidation, Harassment

A Bucks County man who allegedly sent anti-Semitic text messages to a Jewish man was arrested earlier this month and charged with ethnic intimidation and harassment, FOX29 reported.

In an affidavit, it is alleged that on Thanksgiving afternoon and the following day that Hunter Robert-William Ryan, 21, of Warwick Township sent images depicting a Nazi flag and symbols, photos and a video of Adolf Hitler and other messages to a Jewish man.

Authorities said Ryan initially sent a photo of a Nazi symbol with a message of “hahaha.” Ryan said “because it’s funny” when the victim reportedly asked Ryan why he sent it.

Police say Ryan continued to send messages even after the victim allegedly asked him to stop.

Ryan has a court appearance set for Jan. 27. He is free on $50,000 unsecured bail, according to the Intelligencer.

Andrea Steinberg and Jennifer Goudy
From left: Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties Chief Executive Officer Andrea Steinberg and Horizon Foundation for New Jersey Senior Program Officer Jennifer Goudy (Courtesy of Horizon Foundation for New Jersey)

Atlantic County Wellness Program Receives $40K Grant

The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey announced that it has awarded Jewish Family Service’s Wellness Network a $40,000 grant.

The network assists more than 500 Atlantic County residents who have one or more chronic conditions and experience barriers to care. It encourages individuals to identify healthier personal goals, create care plans and adopt self-management practices.

The Horizon Foundation is a charitable arm of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and has provided $180,000 in grants to JFS since 2012.

Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards Program Accepting Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the Helen Diller Family Foundation’s Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards program.

The awards recognize up to 15 Jewish teens annually with $36,000 each to support their ongoing social impact projects or to further their education.

Past award recipients have advocated for a wide range of causes, including children’s health, homelessness, supporting refugees, creating safer communities through gun safety measures, international literacy, leading STEM programs to empower girls, advocating for dialogue across demographics, and providing resources for special needs families.

Nominees must be 13-19, self-identify as Jewish, are United States residents, volunteer without compensation and serve in a leadership role on a project/initiative aimed at repairing the world.

Visit to begin the application process. All applications must be completed by Jan. 8. For more information, email dillerteenawards@ or call 415-512‐6432.

Photo Pop Philly Includes Jewish-Themed Installation

Photo Pop Philly’s third version of its Winter Wonderland exhibit includes a Jewish-themed installation.

Artist Megan Karetny’s installation includes snowflakes in the sky, a life-size dreidel visitors can stand in “and festive signs that capture the essence” of Chanukah, the organization said. There are 30 installations in all.

The exhibit is open through Jan. 5 at The Bourse food hall, adjacent to the Fifth Street entrance overlooking Independence Mall in Old City.


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