Community Briefs: Jewish Judge Assumes Lead of Local Bar Association and More


Solomonov Makes JTA List of ‘The Jews Who Defined the 2010s’

What does Philadelphia restaurateur Michael Solomonov have in common with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, hip-hop star Drake, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, among other notable names?

They’re all part of the JTA list of “The Jews who defined the 2010s.”

“Solomonov boasts four James Beard awards, two best-selling cookbooks and more than eight restaurants to his name, including the renowned Zahav and the popular Dizengoff hummus restaurant in Philadelphia,” JTA wrote. “Intentionally or not, he has brought a passion for Israeli cuisine to the masses of North America. He believes that food belongs to everyone, and has sought to bring the Israeli tradition of ripping, tearing, dipping and sharing to more and more willing eaters.”

Solomonov and business partner Steve Cook were credited with “the food gospel” that brought ingredients such as tahini, harissa, labne, halloumi and preserved lemon to the public.

A. Michael Snyder
Judge A. Michael Snyder (Courtesy of Michael Snyder)

Jewish Judge Assumes Lead of Philadelphia Bar Association

Judge A. Michael Snyder became in January the first former sitting judge to assume the role of chancellor in the 218-year history of the Philadelphia Bar Association.

Snyder is a Philadelphia native, a 1974 graduate of Temple University Law School, an adjunct professor at Temple’s Beasley School of Law and president of the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society Foundation. He also is the father of Rabbi Josh Snyder, executive director of Goucher College’s Hillel.

Snyder has served as an arbitrator, fact finder, mediator or special master with The Dispute Resolution Institute since 2012. Before that, he served for more than 14 years as a Workers’ Compensation Judge.

In his inaugural speech last month, Snyder referenced issues of importance to the Jewish community.

“We have also seen a frightening rise in the incidence of intolerance of others in both speech and actions. I am reminded that 2020 is also the anniversary of another event in history. 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, a place of unspeakable horror to millions, and the concrete representation of what happens to a society when intolerance of others is not resisted.

“When no one speaks out against it, hatred and intolerance gain strength and grow. We cannot hesitate, as a group of lawyers and judges, to speak out when we see intolerance in our own country,” he said.

Elkins Park Man Recognized by National Organization

Larry Maltin of Elkins Park received the national Volunteer Leader of the Year Award from Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder for his ongoing commitment to the ADHD community.

Maltin was cited for creating a “Teachers Card” (recognizing ADHD in the classroom) — a tool for educating teachers and parents to help students with ADHD. The Teachers Card has been distributed in thousands of copies to schools, parents, community organizations and ADHD professionals.

Maltin has been a CHADD member for more than a decade, joining the board of what is now the BuxMont CHADD and serving as a program coordinator for its parents group until mid-2019. He remains the affiliate’s treasurer.

In prior years, Maltin served as a member of the national Affiliate Development and Support Committee, the Ad Hoc Committee on the reorganization of CHADD’s relationship with its affiliates and the Initial Organizing Committee for the Affiliate Advisory Board.

From 2013-2015, Maltin and Maryland-based Janette Patterson conducted original research on “The Impact of ADHD on the Extended Family” and co-authored two articles in Attention magazine. They were also co-presenters on “ADHD and the Extended Family: Exploring the Impact of ADHD on the Extended Family and Identifying Strategies for Improved Coping Mechanisms” at the 2014 CHADD Annual Conference.

And in 2017, Maltin helped create a new CHADD Affiliate in Philadelphia.

Soccer Talk Show Debuts on 610ESPN

A soccer talk show hosted by a father-and-son team from Congregation Beth El in Yardley debuted Jan. 7 on 610ESPN.

Rich Gorelick, a retired corporate executive and lawyer who now consults, and his son Rusty, a sophomore at Boston University, host the show from 4-5 p.m. It also will be available on IHeartRadio, be featured as a podcast and repeated on WWDB-AM Talk 860 on Tuesdays from 8-9 a.m.

The show will review major soccer events from the week, include an interview, feature segments about teams and leagues worldwide, and take phone calls.

“We believe there is an unmet need right now on sports talk radio for soccer fans to hear about the best teams and leagues in the world, as well as our Philadelphia Union,” Rich Gorelick said.


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