Community Briefs: Penn State Jewish Fraternity Suspended and More

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Edward M. Satell (Courtesy of Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce)

PICC to Honor Edward M. Satell for Lifetime Achievement

The Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce announced that it will honor The Satell Institute founder and CEO Edward M. Satell with its 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Mr. Satell’s lifelong philanthropic and civic leadership embodies the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce’s vision of strengthening Israel and United States ties and mutual impact through innovation,” PICC President Matthew I. Fingerman said. “His lifelong extensive humanitarian initiatives facilitating and funding advanced Israeli research have generated positive global impact and have deepened and broadened the academic, commercial and friendship ties between Israel and the United States.”


PICC said Satell has funded several key research projects conducted by leading Israeli professors, including energy efficiency through the Satell Family Nitrogen Hydrogen Alternative Fuel Research Lab at the Technion. He also has supported Israel’s “Dr. Cell”, Marcelle Machluf, who created a patented high-potential stem cell drug delivery solution to cure organic cancers.

In the United States, Satell sent more than 200 Philadelphia region high school juniors/seniors to Israel on 10-day educational trips.

Satell will be honored at the chamber’s Annual Gala Reception at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia on May 4.

Jewish Fraternity at Penn State Suspended Pending Rape Investigation

The Phi Sigma Delta Sigma chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi at Penn State University was placed on interim suspension on Jan. 22 as the university’s Office of Student Conduct investigates a claim that a female student was gang-raped, 6ABC reported.

The incident allegedly occurred on Jan. 15 inside the AEPi house on Prospect Avenue. The alleged assault involved four fraternity members, according to an online submission university police received.

During the interim suspension, the fraternity will lose all privileges. That includes membership recruitment, new member activities, participation in university-wide functions and hosting social events, according to a university news release.

NMAJH to Exhibit Truman Torah

The National Museum of American Jewish History will display the Truman Torah — presented to President Harry Truman by Israel President Chaim Weizmann 11 days after the nation was founded — between Feb. 4 and June 27.

Truman granted de facto United States recognition to Israel 11 minutes after it came into existence and invited Weizmann to the White House. Because Weizmann needed a gift, Jewish Theological Seminary Chancellor Rabbi Louis Finkelstein offered him the Torah he had given to his son Ezra for his bar mitzvah.

Rabbi Ezra Michael Finkelstein, who is now 92, will be reunited with his Torah at a ceremony on Jan. 30 at 9 a.m. at NMAJH. The Torah is on loan from the Truman Library and Museum during a renovation.

State House Recognizes International Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Jan. 22 adopted a resolution introduced by Rep. Ed Neilson (D-Philadelphia) to recognize Jan. 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Pennsylvania.

“Between 1933 and 1945, nearly 17 million people were tragically murdered in the horrifying, state-sponsored genocide known as the Holocaust,” Neilson said. “It is critical to our humanity and to the memory of the millions of people who were murdered during the Holocaust that we commemorate Jan. 27 — 75 years to the day of the liberation of the largest and deadliest concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau — as International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Pennsylvania.”

House Resolution 658 was adopted unanimously.

Abramson Senior Care’s Palliative Care Program Gets Naming Gift

Abramson Senior Care’s Palliative Care Program is now the Lila H. Levin Palliative Care Program after receiving an undisclosed naming gift.

The program provides medical and emotional support to patients with life-limiting illnesses. The community-based model allows individuals to receive care wherever they wish, including in their own homes and in senior living communities throughout the Philadelphia region.

Palliative care is focused on relieving the stress of living with a serious illness by offering a layer of support services that includes comprehensive treatment for symptoms, ongoing psycho-social support, and in-depth care discussions to help achieve patient goals.

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