Community Briefs: Runyan Joins DJOP Board, NMAJH Event

Josh Runyan. Courtesy of Democratic Jewish Outreach of Pennsylvania

Former Exponent Editor Joshua Runyan Joins DJOP Board
Democratic Jewish Outreach of Pennsylvania announced that former Jewish Exponent Editor-in-Chief Rabbi Joshua Runyan has joined its board.

Runyan is a tax attorney with the Center City law firm of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads LLP. He earned his law degree from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, his undergraduate degree in political science at the University of Pennsylvania and his rabbinical ordination from the Lubavitch Yeshiva in Lod, Israel.

A native Philadelphian, Runyan directed the editorial operations of the Exponent and served as senior editorial director for Mid-Atlantic Media and its projects at the Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle, Washington Jewish Week, Baltimore Jewish Times and the Phoenix Jewish News.
DJOP was formed in 2008 to support progressive candidates and legislation and sponsor educational programs on contemporary issues.

NMAJH to Host Annual ‘Being _____ at Christmas’ Event
The National Museum of American Jewish History will host its free annual “Being _____ at Christmas” event online on Dec. 25.

The event, which will occur virtually, will feature live music and on-demand programming for adults and kids that includes arts and crafts and virtual museum tours. Activities will be available on the museum’s website and Facebook page.

“While we won’t experience the joy of hundreds of kids running around the building with painted faces in person this year, we’re looking forward to being together with everyone online,” said Emily August, the museum’s director of communications and public engagement.

The event begins at 10 a.m. with a live, interactive concert featuring Alex Mitnick of the Emmy Award-winning children’s music group Alex & the Kaleidoscope.

Joining the on-demand lineup are Philadelphia’s Portside Arts Center, whose educators create customized art lessons that families can do at home with everyday household items; Massachusetts-based Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) artist Sarah Aroeste, with music and insights into Sephardic culture; and Baltimore-based Beatbox Dads, who use emceeing and beatboxing to make music.

There also will be a mindfulness activity for families of all abilities and ages facilitated by Asia IrgangLaden, the founder of Purposeful Parenting. And the museum will offer online tours of its core and special exhibitions through the virtual NMAJH portal.

Details and the full activities lineup are available at


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