Community Briefs: FELS Chair, PICC Event, More

Evan Segal. Photo by Ellie Eaton

FELS Names New Board Chair, Interim CEO
Federation Early Learning Services named Evan Segal as its new board chair, replacing Cathy Seiler, who has served as chair since 2018.

“While we continue to have challenges ahead, we are embarking on creating new alliances to identify new opportunities and pipelines,” said Seiler, a partner at Brinker Simpson and Co. LLC.

Segal is the president and founder of Segal Financial, a commercial loan advisory firm, and has served on the FELS board for the past 14 years.

“I am proud and honored to be named board chair of FELS,” Segal said. “I will work hard to maintain the standard of excellence in early childhood education that has been the hallmark of FELS for over 100 years.”

FELS also appointed Taka Agawa as interim president and CEO. He has served on the board for the past three years.

FELS offers early childhood education and child care services in Greater Philadelphia. It helps families access affordable child care while providing educational activities and working with parents to build community. FELS is more than 100 years old and has five centers located in Northeast Philadelphia, Delaware County and Montgomery County.

From left: Rabbi Gary Charlestein; Inon Elroy, Israel Economic Minister to North America; PICC Executive Director Vered Nohi; PICC President Matt Fingerman; David Baker; and Neil Cooper, immediate past president of PICC. Courtesy of the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce

PICC Says Goodbye to Israel Economic Minister
The Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce board of directors and members bid farewell on July 14 to Inon Elroy, the Israel Economic Minister to North America at the Israel Economic Mission in New York City, and welcomed his successor Anat Katz at the office of Avison Young.

“PICC thanks Inon for his relentless and dedicated service, and commitment to strengthening the commercial and friendship ties with Israel,” PICC Executive Director Vered Nohi said.

Nohi said that in Elroy’s tenure, Israel signed memorandums of understanding to strengthen the commercial and research and development ties with Pennsylvania and New Jersey; Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals signed an agreement with the Israel Innovation Authority to fund six Israeli technology pilot programs; and hosted numerous delegations and conferences. PICC also co-organized missions to Israel, including with Gov. Tom Wolf in 2020.

KleinLife Offers Opera Series
“A Survey of Opera from Baroque to the Present” is the theme of a four-part classical music series offered to members and the public-at-large at the KleinLife: Montgomery County Gabriel and Alma Elias Center at 7763 Old York Road in Elkins Park.

Sessions are set for Aug. 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

The series will be led by Gerald Tremblay, a psychotherapist and opera aficionado.
“We will view, discuss and analyze four operas ranging from the 17th to the 20th century,” he said. “The emphasis will be focused on literary and musical values to trace the historical progression and persistence of the operatic tradition.”

The cost is $10 per session, and seating is limited.

For more information and to reserve a place for one or all four sessions, contact Gail Korostoff at 215-635-5244 or email


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