Community Briefs: PPRA Honors, Building Update

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Cari Feiler Bender. Courtesy of Cari Feiler Bender

PPRA to Induct Cari Feiler Bender into its Hall of Fame
Relief Communications founder and President Cari Feiler Bender will be inducted into the Philadelphia Public Relations Association Hall of Fame on Oct. 12.

She will be “recognized for her passion-driven communications strategies that have brought national acclaim to organizations making a difference throughout Philadelphia, including AIDS Fund, Fairmount Park Conservancy, Historic Philadelphia, Mural Arts Philadelphia, Prevention Point Philadelphia, Rebuilding Together Philadelphia, and more.”

Bender has 25 years of experience working with nonprofit clients.


A native of Savannah, Georgia, Bender serves on the advisory board for The Wardrobe and has previously served on the Boards of InterAct Theatre Co., Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Young Women’s Initiative Advisory Committee for WOMEN’S WAY, Philadelphia Theatre Co. and the Women’s Theatre Festival. She served on the PPRA Board of Governors for two years.

Sept. 2 flooding on 21st Street next to the Jewish Community Services Building. Photo by Andy Gotlieb

Likely Return to Jewish Community Services Building Pushed Back
Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia President and CEO Michael Balaban said on Sept. 24 that the return of workers to the flood-damaged Jewish Community Services Building will be pushed back two weeks to Oct. 18.

Earlier, Jewish Federation officials said the building likely would reopen on Oct. 4.

Schuylkill River flooding caused on Sept. 2 by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, pushed more than seven feet of water into the basement of the building at 2100 Arch St., damaging the structure’s internal systems and knocking out the power.

Balaban said the building’s electricity is working, as is the air conditioning, but the elevators aren’t operational; a critical repair part hasn’t arrived yet.

On the lower level, demolition is complete and cleanup was nearing completion as of Sept. 24. Areas that require walls for security and safety purposes will then be repaired and replaced.

After the elevators are working, the building’s cleaning team will begin a top-to-bottom cleaning.

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