Community Briefs: Phoebe Resnick Dies, New JFCS Board Chair


Arts and Culture Promoter Phoebe Resnick Dies at 85

Phoebe Resnick, who promoted Philadelphia’s cultural and arts scene for many years, died Sept. 25 from lung cancer. She was 85.

Resnick’s career began in the 1970s as cultural affairs director at Delaware County Community College, where she booked musical bands and performing artists. Those early bookings included the magic and comedy duo Penn & Teller and rockers George Thorogood and the Destroyers. 

She later became head of public relations at what is now called the Penn Museum.

Phoebe Resnick | Courtesy of the Resnick family

In 1986, she opened her own public relations firm, Resnick Communications, and focused on clients in the arts, culture and philanthropy circles. Among her clients were the Moderne Gallery and Thos. Moser, the furniture maker. 

Resnick also volunteered with the Mighty Writers organization in Philadelphia 10 years ago. 

Resnick is survived by her husband Myron; three children Rosalind Resnick, Bruce Resnick (Robyn Martin) and Dave Resnick (Marlys Miller); and eight grandchildren.

Charles “Les” Robbins Named JFCS Board Chair

Charles “Les” Robbins was named the new board chair of Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia.

Robbins, who is an associate vice president for investments at Wells Fargo, has been on the JFCS board since 2016, serving as both treasurer and assistant treasurer.

Charles “Les” Robbins | Courtesy of Jewish Family and Children’s Services

As chair, Robbins will oversee a 25-member board of volunteers and a full-time professional team to help guide and support the organization in its mission to strengthen families and individuals across generations and cultures to achieve stability, independence and community.

Robbins wants to help expand JFCS’ mental health support, diversity, equity and inclusion; its organizational evolution; resource development; and achieving a new culture of learning and innovation.

“I plan to reach out to solicit support from more members of our diverse community to help support those in need,” Robbins said. “I also want to find opportunities that engage our board members and the community to help us continue to impact the lives of thousands across the region.”

Robert Miller Wins Edward N. Polisher Award from Jewish Federationof Greater Philadelphia

Robert A. Miller, president of Charlap & Miller, Inc., received the 16th annual Edward N. Polisher Award during the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s 26th annual Solomon and Sylvia Bronstein Seminar for Professionals held via Zoom on Sept. 10.

Bob Miller | Courtesy of Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

Charlap & Miller is a four-generation life insurance consulting firm.

The award is presented to an estate planning professional in recognition of distinguished service to Jewish Federation endowment programs.

Miller has been involved with the Jewish Federation’s endowment strategy and helped develop the key donor life insurance program. He also has served on the boards of the Philadelphia Estate Planning Council, Federation Endowments Corporation, Congregation Beth Or and Boys Town Jerusalem.

Compiled by Andy Gotlieb


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