Community Briefs: Professor Dies, Hospitals Merge, More

Longtime Jewish Exponent reader Trudy Moskowitz, who died Oct. 10. Courtesy of the Moskowitz family

Temple Professor Trudy Moskowitz Dies at 93
Longtime Temple University Professor of Foreign Language Teaching Gertrude “Trudy” Moskowitz (née Rothenstein) of Bala Cynwyd died Oct. 10. She was 93.

A native of Toledo, Ohio, Moskowitz attended The Ohio State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1949 and beginning her career as a foreign language teacher.

She moved to Philadelphia to continue her career and begin her family. She earned her master’s and doctorate degrees in education at Temple, becoming one of the first female tenured full professors of the era.

During her 35-year career at Temple, Moskowitz published four books, including “The Foreign Language Teacher Interacts” and “Caring and Sharing in the Foreign Language Classroom: A Sourcebook on Humanistic Techniques.” She also published 60 scholarly articles; delivered more than 200 presentations and workshops in the U.S., Canada, Israel, Mexico and Japan; and received the Educator of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association.

Her filmstrip “Don’t Smile Till Christmas: A Story of Classroom Interaction” promoted relationships and positive learning experiences.

Many family members have followed in her footsteps as educators.

Moskowitz is survived by daughters Lynne (Steven) Glasser and Jan (Mario) Zacharjasz; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Einstein, Jefferson Complete Merger
Jefferson Health and Einstein Healthcare Network announced on Oct. 4 the completion of the merger of the two health systems.

By bringing together Jefferson and Einstein — which was founded in 1866 as The Jewish Hospital — it “creates an integrated 18-hospital health system focused on providing greater access to high-quality patient care in our communities and delivering outstanding health sciences education to tomorrow’s health care professionals,” according to a news release.

With the addition of Einstein, Jefferson Health will host the largest number of residents and fellows in the Greater Philadelphia region.

In addition, it will feature seven specialties that are nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report; two Level One and one Level Two trauma centers; the largest midwifery and transplant programs in the region; and 10 hospitals that have achieved Magnet status for nursing excellence.

The merger also brings together MossRehab and Magee Rehab, with nationally recognized brain trauma and spinal cord injury programs.

Ken Levitan will remain as president and CEO of Einstein while adding the role of executive vice president at Jefferson Health.

Einstein and Jefferson next begin an integration process for all services. The release said patient access to care at Einstein and Jefferson will remain uninterrupted throughout the process.

Joyce Sherman. Courtesy of the Sherman family

WWII Army Nurse Joyce Sherman Dies at 100
World War II Army nurse Joyce Sherman of Bensalem died Oct. 5. She was 100.

Sherman graduated from Lower Merion High School in 1939, went on to nursing school at the old Jewish Hospital in Philadelphia and graduated from there in 1942. She worked there until June of 1943 when she was recruited into the Army.

After basic training at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Sherman was shipped overseas, where she was stationed in West Africa, serving in Accra, Ghana, and Dakkar, Senegal. She later served in a station hospital in Cairo, Egypt. While in the service, she was introduced to her late husband, Herbert.

Sherman was a longtime member of Fegelson Young Feinberg Jewish War Veterans Post 697 in Levittown.

Sherman was interviewed by the Jewish Exponent in 2020 for a story about disrepair at Har Nebo Cemetery. She went to pay her respects to her parents and found the gates closed and the grass high.

“From what we saw, the place is deplorable. The grass is high, and it doesn’t seem to be taken care of,” Sherman said.


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