Community Briefs: NMAJH Names Board Chairs, Israeli Lyricist Visits, More

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Joseph Zuritsky

NMAJH Names New Board Co-Chairs
The National Museum of American Jewish History named Sharon Tobin Kestenbaum and Joseph S. Zuritsky as co-chairpersons of its board of trustees.

Kestenbaum is the first woman chair or co-chair of the NMAJH board, on which she has served since 2011.

She is president of Bala Properties Group, Inc., an investment and management company in regional real estate. She co-chairs the museum’s Strategic Advancement and Development Committees and chaired its 2020 Only in America Gala & Auction. Kestenbaum is the vice chair of the board of directors at Children’s Crisis Treatment Center and is nominated to become the chair beginning in January.


Zuritsky has been a NMAJH board member since 1993. He and his late wife, Renée Zuritsky, were honored at the museum’s 2018 Only in America Gala.

Sharon Tobin Kestenbaum

Zuritsky is chairman and CEO of Parkway Corp. He’s served on the boards of the Philadelphia African American Museum, the American Jewish Committee, the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce, the National Liberty Museum, the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, the American Technion Society, and the Philadelphia Parking Association. He is the past president and chairman of the National Parking Association, past president of the Jewish National Fund and founder and former chairman of the Center City District.

In addition, after nine years, first as co-chair with the late Ron Rubin and later as chair, Phil Darivoff has become chairperson emeritus and trustee.

Israeli Lyricist Noam Horev to Visit Philadelphia
Israeli contemporary lyricist Noam Horev will appear at Congregation Mikveh Israel at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 13 as part of his North American tour. Tickets are $35.

Noam Horev, 37, has created hits for top Israeli artists and is an award winner with the Society of Authors, Composers and Musical Publishers in Israel, also known as ACUM, and is author of “Tiyuta Shel Osher.”

Horev, who was born with a paralyzed hand, grew up and was educated in Afula.

In the show, he tells his personal story — from when he was a child with a dream to write songs through the struggles along the way until he became a sought-after lyricist in Israel.
He tells the stories behind his best-known songs (“Matanot Ktanot,” “Isha Charsina” and others), relates anecdotes about the Israeli music industry and shares the songwriting and publishing process.

PCOM President Honored
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine announced that President and CEO Dr. Jay S. Feldstein is the recipient of the American Osteopathic Association’s 2021 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Unification Award.

The inaugural award recognizes exemplary leadership and commitment to promoting and advancing diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in the osteopathic community. The award was presented virtually on Oct. 23 during the Osteopathic Medical Education Conference.

Feldstein, who has led PCOM since 2014, formed the President’s Commission on Racial Justice: Transforming Campus Culture, a cross-campus coalition created to advance PCOM’s commitment to inclusion and launched the 2025 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan to embed diversity, equity and inclusion at PCOM.

The Masterman soccer team. Courtesy of Tyler Weiss

Jewish Soccer Coach Leads Masterman High School to First Championship Win
Jewish coach Tyler Weiss led the Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School boys’ soccer team to its first-ever Public League championship on Oct. 27 against Abraham Lincoln High School. The Masterman team won 2-1 in double overtime during the championship match.

According to Weiss, more than a third of the team’s players are Jewish, including the goalkeeper, who saved two of four penalty shots during a semifinal game against Central High School on Sept. 27, securing the Masterman win.

Upon winning the game, players rushed into the crowd of more than 250 people with tears in their eyes, Weiss said.

“Jewish athletes are always undermined,” Weiss said. “This just showed they don’t need to be undermined anymore.”

This is Weiss’ first year coaching at Masterman High School. He coached Team Israel in this year’s Philadelphia International Unity Cup. Masterman had its first match in the state tournament on Nov. 9.

                                                           — Compiled by Andy Gotlieb and Sasha Rogelberg

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