Reader Contributions

SaraKay Smullens

An Extremely Wonderful Job, and How It Impacts My Work Now As a Therapist

By SaraKay Smullens My favorite place of employment, by far, was Jewish Family Service of Philadelphia. Please bear with me for a moment of this...
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What I Learned from Israel’s Women Leaders

By Kristine Gross Unlike most people active in the pro-Israel community, until recently I had never been to the Jewish state. I converted to Judaism more...
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Kobe Bryant’s JCC Connection: A Personal Recollection

By David Bellet 9 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 24. MSNBC morning news break- in: “We have a report of a helicopter crash in the hills northeast...

Israel Visit Proves Enriching

By Jennie Kerson Pritzker and Toba Kerson Our family has returned from a magical week on Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s 2019 Intergenerational Hanukkah Mission...
Happy Thanksgiving written next to some squashes


By Ilana M. Fish Ever since meeting my husband, Adam, the holiday of Thanksgiving has taken on a different meaning for me. There's the obvious mushy...
Rabbi Robert Leib with Francesca Perotti and Giuseppe Cavali

Unexpectedly Stumbling Upon a Unique Jewish Destination in Italy

By Rabbi Robert S. Leib Sometimes, life’s unexpected surprises are to be found at arm’s length or, quite literally, around the corner! But I digress...
The Allman Brothers Band

Summer 1971: Sun, Fun, Love and the Allman Brothers

By Alan Fineberg In the summer of 1971, I was a not-so-innocent 17-year-old Central High graduate. So naturally, the rite of passage was to spend...

Bat Mitzvah Project Impetus for Fundraising Event

By Sherry Wolkoff An idea that started as a Bat Mitzvah project evolved into a successful fundraising event Involving 10 talented teen solo performers and teen bands from...

A Family Discovery in Vienna

By Bruce Shanzer We found the cemetery rather easily. No surprise there. It goes by the name Wiener Zentralfriedhof and it is one of the largest...

I Played Baseball with the Philadelphia Phillies

By Ronni Finkel Robinson I played for the Philadelphia Phillies for four days. I had a home uniform, away uniform, took batting practice in the tunnels...