Philly Faces

Monthly Q&A series profiling local Jews in their 20s and 30s.

Philly Faces: Sophie Don

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At just 29, Sophie Don manages one of the most prominent Holocaust memorials in the United States. Don is the senior manager of programs for...
Eli Robbins is a cuban Jew with his dark hair tied back in a bun. He is smiling and wearing blue-rimmed glasses and standing in a field.

Philly Faces: Eli Robbins

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When Eli Robbins moved to Philadelphia in 2014, his first job was designing animal habitats for local zoos. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in architectural...

Philly Faces: Tessa Haas

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By Leah Snyderman Tessa Haas, 24, wouldn’t call herself an artist. During her high school summers, she would attend precollege programs and take classes in the...

Philly Faces: Faryn Borella

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Faryn Borella, 29, of Philadelphia is looking to effect change on a systemic level.

Philly Faces: Lauren Rosen

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Former Duke Blue Devils point guard Jay Williams dished out a ton of assists to his teammates in the early aughts, powering them to...

Philly Faces: Elijah Tomaszewski

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Elijah Tomaszewski, 29, began his Tribe 12 fellowship in January. Tomaszewski’s project is a little different than that of the typical Tribe 12 fellow;...

Philly Faces: Michal Furman

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Michal Furman, 26, is fairly certain that she is the first Israeli-American officer in Philadelphia Police Department history.

Philly Faces: Rabbi Akiva Pollack

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There wasn’t anything quite like the organization Russian American Jewish Experience in Philadelphia before Rabbi Akiva Pollack showed up.
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Philly Faces: Rhonda Saltzman and Mercedes Brooks

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With more time on their hands, and a moment to catch their breath, the sisters decided that the time had come to make their dream a reality.

Philly Faces: Ben Berman

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In 2021, the most exclusive pizzas in Philadelphia aren’t being baked at Tacconelli’s, Pizzeria Beddia or any of the other usual suspects. The hottest pies...