Philly Faces

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

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...
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Philly Faces: Fencing Phenom Maia Weintraub

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Maia Weintraub is 18 and trying hard not to think about how much she’s already accomplished. One doesn’t get to the cusp of Olympic-level...

Philly Faces: Sharon Geller

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Two Jews are standing on a street corner in Berlin in 1940. One says, “I know for a fact that, every morning at 10:30, Hitler...

Philly Faces: Aidan Nadell

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Teenagers don’t typically spend a lot of time thinking about their legacies. Impressions, sure, but legacies are a decidedly less frequent topic of thought...