Philly Faces

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

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Philly Faces: Eli Robbins

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

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

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

Philly Faces: Lauren Rosen

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

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

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

Philly Faces: Rabbi Akiva Pollack

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

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

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

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...