Community Briefs: Sisters Notch Perfect Attendance and More

Charlotte Broder Shapiro
Charlotte Broder Shapiro (Courtesy of the Shapiro family)

Charlotte Broder Shapiro Dies at 91

Charlotte Broder Shapiro, who served as director of guides for the Philadelphia Museum of Art Fairmount Park Houses, died April 19, daughter Liz Shapiro said. She was 91.

The lifelong Philadelphian was the widow of former Jewish Exponent Executive Editor Charles S. Shapiro.

Shapiro continued as a guide after her tenure as director ended. She spent much time clothing the historic dolls in the Lemon Hill Mansion and, when she couldn’t find suitable clothes anywhere, she made them herself.

Shapiro also joined Friends of Independence National Historic Park, where she helped create and oversaw Philadelphia Open House, a program to promote and celebrate historic and new architecture and sites.

She served for many years on the committee for the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft show, was a board member of the Fairmount Park Preservation Trust and a lifelong member of Congregation Rodeph Shalom. She also was a Montgomery County Democratic committeewoman.

Shapiro grew up in the Oak Lane section of Philadelphia and, later, Cheltenham. She graduated from Cheltenham High School and then Syracuse University.

Shapiro is survived by her daughters Liz Shapiro and Susan (David) Quatresols, son Chuck (Melissa Rickertsen) Shapiro, brother George (Nancy) Broder and four grandchildren.

Montara and Mykali Bader
Montara and Mykali Bader (Courtesy of the family of Mykali Bader)

Sisters Notch Perfect Attendance — Throughout School

Mykali Bader, a senior at the Math, Science & Technology Community Charter School in Philadelphia, recorded perfect attendance from kindergarten through 12th grade — and her 11th-grade sister Montara is on the same path. They live in Philadelphia.

“Once I learned of their achievement, I always imagined that perhaps Mykali, who’s never won a trophy or any special recognition, even though she has earned all As on her report cards almost every semester, would at least hear her name mentioned at her high school graduation for her unusual, but amazing achievement,” mother Jacquelyn Bader said. “Now, because of the pandemic, of course, she will have no graduation, no prom and no senior class trip. She’ll never have that moment of hearing her name and feeling special.”

Mykali Bader plans to attend Pennsylvania State University in the fall.

Or Hadash Hosts Virtual Holocaust Memorial

Or Hadash, a Reconstructionist Congregation in Fort Washington, presented a virtual Holocaust memorial gathering on April 26, which honored Holocaust survivor Bertha Schwarz.

Schwarz shared her story of survival as a young girl during the Holocaust, through the loss of family and homes, fleeing the Nazi and French Vichy regimes to arrive in Palestine on Rosh Hashanah in 1945.

In addition, Or Hadash congregants vocalist Daniel Schwarz (son of Bertha Schwarz) and harpist Cheryl Kripke Cohen shared a recorded performance
of “Zog Nit Keyn Mol” (Partisan Song), which was a symbol of resistance against Nazi Germany’s persecution of the Jews during the Holocaust.

The Or Hadash memorial is available for viewing at

Foulkeways Residents Help Buy 10,000 Masks

Residents at Foulkeways at Gwynedd joined forces to help buy 10,000 surgical masks that were delivered to various hospitals.

Residents raised more than two-thirds of the $23,600 cost, with the remainder covered by the Long family. Resident David Long first suggested the idea and his son, John, who runs LLB, a point of purchase display company, handled the execution.

The masks were distributed to eight hospitals between Reading and Philadelphia.

Performer Appears with National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene

Rebecca Keren Eisenstadt, whose parents live in Newtown, was a featured performer in the May 6 Facebook Livestream show “On the Air: Vintage Radio Plays from the Golden Age of WEVD Yiddish Radio” with the National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene.

The performance featured two episodes from “A Velt Mit Veltelekh” by Nahum Stutchkoff in Yiddish with English translation subtitles. 


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