Community Briefs: Einstein Appointee, Moving Traditions, More

Ken Levitan. Courtesy of Einstein Healthcare Network

Einstein Healthcare Network Appoints Ken Levitan as President and CEO

Einstein Healthcare Network’s board of trustees named Ken Levitan as president and CEO.

evitan has served as the network’s interim president and CEO since Jan. 1, succeeding Barry Freedman, who retired in December.

Levitan most recently served as chief administrative officer, with oversight of strategic partnerships and alliances and responsibility over human resources, information services, strategy/planning and performance improvement and government relations.
He will lead Einstein through completion of the merger with Jefferson Health.

“We believe that Ken’s leadership qualities, intimate knowledge of Einstein and insights will greatly benefit Einstein as we integrate with Jefferson Health,” said Lawrence S. Reichlin, chair of the board of trustees.

Levitan also worked for Einstein between 2005-’15 before leaving to become executive director in the health care provider practice at Ernst & Young.

Einstein, which was founded in 1865 as the Jewish Hospital, counts about 1,000 beds and more than 8,700 employees in Philadelphia and Montgomery County.

From left: Moving Traditions Board Chair Rabbi Darcie Crystal and co-founder and CEO Deborah Meyer. Courtesy of Moving Traditions

Moving Traditions Founder and CEO to Step Down Next Year
Moving Traditions co-founder and CEO Deborah Meyer announced that she is stepping down at the end of March 2022.

“Together, for more than two decades, and during the challenging last 14 months, we have nurtured the wellbeing, resilience and compassion of more than 28,000 Jewish youth, within Jewish community,” Meyer wrote. “We have trained and coached more than 2,200 adults to mentor youth.”

“Now we are helping Jewish clergy and educators to support Jewish preteens and teens as they leave social isolation and navigate the return to in-person activities, in this profoundly changing world.”

The organization’s board of directors formed a transition committee that will search for Meyer’s successor.

“It has been an honor to work closely with such a talented and visionary leader,” said Rabbi Darcie Crystal, who chairs the organization’s board of directors. “This is a bittersweet moment for all of us connected to the organization.”

Moving Traditions says it “emboldens youth by fostering self-discovery, challenging sexism and inspiring a commitment to Jewish life and learning.” The organization said that, to date it has worked with more than 28,000 preteens and teens and trained more than 2,300 adults as family education program leaders.

Scholar-in-residence at Congregation Beth El to Discuss ‘Plagues, Libel & Suspicion’
Congregation Beth El of Yardley will host at 1 p.m. on May 23 its virtual scholar in residence, Tzafrir Barzilay, a Kreitman Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Ben Gurion University, on the topic of “Plagues, Libel & Suspicion.”

Barzilay, who is the author of the forthcoming book, “Poisoned Wells: Accusation, Persecution, and Minorities” by the University of Pennsylvania Press, will talk about how the aftermaths of plagues — such as the pandemic — historically have unleashed social unrest, wars, famines and waves of violent antisemitism.

Visit to register on Zoom.


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