Newsmakers the Week of April 30, 2015


Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin is named to a major new post by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

Rabbi Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin has started as Chief Program and Strategy Officer of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. Ordained at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, Glanzberg-Krainin previously served the RRC/Jewish Reconstructionist Communities as vice president for community engagement. In addition to her title as rabbi, she holds a Ph.D. in religion and culture from Temple University, with her B.A. from Brown University. She is married to Rabbi David Glanzberg-Krainin, religious leader of Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, with whom she has three children.

Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom, the Distinguished Service Rabbi of Congregation Adath Jeshurun in Elkins Park, has been voted in as president of the Jewish Social Policy Action Network, effective May 1. The longtime religious leader of Adath Jeshurun before retiring last summer, Rosenbloom has held a variety of communal roles over the years, including service to the Human Relations Commission of Cheltenham Township, where he was appointed in 2012, and the Old York Road Community Organization, which he helped form.

Folkie Chuck Brodsky’s 11th album, Tell Tale Heart, features a number, “A Dane Was a Dane,” that is a tribute to the Danish people who helped save Jews from the Nazi onslaught during World War II. Playing on the soundtrack is his niece, accomplished young violinist Katianna Nardone. Brodsky recently completed his annual spring training tour of Florida concert dates timed in conjunction with his longtime love of the Phillies, whose Grapefruit League home base is, of course, Clearwater, Fla.

Popular and acclaimed novelist Pam Jenoff, whose past works include The Kommandant's Girl, has authored The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach, set in Atlantic City and Philadelphia during World War II. A Penn Law School honors grad, Jenoff is also a clinical law professor at the Rutgers University/Camden School of Law.

Rob Quattro, who heads up the IT program for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, has been honored as one of the 2015 Top IT Pros by the Philadelphia Business Journal, with ceremonies held recently at the Sonesta Philadelphia Hotel. He was cited for his work in engineering the use of the new Constituent management system at Jewish Federation.

Temple Menorah Keneseth Chai will celebrate its 90th anniversary with festivities on April 26. The temple calls itself “the first and oldest synagogue in Northeast Philadelphia.”
Rabbi Yael Levy of Congregation Mishkan Shalom will be honored for 20 years of service with a special function to be held at the Roxborough synagogue on May 2.


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