Community Briefs: The Rooster Crows for the Last Time and More


Pennsylvania Well-Represented in International Maccabi Games

Pennsylvania will send 26 athletes, a coach, four accommodations managers, a doctor and the USA team manager to the upcoming Pan American and European Maccabi Games, the 2019 Games Organizing Committee announced.

The Pan American Maccabi Games are slated for July 5-15 in Mexico City and the European Maccabi Games are set for July 28-Aug. 7 in Budapest, Hungary.

Pan American participants include Jake Block of Washington Crossing, juniors soccer; Ethan Clearfield of Richboro, open futsal; Jamie Goldberg of Philadelphia, certified athletic trainer; Moses Kresch of Hershey, open beach volleyball; Mitchell Kurtz of Wynnewood, accommodations manager; Emily Levy of Philadelphia, doctor; Emily Lorry of Wynnewood, open soccer; Jordan Lubell of Maple Glen, open tennis; and Louis Moyerman of Philadelphia, USA team manager.

Others are Iris Nafshi of Bryn Mawr, masters triathlon; Devra Pulley of Abington, accommodations manager; Philip Pulley of Huntingdon Valley, accommodations manager; Thea Rosenzweig of Bryn Mawr, juniors field hockey; Corey Sherman of Penn Valley, open basketball; Ethan Sirken of Solebury, juniors soccer; Howard Snyder of Bryn Mawr, masters soccer; David Solomon of Radnor, masters soccer; Joshua Warmund of Merion Station, masters soccer; Samuel Welks of Harrisburg, juniors swimming; and Rachel White of Bryn Mawr, open soccer.

European Maccabi participants are Hannah Binder of Holland, juniors basketball; Amanda Colton of Lafayette Hill, open field hockey; Erin Cord of West Grove, open equestrian head coach; Sarah Edelson of Blue Bell, open field hockey; Adam Feldman of Wyomissing, masters fencing; Stuart Greenberg of Philadelphia, accommodations manager; Jeremy Horn of Wynnewood, open basketball; Sam Iorio of Orefield, open basketball; Claire Pave of Newtown, juniors fencing; Devon Scharf of Merion Station, open field hockey; Joshua Sultanik of Bala Cynwyd, juniors swimming; and Maia Weintraub of Philadelphia, juniors fencing.

Foxman Torah Institute Raises $619,000 During 24-hour Campaign

The Foxman Torah Institute in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, said it raised nearly $620,000 in a 24-hour campaign June 4-5 that was conducted on crowdfunding website Charidy. More than 1,200 donors participated. The campaign was intended to raise enough money to support Torah education for one year.

The Institute serves Cherry Hill and Greater Philadelphia.

Michael Solomonov  and Steve Cook
From left: Michael Solomonov
and Steve Cook (Photo by Michael Persico)

The Rooster Crows for Last Time

CookNSolo restaurant The Rooster — originally known as Rooster Soup Co. — closed on June 8, according to Philadelphia Magazine.

“As you might expect, the cause is financial,” wrote owners Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook in a letter to supporters. “Although the restaurant started strong two and half years ago, for well over a year we have been funding losses out of pocket in an effort to buy time for the Rooster to find its footing. For a restaurant whose fundamental premise is to generate funds for our non-profit partner, this has become an untenable and counterproductive situation.”

The restaurant opened in 2017 as a mission-driven, for-profit that donated its profits to the Broad Street Ministry. The idea originated in 2014 as a gourmet soup restaurant using unneeded chicken parts from Federal Donuts’ kitchen as a recipe base. The restaurant rebranded as The Rooster in 2018 as a Jewish deli.

Noted Ophthalmologist Dies at 94

Ophthalmologist Richard A. Ellis, whose charitable trust endowed the Richard A. Ellis Lecture at the Wills Eye Hospital Annual Conference, died June 2. He was 94.

Ellis practiced in both Center City and Bala Cynwyd and performed eye surgery at Wills Eye Hospital.

A graduate of Thomas Jefferson Medical School, Ellis completed his residence at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. He later spent four months overseas under the aegis of missionary Ronald Holland performing cataract surgery for the underprivileged in India and Pakistan.

A varsity basketball player at Overbrook High School and St. Joseph’s College, he enjoyed athletics throughout his life, playing tennis until the age of 90 on his backyard court.

Ellis married Gilda Rand Mann in 1949. She is the daughter of Fredric R. Mann, a former U.S. ambassador to Barbados and a local arts patron for whom the Mann Center is named.

Ellis is survived by his wife; daughters Jane E. Gitomer, Eve Ellis, Marsha Ellis and Susan Ellis; and three grandchildren.

Israel Tennis Centers Hosts Exhibition

Israel Tennis Centers (ITC) held an awareness and fundraising exhibition and reception on June 5 in Bala Cynwyd.

Four teens from Israel performed drills and spoke about their experiences with the organization, which will be renamed Israel Tennis and Education Centers. Two American teens also played two of the Israel teens.

There are 14 ITC centers in Israel, with most located in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas. Although tennis is the main draw, participants also receive meals, tutoring and emotional support, in addition to tennis instruction. Programs offered include coexistence, youth at risk, immigrant acculturation and special needs.


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