The Latest from BZBI


Congregant Ivy Weingram featured in Philadelphia Inquirer Article About Leonard Bernstein Exhibit at NMAJH

Posted: March 15, 2018

Ivy Weingram, Associate Curator at the National Museum of American Jewish History and a member of BZBI, was featured in an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer about an exhibit she curated. Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music explores the musician’s Jewish identity and social activism in the context of his position as an American conductor and his works as a composer.

Congregants Penni Blaskey & Marcy Bacine to be Honored at Jewish Federation’s Women of Vision Fall Event.

Posted: September 1, 2017

On September 15, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Women of Vision will celebrate their leadership by honoring outgoing Chair, Penni Blaskey, and installing the new Chair, Marcy Bacine at their Fall Event. To learn more about the Federation’s, Women of Vision, read here.

Congregant Joseph Neubauer awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Technion Society

Posted: July 26, 2017

On June 12, 2017, the Technion friends and supporters met at their annual Board of Governors meeting, where BZBI congregant and Technion Guardian, Joseph Neubauer, was among the elite group of individuals to receive an Honorary Doctorate from the institute.

Congregant Beverly Socher-Lerner’s Makom Program Featured in the Jewish Exponent

Posted: July 7, 2017

BZBI congregant Beverly Socher-Lerner’s Jewish after-school program, Makom Community, was featured by the Jewish Exponent in their article, Makom Accelerating to Higher Ground in Center City. Makom recently received the attention of San Francisco Bay Area-based UpStart’s Accelerator program, which will provide tips and coaching for the growing Makom organization.

BZBI USY Recognized as a “Chapter of Excellence,” Receives Other Awards

Posted: May 23, 2017

We’re thrilled to announce that BZBI USY has been recognized by EPA/Hagesher Region as a Chapter of Excellence at the annual Spring Convention held on May 7, 2017.  In addition, our chapter was recognized for “Leadership Program of the Year: Board Retreat”, and “Religion-Education Program of the Year: Teaching Torah to Teens Shabbat series”. Yasher Kokh-khem to our wonderful USYers, Molly Flanigan chapter president, Shana Weiner, advisor, and Terri Soifer, Teacher of Torah to Teens!  Way to go USY!

BZBI “Sanctuary Shabbat” Featured in the Jewish Exponent

Posted: May 15, 2017

The Jewish Exponent covered BZBI’s May 13 “Sanctuary Shabbat” event, where we welcomed Mayor Jim Kenney and a panel of interfaith speakers to speak about Philadelphia’s status as a Sanctuary City and the New Sanctuary Movement in general. Click here to read the article, “Synagogue Hosts Immigrant-Focused Shabbat with Mayor Kenney.”

Arlene Fickler Featured in Jewish Women’s Archive Blog

Posted: May 9, 2017

Diana Myers, a senior at J.R. Masterman High School, profiles BZBI’s president Arlene Fickler through the eyes of a young feminist in her blog post for the Jewish Women’s Archive, “Different Stories, Same Meaning.”

Terri Soifer Comments on iCenter in the Jewish Exponent

Posted: April 30, 2017

The Exponent covers The iCenter, a nonprofit that seeks to enhance Israel education. Terri Soifer, BZBI community engager and one of iCenter’s iFellows, comments on her experience with the organization and how it guides her approach to teaching about Israel in the article, “iCenter Fellowship Encourages Broader Approach to Education About Israel.”

BZBI Congregant, Michael Carrier, Wins Antitrust Writing Award

Posted: April 6, 2017

The Antitrust Writing Awards honored Michael Carrier for his work, Citizen Petitions: Long, Late-Filed, and At-Last Denied, naming it best article of 2016 in the Intellectual Property category.

BZBI Congregant, Matt Whitehorn, received Pro Bono Service Award

Posted: April 5, 2017

Villanova Law School awarded Matt Whitehorn the Pro Bono Service Award.

BZBI Congregant, David Smith, To Be Honored at Jewish Learning Venture’s Seventh Annual Celebration

Posted: April 4, 2017

Jewish Learning Venture will be honoring congregant David Smith for his leadership and guidance on Sunday, April 30th, at their seventh annual celebration. David Smith oversaw the merger of the Jewish Outreach Partnership and Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education that resulted in the creation of Jewish Learning Venture.

BZBI Early Childhood Children Donate Six Trees for Tu B’Shevat

Posted: March 7, 2017

Thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Laurie Wagman Playschool and Abigail R. Cohen Preschool, JNF has planted six trees in Israel for “All Who Are in Need.”

BZBI Responding to the Mount Carmel Cemetery Vandalism

Posted: March 2, 2017

Rabbi Yosef Goldman has been interviewed about the vandalism in the Mount Carmel Cemetery. You can hear him on the BBC’s The World Tonight (at 32:05), on CBC’s As It Happens, on ABC News, and in the Washington Post. Our President, Arlene Fickler is quoted in Billy Penn.

Teaching Torah to Teens Featured in the monthly “National Informal STEM Education” e-newsletter

Posted: February 7, 2017

BZBI congregant Spencer Glantz, a bionengineering PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania has worked with The Franklin Institute to help develop Building with Biology activities. Terri Soifer, our BZBI Community Engager and Teaching Torah to Teens facilitator, worked with Spencer to bring this program to BZBI. Learn more here.

BZBI Congregant, Natalie Hess, Featured in the Jewish Exponent

Posted: January 9, 2017

BZBI congregant Natalie Hess was featured in the Jewish Exponent’s article, “NMAJH Honors MLK Day through Civil Rights Reflections, Full Program of Events” about her story as a Holocaust survivor and how it connects to her work within the civil rights movement.

Rabbi Ira Stone Featured in Hadassah Magazine

Posted: January 2017

BZBI’s Rabbi Emeritus, Ira Stone, was quoted in Rahel Musleah’s article “Mussar: Jewish Spirituality for the Modern World.” Rahel, (BZB’s congregant Rabbi Musleah’s daughter) reflects on the history of the modern day interest in Mussar and explains Rabbi Stone’s connection with Mussar.

Denine Gorniak Featured on “Living Well with Pat Nogar”

Posted: December 6, 2016

Our bookkeeper and bicycle chef, Denine Gorniak, has a segment on LMTV’s “Living Well with Pat Nogar” sharing her favorite recipe for stuffed cabbage. Click here to watch the episode, where she is the third chef featured. You can email Denine for suggestions on how to make a kosher version of her recipe.

Mazel Tov to Jeanette and Joe Neubauer

Posted: December 1, 2016

Mazel Tov to Jeanette and Joe Neubauer for being named a Dame and Knight Grand Cross in the Order of Saint Gregory the Great for their dedication and exceptional service to the World Meeting of Families Philadelphia.

Mazel Tov to Adam E. Laver, JFCS’ New Board Chairman

Posted: September 1, 2016

Mazel Tov to our BZBI member, Adam Lave, on assuming the role of Board Chairman of Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia.

Tamar Fox Profiled

Posted: July 11, 2016

Learn more about BZBI congregant, Tamar Fox, and her life as a write, elected official, and a foster parent.

Mazel Tov to Joseph Neubauer

Posted: May 27, 2016

Mazel Tov to BZBI congregant, Joseph Neubauer, on being honored at the National Museum of American Jewish History Only in America Gala in New York City.

Rabbi Abe Friedman Comments on Kitniyot in the Jewish Exponent

Posted: April 14, 2016

The Exponent covers the Conservative Movement’s ruling in November that now permits Ashkenazi Jews to eat kitniyot on Passover. Rabbi Friedman comments on the ruling in the article, “Passover Arrives with a Bigger Menu.”

“BZBI’s True Colors” by Masters Group Design

Posted: March 8, 2016
At BZBI we work with our member, Lisa Weinberger’s creative team at Masters Group Design. We love working with Vicki, Benjamin, and Lisa, and they wrote a wonderful blog post explaining how their work with our website has led to further branding initiatives.

Congregant Ilana Trachtman receives the Signature Grant!

Posted: January 11, 2016
Mazal Tov to our member Ilana Trachtman, recipient of a Signature Grant from the Covenant Foundation! Ilana will be working with the Seattle Jewish community on a collaborative theater/video performance that explores the Biblical narrative of Rachel and Leah.

Cindy Citron Featured in the Jewish Exponent

Posted: December 21, 2015
An informative article about our Neziner Hebrew School Principal Cindy Citron and how she has worked with resources in the Philadelphia Jewish community to help support her aging parents. Click here to read the article, “There’s No Place Like Home Care.


Congratulations, Adam!

Posted: December 4, 2015
We are very proud of our member, Adam Laver, having been awarded the Ben Levy Community Service Award from the Brandeis Law Society.

New Rabbis, New Year, New Messages

Posted: September 11, 2015 in The Jewish Exponent
By Rachel Kurland and Marissa Stern

Philadelphia Welcomes Rabbi Abe

Posted: July 29, 2015
The entire BZBI family welcomes Rabbi Abe Friedman to Philadelphia. By the looks of this video, a lot of other Philadelphians are excited that he has moved to Philadelphia, too.

BZBI Welcomes Rabbi Abe from Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel on Vimeo.

Beth Zion-Beth Israel Names Its New Rabbi

Posted: July 9, 2015 in The Jewish Exponent
By Marissa Stern

Torah and Haftarah Commentaries are now online!

Posted: April 30, 2015
Weekly Torah commentary from the Jewish Theological Seminary and Haftarah commentary from the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem are now only a click away. Find them on our Worship page.


Rabbi Goldman and Rabbi Lewis Featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer

Posted: April 15, 2015
A beautiful article about our own Rabbi Yosef Goldman and Germantown Jewish Centre‘s Rabbi Annie Lewis about love, relationship-building, and their road to parenthood. Click here to read the article, “The Parent Trip: Annie Lewis and Yosef Goldman of Mount Airy”.

Graphic Novelist’s Debut: ‘A Bintel Brief’ about Jewish Life in Old New York

Posted: February 22, 2015 in
By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer

National Jewish Leadership Development Program Launched in Philadelphia

Posted: January 22, 2015 in The Jewish Exponent

Rabbi Ira Stone Honored for 25 Years of Leadership

Posted: October 28, 2013 in The Jewish Exponent
By Michael Elkin