Adults & Families

Zach Simmons Gathers Insight Into Israel Through Postal History

By Adam Grobman

Stamp collecting is a hobby that stretches back to 1840, beginning with the issue of the first adhesive stamp in the United Kingdom - the Penny Black - which featured the image of Queen Victoria.

Ever since that first label clung to common envelopes, collectors have clutche…

A Year Later, Retired JFS Director Barry Stein Stands Tall Again

By Adam Grobman

In February 2020, the coronavirus was just beginning to go global. Handwashing and sanitizer use was skyrocketing, but the words “social distancing” and “ face masks” were still unfamiliar.

Jewish Family Service was preparing for its premier event of the year, a lec…

Community Copes With a Year of Pandemic Restrictions

By Mary Klaus


Marilyn Klein longs to hug her five grandchildren and see Broadway plays in New York City.


Michael Coleman misses going out to dinner with friends.


Arlynn Weber would like to go back to the gym and travel. Kristin Messner-Baker misses seeing her children hang ou…

Doctor with Local Roots Says “Stay Positive” in the Midst of COVID-19

By Mary Klaus

Originally published 2/12/21

          Dr. Josh Glick sees the glass as half full.

          Glick, assistant professor of emergency medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, has been dealing with …

Michael Brenner’s Drive For Success Marked with Quiet Generosity

When Michael Brenner was a young man, he learned the ins and outs of running his family automotive business.

Years later, he and his younger brother, Eddie, became the third generation of the family to do so.  They ran Brenner Family of Dealerships together for years until Eddie’s untime…