Community Briefs: Couple Sponsors Ambulance for Magen David Adom and More

Court: Friends’ Central Discrimination Case Can Proceed

A federal court ruled that a lawsuit alleging Friends’ Central School wrongfully fired two teachers who invited a Palestinian professor to speak to students in 2017 can move forward, billypenn.com reported.

The school’s motion to dismiss the discrimination case was rejected by the U.S. Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania.

Former Friends’ Central English teacher Ariel Eure and history teacher Layla Helwa contend their civil rights were violated after they were fired for scheduling a pro-Palestinian talk with Swarthmore College professor Sa’ed Atshan. They said the disciplinary backlash against them was more than white teachers experienced and also allege that school officials smeared their reputations after the firing.

Although the suit can proceed on the racial discrimination claims, the court did dismiss discrimination claims of a religious and sexual nature. Both teachers are gay and Eure is African American, while Helwa is a Muslim of Egyptian and Puerto Rican descent.

Challah for Hunger CEO to Depart

Challah for Hunger announced that CEO Carly Zimmerman will leave the organization on Aug. 19 after six years to become BBYO’s senior relationship director.

While the board forms a CEO search committee, Chief Operations Officer Loren Shatten will serve as interim CEO.

During her tenure, Zimmerman doubled the number of local chapters and oversaw significant growth in the organization’s revenue and budget, according to a Challah for Hunger press release. The growth allowed her to lead the development of new programs like the Campus Hunger Project.

“I am excited to see the organization grow and continue mobilizing communities across the country to take action against hunger,” Zimmerman said.

Jewish Federation Announces Young Leadership Awards

The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia announced this year’s Young Leadership Awards — bestowed upon three young Jewish community members who represent the best of Jewish values in their professional careers and in their contributions to the Jewish community.

Lauren Danneman received the Mrs. Isadore Kohn Young Leadership Award, Stu Goodman won the Jack Goldenberg Young Leadership Award and Ben Kirshner received the Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Young Leadership Award.

Danneman serves on the Commission for Jewish Life and Learning and Women’s Philanthropy Board. At the Jewish Federation of Delaware, she has for the past eight years served on the Israel and Overseas Committee and previously co-chaired the Ben Gurion Society.

Goodman is a member of both the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Board of Trustees and its Committee for Israel and Global Strategy. On a national level, he is a member of the Jewish Federation of North America’s National Young Leadership Cabinet.

Kirshner is the founder and chairman of Tinuiti, a 600-person digital performance marketing agency. He serves as a board member at Tivity Health, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Perelman Jewish Day School and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Corporate Council.

The award ceremony will take place on Sept. 11.

Susan and Evan Krisch in front of a Magen David Adom ambulance
Susan and Evan Krisch (Photo courtesy of American Friends of Magen David Adom)

Couple Sponsors Ambulance for Magen David Adom

Susan and Evan Krisch of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, donated an ambulance for Magen David Adom, Israel’s national EMS, blood services and disaster relief organization.

The ambulance was donated at an Aug. 5 ceremony at the Chabad Lubavitch of Camden County.

The ambulance will be used in Kfar Chabad, a community in central Israel.

“It is particularly meaningful to us that this ambulance will be sent to Kfar Chabad, a community that represents both the Zionistic pioneer spirit that inspired our parents and the Chabad community that supported our entire family,” the Krischs said.

Businessman, Jewish Philanthropist Ira M. Ingerman Dies at 81

Jewish philanthropist and businessman Ira M. Ingerman died Aug. 4 from pancreas and lung cancer, according to his family. He was 81.

After graduating from Temple University in 1959, he practiced as a CPA, then formed a business partnership with Stanley Ginsburg in 1969. He served as president of Arrow Display Co. and Sparks, as well as Magic Marker Corp. Later, he was involved in real estate development and management through Equivest Development Inc.

Ingerman was a longtime supporter of Ben Gurion University of the Negev, served on the board as treasurer for the American Associates of Ben Gurion University and was a member of the university’s board of governors. He and his wife Eileen were benefactors of the Ginsburg-Ingerman Overseas Student Program (OSP), an immersive study abroad program.

He also was a contributor to a number of other Jewish charities, namely Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, as well as a longtime supporter of other educational and health care-related causes.

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