Larry Brown Among Nine Philly Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Inductees


Brown coaching the SMU Mustangs

— by Debbie Weiss

The Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Adolph and Rose Levis Museum (PJSHOF) will be celebrating its 16th anniversary by honoring nine new individuals at a reception to be held on Monday, May 20 at the Gershman Y.  

The 2013 inductees include Ellen Barkann, Bob Brooks, Larry Brown, Fred Cohen, Josh Cohen, Ron Cohen, Bonnie Kay, Marc Rayfield and Pillar of Achievement honoree, Jed Margolis. In addition, the 2013 JCC Maccabi Games’ Team Philadelphia Graduating Athletes will receive special recognition.

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The inductees into the PJSHOF represent the best of the best: those who through perseverance, dedication, superior talent and skills, have risen to the top of their respective sports. Their names and achievements will be celebrated within the walls of the museum.  

Each PJSHOF inductee has been involved in sports as an athlete, coach, manager, administrator, team owner, or member of the media. They must have at least one Jewish parent and have lived within, or competed within, the five-county Greater Philadelphia area. They have joined a special group of approximately 130 past honorees.  

This year’s special class includes one of the most successful coaches in basketball history, one of the winningest football coaches in Philadelphia’s high school history, a top radio broadcast manager, and more.

  • Ellen Barkann, a competitive figure skater, achieved the highest level in all disciplines of her sport: singles, pairs and ice dancing. In 2012 she created a nonprofit organization, The Barkann Family Healing Hearts Foundation, whose mission is to provide grants and financial assistance to families in the area who are overcome by family crisis, long term illness or sudden loss of life.
  • Bob Brooks was a multi-talented athlete as the starting pitcher on the University of Pennsylvania’s baseball team, and as a three-year starter on the basketball court who earned All-Ivy and All-State honors in his senior year. He is a longtime community volunteer.
  • Larry Brown is one of the most successful basketball coaches, at college and professional levels, of all time. He is the only head coach to lead teams to an NBA title (Detroit Pistons, 2004) and an NCAA Championship (University of Kansas Jayhawks, 1988). He is also the only coach in history to lead eight different NBA teams to the playoffs. He also is the only U.S. male to both play and coach in the Olympics, winning Gold Medals in 1964 and 2000, and is enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. He is currently the head basketball coach at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.  

    Fred Cohen playing for Temple, 1956

  • Fred Cohen achieved a stellar basketball career in high school and the upper levels of the college game. Playing for the Temple Owls, he set an NCAA playoff record for 34 rebounds in one game, that remains intact. He played with All-Americans Hal Lear and Guy Rogers, and their 1956 team went to the NCAA Final Four. He went on to graduate Yale Law School and has had a distinguished law career as a professor, then activist and author in the area of correctional mental health law.
  • Josh Cohen ranked among the top ten tennis players in the world in U.S. Juniors, and number one nationally in every USTA age group from 12-18; he won the International Grass Court Championship, competed in all four Grand Slam tournaments, and reached the quarterfinals in the French Open. In 2012, Billie Jean King named him head coach of her team, the Philadelphia Freedoms.  
  • Ron Cohen has been the head football coach at George Washington High School for the past 28 years and is the winningest coach in Philadelphia’s history. He has been named Coach of the Year on nine different occasions. He holds the city record for most playoff wins with 55, and has coached seven Big 33 football stars, including four players who have gone on to play in the NFL.
  • Bonnie Kay has been a Philadelphia area competitor in golf tournaments for over 40 years, having won the Women’s Stroke Play Championship and the Mixed Pair Championship as well as various country club championships. As a proud player in two Maccabi Games in Israel, she won a team Silver in 1985 and a team Gold in 1997. She is a consulting psychologist to Fortune 500 corporations, city and state agencies, and private family-owned companies.
  • Marc Rayfield is the senior vice president and market manager of CBS, Inc. where he is currently responsible for live broadcasts of the Phillies, Eagles and Philadelphia Union as well as Temple, St. Joe’s and Villanova athletics. His purview at CBS includes oversight of KYW Newsradio, WIP, WOGL, WPHT and cbsphilly.com.    
  • Pillar of Achievement honoree, Jed Margolis has been dedicated to using sports to strengthen Jewish identity and pride and love for Israel throughout his 40 years working in the JCC World and at Maccabi USA, where he has served as executive director since 2002. One of the many highpoints in his Maccabi USA tenure came in 2009, when he was honored as a member of the Maccabi USA Leadership Team by The National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. He also represented the USA as a member of the Masters Men’s Gold Medal Basketball Team, coached by NBA Legend Dolph Schayes, at the 1995 Pan American Maccabi Games in Uruguay.

Golden Slipper Provides Children With School Supplies

(Left to right in back row) Nanci Gilberg, GSC Needs coordinator, GSC members Jay and Robin Cohen and Patti Isakov, and GSC president Stephen Frishberg are thanked by students from the Paley Center who received their bags of school supplies.

— by Scott D. Bluebond and Ann Hilferty

The Golden Slipper Clubs & Charities (GSC) is celebrating its 90th birthday in 2012, as it continues to find new and creative ways to help people in need of their services. Recently, one of the arms of the GSC, its Human Needs and Services (HUNAS) division, launched a school supply drive for children in the Philadelphia area.

Donations by GSC members were collected to buy the supplies. Pens, pencils, erasers, crayons, glue sticks, safety scissors, rulers, etc. were placed in the 50 new school bags that were donated by GSC members Jay and Robin Cohen. Committee members, led by GSC needs coordinator Nanci Gilberg, delivered the bags on Thursday, August 16 to the Samuel Paley Early Learning Center, 2199 Strahle Street in Northeast Philadelphia. The children receiving those bags are graduates of the Center and attended the Paley school.

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(Left to right) Paley Center students listen attentively to former Golden Slipper camper Ashley Barlow as GSC member Jay Cohen, GSC needs coordinator, Nanci Gilberg, GSC members Robin Cohen and Patti Isakov, and GSC president Stephen Frishberg (seated) look on.

(Left to right) Nanci Gilberg, GSC needs coordinator, GSC members Robin and Jay Cohen and Patti Isakov, GSC president Stephen Frishberg, Samuel Paley Early Learning Center director, Sandy Chernow, and FELS President & CEO, Maddy Malis.

The Paley Center is just one location of the Federation Early Learning Service (FELS). Regarded as a leader in the field for nearly a century, FELS, a non-profit agency, has provided quality programs to the Jewish and secular communities since 1911. They enroll infants, toddlers, preschool and school age children from diverse economic, religious and racial backgrounds on a year-round basis in their eight centers and three public school sites. They have been providing classroom support for children with special needs and helping their families identify and obtain resources that are vital to their child’s optimum development.

The GSC executive director is Paul Geller and the president is Stephen H. Frishberg. States Geller:

GSC is best known in the community for its wonderful summer camp for children, a college scholarship fund for deserving students, a center for senior citizens now in two locations, and other initiatives. But our umbrella is wide, and we help children in others ways in addition to the camp.

Adds Frishberg:

HUNAS (Human Needs and Services) provides emergency assistance to families and individuals who are in need in the Philadelphia region. It has helped families provide loved ones with medical devices, air conditioners, furniture, clothing, and even vital medication. GSC has funded requests for special shoes and leg braces for the physically challenged and eye care for individuals of all ages. We’ve provided assistance in many heartbreaking situations, preventing devastating circumstances. This initiative to help school children is a perfect way for our organization to march into the fall season.”

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Golden Slipper Club & Charities, celebrating 90 years in 2012, has taken a hands-on approach to support programs and services for the Greater Philadelphia area’s youth, needy and elderly, with some 600 active men and women who volunteer their time to serve people in need. Golden Slipper’s motto is charity, good fellowship and loyalty, first and foremost, in all its endeavors. It provides charitable services to those in need in the community. Golden Slipper Camp sends approximately 600 children to overnight camp in the beautiful Pocono Mountains. Golden Slipper Center for Seniors provides a daytime activities facility which offers social and recreational activities and meals for over 300 senior citizens. Other programs offered to help the community include HUNAS (Human Needs and Services) which gives emergency grants to those in need and the Slipper Scholarship Program, which provides college scholarships to deserving and promising young students.

Golden Slipper Club Makes Special Delivery to HUP


(Left to right) Roy Kardon, president of the Golden Slipper Center for Seniors, Stephen H. Frishberg, president of Golden Slipper Club & Charities, board member Gil Klein, member Barbara Frishberg, and Burt Rose, past president of Golden Slipper Club & Charities with assistant to the president, Celeste Rose (seated).

— by Scott D. Bluebond

The Golden Slipper Clubs & Charities is well known in the community for its unmatched summer camp for children, a college scholarship fund for deserving students, a welcoming center for senior citizens, and many other initiatives. It has now added yet another new endeavor: delivering challah on Friday evenings and Jewish holidays to hospitalized Jewish patients at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Challah is a special often braided bread that is eaten on the Jewish Sabbath and on holidays; it is being provided by Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia.

Under the leadership of Roy Kardon, president of the Golden Slipper Center for Seniors, Golden Slipper members are training at HUP, located at 3400 Spruce Street in Philadelphia, prior to the commencement of the delivery program. It is expected to be fully operational in August. The GSC executive director is Paul Geller and the chair of the board is Stephen H. Frishberg.

“Our mission is wide, and this is yet another wonderful family service charitable program” states Paul Geller. Adds Steve Frishberg: We’ve provided assistance in so many ways. This new initiative is one designed to warm the heart.”

Golden Slipper Club’s 90th Anniversary Gala Raises $100,000


Honorary gala co-chairs (L) Ron Rubin of Narberth and (R) Ed Rosen of Bryn Mawr with
(C) gala co-chair Jerome Muchnick of Philadelphia.

— by Scott D. Bluebond and Ann Hilferty

On the evening of Thursday, June 7, 2012, the Golden Slipper Club & Charities (GSC) hosted its 90th annual anniversary gala at Vie at 600 N. Broad Street in Philadelphia. The gala co-chairs were Jerome N. Muchnick and Barbara Frishberg, the tribute book co-chairs were Nanci and Ken Gilberg and Joseph H. Levine, the honorary co-chairs were Edward H. Rosen and Ronald Rubin, the young gala co-chairs were Megan and Brian Gilberg and Rachel Giuliano and Matthew Bagell, and the executive director is Paul Geller. Approximately 213 guests enjoyed fabulous food, cocktails, live music with Eddie Bruce, dancing and more, all to benefit GSC.

The evening looked back throughout Golden Slipper history by honoring past presidents, gold medallion recipients, and Horatio Alger honorees. These individuals created the Golden Slipper overnight camp, the Center for Seniors, a scholarship program for college students, and the human needs and services program. They also celebrated the induction of the second term of club president, Stephen H. Frishberg and the incoming officers and board members.

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Chair Debra Rasansky of Radnor (right) swears in president, Stephen Frishberg of Blue Bell (left).

Frishberg comments on the evening: “I say with some humility that it was a most glorious evening, seeing all of our past leaders and honorees reconnect and interact. I cannot convey the warmth in the room and the fun that was had by all who attended…and cannot say enough about the service and honor and glory that each of our honorees have brought to Slipper at the time that they either served as president of the Club, the Home, the Center for Seniors, the Camp, or received our Horatio Alger award for services to the Camp, or gold medallion honor for their charitable services to the Jewish community at large.” This event raised approximately $100,000 to fund the many programs and services provided on a daily basis by Golden Slipper Clubs & Charities.


Honorees David Fineman of Merion Station (left) and Sherman Leis of Bala Cynwyd (right) accept a 90th Anniversary Pin.

Golden Slipper Club & Charities, celebrating 90 years in 2012, has taken a hands-on approach to support programs and services for the Greater Philadelphia area’s youth, needy and elderly, with some 600 active men and women who volunteer their time to serve people in need. Golden Slipper’s motto is charity, good fellowship and loyalty, first and foremost, in all its endeavors. It provides charitable services to those in need in the community. Golden Slipper Camp sends approximately 600 children to overnight camp in the beautiful Pocono Mountains. Golden Slipper Center for Seniors provides a daytime activities facility which offers social and recreational activities and meals for over 300 senior citizens. Other programs offered to help the community include HUNAS (Human Needs and Services) which gives emergency grants to those in need and the Slipper Scholarship Program, which provides college scholarships to deserving and promising young students.


Chair Debra Rasansky of Radnor (right) swears in the Golden Slipper Club & Charities executive committee (from left): Rabbi Eric Yanoff of Dresher, Sherry Horowitz of Wynnewood, Brian Levine of Dresher, Celeste Rose of Philadelphia, Betsy Klausman of Bala Cynwyd, Matt Bagell of Philadelphia, Megan and Brian Gilberg of Philadelphia, Ed Caine of Bryn Mawr, Howard Lapensohn of Gladwyne, Marc Feller of Wyncote, Fred Kaplan of Maple Glen and David Levy of Rydal.

Family Food Distribution Day Helps 220 Needy South Jersey Families

Collaboration between Golden Slipper Club & Charities and Samost Jewish Family & Children’s Service Brings 253 Volunteers Together to Help the Cause


Volunteers line up to prepare boxes of food for those in need in South Jersey.

— by Scott D. Bluebond and Lara Barrett

(VOORHEES, NJ) Golden Slipper Club and Charities and Samost Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Southern New Jersey (JFCS) hosted the first Family Food Distribution Day in Voorhees on Sunday, June 3, 2012. Volunteers traveled to warehouse space donated by NFI Industries in Voorhees, New Jersey to help to pack and deliver supplemental food boxes to over 220 families in need in Camden, Gloucester, Burlington and Cumberland Counties in South Jersey. The day represented a way to give back to the community, family style, for volunteers from toddlers to senior citizens.

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Volunteers from Golden Slipper Club & Charities and Samost Jewish Family & Children’s Services load cars for food deliveries.

155 adults and 98 children came out to support this cause. A long line of yellow volunteer shirts weaved throughout the warehouse — each person with a smile, a heart full of giving, and an arm full of food.Children who were not busy packing food were able to enjoy a special craft activity about food and charity. The day was as meaningful to the volunteers as it was for those who received a box at their doorstep. Family Food Distribution Day was a huge success, and another such day is sure to follow. Over $4,000 worth of food was delivered.

Family Food Distribution Day is just one of the many ways that Golden Slipper Club & Charities helps out the community. Others include activities for seniors, camps for children, and emergency grants for those in need. Samost Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) of Southern New Jersey offers senior homecare and support, special needs programs, mental health counseling, and food pantries. JFCS also offers support groups and community seminars offer coping strategies and help individuals, couples, and families learn new and effective ways of dealing with the challenges and transitions in their lives.


Golden Slipper Club & Charities chair of the board Steve Frishberg helps keep the volunteers organized.

Golden Slipper Club & Charities, celebrating 90 years in 2012, has taken a hands-on approach to support programs and services for the Greater Philadelphia area’s youth, needy and elderly, with some 600 active men and women who volunteer their time to serve people in need. Golden Slipper’s motto is charity, good fellowship and loyalty, first and foremost, in all its endeavors. It provides charitable services to those in need in the community. Golden Slipper Camp sends approximately 600 children to overnight camp in the beautiful Pocono Mountains. Golden Slipper Center for Seniors provides a daytime activities facility which offers social and recreational activities and meals for over 300 senior citizens. Other programs offered to help the community include HUNAS (Human Needs and Services)
which gives emergency grants to those in need and the Slipper Scholarship Program, which provides college scholarships to deserving and promising young students.


Golden Slipper Club member Janet Levine pitches in.

Samost Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JFCS) of Southern New Jersey has been providing comprehensive, caring social services to South Jersey residents of all ages, faiths, and economic backgrounds – strengthening the individual, the family, and the community, for over 65 years. JFCS is dedicated to helping people successfully meet the challenges of daily life. They are a nonprofit human services agency that provides quality, affordable, and accessible social services to Jewish individuals and families in need. JFCS places the highest value upon treating people with dignity and respect and are guided by the Jewish tradition of helping people help themselves. JFCS services are available to residents of Camden, Burlington, and Gloucester Counties in Southern New Jersey. No one is ever turned away because of financial hardship.

Group Picture (L-R): GSC volunteers in front in yellow shirts: Barbara and Steve Frishberg,
Megan Gilberg, Robin Cohen, and Brian Gilberg. JFCS volunteers in back in green shirts:
Jessica Gomel-Veksland, Steven Veksland, Mike Staff, and Michael Veksland.

Seder Held For 400 Seniors In The Greater Philadelphia Area


Over 400 guests enjoyed this year’s Golden Slipper Club Seder.

The Golden Slipper Club of Philadelphia‘s tradition of holding a Passover Seder for the senior Jewish community continued in 2012. This year’s Seder took place at Har Zion Temple in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania on Monday, March 19, a short time before this year’s actual Passover holiday on April 6-12, 2012. Passover is a holiday in which Jews celebrate their liberation from slavery to freedom.

This year’s Seder committee members, along with events coordinator, Ann Hilferty and executive director, Paul Geller, worked hard coordinating the various entities to make the Seder run smoothly. The 2012 committee includes co-chair Jackie Gilberg and Michael Simon, as well as members Chuck Barsh, David Biloon, Jeffrey Brenner, Robin Cohen, Bob Gilberg, Jessica Gomel, Charlie Hoffmann, Roy Kardon, Howard Levin, Linda Ostach, Barry Sacks, Dan Singer, Shelby Simmons, Lee Tabas, and Scott Wechsler. Stephen H. Frishberg is Club president.

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Golden Slipper Club President Stephen H. Frishberg addresses the Seder guests. (L-R) Golden Slipper Club member Cantor Sherman Leis, Frishberg, Club member Rabbi Fred Kazan, and guest Cantor Lisa Litman.

The Golden Slipper Seder may be the only one that these appreciative guests attend each year. The seniors look forward to seeing friends from other centers, dancing to the music of Hal Martin, singing with Lisa Litman and Sherman Leis, hearing prayers, enjoying stories by Rabbi Kazan’s and, of course, a delicious meal provided by Betty the Caterer. Over 400 seniors enjoyed the Seder, as thousands of others have over Golden Slipper’s 90 year history.

Each year, approximately 40 Golden Slipper members volunteer and/or attend the Seder. They organize
transportation of the seniors from various centers including the Golden Slipper Center for Seniors, Klein JCC, Tabas House, and Ner Zedek-Ezreth in Northeast Philadelphia and as far away as Saltzman-Dubin House in New Jersey. They ride buses with the guests, escort them from their buses to the tables, set up, clean up, and generously sponsor tables and donate goods and services. Golden Slipper Club extends is thanks to all those who volunteered or donated services.



Golden Slipper Club & Charities, celebrating 90 years in 2012, has taken a hands-on approach to support programs and services for the Greater Philadelphia area’s youth, needy and elderly, with some 600 active men and women who volunteer their time to serve people in need. Golden Slipper’s motto is charity, good fellowship and loyalty, first and foremost, in all its endeavors. It provides charitable services to those in need in the community. Golden Slipper Camp sends approximately 600 children to overnight camp in the beautiful Pocono Mountains. Golden Slipper Center for Seniors provides a daytime activities facility which offers social and recreational activities and meals for over 300 senior citizens. Other programs offered to help the community include HUNAS (Human Needs and Services) which gives emergency grants to those in need and the Slipper Scholarship Program, which provides college scholarships to deserving and promising young students.