Lower Merion's Felice Weiner helps shape the classical sound of Philadelphia, among a multitude of other volunteer efforts.
Mitzvah Hero: As the Philadelphia Orchestra prepares for its season opening gala concert on Sept. 25, Felice Weiner knows a thing or two about noteworthy contributions to the city’s cultural landscape: She is chairwoman of the board of the volunteer Rittenhouse Square Committee, which programs lecture luncheons to benefit the world-class orchestra.
What It’s All About: Now celebrating her 40th anniversary of working with the committee, the University of Rhode Island grad recalls her salad days with the group — literally: “Since I was the youngest on the committee” in 1973, “and we served the attendees from the buffet set up by a caterer, I was given the salad to serve.” Her service has been more main course since: She was committee president for five years before her current position as board chair.
Not a One-Time Thing: “Music has always been an integral part of my life," Weiner says. She learned to play piano as a child. Today, she tunes up to host the Magic of Music 2013 benefit for the orchestra in her Wynnewood home.
Good for Her: “I have always believed that giving back to the community through my volunteer work is a very important part of my personal code,” notes Weiner.
In addition to being an active member with her family at Main Line Reform Temple, she's a board member of ElderNet of Lower Merion and Narberth; a member of the Social Action Committee of the Religious Action Center in Washington, D.C.; and an active member of the Maternity Care Coalition, which, early on in its history, she served as chair for its Early Head Start board. She founded the Greater Philadelphia chapter of the ALS Association (her mother succumbed to the disease at age 56). And, if all that's not enough, she's been voted in as a member of the Lower Merion Board of Commissioners for eight years.