News Briefs: Gimbel Great-Granddaughter Dies, NMAJH Announces Leonard Bernstein Exhibit, Not All Kosher at Michigan Prison

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Philadelphia World Heritage City Film Now Available in Hebrew

The film commemorating the historic designation of Philadelphia as the United States’ First World Heritage City is now available in Hebrew.

The Global Philadelphia Association, which created the film, said that “in this global world and economy, materials and collateral must be available in a variety of languages.” Hebrew is one of the eight languages in which the film is available.

The film was written and narrated by University of Pennsylvania History of Art Professor David B. Brownlee and produced and directed by filmmaker and former mayoral candidate Sam Katz. It looks at the city’s formation and development; examines the city’s leadership role in art, transportation, urban planning and medicine; and touches upon the growth of the city’s neighborhoods.

Great-Granddaughter of Gimbels Founder Dies at 91

Sally Gimbel Taussig, the great-granddaughter of Gimbels Department Stores founder Adam Gimbel, died Oct. 10 at her Huntingdon Valley home. She was 91.

Taussig was the granddaughter of Ellis A. Gimbel, a former Gimbels chairman and a Philadelphia philanthropist and the daughter of Colonel Richard Gimbel, a former company executive.

Taussig managed the Ellis A. Gimbel Foundation for the entertainment of underprivileged children for nearly 50 years.

NMAJH Details Leonard Bernstein Exhibit for 2018

The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) announced the Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music exhibit will be on display from March 16 through Sept. 2, 2018.

The exhibit is billed as “the first large-scale museum exhibition to illustrate the famed conductor and composer’s life, Jewish identity and social activism.” It will include about 100 historic artifacts, including Bernstein’s piano, conducting suit, family heirlooms, original films and immersive sound installations.

Abramson Center Opens Memory Care Program

Abramson Senior Care opened the doors of its new memory care program on Oct. 1.

Located on the Bryn Mawr Hospital campus, the program includes the state-of-the-art Edna Young Gordon Healthy Brain and Memory Center, which provides support for dementia patients and their family members, and a primary care practice.

The center is an outpatient program designed to help families navigate the stages of Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive impairments causing dementia. It will provide a clinical team of medical specialists, nurse practitioners, social workers, psychologists and therapists who work with patients and their families to develop comprehensive care plans that address both medical and social needs.

Clients also have access to other Abramson Center services, such as home care and post-hospital rehabilitation, as needed.

Michigan Jewish Prisoners File Suit for Kosher Meals

Jewish inmates in Michigan filed suit Oct. 9 in U.S. District Court claiming that the Michigan Department of Corrections is denying them kosher meals, mlive.com reported.

The suit contends that there are 50 to 100 Jewish prisoners approved for kosher meals who aren’t receiving them.

An original suit filed in 2013 on behalf of a single inmate said the corrections department’s policy “forces Jewish prisoners to eat vegan meals that are not made in a kosher manner,” according to mlive.com.

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