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Into the Mainstream

As the Jews moved out of the ghetto, their buinesses followed them to Center City and other pockets of the city.
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Jewish businesses sprouted up downtown and uptown; and, without knowing it, a number of entrepreneurs were establishing the basis for longstanding retail presences in...
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Ross Berkowitz

  Ross Berkowitz Ross Berkowitz has made a career of creating opportunities for local Jews.   Over the past nine years, he has overseen the dramatic expansion of...
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Ross Born

  Ross Born Ross Born was, well, born to make and sell candy — lots of it.    It wasn’t part of his original plan. He was in...

Ron Rubin

  Ron Rubin At 80, Ron Rubin, real estate developer extraordinaire, is still trim, agile and very active. He works out for 90 minutes three times...


  With about $50 million in deposits and 135,000 customers, Bankers Trust was Philadelphia’s 10th-largest bank in the fall of 1930, a year after the...

Next Wave

The arts broke new ground as the 21st century began.
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That’s Entertainment

The arts flourished in Philadelphia by mid-20th century and continued to find all sorts of outlets, both professional and amateur.

Portraits of the Artists

Before and during the 20th century, Jewish expression in the arts was as varied as the Jews themselves.
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Warren Hoffman

  Warren Hoffman The nice Jewish boy from Broomall holds one of the keys to the future of Philadelphia’s Jewish arts scene. Warren Hoffman’s love for...