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Nostalgia

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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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Pioneers

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...
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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...
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Business

  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...
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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.
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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...