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Photos: Wexler Gallery Opening Party

Lewis Wexler, and Sherri Apter Wexler owners of Wexler Gallery Celebrated The Opening Of Their New Philadelphia Location at 1811 Frankford avenue last month. It was formerly in the historic district of Old City where they opened in 2000.

Pei-ru Keh editor of Wallpaper Magazine, with gallery owners Lewis Wexler, and Sherri Apter Wexler and furniture designer Jomo Tariku, Jomo Design Furniture. The four of them participated in a panel discussion about current trends in design and art.

Wexler Gallery, opened a flagship showroom at 1811 Frankford Avenue in the heart of Philadelphia’s bustling Fishtown neighborhood, definitely Philly’s new vibrant art and cultural center.

The new gallery space will serve as Wexler’s flagship location and feature a roster of established and emerging artists, as well as the main offices for the Wexler staff complete with meeting space for clients and customers.

Lana Masor, Gallery Manager at Wexler Gallery NYC and Samantha Goldberg

They have another gallery in Manhattan 200 Lexington Ave.

Lauren Rufrano, Jomo Tariku, Justin Wesley, and Mark Allen
Nick Missel, contemporary Sculpture, patent attorney, artist Ben Gillespie, lighting designer and owner of Ovuud and Jessica Uphoff, URBN

Thanks to my photographer Talya Hailey who shot this for PCC as I had two other events. It was definitely a party I missed. So many fun and talented people attended. Being a creative brings such personal joy of accomplishment.

Marsha Moss, Public Art Curator & Consultant, Jill Sablosky, Sculptor and Crystal Cuevas
Crystal Cuevas, Claudia Volpe, and Micah Monroe

Occupying a former pretzel factory built in 1910, the 11,000-square-foot gallery features a dramatic, 35-foot-high central atrium topped by large skylights cut out of the timber ceiling.

Franz Rabauer, Brian Daggett, X, and Kelly
Jerome Maury, Sherri Wexler, gallery owner, Stephanie Giesecke, and Nina Halper

The Wexlers aspire for the gallery to serve as a cornerstone, drawing in other artistic hubs like Corridor, and numerous others within the Crane Arts building vicinity (I always thank the Zimmerman sisters for really helping this area after they opened InLiquid nearly a decade ago in the Crane Arts Building), along with the Clay Studio and the recently inaugurated Ray Philly, a residential complex featuring artists’ studios on the ground floor, supported by collector Dasha Zhukova. It’s becoming a very exciting area, great for weekend strolls.

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Photos: Jewish Federation’s Lion of Judah

First an important message from Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia: Once again, on a holy day of the Jewish calendar, the people of Israel have come under attack. Once again, the brave military forces of the State of Israel are responding and will defend our beloved Jewish state.  And, once again, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia will act immediately and comprehensively to support our brothers and sisters as they defend Israel. INFO & Donate

In September The Jewish Federation hosted The “Annual Lion of Judah” event. It’s an associated with the Lion of Judah society, which is a recognition program within the Jewish Federation system. The Lion of Judah program is designed to honor and celebrate women who make significant contributions to their local Jewish communities and support various philanthropic efforts.

Lindsay Davidman, Sherrie Savett, Susanna Lachs Adler, Judy Newman, Miriam (Mimi) Schnerirov, Shelby Zitelman, Ande Adelman, Gail Norry, and Tracey Gordon.

Women who participate in the Lion of Judah program make substantial annual donations to their local Jewish Federations, and they often come together at an annual event or gathering to network, celebrate their accomplishments, and learn about the impact of their philanthropic work.

Sarah Lefkowitz and Karen Kramer

A woman who is a Lion of Judah can endow her annual gift to the Jewish Federation of $5,000 or more by establishing a LOJE, ensuring that her support for the Jewish community continues even after she is gone. A Lion of Judah creates a LOJE by establishing a minimum fund of $100,000 or more in her name during her lifetime or by putting a bequest in her will.

Julie Von Spreckelsen and Pamela Adelman

By endowing her gift, she joins a long honor roll of women who have elected to take this step to sustain Jewish life. A Lion may choose to enhance her Lion of Judah pin by adding a flame, known in Hebrew as or l’atid, to recognize this eternal commitment.

Rachel Schweartz and and Judy Newman

The “Lion of Judah” is a symbolic term often used in the context of Judaism and also within certain Christian traditions. In Judaism, the term “Lion of Judah” represents one of the titles given to the biblical patriarch Judah, one of the twelve sons of Jacob.

Carol Landis, Sherrie R Savett and Rachel Porat

The “Lion of Judah” is used to symbolize strength, bravery, and leadership, often in a religious or cultural context.

Rebecca Baer, Shelby Zitelman and Allison Goodman
Jennifer M Brier and Michelle Levin
Heather Jacobsohn and Sherrie Spiegel
Allison Goodman and Michael Markman

Thanks to PCC team photographer Kathy Leister for shooting this event for us.

The name “Lion of Judah” is symbolic, representing strength, leadership, and a commitment to improving the world through charitable and philanthropic endeavors. The exact nature and details of the Annual Lion of Judah Event can vary from one Jewish Federation to another, but it typically involves recognition and appreciation of the contributions of women who are part of the Lion of Judah program.

(Jewish Philly)