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Philadelphia Machers Share Their 2018 Resolutions
Jewish Exponent, Article by Selah Maya Zighelboim
Published Wednesday, January 3, 2018
millennials, so we can build our population.”

Marcia Bronstein, regional director, American Jewish Committee (AJC) Philadelphia/SNJ

“No. 1 is I want to learn enough 21st-century Yiddish words so I can have a conversation without inserting English. Whether it’s the computer, internet, syncing my phone, I want to learn all those things, so I don’t have to insert English … I’m going to travel more, kiss an elephant and do one thing each day to make the world a better place. I hope that 2018 will be a year when we can celebrate religious pluralism in Israel among all streams of Judaism and have equal access to the Wall for prayer and life cycle events. I look forward to celebrating the 70th anniversary of the state of Israel and consider it a privilege, as many in my family did not get to experience, firsthand, the miracle that is Israel.”

Barbara Nussbaum, president, National Council of Jewish Women Greater Philadelphia Section

“I want to continue working and advocating on behalf of issues that concern women, children and families and ensuring individual civil rights — that’s so important in our times — getting other people motivated to speak out on behalf of people who can’t speak out for themselves. Make this world safer, more peaceful and more tolerant, so that we can make things better for all people. As a grandmother, I want to feel that this world is going to be a better place in the coming year. I want to spend more time with my grandchildren and make sure they live in a world that’s tolerant.”

Paul Finkelman, president, Gratz College

“As the newly appointed president of Gratz College, I want to see this historic institution take its place as a local and national leader, serving Jewish communities in Philadelphia and across America. My goal is to establish Gratz as an intellectual and cultural haven where we can come together to discuss and debate the issues that confront us — while also welcoming students from around the world who choose to take part in our growing M.A. and Ph.D. programs.”

Sharon Pinkenson, executive director, Greater Philadelphia Film Office

“I had a wonderful lunch … with Janet Benton, author of Lilli de Jong, my favorite book this year. Janet convinced me that I should commit to writing for myself just one hour per month, recording my memories, good or bad, as essays. So that is my New Year’s resolution. Just the thought of it is cathartic.”; 215-832-0729