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L’chaim! A toast to another incredible year at the J

December 14 at 7:00pm

As we approach the year’s end, we invite you to celebrate our shared journey at L’chaim: A toast to another incredible year the J.

Please Join us: Thursday, December 14, from 7-9 pm at the Kaiserman JCC, with a pre-event cocktail hour from 6-7 pm.


During this special event, we will honor Phyllis Actman, an extraordinary contributor to our organization and community, and reflect with her on the impact of the remarkable 45 years she spent with us. We will also discuss the current state of the JCC, introduce new board members, bid farewell to departing ones, and recognize the dedication of our incredible JCC staff. As we come together, we’ll enjoy delicious kosher food and drink, enjoy fun giveaways, and get together as a community, making the evening truly memorable! This event is free, but pre-registration is required. Please find the RSVP form below!

* Our JCC Family Includes: Robert J. Wilf Preschool & Kindergarten, KidsTime, and Camp Kef parents Friends of the J  Summer Swim and Fitness Members JCC Staff Individuals who have contributed greater than $108 in 2023. We can’t wait to gather for an evening of appreciation, reflection, and togetherness as we raise a glass to another incredible year at the JCC!

We are so excited to have Secretary Al Schmidt join us to share a special message with our community!

Gov. Josh Shapiro appointed Al Schmidt as Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth on Jan. 17, 2023, and Schmidt officially became Secretary on June 29, 2023. Prior to his appointment, Schmidt was president and chief executive officer at the Committee of Seventy, a nonprofit, nonpartisan good-government organization focused on strengthening democracy and combatting political corruption. 

Before joining the Committee of Seventy, Schmidt served for 10 years as a Philadelphia City Commissioner. As a commissioner, Schmidt was one of three members on the bipartisan Board of Elections, where he was vice chairman. Since first being elected as city commissioner in November 2011, Schmidt worked to modernize election operations, improve efficiency, and bring greater integrity to the election process. 

Secretary Schmidt was also a senior performance analyst at the nonpartisan U.S. Government Accountability Office, where he conducted performance audits of federal programs on behalf of Democratic and Republican members of the U.S. House and Senate. He also served as a policy analyst for the Presidential Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States. 

Originally from Pittsburgh, Schmidt holds a doctorate in history from Brandeis University and a bachelor’s degree in history from Allegheny College. 

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