The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Main Event is always a large and spirited celebration, and this year was no exception. Nearly 1,000 people filled the Kimmel Center on Wednesday, November 15th to help us celebrate and honor the leadership of our Immediate Past President Bud Newman. The event décor was an homage to Bud’s farm in New Hope, complete with hay bales, vegetables and even a friendly goat named Gizmo.

Following an emotional tribute to Bud from Board Chair Susanna Lachs Adler and Jewish Federation President and CEO Naomi Adler, guest entertainer Jill Kargman, executive producer and star of Bravo’s Odd Mom Out, commanded the audience’s full attention with her insightful, often witty observations on Jewish life. This record-breaking event was a wonderful tribute to Bud Newman and to the commitment of our Greater Philadelphia Jewish communities.

Lecia and David Markowitz

Campaign chairs Rhonda and David Cohen, Current Board Chair Susanna Lachs Adler, President and CEO Naomi Adler, Judy and immediate past Board Chair Bud Newman

Campaign chairs Rhonda and David Cohen, Current Board Chair Susanna Lachs Adler, President and CEO Naomi Adler, Judy and immediate past Board Chair Bud Newman

Event co-chairs Rebecca and Ben Kirshner, keynote speaker Jill Kargman and co-chairs Hallee and David Adelman

Bud Newman and his family

Robert and Sisy Aerenson, Beth Blum, Steve and Beth Brand

Ilan Sussan, Stu Goodman, Deborah Gordon Klehr, Danielle Weiss and Mitch Sterling

Shira Goodman, Susan Schwartz, Margie Honickman, Phyllis Fischer, Rena Kopelman and Gail Norry

Lynne Honickman, Dean Adler, Aviva Silberberg and Tamar Silberberg Shiffman

Adam Laver, Jen and Michael Wilner and Marc Erlbaum

Bud Newman delivers a heartfelt speech to event attendees