On Thursday, November 14th, over 850 attendees from all over the Greater Philadelphia region flocked to the Kimmel Center for the Jewish Federation’s 2019 Main Event. This year’s event highlighted the Jewish Federation’s work in the realm of communal security and combatting anti-Semitism. The program culminated in a passionate keynote address from Bari Weiss, New York Times columnist and author of the new book How to Fight Anti-Semitism, earning a standing ovation. Thanks to ticket revenues and generous sponsorships, the Main Event raised over $950,000 for our Jewish communities.


Main Event 1
Main Event Co-Chairs Warren Klein and Jamie Klein, Jewish Federation Board Chair Susanna Lachs Adler, Main Event Co-Chairs Amy Brownstein and Marc Brownstein


Main Event 2

NextGen Reception Co-Chairs Brett Benton and Allison Benton, keynote speaker Bari Weiss, NextGen Chair Matt Shipon
Main Event 3

Sherri Middleburg, Ilene Saidel, Fran Orkin, Karen Dayno, Rachel Baum, Amy Wittenstein, Karen Kramer
Main Event 4

Josh Klein, Michael Heller, Dan Rubenstein, Adam Heller
Main Event 5

Steve Brand, Beth Brand, Vicki Gottlieb, Kevin Gottlieb
Main Event 6

Gerald Reisenbach, Cookie Riesenbach, Art Karafin, Bobbi Karafin
Main Event 7

Paula Solomon, Mark Solomon, Jewish Federation President & CEO Naomi Adler

Jewish Federation Board Chair Susanna Lachs Adler delivers her impactful remarks. To read her speech, click here.
Main Event 8

The audience absorbed in the program
Main Event 9

Joshua Society Reception Co-Chairs Bill Spiegel and Sherrie Spiegel, keynote speaker Bari Weiss, and Co-Chairs Jill Kurtzman and Chip Kurtzman
Main Event 10

Tony Schneider and Bud Newman
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Guests having fun!

Thank you to all for another successful Main Event! Want to see even more photos from the evening? Click here.