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Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame


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(PHILADELPHIA, PA) The Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Adolph and Rose Levis Museum (PJSHOF) is celebrating its 16th anniversary by honoring nine new individuals at a reception to be held on Monday, May 20, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at the Gershman Y (Broad and Pine Streets, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19147).  The 2013 inductees include Ellen Barkann, Bob Brooks, Larry Brown, Fred Cohen, Josh Cohen, Ron Cohen, Bonnie Kay, Marc Rayfield and Pillar of Achievement honoree, Jed Margolis.  In addition, the 2013 JCC Maccabi Games® Team Philadelphia Graduating Athletes will receive special recognition.  Tickets may be purchased for $185 via credit card by calling 215-900-7999 or by writing to  by May 6, 2013. Mail checks to the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, 401 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19147. Seating preference requests will be considered.  Al Shrier is serving as ceremony chairman; Jay Goldberg, nominating committee chair; Harriet Beloff Goodwin; décor chair; and Louis Schmidt, publication chair.   Deborah P. Weiss is the director and Stephen H. Frishberg is chair of the board.

The inductees into the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame represent the best of the best, those individuals and teams who, through perseverance, dedication, superior talent and skills, have risen to the top of their respective sports.   Their names and achievements are celebrated within the walls of the museum.   Each PJSHOF inductee has been involved in sports as an athlete, coach, manager, administrator, team owner, or as a member of the media.   They must have at least one Jewish parent and have lived within, or competed within the five county Greater Philadelphia area.   They have joined a special group of approximately 130 past honorees.  This year's special class includes one of the most successful coaches in basketball history, one of the winningest football coaches in Philadelphia high school history, a top radio broadcast manager and more:

Ellen Barkann. a competitive figure skater, achieved the highest level in all disciplines of her sport: singles, pairs and ice dancing.   In 2012 she created a nonprofit, The Barkann Family Healing Hearts Foundation, whose mission is to provide grants and financial assistance to families in the area who are overcome by family crisis, long term illness or sudden loss of life.

Bob Brooks was a multi-talented athlete as the starting pitcher on the University of Pennsylvania’s baseball team and a three-year starter on the basketball court who earned All-Ivy and All-State honors his senior year.  He is a longtime community volunteer.

Larry Brown is one of the most successful basketball coaches, college or pro, of all time.  He is the only head coach to lead teams to an NBA title (Detroit 2004) and an NCAA Championship (Kansas 1988).  He is also the only coach in history to lead eight different NBA teams to the playoffs.  He also is the only U.S. male to both play and coach in the Olympics, winning Gold Medals in 1964 and 2000 and is enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.  He is currently the head basketball coach at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. 

Fred Cohen achieved a stellar basketball career in high school and the upper levels of the college game.  Playing for the Temple Owls, he set an NCAA playoff record for rebounds that remains intact: 34!  He played with All-Americans Hal Lear and Guy Rogers; their 1956 team went to the NCAA Final Four. He went on to graduate Yale Law School and has had a distinguished law career as a professor then activist and author in the area of correctional mental health law.

Josh Cohen ranked among the top ten tennis players in the world in U.S. Juniors and number one nationally in every USTA age group from 12-18; he won the International Grass Court Championship and competed in all four Grand Slams and reached the quarterfinals in the French Open. In 2012, Billie Jean King named him head coach of her team, the Philadelphia Freedoms. 

Ron Cohen has been the head football coach at George Washington High School for the past 28 years and is the winningest coach in Philadelphia City history.  He has been named Coach of the Year on nine different occasions.  He holds the city record for most playoff wins with 55 and has coached seven Big 33 football stars, including four players who have gone on to play in the NFL.

Bonnie Kay has been a Philadelphia area competitor in golf tournaments for over 40 years, having won the Women’s Stroke Play Championship and the Mixed Pair Championship as well as various country club championships. As a proud player in two Maccabi Games® in Israel, she won a team Silver in 1985 and a team Gold in 1997.  She is a consulting psychologist to Fortune 500 corporations, city and state agencies and private family owned companies.

Marc Rayfield is senior vice president and market manager of CBS, Inc. where he is currently responsible for live broadcasts of the Phillies, Eagles and Philadelphia Union as well as Temple, St. Joe's and Villanova athletics. His purview at CBS includes oversight of KYW Newsradio, WIP, WOGL, WPHT and   

Pillar of Achievement honoree, Jed Margolis has been dedicated to using sports to strengthen Jewish identity and pride and love for Israel throughout his 40 years working in the JCC World and at Maccabi USA where he has served as executive director since 2002.   One of the many highpoints in his Maccabi USA tenure came in 2009 when he was honored as a member of the Maccabi USA Leadership Team by The National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.   He also represented the USA as a member of the Masters Men’s Gold Medal Basketball Team, coached by NBA Legend Dolph Schayes, at the 1995 Pan Am Maccabi Games® in Uruguay.
The mission of the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame is to provide the community with tangible and lasting evidence of the past, present and future of Jewish sportsmen and sportswomen in the Greater Philadelphia area and to instill community pride in Jewish accomplishments in the field of sports and the role sports has played in preserving Jewish culture.   The hall and museum reflect the obstacles Jews had to overcome in order to excel in sporting endeavors locally, nationally and internationally; portray the instrumental role sports has played in Jewish life; and provide continuity to future generations of Jewish athletes.   The PJSHOF is open Sunday through Friday and provides tours by request.  Please call 215-900-7999,write   or visit  to learn more.


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