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NMAJH: Young Friends – National Museum of American Jewish History Celebrate Purim

Masquerade Ball in celebration of Purim took place at the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) March 9, 2017


Bryan Leib, Jessica Barmash, Jake Markowitz, Miranda Rosenberg and Michael Spanier

Nearly 200 Young Friends and their friends came out to enjoy the night, donning masks and their dancing shoes.


Scott Utish, Alex Weiner and Shana Golen

The mission of the Young Friends of NMAJH is to inspire and involve the young professional community (ages 21-40) of Greater Philadelphia through social, educational, networking, and philanthropic programming celebrating American Jewish history and culture.

Lauren Cooper and Karim Merchant

Lauren Cooper and Karim Merchant

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Instructors from Society Hill Dance Academy were on hand to demonstrate their skills, and then they taught a class.

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And the Young Friends really enjoyed themselves

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Their was a great silent auction to raise additional funds

Ali Sayer and Perry Zuares

Ali Sayer and Perry Zuares


Katie Walker, co-chair, Mike Farrell, Stephanie Farnell and Peter Eldridge

Josh Kaufman, Katie Bouchard, Rebecca Harvey and Ryan Taylor

Josh Kaufman, Katie Bouchard, Rebecca Harvey and Ryan Taylor

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The Young Friends played fun games that kept them smiling all night long. It was kinda a musical chairs game.


Dana Krimker, Lisa Rothstein, Avriel Finder, Rena Asher and Alex Marder


Alex Lakner and Sophia Genkin


NMAJH Young Friends Board

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Chair, Shana Golen
Programming Committee Co-Chairs, Alicia Broudy and Irene Lax
Outreach Committee Chair, Brielle Weinstein
Finance Officer, PJ Koob
Young Friends Board Members at Large, Elijah Dornstreich, Zachary Golen, Ken Greenberg, Benjamin Hirsh, Melissa Hochbaum, Rachel Hollander, Jacob Markovitz, Berel Rapoport, Steven Share, Ali Sayer, Michael Swift, Alex Weiner, and Andrew Zakroff

Interested in joining a committee? Please email



Ellen DeGeneres Tweets She’s Coming To Philly and Shutting down Walnut Street #ElleninPhilly

 Ellen DeGeneres Tweets She’s Coming To Philly: ‘I’m Going To Shut Down A Couple Of Blocks’
Ellen and I follow each other, it’s true. 66.2 Million people are following her, and she’s following 36ks. I don’t know why she picked me but hopefully she’s going
to tip me off to why she’s closing a few blocks in Philly on Wednesday. Yes you heard it right, she just tweeted this.

Since she follows me I thought we should have lunch while she’s in town

UPDATE most of new info is at bottom of post


One of my readers on FB says Ellen is debuting her shoe line on QVC on Thursday, so maybe that’s why she’s in town. She’s gonna give us all shoes?
I could always use a nice pair.


I read her tweet moments after she tweeted it while I was enjoying Ravioli’s at Scarpetta – Philadelphia
cause you know it’s National Ravioli Day.

When I left I walked up and down Walnut Street, well at least 5 blocks of it near Rittenhouse Square, and I did find No Parking Signs, so maybe
The Ellen Show will be doing something on the 1700 & 1800 block of Walnut. Or it could be for the movie Untouchable, which is filming maybe in a lovely kitchen of someone’s
penthouse apartment on the Square, or who knows these days they could be putting up another high rise or digging up the street.

One thing I do know for sure, people are loosing it over #ElleninPhilly cause my Instagram got 396 likes, and 40 comments in less than an hour. It’s kinda a sad since it took me nearly a ha;f a day to get that many likes when I got married, but whatever, I guess I never give away $10,000 from Shutterfly or a car, or have Christmas presents for my audience.

Road Closures for #ElleninPhilly

Anywhoo, let’s start a hashtag #ElleninPhilly so we can all keep track of what’s going on, I promise to let you know, what I know, when I find out.

OH wait I just got an update from someone in the KNOW – It’s the 1600 Block of Walnut Street, sometime in the afternoon.




Photos: The 31st Annual Madam CJ Walker Luncheon

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc. Presents the 31st  Annual Madam CJ Walker Awards Luncheon and My Business My Legacy Economic Empowerment Seminar! In the morning during the first half of the event, a complimentary business seminar provides over 200 women participants with information that will assist with achieving overall personal, professional, and business financial goals. The Economic Empowerment Seminar features a panel of experts with a focus to empower women to become financially independent. The economic empowerment seminar is FREE and open to all women in the community.

CJKatrina King and Wilhemina Gibson

Carol A. Robinson and Darisha Miller (PR for luncheon)

CJDuring the cocktail hour before the luncheon the women were able to shop for fashionable accessories


Vanessa Boamah and Rev. Lorina Marshall-Blake, President of the IBC Foundation


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Bettye Duncan reads the program before the luncheon begins

CJCouncilman Kenyatta Johnson and Alicia Burbage

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Notables, honorees and speakers walk into the ballroom to the tune of Whitney Houston’s “I’m Every Women”

Michaela Angela Davis is a writer on African-American style, race, gender and hip-hop culture in the United States. She is also a fashion expert and an “image activist” was the keynote speaker at the event and Linda Watson is the President of the Pennsylvania Chapter of CJ Madam Walker

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Mistress of ceremonies, Monique Braxton of NBC10 who has hosted the event for nearly a decade, spoke of the unity of all women of color

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Congrats to Tiffanie Stanard for being awarded the PECO Energy Power to the Community Award!

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Haniyyah Sharpe-Brown,  City of Philadelphia, Councilwomen Blondell Reynolds Brown, Monique Wescott, Pat Evans and Asha Wescott, Gift of Life Donor Program
BTW buy your tickets today for the Gift of Life Party
On April 7
CJLatanya Barrett and Sheila Crabbe

CJBriana Jones and Brenda L. Thomas, author of Women on Top and Secret Service

CJMarcia Bing, ‎Judge Vincent Melchiorre and Asya Richardson


Mabel Wellborn, Julie Welker (Still glowing from her daughter NBC’s Kristen Welker’s wedding the week before) and Tina Sloan Green

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Madam CJ Walker (Sarah Breedlove} has been proclaimed as the first female self–made millionaire and most successful African American entrepreneur in American history. To honor Women’s History Month in March, the NC100BW-PA Chapter recognizes several outstanding African American women entrepreneurs and students in the Delaware Valley area who embody the characteristics of Madam CJ Walker, and have demonstrated excellence in entrepreneurial efforts and community outreach. The theme for the 31st Annual Madam CJ Walker Luncheon is “Because of Her, We Can” and plans to inspire attendees to acknowledge women business owners who paved the way for future entrepreneurs. Madam CJ Walker’s legacy continues to be part of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women tradition by highlighting her achievements as an entrepreneur and philanthropist.

ABOUT: The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. (NC100BW) is an organization of progressive women of African-American descent whose voice and force for gender and sociopolitical advancement drives meaningful change to benefit women of color. The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. advocates on behalf of women of color through national and local actions and strategic alliances. Including promoting national and international agendas on leadership development, gender equality in health, education and economic development.


Chances Are You Saw: Johnny Matthis, Kevin Hart, Nicole Kidman, The Flyers and Eagles Out in Philly

Chances Are You Saw: Johnny Matthis, Kevin Hart, Nicole Kidman, The Flyers and Eagles Out in Philly

Sunday, Sunday and time for another edition of PhillyChitChat, Philly Gossip

Kevin Hart is still in town filming Untouchable with Bryan Cranston and Nicole Kidman. Most of the shoots are now happening in Aston at the Sun Studio, but look for them to come into Philly one more time next week, meaning the week of March 27. The film is schedule to wrap the week of April 2. None of the actors have been spotted out at night until this week. Hart was spotted at Del Frisco’s Wednesday night. Thursday he took in his friend Keith Robinson‘s show at Helium Comedy Club at 2031 Sansom Street. Then jumped up on stage and did an impromptu set for 20 minutes.


Last week the Flyers stopped by Helium Comedy Club to get a few laughs: From left to right it’s Brayden Schenn, Nick Cousins, Michael Del Zotto, comedian Colin Kane, Michael Raffl, Claude Giriox and Jakob Voracek.



Team Derek welcomed Johnny Matthis to town when he arrived at PHL on Thursday. Matthis performed last night at the Golden Nugget Casino  as part of the Johnny Mathis 60th & 61st Anniversary Concert Schedule

She’s the King of the World. Shania Twain was in town this week, here she’s posing on a heap of snow near Logan Hotel (maybe she ran into Alex Trebek there as he did a meet and greet with fans on Wed. )  No word on what she was doing in town, but she was here for about 3 days. She even took in the Flyers game.
Shania Twain is releasing her first new album in 15 years, and she revealed to Rolling Stone that some of the songs are inspired by her messy divorce from her producer and husband Robert “Mutt” Lange.  Oddly enough he left her for her best friend, and Shania ended up marrying her best friend’s husband, Frederic Thiebaud.


A few Eagles Players stopped  by Del Frisco’s for the “Welcome Party” for Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith.

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Former Sixers now with the Dallas Mavericks Nerlen Noels gave out cheese steaks to fans who stopped by Chickie’s & Pete’s in South Philly on Thursday night. Later that evening he was spotted catching up with friends, including Bachelor Craig Robinson, at Del Frisco’s. Friday afternoon before the game Mark Cuban, of Shark Tank fame, and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, was spotted at the Ritz Carlton having lunch at Aqimero by Richard Sandoval . At the game against the Sixers Friday night, Cuban sat court side as his team lost;

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nearby was Biz Markie and who posed with Fox 29’s Good Day co-host Alex Holley at the game.

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Last weekend the hot Latin American Carlos Jose Matamoros and his model wife Christina Autumn Harzer were in AC where they stayed at the Tropicana and had dinner at Cuba Libre and Hooters. They then spent a few days in Philly stopping by the Rocky Steps, posing with the Rocky Statue, stood in his footprints and played in the snow.


Congrats Joseph Thomas and Patrick Hagerty on your wedding day.


Congrats to Paul and Liz who got engaged at the Philadelphia Flower Show earlier this week.
TODAY IS THE LAST DAY FOR YOU TO CHECK OUT, what I think was the best show in years. I like all the shows, but
this was the best. Check back on Thursday for more Philly Chit Chat Gossip, and every day this week for events I photographed.



Pixs: Philadelphia Flower Show Goes On – Tonight Fido Friday , Visit Before It Leaves Sunday Night

I can’t believe the PHS Flower Show is almost over. Three more days of spring inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  Here are a few photos from the opening night preview party. I still limited what I’m publishing here, cause I want you to go and enjoy the entire exhibit.

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Rick Ames, Lisa Stephano, and Mike DiBerardinis

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The Tulips on the right were created by the officials in the Netherlands, and named via an online contest.

The name of the new tulip is Philly Belle

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Stephanie Kropac, Kim Logio, Katherine Hafertepe and Emily Labows

Stephanie Kropac, Kim Logio, Katherine Hafertepe and Emily Labows



Kevin Coan and Denise Coan


Michael Garden and Alexandra Gorczynski

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Cecily Tynan had a jewelry malfunction during the FYI taping of the opening night of the Flower Show, and she got an assist via Adam Joseph



Leisa Kanienberg and Christian Kanienberg

Leisa Kanienberg and Christian Kanienberg



Katelyn Geiger, Megan Geiger and Kara Ciaccio

Katelyn Geiger, Megan Geiger and Kara Ciaccio

Tu Bloom, the Official Botanical Artist of the GRAMMYS, with friend Tee Chant, point out their favorite tulipFlower HD1_8191 (Custom)  Flower

The table settings are my favorite, that darn candle fell over I wanted to break the rules and set it right but I didn’t

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Did I mention the windmills?

Tonight is Yappy Hour

The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show invites four-legged and two-legged friends to experience the Flower Show together at Fido Friday! Join us for “Yappy Hour” from 6 to 9 PM at the World Market in the Grand Hall.