Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame faces up to $ 100,000 in damage after Hurricane Ida


As the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame prepares for its first induction ceremony in two years, the organization also faces significant damage to its 2100 Arch Street museum from the remains of the hurricane. Ida.

Flooding in this part of downtown left the museum exhibits under 10 feet of sewage-filled water. And because the museum is located in the basement of its building, which houses the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, the damage was not covered by the museum’s insurance policy.

“The museum has been totally destroyed,” museum president Stephen H. Frishberg told The Inquirer. ” Lockers [spaces that contained artifacts] which were glued and fixed so that they never fall and hurt no one, were out of the falls. The televisions were destroyed, the cabinets we just built… everything was gone.

The facilities of the Jewish Federation were also damaged, including a computer room and a theater.

Fortunately, almost all of the artifacts in the Hall’s collection are salvageable, with the exception of some papers and photographs. But there is a lot of work to be done on the building. A fundraising campaign is therefore underway via the venue’s website,

“We have a basketball signed by Larry Brown – I know it’s okay, and the signing is still there,” Frishberg said. “For the moment, it may be ruddy, but it will be washed without removing the signature. I’ve seen golf clubs, I’ve seen trophies, they’re just plain dirty, but they can be cleaned and restored.

Also among the hall’s notable possessions: Connie Mack Stadium seats, a significant amount of old team uniforms and college jerseys, and a 1960s portable typewriter used by the late Daily News columnist Stan Hochman.

Because the hall is understaffed, said Frishberg, “we don’t really, comfortably have the resources to restore the museum.” The venue’s income traditionally comes from tickets sold for the induction ceremony and advertisements sold in the event program – enough to pay rent and pay a part-time executive director.

Frishberg said rebuilding the museum is expected to cost between $ 30,000 and $ 40,000, and restoring memorabilia could cost around $ 60,000. He expects all jobs to take three to four months.

“We hope the community will reach out to us and help us support each other,” he said, and most of all he hopes that professional sports teams in the region get involved.

The induction ceremony, including the classes of 2020 and 2021, will be held Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Rodeph Shalom Synagogue, 615 N. Broad Street. Tickets are available on the Salle’s website or at the door. Participants must be vaccinated and wear masks indoors.

Frishberg said there would be “surprisingly, more participation than I anticipated” given the pandemic.

“Financially, we were hurt last year because we didn’t introduce a class,” he said. “So a lot of things are hitting at the same time. But I am very optimistic.

Carl Cherkin, former Sporting Director of Fox 29, most recently Union Vice President of Business Development

Bryan cohen, former basketball player at Abington Friends, Bucknell, and professionally in Israel who helped the United States win gold at the 2009 Maccabiah Games

Erskine Mayer (posthumously), Major League Baseball player in the 1910s for the Phillies, Pirates and White Sox

Carol Polis, the first woman allowed to judge professional boxing matches

Jerry wolman (posthumously), former owner of the Eagles and Connie Mack Stadium, and co-owner of the Flyers and Spectrum

Laureates: William Yale Saltzman, founder of Camp Canadensis in the Poconos and first Jewish football captain at Franklin & Marshall; Alain horwitz, a renowned 76ers superfan; and the Jewish Junior Basketball League, an intramural league in Montgomery County

Adam feldman, former NCAA fencing champion at Penn State

Sam mattis, U.S. discus thrower and former Penn who competed in this summer’s Olympics

Steve shull, former Miami Dolphins linebacker in the 1980s

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