Thank you, Rabbi Phil, for all you’ve done for JLV,  for our Jewish community, and for our people. How lucky for us to have acquired (in the words of Pirkei Avot) a Rabbi AND a friend!

Mary and Nathan Relles

Dear Phil,
Mazal tov on your retirement! I’m so grateful that our dear friend Joe Levine connected us and pushed me to become involved with JLV. You have been an inspiring leader. Our local Jewish community has been the recipient of your many talents. Yasher koach on an excellent career. Good luck as you move into your next adventure.

 With love, Marcy Bacine

Dearest Phil,
You have given so much to this organization and to your community. I know you will be greatly missed and that whatever you pursue next will be blessed by your gifts and presence! I hope to see you soon.

xo, Ruth Bluethenthal-Appel

Phil –
What can I say? Thank you for your leadership, friendship, and contributions to our community. Your vision, ingenuity, and brilliant ability to anticipate the needs of our community leave a rich and lasting legacy. On a personal note, I learned from you much of what I know about being a leader. Thank you for all of the opportunities for personal and professional growth. While we will miss you at JLV, I’m sure you will continue to contribute in meaningful ways. Best of health and luck.

Jon Broder

You are the greatest. I hope next year you will have time to make it to the Samaritan Sacrifice on Mt. Gerizim that we missed a mere 41 years ago. All the best.

Richard Busis

In honor of Rabbi Phil Warmflash for all of his contributions to Jewish Learning Venture and the Philadelphia Jewish community. Mazal tov on your retirement! With best wishes for many years of health and happiness!

Stephen and Eileen Chopnick

Rabbi Warmflash,
I will be forever grateful for your rabbinic presence that inspired me to become a Rabbi. I am forever grateful and hope that as you open us this next chapter – you know there are so many of us following in your footsteps!!!

Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove
Park Avenue Synagogue, NY

From our days together 25 years ago when I first joined the board of Community Hebrew Schools to being a trustee of the Jewish Learning Venture, it has been great to work with you. I was always impressed with your ability to sense the pulse of the Jewish community and to develop programs to address the needs. I learned a lot of text from you, so I’ll quote from
Pirke Avot:

“Those who work for the community should do so for the sake of Heaven;
for then merit of their ancestors shall aid them, and their righteousness shall endure forever.”

Mazel Tov on your retirement and best wishes for good health and success in all your future endeavors.

Michael Dvorak

It has been an honor and joy to know you, work with you and learn from you. You have enriched the lives of so many throughout the national Jewish community. Wishing you a hearty
Yasher Koach on your impactful accomplishments and a Mazel Tov on your future endeavors!

Much love, Carol and Jules Einhorn

Dear Phil,
Your role as a driver of innovation In our Jewish community has been an inspiration. We have all benefited from your work to enhance our synagogues, schools, and communities. It has been a pleasure to learn from and collaborate with you. May you find equally meaningful paths in your retirement.

Best Regards,
Amy and Mitch Russell

Having worked with you for more than half of your term of leadership of JLV and its predecessor agencies, I can assure you that you will be both missed and your legacy not forgotten! You have been, and I hope will continue to be, both a mentor and a friend. Wishing you many years of health, happiness and fulfillment in your well deserved retirement.

Walter Ferst

Thank you for all that you have done for the Greater Philadelphia Jewish Community. Wishing you happiness in your retirement and whatever comes next.

Kareen & Bob Hartwig

Best of luck for many more productive years.

Maury Hoberman

Dear Phil~
I am so incredibly grateful for all of your mentorship, support and friendship through the years. I can’t imagine bringing ‘Whole Community Inclusion’ into the world without your energy and support. I am wishing you an exciting new chapter in retirement!

L’shalom, Gabby

Mazel Tov Phil on your retirement although I suspect that is the wrong word as this may turn out to be the busiest time of you life. You get to do things you want to do without having to answer to anyone. What a concept! Thank you for all your support and friendship all these years. Wishing you the best in this most exciting time of your life. 

Adam Kessler

To one of the most versatile, flexible, and creative leaders I have ever met. It has truly been a privilege to work with you.

With affection, Andy Kind-Rubin

“For Jews, education is not just what we know, but who we are.” (Rabbi Jonathan Sacks)

Thank you being a role model of sharing Jewish life and Jewish education.

With gratitude, Lisa Litman

Years ago when I called to ask you about the Jewish community in Philadelphia, I could never have imagined what that conversation might lead to. Since then I have been honored to be your partner in this incredible work and learn from all you accomplished. Thank you so much for all you taught me over these years.

Mazel Tov, Anna Marx

How incredibly lucky I was to have my start in the Jewish non-profit world be under your leadership. I have learned so much and will miss you as you embark on new adventures.

Robin Matthews

Your mentorship, vision, and passion have inspired me to become more than I could imagine. May you be blessed with new challenges, exciting adventures, good health, long life, and great joy.

Hedda S. Morton

Philly, Boy, Todah Rabbah for your dedication and service to the Jewish Community of Philadelphia! You leave large shoes to Phil.

Phil and Kim Nordlinger

Thank you for all you have done for the Jewish community!

Susan and Michael Paul

Thank you for your years of service and dedication to our Jewish community. We have all benefitted from your creativity and commitment. Our Jewish educational institutions are stronger for it.

Hershel Richman

Mazel tov on your retirement!

Debbie Rosenthal

“He [Rabbi Tarfon] used to say ‘It is not your responsibility to finish the work,
but neither are you free to desist from it.'” – Pirkei Avot 2:16

Phil- you have worked hard during your entire career to make the Jewish community stronger and more connected. Know that all who have worked with you will continue on the path you have forged. Mazel Tov on your retirement.

Lori and Jon Rubin

Going back to the Community Hebrew School days, I’ve literally been following you for 25 years! Your creativity and leadership skills have made a huge impact both locally and nationally. It’s been such a pleasure to work with you and become your friend. Let me know how retirement goes – I may follow you there too!

Steve Schwartz

Many thanks and congratulations to Phil. You have deeply enriched Jewish life in Philadelphia through your imagination, creativity and intense devotion. We are deeply grateful too for the warm, multi-decade friendship that we have forged with you. 

Much love,
Dan and Sheila Segal

Thank you for all that you have done for the Jewish people, Jewish education, and the Philadelphia Jewish Community. I always enjoyed the times that I learned with you and with Jewish Learning Venture. ּ

Pirkei Avot – 4:1 איזהו חכם, הלומד מכל אדם שנאמר(תהילים 119)מכל מלמדי השכלתי – Who is wise? One that learns from every person as it is said, “From all who have taught me, I have gained understanding.”

Meryl Sussman and Bruce Lipton

Todah rabah for your longstanding vision, leadership and warm energy. You have laid a foundation and raised the torch for Jewish education in Philadelphia and our world. When I moved to the Philly area, I soon learned how JLV, under your leadership, serves as an additional “benefit” organizations can offer professionals who join them. Through your leadership I have grown and spread my wings; and I have been privileged to build partnerships and relationships through your guidance. May you continue to influence the world for good. Mazel Tov! Chazak v’Amatz!

Shoshanah Tornberg

Thank you, Phil, for all you have done for our community and, more personally, for me. At a time in my life when I needed to feel valued and supported, you provided for me. I hope that you will also connect with individuals who will provide the savory and sweet flavors of life and help you find the recipe for a happy, delicious retirement.

Alyse Unterberger

Phil –
Wishing you a retirement that brings you much joy, lots of learning and new adventures. May you go from strength to strength.

Cantor Buzzy and Ellen Walters

Rabbi Phil,
Todah – Thank you for your friendship, your counsel, your humor, and your expertise. Jewish education in Philadelphia and beyond is so much richer for what you have given us all. Your impact will be felt for generations to come! Wishing you only the best; kol tuv, and todah!

Rabbi Eric Yanoff and Adath Israel, Merion Station

For years you have played a key part in the Jewish educational landscape nationally, and certainly, you have helped educationally transform the Philadelphia community. I will miss your wisdom and
menschlichkeit at our ADCA gatherings. Enjoy your well-earned retirement! 

Rabbi Efrat Zarren-Zohar (CAJE-Miami)

I feel very lucky to have benefitted from your mentorship and friendship back in the days of JOP. At work your creativity, humor and kavannah were so infectious, that the job always felt fun and energizing. Beyond work though, Jon and I will always hold you in our hearts for the much needed guidance and assurance you gave us in our early days as parents. We wish you all the best in your next chapter. Mazal tov!

Mara Dorff

Thank you for all that you have done for Jewish education, the greater Philadelphia Jewish community and Jewish Learning Venture. Kol hakavod – כל הכבוד

Fredy-Jo and Lewis Grafman

This celebration only touches upon the extraordinary impact you have had on the Jewish community for the past 25+ years, as well as the impact on our lives. With our heartfelt wishes for a wonderful, joyous retirement.

Martin Cohen and Diane Ehrich

From Community Hebrew Schools through Jewish Outreach Partnership, the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education and Jewish Learning Venture, your wisdom, creativity and vision have led and inspired us to become better educated, more inclusive and more cohesive. I will be forever grateful for your friendship and the opportunity to have played a supporting role in some of your many achievements.

David Smith

It has been a great pleasure working with you to insure that Jewish education can reach its potential in the Greater Philadelphia area and beyond. I will personally miss your professional guidance but look forward to maintaining our friendship.

Shelley Menkowitz

You are not only a
mensch, but an original member of the piranhas. Sending you love and best wishes for the next chapter.

 Morris Allen