Stars of David Week of 8/2/2012


Dog days of summer? These "Stars" will quench your thirst for accomplishments: Hertz, Avis — watch out: here comes Brett! Brett Furman has been ranked Number 8 in the state for his real estate work by RE/MAX International — and those recent sales figures include competition for the honor by some 3,000 agents. 

TV's Scrubs could have used a teach like this: Dr. Stephen L. Schwartz of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital has received the Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents. 

Lacrosse, la femme: It's Philly girls night out as determined by the Jewish Sports Review as it named an octet of lacrosse players with area roots to its collegiate All-America lists: Samantha Stern, hailing from Cherry Hill East High; Madison Hurwitz, Council Rock South; Jessica Rothstein and Carli Sukonik, Harriton; Leah Sack, Lower Merion; and Sarah Bradburd and Emily Brodsky, both from Friends Central. 

NFL Films' "quarterback" Steve Sabol recently was honored by Thomas Jefferson University Hospital's Kimmel Cancer Center with its Spirit of Courage Award. The event, held at the Union League, put it through the posts for Sabol as he battles brain cancer as a patient at the center. 

You can look it up: Erik Gershwind, vice chairman of the board of overseers of the U of P library, will be honored on Aug. 6 for his work with the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center at its annual Golf & Tennis Outing in Old Westbury, N.Y.

There's a new Sher in town: Leon Sher has assumed cantorial robes and role at Har Sinai Temple of Hopewell Township, in Voorhees, N.J. 

Interesting development: Lawyer Louis B. Kupperman has been voted in to the top post of the Chester County Industrial Development Authority. Kupperman serves Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP as a senior partner. 

He's got backup: Dr. Todd Albert of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital — he's ortho chair at its Medical College and the Rothman Institute — has been named one of the nation's top spine surgeons/nonprofit hospital division by Becker's Spine Review. 

No Portnoff complaints here: Michelle Portnoff, founder of Portnoff Law Associates, Ltd., has been voted in as a new board member at Gratz College. 

She sure made an impact when she served as educational director at Congregation Rodeph Shalom and as chairwoman of what was then the Coalition for Advancement of Jewish Education in Philadelphia in the mid-'90s. So is it really all that surprising that Zena Sulkes' career has continued its Jewish educational direction since leaving Philly for Orlando, Fla.? There she has just been named winner of the 2012 Human Service Award, sponsored by that city's Jewish newspaper. The award will be handed out later this month. 

H. Ronald Klasko of Klasko, Rulon, Stock and Seltzer, LLP has been cited on the list of "Most Powerful Immigration Attorneys" in the country compiled by Human Resource Executive, one of only 20 chosen. 

Carol Saligman has been added to the board of Harcum College. 

Platform shoe-in: Kevin Greenberg of Flaster/Greenberg P.C. has been chosen for the Platform Committee of the Democratic National Committee by the Pennsylvania Democratic Party.


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