Stars of David Week of 9/20/12


Is it time for lunch yet? Just about: The 2012 MANNA Nourish Awards will be handed out over lunch on Sept. 20 at noon with one of the honorees being Dr. Richard Cohen, president/CEO of Public Health Management Corporation. The good doc has had much on his plate over the decades and the award recognizes him for “his more than 30 years of innovative leadership in the public health management arena.”

Next year in Jerusalem? Make it this year for Michael Rosenzweig. The recently departed president and CEO of the National Museum of American Jewish History has gone from the cobblestones of Philly to land in the sand of Israel where he’s just been named to the newly created position of president/CEO of the renowned Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. It’s a joint celebration for the institute — the arrival of Rosenzweig coming at the time of its 40th anniversary.

Matt’s exciting new Venture: Philly’s Matt Bar, who’s wrapped his success around founding hip-hop’s Bible Raps, has been named a 2012-14 Dual Investment Program fellow by the Joshua Venture Group, earning $100 Gs in cash and training.

Take a bow, LeBow business school grad Randall C. Stein; the Drexel U. alum was given the up-front and personal treatment in an article about his career — he’s head of Bryn Mawr’s WP Realty — in Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal.

Under the Boardwalk? More “over,” as in the TV industry can’t get over Jeffery Stern’s sound editing for the HBO series Boardwalk Empire — so much so that the University of the Arts grad has been nominated for an Emmy in his category for the cable show. Awards night is Sept. 23. Ironically, the sound master’s bio includes previous work on Silence of the Lambs.

Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel senior partner Louis B. Kupperman has been elected vice chair of the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry’s board, as well as being named to its exec committee.

Da’ T.R.U.T.H. — stranger than fiction? No, really, the Philly Christian rap artist, nominated for a 2012 Dove Award (alas, he didn’t win at the ceremony), is a graduate of the Institute of Jewish Studies of the Philadelphia Biblical University of Langhorne. And that’s Da’ T.R.U.T.H.!

She is woman, hear her roar — well, Phyllis Hecsh is a resident of Lions Gate, the senior residence in Voorhees, N.J. But this Lion queen makes her voice known in so many ways, and for one of them she was recently feted by the Jersey Samost Jewish Family & Children’s Service, for whom she has been volunteering for over 50 years. The honoree was also saluted for starting a soup program for JFCS, with Lions Gate contributing untouched leftover goods from dinners to the agency.

Go, Eagle, go! Benjamin Lasner of Newtown’s Troop 99 is one trouper who soars — he earned the status of Eagle Scout, the pinnacle of scouting, saluted in style for the suk­kah he designed and built at Newtown’s Shir Ami. Especially proud of him earning his wings are Dad Andrew Lasner of Newtown and Mom Nancy Schaefer of Bensalem.

Lights! Semanoff! Action! Philly’s Ben Semanoff operated the cameras on the just-completed Vinyl, about aging rockers who have punkers front their new recordings

Give this teacher an apple! Amy F. Sichel, the much-honored superintendent of the Abington School District, knows from electives: She has just been voted in as president-elect, the American Association of School Administrators, covering 2012-13.


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