Stars of David Week of July 7, 2005

Stars awards a 4.0 to Dr. Louise Kaplan, professor of anthropology and bioethics at Atlantic Cape Community College, who just nabbed the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award of Philadelphia's Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation at commencement ceremonies. … What's up, Doc? Phillip M. Kofsky, M.D., of Ambler, is the new president of the Montgomery County Medical Society – its 158th. … A good skate – that's Jen Goldstein, who, with her band Phat Sk8trax, has come out with "You Can Stop," which she describes as "how to skate and stop funky hip-hop that teaches the world everything they need to know to stop and go in one hour!" Stars is down with it! … These boots were made for walking. But you want to get on the treadmill, forget the boots and try this: "J-Walking," a CD filled with Jewish music – hence the J – for the perfect workout includes a performance by Philly's own Avraham Rosenblum. Stars sent a copy of "J" to his friend Jay of Elkins Park and Jay hasn't stopped walking yet; he was last spotted 25 miles away in Valley Forge. … Are they calling Charles Bernstein "Opera Man" these days? He's certainly better suited to the title than Adam Sandler. Bernstein, the Regan Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania, will have "Thought Opera," a Holocaust-era work for which Bernstein wrote the libretto – based on the life of philosopher Walter Benjamin – have its U.S. premiere this month at Lincoln Center. Stars is getting his tux out of the dry cleaners for this one. … Ben Semanoff – fly? Well, he is now. The local movie-maker and exec with Top Hat Productions has topped himself – his company just acquired all rights to SuperFlyCam, the famous stabilized camera system, from Garret Brown's The Moving & Talking Picture Company. Wonder if Garrett and Ben were able to shake on it. … Music to Stars' ears: Leonard A. Bernstein, a partner in the local office of Reed Smith, LLP, has been re-elected to the board of the Support Center for Child Advocates. He last served on the board two years ago. … Florida key speaker, that's H. Ronald Lasko, managing partner of Klasko, Rulon, Stock and Seltzer LLP, who recently addressed the Florida Bar Conference on Immigration Law, meeting in Miami. … And while he isn't Jewish – a Jewish NBA player? Calling Dolph Schayes! – Emeka Okafor of Charlotte took home the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy of the season, named after one of basketball's all-time Philadelphia legends. Somewhere, a SPHA is schvitzing in his honor. … Be prepared? Melissa B. Sherman of Blue Bell wears her readiness like a badge of honor – which it is. The daughter of Abby and Ken Sherman was accorded the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor from the org, for a project near and dear to her heart. Melissa, a senior at Wissahickon High, created 76 chemo caps of fleece for patients undergoing chemotherapy – reflecting the 76 years her beloved bubbie lived before succumbing to cancer. … Howdy, podner! Wonder if that's how Fran and Sylvan Tobin are being greeted these days after chairing the successful cowboy-themed benefit for the Children's Crisis Treatment Center. … Gotta have heart: Howard Eisen, M.D., has been named chief, division of cardiology, at the newly established Center for Advanced Heart Failure Care of Hahnemann University Hospital and Drexel University College of Medicine. … Ah, the first board walk of summer; ew, how that cotton candy sticks to the sandals. No such problem for Dr. Michael Friedman of Beth David Reform Congregation in Gladwyne, who has joined the board of trustees of the Union for Reform Judaism. Meanwhile, the curtains open for Neal Schneider of Gladwyne, just named to the board of the Philadelphia Theatre Company while Matthew White is expressing his civic duty in a fine way – the WolfBlock biz litigation practice group partner has been elected to the board of the Society Hill Civic Association. That's all well and good, Matt, but can the custard ice-cream of Pine Street really hold a cone to the custard in Chelsea?


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