Stars of David Week of Aug. 11, 2005

We've got the horse right here … "Can do" must be the motto of little Emma Rose Shapiro, who proves she's got the write stuff even at age 7. The Wynnewood wunderkind sent Smarty Jones a good-luck letter when the thoroughly popular thoroughbred tried to win the gallop poll last year at the Belmont Stakes. Emma's letter has been selected for inclusion in Dear Smarty: A Collection of Letters Written to Smarty Jones by Children, Families and Other Animals From Across the Country. Part of the proceeds from an area "authors' signing," which included Emma, are earmarked for the library at Penn Wynne Elementary School. … Wynnewood's Scott H. Mustin has been named a hearing committee member of the disciplinary board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, District One. Mustin is also a partner in the legal firm of Fineman Krekstein & Harris P.C. … Ferne and Bill Schwartz of Elkins Park must be over the rainbow with their latest honor – they've been chosen to receive the Family Award of the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life at its 15th annual Rainbow Ball gala in late October at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penns Landing. It's all in celebration of the couple's 25-year-plus dedication to and support of the center. Chairing the ball are Shirley and Jules Pearlstine of Jenkintown. Meanwhile, also getting a taste of fame are Marlene Green and Phyllis Finkelstein, co-chairs of the Abramson Auxiliary's cookbook project: Timeless: Four Generations of Creative Kosher Cuisine, whose lead sponsor is Commerce Bank. What – and they forgot to ask "Stars" for his potato- latke tortilla recipe? … Sigma Delta Nebbish? Well, Richard Rubin of Flemington, N.J., may belong to a geek fraternity, but he's also come up a winner. The runner-up in WB's "Beauty and the Geek" reality show, the Brandeis U. grad's been asked by the network to help cast the sequel. That must be making the mechanical pencil in his shirt pocket get the lead out. … Merits a menschen: Nathaniel Roth of Upper Dublin and Rachel Sachs of Cheltenham are among the select group of students winning National Merit Scholarships. You just know that SAT well with their parents. … Kid you on this one, too: Josh Bienenfeld, 17, son of Jack and Cindy Bienenfeld of Huntingdon Valley, and a student at Lower Moreland High School, just came back from the kick of his life – he was a member of the Adidas-ESP soccer camp, whose inclusion was limited to the top 144 high school players in the nation. One thing to say to you, Josh – G-O-A-L! … Obviously, these children were taught well, which leads us to – Lynne Shefsky. The native Wynnefield woman now living with her husband Bruce in Orlando has been named head of the Hebrew Day School there after an illustrious teaching career that began in Pennsauken, N.J. Giving her gold stars are all her local friends – and parents Mort and Shirley Zesserman of Cherry Hill, N.J. … Eye opener: Joshua L. Dunaief, M.D., Ph.D., physician-scientist at the Scheie Eye Institute's F.M. Kirby Center for Molecular Ophthalmology, was chosen by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology to deliver the Cogan Lecture when the group next convenes in 2006. The lecture is named after the late David Cogan, M.D., a pioneer in eye and vision research; the honor is targeted to "an outstanding physician-scientist age 40 or under." See ya at the next convention, Joshua. … So, a politician goes into a bar and puts his hand in the till – wait, that's not funny! "Stars" is sure the jokes were much better at the 15th annual political candidates comedy contest planned and hosted, as is traditional, by columnist Stu Bykofsky of the Daily News on Aug. 10. No joke this: Proceeds benefited the Variety Club.


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