Stars of David Week of July 28, 2005

Penn pals: All eyes are on Stuart L. Fine, M.D. The chairman and director of U. of P.'s department of ophthalmology, Scheie Eye Institute, delivered the keynote address at the annual gathering of the American Academy of Ophthalmology while seeing his way clear to earning the Pisart Vision Award from Lighthouse International "for lifetime contributions to the prevention of blindness." … Meanwhile, another class act on the West Philly campus: Gideon Dreyfuss, a prof in the school's department of biochemistry and biophysics, was named a member of the 2005 Class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. … What are they growing in that ivy over there? Brain boosters? Computerworld just named the university as one of the top 10 "workplaces for information-technology professionals in America" and as the numero uno Middle Atlantic place to work if you're an I.T. professional. Who knew – Penn as the new "IT" kid! … Barnes board: Sheldon M. Bonovitz, chairman/CEO of the law firm of Duane Morris LLP, has made the artful move of being added to the board of the Barnes Foundation. … Wonder where family company Rubinsohn Travel of Baederwood is vacationing to celebrate its Bar Mitzvah year in business in 2005? By the way, it's a double mitzvah: Hanley Rubinsohn, the man who formed the company with his son Bill back in 1992, is celebrating 50 years in the biz as a travel consultant. Contrary to rumors, he did not help Noah plan his landmark cruise. … Gems and roses: Madalyn and Harvey Rovinsky of Bernie Robbins Fine Jewelry will be given the Child-Care Advocate Award at the Oct. 29 Rose Gala of the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation, whose new prexy is public-relations specialist Bonnie Squires. … A little off the top, a lot of help for a needy kid: Hair Cuttery gets snippy about this time every year, and 2005 is no exception. The chain is sponsoring its "share a haircut" campaign with a cut of all cuts of clients ages 18 and down going to area social-service groups. … Rollin' down a river: Elaine Levitt and Joel Gershman are among the co-chairs of the "River Rendezvous at the Waterworks" to be held late next month. It's all a benefit for Womens Way; the theme is "An Evening in Paris." The nice thing is you don't have to be a Hilton to attend. … Ever wonder if marriage is a one-way street, and all you've been doing is backing up? Exton's Dr. Jeffrey Bernstein may have some street smarts for you to use. Indeed, the author of Why Can't You Read My Mind? was a guest speaker at a "Smart Marriages" conference recently held in Dallas. Wonder if Sue Ellen and J.R. attended. … Beaming at the bimah is Rabbi Howard Avruhum Addison, recently installed as new religious leader of Melrose B'nai Israel Emanu-El. … A shiny apple – no worms, either! – for Fern Mittin of Huntingdon Valley, just named "Teacher of the Year" for the Eastern District by the Catapult Learning Corp. Class act that Fern! … Thanks for your support: That's the salute accorded Evelyn Tabas, honored by Federation Housing Inc. – as was the rest of her family – for continued support of its programs. At the special breakfast where the honor was held, Barry S. Ludwig, FH prexy since 2002, passed the gavel to incoming prexy Samuel Goldstein. As for "Stars"? To him, they passed the hash-brown potatoes. … For art's sake – bring out the Helman! Edie Helman was adjudged the winner of the Charlotte Schwab Memorial Fund Award for her "Moses and the Exodus" pastel, shown at the Martins Run art exhibition. The honor was created by William T. Schwab in memory of his mother, who had resided at Martins Run. … Youth need be served – and sometimes they serve, too: Matan Silberstein, whose folks are Bala Cynwyd's Lisa and Efram Silberstein, is the 2005-06 prexy of USY's Hagesher Region. The Lower Merion High junior also is co-founder/co-prexy of the school's Israel Culture Club, which, despite name similarities, never had Boy George as a member. Meanwhile, Ira Stup of Elkins Park has been named a Comcast "Leader and Achiever." The Akiba Hebrew Academy grad, son of Richard Stup and Sharlene Kalender of Elkins Park, received a grant for his communal work. Despite rumors, it is absolutely untrue that Comcast said they would hand him the award some time between 9 and 5.


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