Stars of David Week of Oct. 12, 2005

Abby, we're sending you in a kid; but you're coming out a "Stars": Abington has been named as one of the "100 Best Communities for Young People in the United States," as part of a national competition held by America's Promise. And Abby's a cover girl, too – making the cover of Newsweek mag, as well as being the subject of an announcement on "The Today Show." (Top 100? Wonder where Willard was.) Who knew the northern suburb had a Ghost of a chance? Obviously, those involved with its school district did, which was instrumental in getting the acclaim. Helping Mary Rodgers, service learning facilitator at the high school, get it all said and done were a number of students, too, including Joshua Bruce, contributing a supporting essay to the cause. … Okay, Philadelphia, no need for jealousy: You have your moment in the sun, too. National Geographic Traveler has cited the City of Brotherly Love and the Phillies You Love to Hate as America's "Next Great City." Don't believe it? (That's part of Philly mentality, doncha know.) Read for yourself as the city takes over the top spot on the mag's October issue. Why Philadelphia? It seems the down-to-earth mannerisms are quite appealing. Hey, youse got a problem wid dat? … What are the odds of a seminar on family businesses having an all-Jewish panel? One-hundred percent, in this case as Isdaner & Company, the Bala Cynwyd accounting firm, and the regional business law firm of Flaster/Greenberg jointly offer a Nov. 10 seminar on "Succession Planning: Making the Transition Smooth & Successful." The speakers include Gene Chaiken, chairman/CEO, Almo Corp. of Philadelphia; Julie Bickman Copeland, prexy/CEO, Arbill Safety; Alan H. Zuckerman, CPA/lawyer at Flaster/Greenberg; and Scott Isdaner, CPA and attorney, of Isdaner and Company. … Author! Author! That's the call at the Gershman Y, where Philly-born guys Edward Schwarzchild and Matthue Roth will be giving readings from their works. Pass the lox – Schwarzchild is set for the Joseph P. Sobo Sunday Brunch, Oct. 23, for his Responsible Men, while Roth is booked for Oct. 27, talking about, uh, Yom Kippur a Go-Go. "Stars" didn't read that one, but he was a big fan of another author's High Holidays Hullabaloo. … Busy buddy: Betsy Z. Cohen, CEO of Bancorp Bank who, in 1974 was the state's first female bank CEO when she deposited herself as CEO of Jefferson Bank, will start off "Business Expo 2005 – A Taste of Regional Business" on Oct. 20 at Bryner Chevrolet in Jenkintown. It's all part of an event planned by the Eastern Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. Businesspeople, start your engines! … Double-header: Mitchell Kaplan, managing shareholder of Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy P.C., recently addressed seminars on ethics rules, and on negotiation and settlement techniques at a National Business Institute seminar held in Philadelphia. … After 25 years, it's nice to know: Faith Rubin, educational director at Temple Sinai, will be honored on her silver anniversary at the congregation with a tribute next month, including a keynote speech by her friend, Rabbi and author Harold Kushner. It's all a matter of when good things happen to good people as the temple is also setting up a scholarship in Faith's name. … Hey, Esther Shapiro, now that's you've reached 100 – and had a slam-bang birthday celebration at the Klein JCC, where you're a longtime member – where you going now? "To my Hot Topics class!"


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