Stars of David Week of Oct. 27, 2005

Some treats without the tricks for these stellar "Stars": Robb-ed! Erstwhile Huntingdon Valley resident R.D. Robb has made a killer career for himself out Hollywood way. Next project: "Killer Joe," to be directed by Peter Bogdonavich. This surely won''t be the last picture show for Rodney and Eydie''s "little" boy. Indeed, the former child actor now magna-cum-producer can share pillow talk with his wife, Amy Israel, a producer herself now working on "Griffin and Phoenix." … Milk and honey never … sounded … so sweet. Sabra sensation Miri Ben-Ari – no stranger to open-mic nights at Philly clubs on her way up – scored performing at the Electric Factory here recently. The "Hip-Hop Violinist" – yeah, that''s right; it''s also the title of her latest CD – signed with Reebok as well. Sneak a peek at her on their "I Am What I Am" ads. … And it would be a serious gaffe to forget Bucks County''s Kate Gaffney, whose "The New Then" is now out. … Hey, these CDs are rating higher interest than the Fed: Curtis alum Hilary Hahn, joined by Natalie Zhum, has a classic case of Mozart-mania with their latest, "Mozart: Violin Sonatas, K. 301." And, no, Series fans, the K. 301 doesn''t refer to number of strikeouts. … Shine on, shine on Harvest Ball: Scott P. Landau and Linda S. Wallace of HRSI will be feted for their firm''s commitment in helping qualified Albert Einstein Healthcare Network patients glean government-provided medical coverage. It will all take place at the network''s 53rd annual Harvest Ball on Saturday night, Nov. 5, at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue. The theme? "The Miracle Year." Has it really been 100 years since AEHN''s namesake discovered the theory of relativity? Seems like just yesterday. … Give them Liberty Resources – and honors, too. Sigi Shapiro, a founding member of Disabled in Action, as well as founding board member of Liberty Resources Inc., received the Lifetime Advocacy Award at LRI''s 25th-anniversary gala ceremonies at the National Constitution Center. … Okay, put all gum away for this one: Ted Kirsch, already head man of the Philadelphia teachers union, has been elected prexy of the Pennsylvania Federation of Teachers. And there will be no gum-chewing while this is read! … A "Stars" without lawyers is like a day without sunshine. Part, oh clouds, and let the sun shine in: Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP of Bala Cynwyd and Cherry Hill, N.J., has a full docket these days with many of its members being listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2006. Hear ye, hear ye for Bart E. Cassidy, Robert D. Fox, Marc E. Gold, Bruce S. Katcher, Joseph M. Manko and Michael M. Meloy. For Gold, Katcher and Manko, it''s been 10 years in a row. Indeed, practice does make perfect. … So, what kind of title is this for a book? A cute one! Rabbi James L. Apple''s memoirs are golden-deliciously called What Kind of Job Is This for a Nice Jewish Boy? … Fans teetered on their Jimmy Choos at Loews Cherry Hill, N.J., recently, when Eliza Zuritsky and Julie Rottenberg – those suburban-Philadelphia gals who helped make "Sex and the City" so appealing beyond city limits – had their filmed script of "Wait" screened. The flick was a short, but "Sex" devotees will have to, ahem, wait longer if they ever want to see a film version of the HBO series. Like how much longer? Like, maybe, forever. … Biologically related bioethicists: Father and son Rabbi Gerald Wolpe and Dr. Paul Root Wolpe got major kudos in a USA Today profile of Penn''s Center for Bioethics, where both are senior fellows. And if Paul has trouble coming down from the clouds from such a salute, well, it''s understandable: He was the first head of bioethics for NASA.


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