Stars of David Week of Nov. 17, 2005


This is one culture club Boy George can't crash: Kenneth Finkel, exec director/arts and culture at WHYY-TV12, is a man to watch since the station has decided to invest some $10 mil in enhanced culture coverage and producing its own mini-segments. Ten mil? Must have sold a hell of a lot of "Three Tenor" tapes to raise that. … Lance Aizen, SunRx COO, must be cooing these days about his company, a prescription-benefit ombudsman, which has been named to the top position of the "Philadelphia 100," by the Philadelphia Business Journal, Wharton Small Business Development Center and Entrepreneur's Forum of Greater Philadelphia. … Let's trim the Top 100 down even more: Philadelphia mag's just come out with its "Power 50," those local leading lights who empower the city's sizzling style: Among the menschens are mega-developer Bart Blatstein; PREIT mogul Ron Rubin; clothing entrepreneur Sidney Kimmel; cable pioneer H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest; banking honcho Joe Neubaurer; Penn prexy Amy Gutmann; the amazing Leonore Annenberg; and bank big-wig Stephen Steinour. … There oughta be a law – because there's a great lawyer waiting to uphold it: Steven L. Friedman, former co-chair of the litigation department at Dilworth Paxson, has joined the Trial Practice Group of the Philly office of Duane Morris LLP. Wonder if Steven needs an extra briefcase to tote around – his bio is that impressive, crowded with credits, including being an adviser to close friend and former Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. And whenever he's in Israel, there's always a chair waiting for him; he's also a board member of the College of Judea and Samaria in Ariel, Israel. … Howard Goldberg, is that you? Yes – Goldberg, who worked at Pepper Hamilton law in the mid-'90s, has come back, this time as partner. … Guess what? Another lawyer item! Jane E. Lessner, a partner in the local office of Fox Rothschild LLP, has an exemplary career – and an award to show, too. She has been honored with the Exemplary Service Award of Villanova University School of Law in recognition for her work with the school's Lawyering Together service. … Here's one from the "in small packages come the biggest surprises" dept.: What's on Donald H. Rumsfeld's mind these days? War in Iraq, protests, Iran, relations with Saudi Arabia, lies and truths, fatality reports, serving the President, Steve Feldman … Steve Feldman? Feldman, erstwhile longtime reporter and columnist for the Jewish Exponent – who started out as an intern – and who's now exec director of the local district of the Zionist Organization of America, scooped the Big Boys for his small local WNWR show, "The ZOA Middle East Report," reportedly surprising even himself by landing none other than the nation's defense secretary. Feldman had met Rumsfeld at a White House event in September, and he and Lori Lowenthal Marcus, local ZOA prexy, handled the 10-minute interview with the defense secretary. To paraphrase a Temple U. motto, he could have gone anywhere, but he chose Feldman. … Here's a switch! "The Light in the Piazza" is being turned on on Broadway these days by Cherry Hill's Aaron Lazar, who's assumed the role of Fabrizio. … Golden guy: Paul Geller's the new exec director of Golden Slipper Club & Charities. … This is – "Nightline!" And this is goodbye for Ted Koppel, whose Nov. 22 swan song offers a bird's eye view of his many interviews with the late Morrie Schwartz, the prof immortalized in Tuesdays With Morrie. And as his final guest on the program, the ABC legend will talk to Akiba Hebrew Acad alum Mitch Albom, whose book about his late Brandeis professor inspired a teleplay and the drama just ended at the Merriam here. With some spare time now, maybe Ted will finally be able to get a real haircut. … And, finally, although "Stars" doesn't really know why, T.O. called today to apologize.


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