Newsmakers the Week of February 28, 2013


Dr. David M. Jaspan, vice chair the past five years, is the newly appointed chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Einstein Healthcare Network.

Bart Banks has just published his second book, What I Learned After I Knew It All. The attorney’s first book was The Book I Wrote on Humility; both focus on growing up Jewish in Wynnefield.

Philip B. Lindy is the new chairman of the board of directors of the Gershman Y in Center City. Lindy has long been involved in the Jewish communal scene; he is a member of the board of trustees of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and the local American Jewish Committee, among other ac­tivities.

Daniel Schlaff, a senior at Episcopal Academy, has been selected a candidate for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, one of 3,000 students chosen from a pool of some 3 million graduating seniors in the nation. Daniel is the son of Dr. William Schlaff and Dr. Lorraine Dugoff.

Barry Reisman, longtime host of his self-named show of Jewish music and repartee on WWDB, has been chosen as featured speaker for the Klein JCC annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon, to be held next month at the Northeast facility.

Attorney Michael Friedman has been chosen for a seat on the New Jersey-Israel Commission. The appointment was made by Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Northeast native Lisa Litman served as keynote speaker at a recent daylong symposium in Atlanta for educators in Jewish schools, sponsored by the Jewish Early Childhood Council of Atlanta and the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. Litman addressed “Bringing Jewish Values Into the Classroom Through Literacy and Language.” She also took part in a variety of classroom sessions set that day. The director of PJ Goes to School/PJ Library of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, Litman additionally discussed using Jewish children’s books in early childhood education in West Springfield, Mass.

Mary Epstein, the longtime former chief of Drexel U.’s Department of Design, who served the school in varied capacities for over 30 years, has been feted with the naming of a classroom and lounge in her honor at Drexel’s URBN Center. Twit-wits: Among the city’s “Most Influential People on Twitter,” according to Philadelphia mag, are restaurateur Marc Vetri, coming in 12th; Sixers main man Adam Aron (13); and author/ broad­caster Buzz Bissinger (15). Meanwhile, restaurateur Vetri is cooking with a batch of semifinalist postings in the James Beard Foundation Awards competition, often dubbed the gustatory version of the Oscars. Among his nods is one for Outstanding Chef.

Sara Aronchick Solow has been named one of “30 Under 30,” appearing in the law and policy section featured by Forbes mag. She is currently clerking for Judge Michael M. Baylson of the U.S. District Court/Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Dr. David J. Schonfeld is the new chair of pediatrics at the Drexel University College of Medicine, while also serving as pediatrician-in-chief at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.



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