Newsmakers Week of March 14, 2013


A Celebration of Education, the spring gala of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, set for April 25, will fete the achievements and accomplishments of dual honorees Rabbi Stacy Eskovitz Rigler and Caryl Levin.

Native son Glenn Rigberg is exec producer of the just-released Struck by Lightning, about a high school kid trying to restructure his prosaic life. The film stars and was written by Chris (Glee) Colfer; Rigberg’s young son Aidan has
a part in the film.

A Philly CD release party for the Danny Janklow Quartet — including saxophonist Janklow and drummer Carl Moritz, who were also part of the Temple U. Jazz Quartet which made the finals of the International Jazz Congress in Amsterdam last year — was recently held for the group’s “Recurring Dreams,” at Chris’ Jazz Cafe in Center City.

Celeste Marcus, a junior at Kohelet Yeshiva High School in Merion Station, took home the award for best performance at the recently staged Yeshiva High School Poetry Slam in New York. Marcus also was co-leader of the school’s team, which competed with Modern Orthodox schools from New York and New Jersey. Meanwhile, teammate and senior Atara Goodman won for best pantoum, a distinctive form of poetry.

The Boston Jewish Film Festival has a new president: Denise Widman, a Drexel University grad in its management master’s program.

Joseph Horwitz is the newly named executive director of the just-opened Symphony Square, a senior residence in Bala Cynwyd that will host a welcoming free brunch reception for its neighbors on March 17, featuring chef Vincent La­Monte, an associate of famed chef Emeril Lagasse.


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