Newsmakers Week of April 18, 2013


Philadelphian Susan Orlins has authored Confessions of a Worrywart: Husbands, Lovers, Mothers and Others, which she calls a way to get in touch with your mishugas. The award-winning writer, a graduate of U of P, will talk about her book and sign copies on May 11 at the Penn Book Store.

Lynne M. Abraham, former district attorney of Philadelphia, now a partner in the law offices of Archer & Greiner, has been named recipient of the Community Leadership Award of the Retired And Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), a program of the Klein JCC. She will be saluted at a volunteer recognition luncheon on May 9 at Philmont Country Club in Huntingdon Valley, the 42nd such gathering sponsored by RSVP.

Rabbi Arthur Waskow, head of Philadelphia’s Shalom Center, is a member of the ecumenical council who advised the publishers of last month’s release of A New New Testament, additions to the Christian texts. Katie Mazer, a 2009 Penn grad who excelled on the school‘s women’s lacrosse team, will represent Israel this June when the Jewish state takes part for the first time in the Women’s World Cup, hosted by Oshawa, Canada. Also participating will be Sara Greenberg of Gladwyne, who played lacrosse for the Baldwin School, played for Yale University and now attends graduate school at Harvard.

Philadelphia’s Eric A. Goldman, a film scholar and Yiddish expert, as well as founder of Ergo Media, Inc., a video company with an expertise in films of Jewish interest, has authored The American Jewish Story Through Cinema. Goldman also teaches film at Yeshiva University.

Rabbi Craig Axler, past associate rabbi at Congregation Beth Or in Maple Glen, was recently installed as rabbi at Temple Isaiah in Fulton, Md.

In the Philly, Get to Know Us Dept.: The city is serving as reunion central when Broadway’s Debbie Shapiro Gravitte guests with the Philly Pops in “Bond and Beyond” at the Kimmel Center the same weekend, April 26-28, that her daughter, Ellie Gravitte, 17, an All-American javelin thrower from Richfield, Conn., takes part in the Penn Relays at Franklin Field.

Cooper Schwartz, who attends Cedarbrook Middle School, took first place at the Southeastern Regional Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science contest, moving on to the state trials next month. Also, he and three teammates representing their school in MATHCOUNTS snared top honors in regionals held in Valley Forge recently. The champ’s parents are Lynn Rosen and Evan Schwartz.

Rabbi Larry Sernovitz will be leaving his post as associate rabbi of Old York Road Temple-Beth Am in Abington for Cherry Hill’s Temple Emanuel,  where he will assume his new role as rabbi on July 1, joining Senior Rabbi Jerome P. David..

Liz Hirsch, executive director of Congregation Beth Or in Maple Glen, is retiring after 22 years of service to the synagogue but is still getting the last laugh: Beth Or will honor her on April 20 with an evening of comedy headlined by Last Comic Standing finalist Corey Kahaney and local yukmeister Buddy Fitzpatrick at the deli-catered affair.


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