Newsmakers Week of May 9, 2013


Jeffrey Rosen is the newly named president/CEO of the National Constitution Center, succeeding David Eisner, who left the Society Hill-based center last October. Rosen’s legal and scholarly credits are many, including serving as a professor the past 16 years at the George Washington University Law School. He is also associated with the New Republic, serving as its legal affairs editor.

Richard J. Green, CEO and vice chairman of Firstrust Bank, has been named a board member of Penn Medicine.

Senior Rabbi Lance Sussman of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park last week made a multimedia presentation of “The Philadelphia Story: 1700-1880/Early Jewish Life in Pennsylvania,” before a group sponsored by the American Jewish Archives. Highlights of the presentation at K.I. — with power point and art work by Joan Myerson Shrager — included “Yiddish Code and the Declaration” and anti-Semitism during the Federal era.

Dr. Paula Stillman, vice president of health care services for Temple University Health System, has been named director
of the newly formed TUHS Institute for Population Health.

Rabbi Marc Israel has been named associate rabbi of Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El while Judith Scarani is the synagogue’s newly named director of its Early Childhood Center. She replaces Ann Altus, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

Philadelphian Carl Moritz recently played the legendary Greenwich Village Garage jazz club in New York, performing on drums alongside Israel’s
acclaimed Yotam Silberstein, guitarist, and the Guy Mintus Trio.

Dr. Mark Hurwitz has been named vice chair for Quality, Safety and Performance Excellence in Radiation Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital, where he also was selected director of the thermal oncology section of the radiation oncology department.

Native Philadelphian and Penn Law School grad and honoree, Mark Yudof has stepped down as president of the University
of California, a post he had held since 2008. He will be a fixture on the school’s Berkeley campus come the fall, where he intends to teach law.

Manny D. Pokotilow, senior partner of Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow, Ltd., has been honored with the “Best IP Litigator of the Year Award for 2013 in Pennsylvania” coming from Managing Intellectual Property Magazine at the magazine’s recent North American IP Awards dinner. Among many positions held, he was chairman of the American Bar Association’s Proprietary Rights in Software committee of the Computer Law Division of the Section of Science and Technology.

A new book on the Beatles by Larry Kane — who accompanied the Fab Four on their first American tour 49 years ago and who has made a cottage industry out of writing about the band — is coming out this summer and will be, according to the broadcaster, “a dramatic look at the Beatles’ rise to the top.”

One of “The Minyan: 10 Most Interesting Local Jews of the Year,” according to the Washington Jewish Week, Rabbi Jessica Shimberg of the University of Maryland Hillel, is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote.


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