Newsmakers week of May 23, 2013


Melanie Raush, in 8th grade at Kellman Brown Academy in Cherry Hill, N.J., was honored recently at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth 2013 Award Ceremony, held at Rowan University. The daughter of Helene and David Raush was recognized by the center “as one of the brightest young students in the nation” for achieving “exceptional performance on a rigorous, above-grade-level test given to academically talented second- through-eighth-grade students.” 

Judy Freedman of Marlton, N.J., has been honored with a 2013 Webby Award for her blog, “A Boomer’s Life After 50” ( 
Entrepreneurs Jared Jackson and Matt Bar of Philadelphia have been invited to take part in the ROI Community Summit, a gathering of what is described as Jewish “change­makers,” next month in Jeru­salem. Jackson is founder and exec director of Jews in ALL Hues; Bar has the same titles with Bible Raps. ROI Community is a component of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network. 
Robert Alper, rabbi and comedian, formerly of Philadelphia, now in Vermont, has come out with his latest book: Thanks. I Needed That.: And Other Stories of the Spirit, incorporating such stories as a woman who goes to service with her dog, and a 5-year-old who serves as a grief counselor.
Phyllis Horn Epstein of Epstein, Shapiro & Epstein, PC, as well as treasurer of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, has been voted a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.
Elihu Katz, acclaimed American and Israeli sociology pioneer and currently Distinguished Trustee Professor of Communication and Professor of Sociology at the U of P, has been profiled by the online Figure/Ground Communication. He also will be receiving an honorary degree from Northwestern University on June 21. The award-winning educator is, additionally, emeritus professor of sociology and communication at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and serves as scientific director of the Gutt­man Institute of Applied Social Research. 
Joseph Byer, who helps run a family-owned liquor store in Claymont, Del., received his 50-year Masonic service emblem in ceremonies in Florida, where he now resides.
Kenneth R. Gilberg received the Gold Medallion Award of Achievement from Golden Slipper Club & Charities at its annual gala, held at the Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel in King of Prussia. Also honored: incoming president David H. Levy.
Jed Bernstein, producing director of the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, has been named president of Lincoln Center in New York, taking up the reins of the nationally prominent arts center in January.
Duane Morris LLP’s Jonathan Segal received the “Outstanding HR Leader of 2013” award from Temple University’s Fox School of Business and Management at its awards banquet. Besides being a partner in the law firm’s Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group, Segal is managing principal of the Duane Morris Institute. 


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