Newsmakers, the Week of July 25, 2013


To mark his just celebrated 90th birthday, Len Becker, joined by his wife, Freda, has made a $100,000 Legacy Endowment Gift through the Federation Endowments Corporation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

Michelle Marks has been named Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member at Manor College in Jenkintown, where she teaches in the Liberal Arts Department.

Morris Levin, formerly a relationship manager at the Philadelphia Corporate Finance Group of PNC Bank, is now senior financial analyst for Rail Finance/Philadelphia.

Rabbi Beth Kalisch, immediate past adjunct rabbi of Manhattan’s Central Synagogue, has taken on the role of interim rabbi at Beth David Reform Congregation in Gladwyne.

Rabbi Albert Gabbai of Mikveh Israel Congregation in Old City is taking part in a ceremony observing the 250th anniversary of the dedication of the oldest standing synagogue in the country, Touro Synagogue in Newport, R.I., on Aug. 18. At the synagogue event, Gabbai will read the famous 1790 Moses Seixas letter sent to George Washington, welcoming the first president to Newport, which Washington was touring and where Seixas was serving Congregation Kahal Kadosh Yeshuat Israel as its leader at the time. Keynote speaker: Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan.

Uri Hershberg, assistant professor, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems, Drexel University, recently co-authored a paper in BMC Bioinformatics focusing on the body’s cellular reaction to influenza.

Joshua Jeffreys was named second-tier winner at the third annual Excellence in Jewish Studies Award competition of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. The Rutgers University student was honored for his paper on “Irony in the Mishnah.”

Finalists in the “There Ought to Be a Law” essay contest for Main Line-area schools sponsored by State Rep. Tim Briggs include Maya Ackerman, a student in Melissa McGuire’s class at Cynwyd Elementary School; and Yehuda Biberfeld, a pupil in Kathy Marshall’s class at Torah Academy. Students received a citation for their work from the state House of Representatives, handed out by Briggs at a session of the Lower Merion School board of directors.

In celebration of its 170th anniversary, The Legal Intelligencer has established its first Lifetime Achievement Awards, saluting those who have affected Pennsylvania law. Among those cited: Arlin M. Adams, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis; Lawrence J. Beaser, Blank Rome; Phyllis Beck, Independence Foundation; David L. Cohen, Comcast Corp.; Stephen A. Cozen, Cozen ­O’Connor; Lawrence Kaplan, Rothman Gordon; Edward G. Rendell, Ballard Spahr; Judge Norma L. Shapiro, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; Deborah R. Willig, Willig, Williams & Davidson; and Barton J. Winokur, Dechert.


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