Newsmakers the Week of October 17, 2013


Ryan Frankel, Haverford College grad as well as U of P Wharton School alum, joined his business partner, Kunal Sarda, in an episode of 6ABC’s popular series, Shark Tank, in which entrepreneurs seek funding from established business “sharks” on the series’ panel. Frankel and Sarda ultimately struck a deal with software magnate Kevin O’Leary, also known on the series as Mr. Wonderful, to invest in VerbalizeIt, an interactive translation service of which Frankel is CEO/co-founder. Ultimately, Frankel and Sarda turned down O’Leary’s offer and went elsewhere for funding.

Installed as new officers of the Haim Yassky Group of Hadassah are Lisa Penn and Mindy Hershorin, co-presidents; Ilene Paster, vice president, membership; Hilda Cohen, group liaison; Ellen Weber, vice president, education and programming; Lois Davidson, vice president, charity; Ronnie Wayne, vice president, fundraising; Barbara Mishkin, treasurer; and Cynthia Kimchi, corresponding and recording secretary.

Jewish Family and Children’s Service will be honoring Jessica Solomon, its outgoing board chairman, and Bobbi Brodsky, longtime advocate and supporter, as well as the agency’s Center for Special Needs, at the agency’s 30th annual benefit. With a theme of Rooted in Community, Blossoming Together, the event is set for Nov. 14 at Vie restaurant.

Michele Levin has been voted in to a national board position of the American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Levin and husband, Robert, of Bala Cynwyd also recently were appointed officers of the group’s local branch and have been named to the BGU International Society of Founders for their generosity to the school. Michele also graduated as part of the seminal group of AABGU’s Zin Fellows Leadership Development Program. Her other communal roles include activity on behalf of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

Moriah Tobin, 12, recently took part in the off-off-Broadway presentation of Please! Can Somebody Help Me?!, as part of John Chatterton’s Short Play Lab. Area audiences may remember the actress as the lead
in last year’s Annie, a joint production of Beth Sholom and Adath Jeshurun congregations, where she is a Hebrew school student. She is the daughter of Jonathan S. Tobin and Paula Gates.

Immediate past executive director of Ohev Shalom of Bucks County in Richboro, Fred Z. Poritsky has launched FZP Associates LLC, a company specializing in web design, email marketing, social media marketing and board governance consultation services, primarily for nonprofits, an arena he has been involved in for more than 25 years. Poritsky is a former controller of the Jewish Publishing Group and former manager of financial services for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

Darren Sudman, who, with his wife, Phyllis, founded Simon’s Fund to memorialize their infant son who died of heart disease — undetected Long QT Syndrome — has been instrumental in developing a website devoted to locating sites where heart screenings are held in the United States. The site,, is being introduced now in honor of October being National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month. Also: The Sudmans are planning the inaugural Simon Says Run: a 5K for Kids’ Hearts ( on Sunday, Oct. 27, at Victory Fields on the grounds of Plymouth White­marsh High School in Plymouth Meeting.

Charles J. Meyer of Hofstein Weiner & Meyer, P.C., has been named a hearing committee member of the Disciplinary Board of the Sup­reme Court of Pennsylvania. His term runs for three years.



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