Newsmakers the Week of November 24, 2013


Former Mount Airy resident Hankus Netsky, longtime member of the New England Conservatory, where he chairs its Contemporary Improvisation Departments, and a leading voice in the national klez­mer revival as part of the Klez­mer Conservatory Band, has been named to the The Forward 50, one of “50 American Jews who’ve had the greatest impact on the world in 2013,” according to the Forward newspaper.

Dr. Louis F. Rose of Cohen & Rose Periodontics in Center City has been honored with the 2013 Gold Medal Award, the highest honor accorded by the American Academy of Periodontology. Rose’s credentials are many: He is clinical professor of periodontics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and is editor in chief of Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry. Beyond dentistry, Rose has been president of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and a professor of surgery and medicine at the Drexel University School of Medicine.

New Jersey philanthropist James Klinghoffer has given the Jewish Family Service of Margate, N.J., a gift of $20,000, earmarked for its Holiday Turkey Drive, which provides area families in need with a full turkey

Nurit Shein, CEO of Center City’s Mazzoni Center, described as “a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing comprehensive healthcare and wellness services in an LGBT-focused environment,” has been named a Circle of Excellence Award winner by Phila­delphia SmartCEO. Shein was feted in the Healthcare and Biotech category.

Len Bernstein has been named new managing partner of the law firm of Reed Smith LLP in Phila­delphia.

South Jersey residents Gail and Doug Stanger have been honored for their longtime work on behalf of the Anti-Defamation League at a ceremony marking the national organization’s centennial. The Northfield couple has dedicated some three decades to ADL programs. The event was held at the Katz Jewish Community Center in Cherry Hill, N.J.

Philadelphia native Natan Ophir has authored Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach: Life, Mission, and Legacy, a biography of the “Singing Rabbi.” Ophir currently serves as director of the Jewish Meditation Institute Jerusalem.

The Chabadniks football team of Drexel University — most are participants in the campus Chabad House’s activities — are taking an undefeated season into the playoffs of the co-ed league, which begin Nov. 25. Players are
Sammy Blivaiss, Jeff Resnick, Craig Rosenbaum, Noah Gross, Lyssia Katan, Stephanie Sussman, Aviva Gomberg, Jacqueline Rothman, Michelle Silberman, Jesse Rossenstien and David Fleishaker.



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