Newsmakers the Week of November 27, 2013


Jane Cohen, 10, of Moores­town, N.J., has landed the lead role of Marie in this year’s Pennsylvania Ballet Company production of The Nutcracker, which starts performances at the Academy of Music on Dec. 7. This is Jane’s third year with the production; earlier she played the Bunny and an angel. In her first year as a student at the School of the Pennsylvania Ballet Company, she is also a fifth-grader at George C. Baker Elementary School in Moores­town. Dancing since the age of 3, the daughter of Greg and Lisa Cohen has reportedly expressed interest in a future as an astrophysicist.

Israeli Tal Bublil, captain as well as senior defender of Drexel University’s soccer team, was chosen Most Outstanding Performer of the Colonial Athletic Association’s Championships, which his team just took with a win over the College of William and Mary. It marked Drexel’s first CAA championship. The captain hails from Kfar-Mass in Israel, where he played for
the Hapoel Herzliya Club.

Joseph Puder, former executive director of of the Interfaith Taskforce for America and Israel, has been named executive director of the new Philadelphia regional branch of StandWithUs, an Israel education group that is headquartered in Los Angeles. He is also
a former executive director of the Philadelphia regional division of American Jewish Congress. Also named to the local SWU office: Ferne Hassan as associate director, coming from serving American Jewish Committee's New Jersey branch as its associate director.

Asaf Romirowsky, who serves the Philadelphia-based Middle East Forum as an adjunct scholar, where he also was a research fellow years ago, has co-authored (with Alexander H. Joffe) Religion, Politics, and the Origins of Palestine Refugee Relief, which will
be released Dec. 18. Romirowsky also served as an international liaison officer with the Israel Defense Forces, positioned in the West Bank.

Ruth Mascal, who served Israel as a colonel in the Yom Kippur War, was recently saluted by the Israel Defense Forces Blog in an article commemorating the 40th anniversary of that war. She is a familiar face and name to many Philadelphians; she and her husband, Zvi, arrived in Philadelphia in 1978, when he set up a local branch of Bank Hapoalim. Their departure from Israel for Phila­del­phia came at the end of her longtime military service to Israel. While here, the Muscals proved to be much-honored communal activists before returning to Israel in 2004.

Dr. Jack Ludmir, chair, department of obstetrics and gynecology, Pennsylvania Hospital, as well as vice chair, department of obstetrics and gynecology, Penn Medicine, has been honored with the Roose­velt Award for Service to Humanity by March of Dimes,
at its Signature Chefs Gala. Also feted: David H. Lipson, president of Philadelphia Magazine, as Citizen of the Year.


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