Newsmakers the Week of December 19, 2013


A Beth Sholom Congregation member is chosen “Man of the Year” by the Middle Atlantic Region of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs; Temple U. gets a $25 million gift from a local media magnate; and a Main Line rabbi  better plan his Bar Mitzvah speech since he's being honored by his congregation for 13 years of service.

Debbie Levin, an education professor at Montgomery County Community College, has been named a recipient of North Penn United Way’s 2014 Superheroes United for Kids honor.

Main Line Reform Temple is honoring Rabbi Ethan Franzel on the Bar Mitzvah of his service to the congregation with a special celebration planned for May 17.

Rela Mintz Geffen, former dean of academic affairs at Gratz College and president of Baltimore Hebrew University from 2000-20007, has been named recipient of the 2013 Mandell L. Berman Service Award of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry.

Lafayette Hill’s Dr. Richard S. Kaiser, attending retina surgeon and Fellowship director of the Wills Eye Retina Service, joined Dr. Marc Spirn as co-chair of the institute’s Arch McNamara, M.D., Lecture, which commemorates the late Wills Eye retina surgeon. This year’s lecture focused on the viability of discovering more about the body’s health through enhanced vision imaging.

Irwin Sklar has been honored as “Man of the Year” by the Middle Atlantic Region of the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs, with the salute held at Temple Sinai. Irwin’s allegiances to Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park include service as past president of the Men’s Club and a past co-president of the Young Marrieds. He now serves as vice president of the Middle Atlantic Region of the FJMC.

Lewis Katz, one of the managing partners of the Philadelphia Media Network, which publishes The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and, has made a pledge of $25 million to his alma mater, Temple University, where he also serves on the board. Katz was a recipient of the 2013 Musser Award for Excellence in Leadership, accorded him by Temple’s Fox School of Business at a special dinner, when he made the philanthropic announcement.

Dr. Steven M. Altschuler, CEO of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, has been named by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of the 2013 300 Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know. Also: Dr. Larry Kaiser, president/CEO, Temple University Health System.

In a career dating back nearly 50 years, Ruth Morley is retiring from her many roles at the Klein JCC, effective Dec. 19. She started with the Klein when it opened in 1965 and has served 10 different directors since. Her posts have included administrative assistant, theater manager, travel director and her current role as  executive assistant to the president and CEO. She has said her biggest moment of pride at the Klein was organizing a humanitarian mission to help impoverished members of the Cuban Jewish community. She did that in 2004 with the assistance of her husband, David, and with the imprimatur of the U.S. Treasury Department.



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