Newsmakers the Week of January 16, 2014


A prominent Philadelphia couple makes a major gift of contemporary works to the Philadelphjia Museum of Art; a lawyer/designer bags a big account for her jewelry creations — the Oscars; and a professor at the Drexel University College off Medicine snares an Outstanding Educators Award for 2013.

Major contemporary art collectors Keith L. and Katherine Sachs have gifted the Philadelphia Museum of Art with nearly 100 works, highlighted by the works of Jasper Johns and Ellsworth Kelly. The Sachs have longstanding ties to the Philadelphia museum; Keith Sachs has served as a trustee for the past 25 years. They also have been prominent supporters of the Hebrew University in Jeru­salem and, locally, the University of Pennsylvania. The space for the donated art will be named the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Galleries, with official ceremonies scheduled for March.

Joshua Runyan, former news editor of the Jewish Exponent, has been named editor-in-chief of the Baltimore Jewish Times. The native Philadelphian is also a former news editor of

Warren Hoffman, director of arts and cultural programming the past five years for the Gershman Y, is leaving to become associate director of the Center for Jewish Life and Learning at the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, effective Jan. 27.

Self-avowed one-time jewelry-making hobbyist Jane Makransky has landed the Oscars as an account. The local lawyer, whose jewelry is available regionally and has been displayed in Bead Trends Magazine and Jewelry Making Daily, will have her leather cuffs included in gift baskets handed out at the Academy Awards ceremony in March. This past summer, Backstage Bag included her pieces as part of their gift baskets given to such new celebity parents as Hilaria and Alec Baldwin and Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem.

Philadelphia native Jonathan Sarna, chief historian for the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia as well as the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University, is the new president of the Association for Jewish Studies. One of his predecessors in the role was his father, Nahum.

Jeffrey Dashevsky of the law firm of Dashevsky, Horwitz, Kuhn & Novello, P.C, has been named to the board of governors of the Phila­delphia Bar Association.

Dr. Eric Faerber, professor of radiology and pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine as well as head of radiology at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, has been honored by the Philadelphia Roentgen Ray Society with its Mary Stuart Fisher Outstanding Educator Award for 2013.



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