Newsmakers the Week of Jan. 23, 2014


The Franklin Institute names a new president and CEO; a Montgomery County native is elected president judge of the Pennsylvania Superior Court; and a Philadelphia industrial tycoon finds his company profiled in a new book about mergers and acquisitions.

Larry Dubinski, current chief operating officer of the Franklin Institute, will become its next president and CEO effective July 1. Dubinski, who also serves as the science museum’s general counsel and secretary, has been involved with the institute since 1996. His roles over the years have included serving as its executive vice president. In the community, Dubinski serves as vice president of Congregation Rodeph Shalom and a board member of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.

Judge Susan Peikes Gantman of the Pennsylvania Superior Court has been elected its president judge. The Montgomery County native was first elected to the Superior Court bench in 2003 and was re-elected last year.

Abrams Hebrew Academy will honor a slate of communal leaders at its annual fundraising dinner in March: The honorees include state Rep. Steven J. Santarsiero, winner of the Shomer Award; Vivian Shore, Teacher of the Year; and Jeffrey Doshna, Parent of the Year.

Melissa Kurtzman, Alan Brecher and Robert Kaplan have been named to the board of directors of the ASPPA Benefits Council of Greater Philadelphia.

Jeffrey Lutsky, managing partner of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, is now a member of the board of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia.

Sig Davidson: Reflections on Jewish Roanoke, a new documentary about the Roanoke, Va., Jewish community, has been produced by Amy Morris, formerly head of the news operation at the city’s WDBJ-TV and now assistant news director at 6ABC on City Avenue.

Rita and George Slotnick, formerly of Philadelphia, have been honored by the Orlando Chapter of Hadassah with its Myrtle Wreath Award for their communal and synagogue work. In Philadelphia, she was involved with the creation of the Auxiliary of the American Heart Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania; he was a board member of the Oxford Circle Jewish Community Center.

Philadelphia industrial tycoon Ron Perelman and the business he built out of Revlon are focal points of the new book, A Giant Cow-Tipping by Savages: The Boom, Bust, and Boom Culture of M&A, by John Weir Close.

Dr. James Jordan of Yardley is up for a Grammy Award for his work as a composer and conductor of Anneliese, a choral rendition of The Diary of Anne Frank. The awards will be handed out in Los Angeles in ceremonies broadcast by CBS3 on Sunday, Jan. 26.

The Haverford High School Class of 1983 and the Amy’s Kisses Foundation — memorializing the slain alumna, Amy Perez, and her children — joined forces at the grads’ 30th class reunion to present a gift of $2,500 to SAT Boot Camp, targeted for scholarships benefitting HHS students in need. The foundation’s namesake and her two children were killed in 2011 by Perez’s estranged husband, who then killed himself. At the time, the Penn-educated Perez was co-founder of a firm that prepared college-bound kids for their SATs.

Dr. Arnold Cohen, top gun of the National Victor Center Advisory Board as well as past head and program director of the department of OB/GYN at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia — where the Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases was created and serves as its national base — was a guest speaker at an educational session about Jewish genetic diseases at a social/informational gathering in Miami called “Genes & Cocktails.”


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