Newsmakers the Week of February 6, 2014


A former ice-skating medalist from Philly is taking a judge's role at the Winter Olympics in Sochi; the Youth Aid Panel of Lower Merion gets two new executive directors; and an art teacher from Tyler and a rabbi team up to author a book on "the seasons of the Jewish year."

A former ice-skating medalist and member of the Philadelphia family long associated with Rosenbluth International Travel, Rob Rosenbluth will take his place at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, as a figure- skating judge. The games begin Feb. 7. The Philadelphian’s competitions included the 1985 Winter Universiade (World Student Games) in Belluno, Italy, where he won the silver medal. As a judge, Rosenbluth has participated in many competitions. He is the son of Irwin C. and Carole M. Rosenbluth Saft and the late Joseph W. Rosenbluth.

Paula Singer and Susan Miller have been named executive co-chairs of the Youth Aid Panel of Lower Merion and Narberth. Their shared responsibilities will involve oversight of the panels that provide an alternative to District Court for area juveniles caught up in first-time nonviolent crimes. Singer is a founder of the panel, which is sponsored by the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office; Miller is now in her eighth year as a volunteer in the program.

Sharon Pinkenson, Joseph Weiss and Ruben Amaro, Jr. are co-chairing the second annual Bubby’s Cook-Off, sponsored by and benefiting the programs of Lubavitch of Bucks County. The event is set for Feb. 26, at Vie. Among the notables on hand will be sweet treat judges Hope Cohen, author of Fast, Fresh + Simple; Nancy Glass, CEO of Nancy Glass Productions; Pinkenson, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office; and broadcast icon Marciarose Shestack.  

Dr. Jeffrey A. Drebin of the U of P’s Perelman School of Medicine, where he is chair of the surgery department as well as the John Rhea Barton Professor of Surgery, is the newly elected president of the Philadelphia Academy of Surgery. The academy is the oldest such surgical group in the nation.

Adjunct curator of the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Judith Tannenbaum, is serving as juror of the Arcadia University 2014 Student Biennial Juried Exhibition, now to Feb. 23, in the school’s Commons Art Gallery in Glenside.

Zoe Cohen, who teaches at the Tyler School of Art, and Rabbi Jill Hammer, head of spiritual education at the Academy for Jewish Religion in Yonkers, N.Y., have authored The Garden of Time, which, according to Cohen, intends to “walk the reader through the seasons of the Jewish year, and show how the Jewish holidays are deeply rooted in nature and the seasons, both historically and spiritually.” Publication date is March 31.

Violin virtuoso Lili Haydn, daughter of the late Lotus Weinstock and granddaughter of the late local legendary social force of nature Lucille Berger, has scored the new film, The Sublime and Beautiful, which just showed at the Slamdance Festival in Park City, Utah.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is naming its pet therapy project the Gerald B. Shreiber Pet Therapy Program, saluting the South Jersey snack foods tycoon for his longtime support and commitment to the project. The therapy treatment is part of the hospital’s Child Life, Education and Creative Arts Therapy division.


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