Newsmakers week of March 6, 2014

Joseph Neubauer has been chosen to take over as chairman of the Barnes Foundation. The 72-year-old Israeli-born Philadelphian has served the institution as a board member since 2005. From 1971 to ’79, he held a number of executive positions with PepsiCo. Inc., and was a former executive with Chase Manhattan Bank. He was the CEO of the locally based, global Aramark Corp. until 2012 and now serves as the company’s chairman. He has been active in the local Jewish community, supporting the National Museum of American Jewish History and Jewish camping initiatives. In 2012, he was chosen as the recipient of the Philadelphia Award for his commitment to enhancing the city’s profile.
Don Benn of East Norriton, Pa., has been honored by the township with its Distinguished Citizen Award. The former Oxford Circle resident earned his stripes as chairman of the local Human Relations Commission; assistant treasurer of the Industrial Development Authority; and as judge of elections. Benn has also served on the Montgomery County Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition and the FBI’s Multicultural Advisory Committee.
A quintet of Jewish law officers were among those stepping up in rank at the Philadelphia Police Department’s Promotional Ceremony, held at the end of January at Temple University’s McGonigle Hall. Promoted to inspector: Benjamin Naish; staff inspector: Laurence D. Nodiff; captain: Adam Friedman; and lieutenant: Jeffrey Rabinovitch and Jason Hendershot.
Ed Satell will be saluted with the 2014 Judge Lois G. Forer Child Advocacy Award by the Support Center for Child Advocates at their annual Benefit Reception & Auction on April 9 in Center City. Satell is being cited for his extensive work with impoverished children.
World-celebrated pianist Gary Graffman, a 1946 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music who went on to teach there and then become its president and director, will be the focus of “The Legend Celebrated by His Legacy: A Concert Tribute to Gary Graffman at 85,” played by six of his one-time Curtis piano students, including Natalie Zhu, who will be accompanied by members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. The salute will be held March 23 at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park. 
Cantor Amy Levy’s 10th anniversary on the pulpit at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel will be commemorated with The Cantor’s Cabaret, a celebration on May 10 at the synagogue. 
Adam Fishbein of Elkins Park, who has had Tourette Syndrome since the age of 6 in 2005, has been chosen to be a youth ambassador in training by the National Tourette Syndrome Association and will attend its three-day program next month in Washington, D.C. As part of the contingent in the nation’s capital, he will take part in a “Trip to the Hill” to help educate lawmakers about the syndrome and partake in a special congressional luncheon. 


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