Newsmakers the Week of March 27, 2014


A local rabbi is named one of America's Most Inspiring Rabbis, Beth Shalom gets a new chazzan, actor Joel Polis gets rave reviews in the West Coast run of a play that premiered here some years back and more good news in this week's column. 

Cantor Jeffrey S. Weber has been chosen the new chazzan of Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, taking on his new post on July 1. The native of Valley Forge, raised in Commack, N.Y., is an alum of the Juilliard School of Music. Weber received his diploma of chazzan and a subsequent master’s degree in Sacred Music from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He previously served as cantor at Temple Beth Sholom in Sarasota, Fla. 
American Airlines Group and subsidiary US Airways are being saluted by the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce, which will bestow its prestigious 2014 Yitzhak Rabin Public Service Award on the two at a special gathering here on April 8. Both are being cited, in part, for being catalysts “for business and economic development, especially with Israel.”
Yaron Sideman, consul general of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic States, has been chosen for the executive committee of the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia, serving as vice president.
Lenore Steiner has been chosen a member of the board of directors of the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation.
Havertown’s Mike Tollin executive produced Summer Dreams, a CBS documentary offering an insider’s special look at athletes’ actions and lifestyles during the National Basketball Association’s off-season. Among Tollin’s many film credits is Radio Daze.
Rabbi Yael Levy of Mishkan Shalom Synagogue has been named one of 2014 America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis, by the Jewish Daily Forward.
Oreland’s Joel Polis has garnered raves for a variety of roles he plays — including the Rebbe — in the Los Angeles premiere of My Name Is Asher Lev, based on the novel by the late Chaim Potok. The play premiered some years back in Philadelphia and then went on to a successful off-Broadway run. The L.A. production is by the Fountain Theatre; locally, it had been premiered by the Arden Theater.
Gladwyne’s Sara Greenberg has joined forces with Della Heiman, both students at the Harvard Business School, to form Inside IL, a company which positions MBA students from across the nation with companies in Israel. 
The Klein JCC’s recent annual Home Delivered Meals, March for Meals Celebration and Volunteer Recognition Luncheon honored Subaru of America/ Cherry Hill, N.J., with a Corporate Leadership Award; the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust of Gladwyne, Pa., with a Community Leadership Award; and Jack Belitsky; Judy Einhorn of Marlton, N.J.; and David and Jeanette Auerbach of Elkins Park with the Nina Cohen Award, named after the late former director of the Home Delivered Meals Program.
Marc Erlbaum, guiding spirit behind Nationlight Productions and a film producer and writer, has founded eflixir, a new movie streaming service that donates portions of money raised to Free the Children.
Lou Balcher has been appointed national director of the American Friends of the Kaplan Medical Center, which is stationed in Rehovot, Israel. Balcher comes to this position from his years as director of academic affairs, speakers bureau and community relations for the Consulate General of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic Region.


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