Newsmakers the Week of April 3, 2014


A Penn sociology professor comes out with a new book; a curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art is honored with a Penn State Alumni Achievement Award; and the Jewish Social Policy Action Network gets a new executive director, among other notes.

Jerry A. Jacobs, a professor of the sociology department at the U in P has authored In Defense of Disciplines: Interdisciplinarity and Specialization in the Research University. He is a former editor of the American Sociological Review.  
Dean E. Weisgold, principal attorney of his self-named law firm, was chosen Volunteer of the Month in December by Philadelphia VIP, an organization dedicated to pro bono work for the poor and disadvantaged.
Matthew Singer has been honored with an Alumni Achievement Award from Penn State Harrisburg. Singer is a communications officer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and a curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art at Congregation Rodeph Sha­lom.
Dr. Morris Kotler, chairman emeritus at the Einstein Medical Center, has received the center’s Edward S. Cooper, M.D. Award for service to the community.
Attorney Roberta Liebenberg of Fine, Kaplan and Black, where she is a partner, has been feted with the seminal Sharing Her Passion Award by the Ms. JD organization. Honored in Austin, Texas, where the group held its annual confab, Liebenberg, who is also chair of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession, was honored for “inspiring younger women lawyers through sponsorship, mentorship and sharing her passion for the practice.”  
Dr. Carl Chudnofsky of the Einstein Healthcare Network, where he chairs its department of emergency medicine, has been voted a member of the board of the American Board of Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he serves as attending adolescent medicine physician, has an added job for his resume: He has become editor of Reaching Teens: Strength-Based Communication Strategies to Build Resilience and Support Healthy Adolescent Development, put out by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Rabbi George Stern, former executive director of the Neighborhood Interfaith Movement in Northwest Philadelphia, who serves a congregation in Nyack, N.Y., has been chosen as executive director of the Jewish Social Policy Action Network, or JSPAN.  
Rabbi Robert Leib will be feted on 25 years of service to Old York Road Temple-Beth Or with a musical salute on April 6 by Cantor Elena Zarkh and colleagues, Cantor Stephen Freedman of Temple Sinai; Cantor Elizabeth Shammash of Tiferet Bet Israel; and Cantor Eliot Vogel of Har Zion Temple.
Area resident and author Rachel Simon recently guest-spoke at the Genesee (N.Y.) ARC’s 4th Annual Sprout Film Festival & Speaker Series, which focused on films by and featuring disabled individuals. Simon famously wrote two books dealing with disabilities: The Story of Beautiful Girl and Riding the Bus With My Sister.
Educator Janice Solkov has been named to the board of trustees of the Achievement House Cyber Charter School.