Newsmakers the Week of May 15, 2014


Doubles tennis? How about a foursome: A quartet of leading locals have been named co-chairs of the June 4 tennis exhibition and cocktail reception in support of the Israel Tennis Centers Foundation; a graduate of Penn's med school has completed his three-part series on Essential Figures with the tome Essential Figures in Jewish Scholarship; and a local young actress gets a juicy part in New York while her journalist dad appears on the Fox News Channel discussing the new national 9/11 museum.

Philly native Steve Capus, who for years served as president of NBC News and had been executive producer of its top-rated Nightly News with Brian Williams, has been designated the new executive producer of the CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley, along with the title of executive editor of CBS News. His local career moves included work for area newspapers and stints at what is now NBC 10 and CBS3, where he was an executive producer.

Rabbi Rachel Kobrin of Congregation Agudas Achim in Austin, Texas, has been chosen the new religious leader of Congregation Adath Jeshurun in Elkins Park. She will be assuming the position held by Rabbi Seymour Rosenbloom since 1978; Rosenbloom will be retiring this June. Kobrin will begin her role on Aug. 1. The new rabbi — the first female religious leader for Adath Jeshurun — hails from Ro­chester, N.Y., and spent time growing up in London. A onetime Fellow for Clal Rabbis Without Borders, she is a co-author of God: Jewish Choices for Struggling With the Ultimate.

Rabbi Aaron Gaber, longtime religious leader at Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor, N.J., is leaving that post to assume the position of senior rabbi at Congregation Brothers of Israel in Newtown, previouusly held by Rabbi Aaron Philmus. Gaber will start at his new post in August.

Frank Brodsky, senior vice president of investments at Wells Fargo Advisors in Center City, will receive the Distinguished Alumi Award at Pierce College’s Spring Reception on May 19. Brodsky was a member of the Class of ’53.

Holocaust survivor, lecturer and author Lena Allen-Shore, a retired professor at Gratz College, was the subject of a recent interview in the Philadelphia Inquirer regarding her longtime friendship with the late Pope John Paul II. The interview was published in conjunction with the canonization of the pope, with whom Allen-Shore formed a strong bond, visited at the Vatican and also wrote a book about, Building Bridges, intercutting stories of his life in Poland during World War II with her experiences in the Holocaust. The writer and educator is also the founder of Philadelphia’s Lena Allen-Shore Center for Human Potential.

Philadelphia native Dr. Ron Eisenberg, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and its School of Medicine, recently completed his three-part series on Essential Figures with the tome Essential Figures in Jewish Scholarship. The other two editions focus on the Bible and the Talmud. He is currently professor of radiology at the Harvard Medical School.

Chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Jefferson University Hospitals, Dr. Robert H. Rosenwasser has been honored with the Cushing Award for Technical Excellence and Innovation in Neurosurgery by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Moriah Tobin, 12, who last performed in the area in the joint Beth Sholom/Adath Jeshurun production of Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, recently had a starring role in a new play, The Big White Door, staged at the Columbia University School of the Arts Theatre in New York. She is the daughter of Jonathan S. Tobin and Paula Gates. Also: The senior online editor of Commentary magazine, Jonathan Tobin recently appeared on Megyn Kelly’s national The Kelly File on the Fox News Channel, discussing The National September 11 Memorial Museum’s film depicting the tragedy of 9/11. That film has come under criticism from some Muslims as tarnishing the religion based on the actions of a fraction of its followers; these critics have called for a re-editing of the film. Tobin appeared in defense of the film, opposing those interested in “altering the narrative of 9/11.”

Carl Ackerman, a history teacher at Constitution High School, has been cited as one of the Philadelphia School District of Philadelphia High School “Distinguished Teachers” by the Lindback Foundation.



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