Newsmakers the Week of May 8, 2014


An eminent lawyer and federal judge of longstanding is being honored at Jewish Law Day; a Mid-Atlantic Region and Greater Philadelphia ZOA official is named the organization's honorary national honorary president; and a well-respected former chazzan at Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park gets a study at the synagogue named in his honor.

Judge Arlin M. Adams will be honored in ceremonies on May 21 at the 32nd annual Jewish Law Day, a program of the  Louis D. Brandeis Society, at the Jewish Community Services Building in Center City. The much-honored Adams is a retired federal court judge who once served as secretary of public welfare for Pennsylvania, amid a career of judicial prominence including being one of two finalists for a Supreme Court seat during both the administrations of Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Gerald Ford. He currenrly serves as counsel at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP. His communal activity is extensive, including serving in an executive capacity with the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

Lewis B. Dashe, longtime president of the Zionist Organization of America/Mid-Atlantic and a board member of National ZOA as well as the organization’s Greater Philadelphia District, has been voted in as ZOA’s honorary national president. Also elected to national posts from the area: Morton Klein, president; Michael Goldblatt, board chairman; Bart Blatstein, associate treasurer; and Kevin Ross and Gene Shusman, vice presidents. Other locals voted to ZOA national board posts: Jon D. Fox, Leonard Getz, Morton Gleit, Robert Guzzardi, Clifford Rieders and Henry Ten.

John Solis-Cohen of Wells Fargo Advisors in Jenkintown and Eric Salmansohn of Morgan Stanley Liberty Wealth Management Group in Philadelphia have been named members of the nation’s “Top 1,000 Financial Advisors,” the annual list put out by Barron’s. Both have been named to the list multiple times in the past.

Pam Jenoff, a member of the law school faculty at Rutgers University, has just penned The Winter Guest, the third of her novels to focus on Poland during the Holocaust. Her previous efforts were the best-selling The Diplomat’s Wife and The Kommandant’s Girl.

Brett Rubin, a devoted and energetic advocate of juvenile diabetes research and treatment — whose work on behalf of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation last year earned him the honor of being named a Mitzvah Hero by the Jewish Exponent — has been honored by the Northampton Township Supervisors. The Richboro Middle School student was named a  Distinguished Citizen for his work with JDRF.

Publishing magnate Kal Rudman has received the Alumni Distinguished Service Award from Temple U., where he and his wife, Lucille, recently continued their longtime philanthropic bequests to the school by donating $1 million to Temple University Television and the Kal and Lucille Rudman Media Production Center.

Seth Elkins, 13, of Lafayette Hill wrote and recorded a love song, “You Are,” now available on iTunes. Last summer he penned a song, “My Second Home,” for the Camp Ramah talent show, which was subsequently used on the camp’s website.


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