Newsmakers the Week of May 29, 2014


An area native awaits the publication of her second novel, set in the Yemen of 1920; the Golden Slipper Clubs & Charities announces the honorees for its annual gala; and a local human rights activist with an international imprint is named to receive a coveted award from the National Historical Marian Anderson Museum and Society.

Dr. Sherman N. Leis and returning president, David H. Levy, will be honored at the annual Golden Slipper Club & Charities gala
on June 12, at the Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue. Leis will be presented the Gold Medallion Award of Achievement.

Dr. Andrew L. Miller has been promoted from acting associate chief medical officer at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Methodist Hospital Division, to the actual position.

Human rights activist and leading asylum immigration attorney Enid Adler, who helped create the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands and has long been active on behalf of social crisis issues — she was a prominent participant in the Soviet Jewry movement — will be honored with a Legacy Humanitarian Award by the National Historical Marian Anderson Museum & Society on May 31. The occasion is the 75th anniversary of the late legendary singer’s watershed performance at Lincoln Memorial. The awards luncheon is being held at the African American Museum.

Judy Browngoehl is now assistant director of the Philadelphia/SNJ Regional Office of American Jewish Committee. She comes directly from the American Museum of Natural History in New York, where she served as part of the development team.

Area native Nomi Eve Saunders Henna House, a sprawling novel which begins in Yemen in 1920, will be published this summer. The writer’s first novel, The Family Orchard, a transgenerational saga beginning in 1800s Palestine, was released in 2000. Henna House has been named a finalist in the “One Book-One Jewish Community” contest in San Francisco. Saunders is the daughter of Rita Rosen Poley, director of the Temple Judea Museum of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park.

Robert and Penny Fox have gifted alma mater Drexel University with a $1 million commitment that will be earmarked for the school’s centuries-old garments/fabrics collection, to be housed at the newly named Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection.

Todd Bernstein, who made national news when he initiated the King Day of Service, a seminal program touting volunteerism as an honorable way to commemorate the life of slain civil rights hero Martin Luther King, Jr., was honored himself at the annual RSVP Volunteer Recognition Luncheon, held at the Philmont Country Club. Director of the local King Day of Service for 19 years, he was feted with RSVP’s Community Leadership Award.

Harry Reicher, a member of the faculty of Penn Law School, is the recipient of the first USC Shoah Foundation-The Institute for Visual History and Education Rutman Teaching Fellowship. The law school prof will be schooled in the best way to incorporate Holocaust survivors’ testimonies into a teaching curriculum, during a one-week residency at the foundation at USC.



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