Newsmakers the Week of July 3, 2014


Jeff Bartos, CEO of Mark Group, Inc., an international energy efficiency company, has been honored by Ernst & Young as “Entrepreneur of the Year,” in the Cleantech field. Among his communal activities, Bartos is a board member of the Jewish Federation Real Estate group as well as the Kimmel Center.

Philanthropist Sidney Kimmel, whose name graces the performing arts center in Center City, has announced a $110 million gift to Thomas Jefferson University, whose medical school will now be known as the Sidney Kimmel Medical College. A major contributer to Jewish causes as well, Kimmel founded Jones New York and has given away a significant amount of his fortune to medical colleges related to cancer research, including the eponymous center at Jefferson. He has also become a movie producer since moving on from Jones.

Dr. Wendy Ross, a developmental pediatrician, has been chosen by CNN as one of the cable network’s Heroes. She was honored in one of its segments for her work as founder of Autism Inclusion Resources, and was cited specifically for her work with the Phillies, educating all their personnel to provide a more conducive environment at the ballpark for fans with autism attending games. Since starting out with the Phillies, she has added to her field of influence by working with the Flyers and the Eagles and is targeting SEPTA as well. In the CNN segment, Ross said, “The hope for Philadelphia is to make it the most autism-friendly city in the country.” She may show up on CNN again later in 2014; each year the network produces a special tribute to the year’s top 10 CNN Heroes, shown in December, out of all the honorees.

Rabbi Monica Kleinman has been chosen as religious school  director at Adath Emanu-El in Mount Laurel, N.J. Kleinman is a recent graduate of Hebrew Union College and holds a master’s in education administration from Xavier University.

Virginia Rodowsky, an 11th- grade student from Wilmington, has won the first Mordechai Anielewicz Scholarship for Excellence in the Arts, named to commemorate the Holocaust hero. The award comes from the Moore College of Art & Design in the form of an annual $5,000 scholarship. Moore hosted the Mordechai Anielewicz Creative Arts Competition and Exhibition, in which Rodowsky’s art piece, “Innocent,” was displayed. The competition is a project of the Jewish Federation
of Greater Philadelphia.

Ellen Mattleman Kaplan has been chosen as interim president of the Committee of 70, a government watchdog organization. She has been with the organization since 2005. The Princeton grad helmed Sam Katz’s mayoral campaign in 1999.

David J. Kron, managing director-investments, Kron & Polis Financial Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, has been named one of the nation’s Top 400 Advisors by The Financial Times.


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