Newsmakers the Week of July 10, 2014


A successful Philadelphia novelist comes out with her latest tome, with the city in its sightlines; owners of a popular Jenkintown salon open up their doors for a Beauty Day for patients at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; and and a longtime scholar at Penn reflects in writing on his 20 years heading up a Judaic institute.

Popular novelist Jennifer Weiner has come out with another book, All Fall Down, whose central character, Allison Weiss, has been described by Entertainment Weekly as “an educated, overweight, Jewish, Phila­delphia-based writer with a quick wit and emotional scars from her tough childhood. (In other words, she’s a lot like Jennifer Weiner.)”

Dr. James S. Raphael has been chosen to head up the Department of Orthopedics as well as the Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery Program at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia. The much-published physician also co-chairs Einstein’s research program in the Department of Orthopedics.

Philly’s Stephanie Feldman, a Barnard College graduate who also studied at the University of Pennsylvania, makes her debut as a novelist with The Angel of Losses, a reconfiguration of the Wandering Jew figure. She will do a book-signing on July 29 at Main Point Books in Bryn Mawr.

Toni and Stuart B. Young of Wilmington have funded the new Amos Oz Initiative for Literature and Culture, a program taking place in Arad, Israel, presented by the American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. The project is named after one of Israel’s most popular and accomplished writers, who also teaches literature at the university’s Beersheba location.

Maurice and Mindy Torjman of Longport, N.J., and Dr. Marc and Whitney Ullman of Galloway, N.J., will be feted at Chabad at the Shore’s summer gala on Aug. 24, at the Katz JCC in Margate, N.J.

Mel Silverman and Jerry Yellin, owners of Salon L’Etoile of Jenkintown, recently opened their doors to present their annual Beauty Day for patients from the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery’s Craniofacial Program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The day included hair stylings and manicures.

Local writer Louis Greenstein makes his debut as a novelist with the just-released Mr. Boardwalk, a coming-of-age saga set against the backdrop of Atlantic City.

Janis Dubin has opened Settle Down Philadelphia, a residential sales and property management company located in Old City. A portion of each commission generated by the company will be donated to the Registered Community Organization that serves the area of the property sold.

Amiel T. Monson, a product of Phila­delphia Jewish day schools, is the new director of youth engagement at Valley Beth Shalom Congregation in Encino, Calif. Monson earned master’s degrees in Jewish Studies, Education and Communal Service at Gratz College.

David Ruderman, outgoing longtime director of the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, reflects on his 20 years at the helm in the focal piece of a book of essays, Taking Note: Scholars and Scholarship.

Rachel Waxman has left her position as Penn program coordinator at Jewish Heritage Programs for the Collaborative.


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