Newsmakers the Week of August 21, 2014


The Hebrew Free Loan Society gets ready to mark its 30th anniversary with a salute to its founders; an acclaimed former area schoolteacher and principal turns his efforts to a new book to assist adults struggling with literacy; and an internationally prominent flutist celebrates a decade of her Philadelphia music ensemble.

The Hebrew Free Loan Society of Philadelphia, whose current presidents are Tamar and Marshal Granor, is celebrating its 30th anniversary with an event on Sept. 10 that will salute its founders, including the late Rabbi Aaron Landes of Beth Sholom Congregation. Other founding members to be honored include Sora Landes, Joseph Abramson, Leonard and Madlyn Abramson, Robert and Marilyn Birnhak, Leonard and Dolly Cantor, Bernard and Polly Cross, Neil Gorchow, Bernard and Marie Granor, parents of the current presidents; Jerry Matez, Carol Polsky, Jack Scheiner, Ferne and William Schwartz, Samuel and Selma Spielman and Jules Wolfson. Former Gov. Ed Rendell will be the evening’s guest speaker.

Frederick J. Zorn, a retired teacher and principal in Philadelphia as well as an adjunct college professor, is the author of the newly published ABR: You Can Read! A Basic Essential English Literacy Program for Adult Beginning Readers. For the past 10 years, Zorn has been tutoring adults in reading as a volunteer at literary centers throughout the region.

Prominent flutist Mimi Stillman recently held a master class on “The Teaching of Julius Baker and Woodwind Tradition at the Curtis Institute,” at the National Flute Association Convention in Chicago, where she also gave a recital on “Discoveries in Jewish Music.” Meanwhile, the musical company she founded, Dolce Suono Ensemble, is marking its 10th anniversary season with a celebration concert on Oct. 12 at Curtis.

Malvern philanthropist Ed Satell, founder and CEO of Progressive Business Publications, has come up with a way to battle Israel “brain drain” through the implementation of the Ed Satell Technion-MIT Leadership Program, a cooperative venture between the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Through the program, select Technion doctoral graduates will attend MIT for post-degree research and return to faculty positions at the Technion.

Chris Lehmann, the founding principal of Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy — a high school cited by the Ladies Home Journal as one of the nation’s “Ten Most Amazing Schools” — has been named a winner of the McGraw Prize in Education. This follows on last year’s honor of being named “Outstanding Leader of the Year,”  by the International Society of Technology in Education, and in 2011 being cited by the White House as a “Champion of Change.”


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