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Newsmakers the Week of July 31, 2014
AJC Philadelphia/ Southern New Jersey has added these new board members: Alan Lindy, Jacques Luben, Bob Bershad, Shira Katz Scanlon, Malcolm Lazin, Mike Fabius and Andrew Neuwirth.
Chazzan Sandy Bernstein will be welcomed to her new cantorial post at Congregation Beth El-Ner Tamid in Broomall with a barbecue celebration on Aug. 1. The chazzan comes to the synagogue from posts throughout California.
Michael Schatz, director of academic programs at the Jewish Community High School of Gratz College as well as adjunct instructor in education at Gratz, has been elected national president of the Jewish Educators Assembly, an organization affiliated with the Conservative movement. He is a longtime member of Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park.
Rabbi Michelle Denker Pearlman, the new religious leader of Beth Chaim Reform Congregation in Malvern, will be officially welcomed by the congregation with an ice cream social as she leads her first Shabbat service on Aug. 1. She assumes the pulpit from Rabbi Aileen Hollander, who is now the congregation’s director of religious education. Pearlman comes to the Malvern synagogue from the Jewish Federation of Monmouth County (N.J.), where she served as director of community engagement.
Bennett Decker has been chosen vice president of Israeli Affairs of the Hagesher Regional USY, the Conservative movement’s youth organization. He is the son of Kim and Lorin Decker.
Brian Gold, a resident of Maplewood, N.J., has been named to the seminal class of the Woodrow Wilson New Jersey Teaching Fellows. Gold just graduated from Montclair State University with a degree in biology.
Marciene Mattleman, owner of ASAP/After School Activities Partnerships, has been named to the board of the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation.
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff has been voted in as a board member of InterfaithFamily. Among her authoritative work in the field is her position as a resident scholar at Brandeis University’s Women’s Studies Research Center. She also serves on Interfaith’s national advisory board and blogs for The Huffington Post.
The Stoneleigh Foundation has chosen Ronnie L. Bloom as its new executive director. The foundation works toward the improvement of the lives of underserved children. Bloom previously served the William Penn Foundation, where, for 13 years, she headed up its programs and was also an officer.
Jonathan F. Bloom, a partner at the Stradley Ronon law firm, has been voted in as a board member of Meritas, which is comprised of independent law firms around the world. Bloom is no stranger to the group; he previously served on its board as well as on its executive committee for six years, ending in 2011.