Wednesday, November 26, 2014 Kislev 4, 5775

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Those supporting JAFCO— Jewish Adoption and Foster Care Options — sprung into action for the agency’s annual Spring Into Summer Luncheon, which, among other announcements, proclaimed the org’s Woman of Valor. From left: Luncheon co-chairs Lana Greene, Brooke Rounick and Liza Fischer, joined by emcee Amy Buckman of 6ABC. Funds raised at the event are earmarked for the JAFCO Children's...
Paul’s Run Retirement Community in the Northeast, a service of Liberty Lutheran, played host to a Bat Mitzvah celebration for 16 senior residents recently, affording women who didn’t have the opportunity to take part in the rite of passage earlier to do so now. Here, Rabbi Intern Anne Feibelman — who gets her ordination on June 9 — offers one...
Dana Senderoff of Cherry Hill, N..J., has been named a Syracuse University Scholar, the paramount undergrad academic honor accorded by the school. Senderoff is graduating as a biology major with a nutrition science minor. A nationally recognized expert on Jews and the role they played in the Civil War, Rabbi Lance Sussman of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park...
At the Spring Gala of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park, Rabbi Stacy Eskovitz Rigler (second from left) and Caryl Levin (right) were feted for their contributions to education. Joining the honorees: Donna Bleznak Keller (left) and Pamela Saltzburg.
The Spruce Foundation ties young movers and shakers to the needs of at-risk children.


Michael Elkin has worked as the Exponent Arts & Entertainment and Features editors for some 40 years.

He has won some 40 national and regional writing awards over his career as well as three fellowships in playwriting and screenwriting from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

His arts articles — including working as a jazz critic for the Evening and Sunday Bulletin; book reviewer for the Philadelphia Inquirer; and rock reviewer/TV writer for the Camden Courier-Post  — and op-eds have appeared throughout North America; his plays have been staged internationally, including runs in Romania — one play running for  five years —  Israel, Germany, Los Angeles and, locally, the Walnut Street Theatre and People's Light and Theatre Company. He is a  Tony Award voter and is a member of a national new play selection committee handing out an annual award to an  up-and-coming playwright.

He worked as a mentor with the Philadelphia Young Playwrights' outreach program to area high schools and at one point headed up the playwriting program at the Walnut Street Theatre School.  His play "Cries in the Night" was cited in the book "The Best Plays of 1992-93," in the "New Plays From Around the Country" category. His travel articles have appeared nationally and he has worked as a travel editor for Fodor's Travel Guides.

As a screenwriter, he  was asked by filmmaker John Frankenheimer ("Birdman of Alcatraz," "The Manchurian Candidate"), with whom he then worked,  to write a script for Frankenheimer to direct.

He has moderated and taken part in national conferences both here and in New York on topics ranging from hip-hop/rap to theater to comedy and has served as a board member of film and theater arts groups.

Elkin has appeared on area TV and radio shows and served as arts critic for the cable program "Our Town." He has been cited in reference books for his investigative work on TV as an influential social medium. For his expertise in film and theater, Elkin was asked to — and did — serve as on-screen interviewer of actor Richard Dreyfuss in a documentary about the American Music Theater Festival, with which Dreyfuss was involved.

A graduate of Temple University — he also studied screenwriting at New York University and attended the University of Houston Bates School of Law — Elkin was honored to be Temple's commencement speaker in the mid-90s. He also taught journalism at Temple as well as screenwriting at La Salle University.

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