Monday, October 20, 2014 Tishri 26, 5775

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
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Turning a page on the calendar, members of the Newtown Hadassah Book Club gather for their monthly discussion of Jewish literature. Here, the group takes on The Golem and the Jinni , by Helene Wecker. Proceeds from the group’s meetings, book swaps and sales benefit the new Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower at Hadassah Hospital in Ein Kerem.
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Hitting that helpless little ball helped these duffers score a major victory for the 26th annual Small Miracles Golf Tournament of the Einstein Healthcare Network. The tournament raised more than $300,000 to assist families with children staying in the Einstein Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Trying for that holy hole-in-one (from left) are Barry R. Freedman, EHN president and CEO; Richard...
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Walk a mile in his shoes? A lot of people do when it comes to Stuart Weitzman’s shoes and boots. Jane Gershon Weitzman, author of Art & Sole, which details about 150 shoes of those commissioned as fantasy pieces to be exhibited at the Stuart Weitzman store in New York, was in Philly for a book signing and AIDS Fund benefit...
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Todd Bernstein (third from left) is honored with the RSVP’s Community Leadership Award, handed to him by Barbara Kraft, chair of the group’s Advisory Council. The salute was held at RSVP’s annual Volunteer Luncheon at the Philmont Country Club. Bernstein is credited with creating and helping spread to other cities the Martin Luther King Day of Service. With the honoree...
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Adath Emanu-El of Mount Laurel, N.J., recently rededicated its 300-year-old Torah.
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Profile

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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