Saturday, April 19, 2014 Nisan 19, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
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It was a glittery Stars for Stroke Gala hosted by the Delaware Valley Stroke Council at the Sheraton Society Hill. Shining hopeful at the event — which raised $150,000 for the Council — was Toby Mazer, the organization’s founder, and John Roussis, named Volunteer of the Year.
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Andre Krug (left), president and CEO of the Klein JCC, buddies up with Dom Giordano, Philly radio talk-show host, serving as leaders of a tour of Israel put together by Rubinsohn Travel of Jenkintown. Giordano, a mainstay of WPHT’s lineup, and the Klein executive did some live remotes from the Jewish state to hometown radio audiences.
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A young Bryn Mawr entrepreneur donates some of the cakes she bakes to charity and offers her time to the Friendship Circle.
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A local rabbi is named one of America's Most Inspiring Rabbis, Beth Shalom gets a new chazzan, actor Joel Polis gets rave reviews in the West Coast run of a play that premiered here some years back and more good news in this week's column.
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Edward Ohlbaum was a towering figure of creative energy as a faculty member at Temple University's law school, a trial attorney, an advocate of children’s causes and a longtime leader at his Penn Valley congregation.
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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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