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Newsmakers the Week of June 6, 2013

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Rabbi Lance Sussman

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 last week served on a panel discussion of “Jewish Soldiers in the Civil War/Jews and the Battle of Gettysburg,” held at the Center for Jewish History in New York. The discussion followed a lecture by Civil War scholar John Sellers revealing a new project aimed at discovering all the Jews who served in combat in the War Between the States.

Native Philadelphian Matthew Roth, now of Brooklyn, is celebrating the release of his fifth book, My First Kafka. He will be doing a reading as part of the Hidden City Festival 2013 on June 23, at Shivtei Yeshuron Ezras Israel Synagogue in South Philadelphia.

Also on the book end: Mel Stein’s Odyssey of a Philly Boy: Serendipity, Tsouris and a Little Mazel, has just been published. The memoir has been called,
in part, “Kramer vs. Kramer without the custody battle.”

Dr. Eric T. Stoopler, associate professor of oral medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, has received a 2013 University of Pennsylvania Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching.
He is also director of the dental school’s Postdoctoral Oral Medicine Program and serves on the medical staffs at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital of Phila­del­phia.

Rabbi Scott Rosenberg has been named new senior rabbi of Har Zion Temple. His background numbers 29 years of rabbinic service at three congregations; his
last pulpit was at Congregation Beth Shalom in Ottawa, Canada. Jacob Blumen­feld-Gantz, a 2012 grad, and Allison Mishkin, class of 2011, are among U of P winners of Thouron Awards, which are used for graduate work in the United Kingdom. Blumenfeld-Gantz, whose undergrad work at Penn was in the College of Arts & Sciences and Wharton, will use his award to pursue a master’s in public policy at the University of Oxford while Mish­kin, whose undergrad work was in the School of Engineering & Applied Science and the College of Arts & Sciences, studying computer science and society, will use her award as she applies for an MSc, also at Oxford.

Headed up by Dr. Elliott Schulman, a neurologist at the Lankenau Medical Center, the medical team of HealtheSAVE landed fourth-place honors in “Ending Violence @ Home App Challenge,” a worldwide competition targeting elimination of domestic violence. The challenge was presented by the Institute of Medicine and the Avon Foundation for Women.

Rabbi Robyn Frisch has been named director of InterfaithFamily/Philadelphia. Her other positions include serving as religious leader of Temple Menorah Keneseth Chai in the Northeast and rabbinic family educator at the Perelman Jewish Day School.

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