Moriah Tobin has just been cast in the lead of Annie, the award-winning musical being performed in a joint production by Beth Sholom Congregation and Congregation Adath Jeshurun in Elkins Park on Feb. 7, 9 and 10. During the summer, Moriah, 11, a Hebrew school student at Adath Jeshurun, starred as Baby June in the Actors Net production of Gypsy in Morrisville and earlier this year appeared in an off-Broadway production of Pippi Longstocking. She is the daughter of Jonathan S. and Paula Tobin — he’s the immediate past editor of the Jewish Exponent, now the senior online editor of Commentary; she’s an intern to the director at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, N.J.
Stu Bykofsky, longtime popular columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, has authored Cats Are Supermodels (catsaresupermodels.com), a sly take on the most popular pet in America written by a dog-lover — and honored advocate of humane treatment for animals — who knows when he’s outnumbered. This is Bykofsky’s second book; his first was Stu Bykofsky’s Little Black Book: A Guide to Masculine Philadelphia.
Louise W. Kahn, biology prof in the U of P’s School of Arts & Sciences, is part of a three-member Penn team just awarded a five-year grant for $10 million from the National Institutes of Health to research the role of specific molecules in individual cells.
Paul Levy, founding president/CEO of the Center City District, recently discussed “What’s Next for Center City” at the ThinkFest hosted by Philadelphia Magazine.
Akiba Hebrew Academy grad Jake Tapper, now Washington correspondent for ABC News, was feted at a Washington party to mark the publication of his book The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor. The newsman/author donated proceeds from the event to Defenders of Freedom, a beneficial organization that serves soldiers. This is not Tapper’s first well-documented foray into writing; his article on how “I Dated Monica Lewinsky: Behind the Tawdriest of Headlines, There’s a Woman I Wouldn’t Mind Bringing Home to Mom,” was published by the Washington City Paper in 1998.
Ethan D. Fogel, a graduate of the Penn Law School, class of 1983, has received the school’s Howard Lesnick Pro Bono Award for his dedication to providing services in the public service sector.
Dr. Harvey Spector, a primary care physician board-certified in osteopathic medicine with 45 years of experience, has been chosen to staff the new Wellness Center at Klein JCC, opening on Dec. 10. The center, a function of the Klein JCC in partnership with the Einstein Healthcare Network, will offer a variety of services, from doctor’s appointments and health screenings to specialist referrals within the Einstein Network. In addition, nutrition education and other health-related programs will be offered.
Neil Andrew Stein, a co-founding shareholder and member of the Land Use Department of the firm of Kaplin, Stewart, Meloff, Reiter & Stein, was a judge of the Client Counseling Competition held by the American Bar Association at the Temple University Beasley School of Law.
Howard M. Klein, a partner at Conrad O’Brien, has been named a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the nation’s most prestigious legal groups.
Abraham Gafni was selected as top “Individual Mediator” by the Legal Intelligencer for its “Best of 2012” edition.
Ira M. Lubert, chairman/co-founder of Independence Capital Partners and Lubert Adler Partners LP, has been named to the Trustee Presidential Selection Council of Penn State University. The council’s role is as overseer of the university’s selection process for a new president.