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Stars of David Week of 1/19/2012

January 19, 2012 By:
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After 25 years, it's nice to know: Marking the silver anniversary of "economic cooperation between Greater Philadelphia and Israel," the local America-Israel Chamber of Commerce will salute Mayor Michael Nutter and Daniel Kutner, Israel consul general in Philadelphia, as recipients of the 2012 Yitzhak Rabin Public Service Award, to be presented this spring. The event is set for the Crystal Tea Room. ...

Alison Klayman, get your parka packed for Park City -- you're going to need it getting around with all the media attention. Indeed, the 2002 Akiba (now Barrack) Hebrew Academy grad is prepping for the Sundance Film Festival premiere of her docu on Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, following the triumphs and travails of the Chinese artist and dissident. She's in good company -- Ilan Isakov, also of Akiba's Class of 2002, scored the film; the first screening will be Jan. 22 during the Utah festival. ... New year, end of service: Philly's Harvey Young has retired from his commissioner post at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service after more than 35 years. But don't pull out the rocker just yet; living up to his surname, the retired commish will continue serving as a labor arbitrator. Young will receive city, state and federal citations -- a trifecta of tributes -- at a Jan. 12 luncheon. ...

In good taste -- that's what this Culinary Celebration of Tu B'Shevat seems to offer as the org Hazon is throwing a party on Feb. 7, with Michael Solomonov of Zahav providing the victuals and Mark Aronchick and Mark and Judy Dornstreich set to be saluted as Friends of Hazon at the event. ...

Sigh, they grow up so fast. Seems like just yesterday when Philly's Rachel Sydney was stealing hearts and winning acclaim as Anne Frank in an area community theater production of The Diary of Anne Frank. Now she's making ripples in comedy, joining the local cast of Comedy Sportz for performances this Saturday night and on Jan. 28 at the Playground at the Adrienne. ...

Permanent job: Staci M. Warsaw is the new vice president of Transitional Services for the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life in Horsham. ...

With the holidays over, it's easy for some to be bored. But these board appointees and execs know they're going to be kept busy: Paula Goldstein is the new CEO of Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia with Jessica Solomon its new board chairman. On different turf, Alan Mittelman has been named board president of the Philadelphia Estate Planning Council, with Mark Eskin named as vice president and Rebecca Rosenberger Smolen secretary. ...

Bernhard, Bachmann -- separated at birth? Not quite. But Sandra Bernhardthe rockin' comedian/singer -- who wowed 'em during a just wrapped up weeklong gig at the Painted Bride -- and politico Michele Bachmann -- who did less so in Iowa -- share a history after all: The two worked on kibbutzim in Israel at the same time during the '70s. Big difference, revealed Bernhard on stage: The comedian cleaned slaughtered chickens while the politician "was doing research for the Rapture."

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