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Stars of David Week of 2/23/2012

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On a Clearwater day, you can see forever, which means "Stars" can foresee another pennant, as the Phils have their first full spring training workout on Feb. 25, a day after position players report. Some non-Phil "Stars" aren't even waiting until then to take their positions. Take Alan Luxenberg, for example: Acting president of the locally headquartered Foreign Policy Research Institute for the past year, he's just assumed the title of top guy without the "acting" qualifier. He qualifies in a big way; Luxenberg's been active with the org for the past 35 years, going back to his school days at the U of P. ...

Bar code: Eric H. Weitz of Messa & Associates has been voted in as a board member of the Philadelphia Bar Association while Jeff Abrams has been appointed chair of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter/ALS Association; Ben Ohrenstein moves on up to chair emeritus. ...

A tale of two cities? Yes, Bala Cynwyd and Philadelphia: Suburbanite Lisa Litman got the Dickens; she won the "Charles Dickens Idol" contest sponsored by the Free Library of Philadelphia. Litman will play the part of the man who knew from the best of times and the worst of times in events the library is holding to commemorate the literary master's birth bicentennial. As for the other contestants? No guillotines were used against those not making the cut. ...

What's new in filmmaking? See for yourself: The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival unveils its choices for top new filmmakers with a special weekend (March 17 to 19) of screenings and introductions with directors Steven Pressman, winner of the Local Theme Award for To Save a Life; Joann Sfar and Antoine Delesvaux, International Award, The Rabbi's Cat; and Jonathan Lee, National Award, Paul Goodman Changed My Life. ...

Philadelphia's David Bromberg is scoring on screen: The world-acclaimed singer/ composer/troubadour had a film crew watching his every move: David Bromberg: Documentary is now being edited from some 80 hours of footage about this protean player on the world music scene now hailing out of Wilmington. Beth Toni Kruvant is director and producer. ...

As they might say (partially) in A Chorus Line: Dance 10. That's what they're celebrating over at the Leah Stein Dance Company, whose decade on her feet will be feted by the Philadelphia Dance Project with a series of performances from March 8 to 11 at the Performance Garage. ...

A tree grows in Israel, sure, but the Jewish National Fund is also planting some leaders on its board from the Philly area. The magnificent seven named to its national board are: Geraldine Shatz, secretary; Joseph Wolfson assistant vice president, college activists; Alan Dabrow, first vice president; Evelyn Spritz, assistant vice president, education; Terry L. Katz, vice president, women's campaign; Louise Dabrow, assistant vice president, women's campaign; and Susan Weikers Balaban, adviser to the president. Also on board: Mark Rosenberg has been named president of the Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania board and Dylan J. Steinberg has joined the board of Philadelphia VIP. ...

Weir's he from? Ice-skating sensation Johnny Weir -- a Lancaster native son -- may add a religious rite to the civil ceremony he had last year when wedding attorney Victor Voronov. He told NBC10 that he may convert to Judaism and join his new mate under the chupah in a Jewish ceremony. One question: Who chooses the icing?

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