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Stars of David Week of 4/12/2012

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An existential question as the Four Questions have been answered and Elijah is planning next year's visit: Is eating chocolate matzah a form of cheating? Discuss. For those lining up their pizza orders for the weekend, here's one local couple who can get any topping they want in the "can you top this?" world of "Stars" fame: Kal and Lucille Rudman -- major arts patrons and philanthropists -- are ticketed for even more fame. Their names will soon adorn the Temple U. Performing Arts Center's new box office as well as the center's green room. ...

To the beat of Beethoven, Joseph Silverstein's friends will help the violinist virtuoso tune into his 81st year. The Curtis Institute of Music grad, Class of '50, will be joined by notable note-makers on April 15 in a performance of Beethoven's "Septet in E-flat major, Op. 20," plus something provided by Prokofiev, at Field Concert Hall at Curtis. When Silverstein graduated from Curtis, so did the Phillies take a major leap into professionalism, by winning the pennant. A musical omen? ...

Hear that crack of the bat? The Phillies are back and so is their unofficial troubadour: Philly folkie Chuck Brodsky -- whose nationally acclaimed ballads about baseball are sweeter than a seeing-eye single -- now has nine of his collected recordings in the Hall of Fame's record library in Cooperstown. ...

On the Run: When Cheltenham High's Jake Berkowitz, Class of 2000, died seven years ago from cancer, he was familiar with facing long roads, but this was one the former school's cross-country competitor didn't finish. The fifth annual fundraising Run for Jake 5K hits the road April 15 at the Elkins Park School parking lot. ...

Real Time meets The O'Reilly Factor? Two local gurus offered their opines and insights on national TV recently: Ezekiel Jonathan Emanuel -- the Emanuel brother who, apparently, isn't into cursing -- discussed bioethics, which is his specialty as the Diane and Robert Levy University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, on Real Time, grilled by Bill Mahr. Wonder if bros Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel or Hollywood superagent Avi were watching? Over at the No-Spin Zone, where O'Reilly reigns, attorney Jennifer Brandt of Cozen O'Connor discussed women and politics. ...

Want some doo-wop with that matzah? Meadowbrook's Jarrod Spector of Broadway's Jersey Boys joins the cast for a round of "Rock Talk: Conversations With the Doo Wop Project," April 15, at Feinstein's at Loews Regency in New York. Bring your falesetto voice. ...

This is not so much about singing for his supper as singing for his toasted marshmallows: Cherry Hill, N.J. native son and JCC Camps at Medford alum Ben Lipitz is among those lending their voices to "Broadway Sings for Camp," a benefit for JCC campers in need, on April 16. When he's not singing here, he's sounding off at the Walnut Street Theatre, as a big-mouthed dad defending his kid in the comedy Gods of Carnage. ...

No fools applied when they saluted school leaders at Barrack Hebrew Academy on April 1: Rhonda August, honored "For Learning"; Robin Batoff and Jerry Batoff, "For Leading"; and Harold "Doc" Gorvine, "For Life." Four for the school's legacy -- a nice day's work.

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