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Stars of David Week of 4/19/2012

April 19, 2012 By:
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Amir Yogev

Sure, he may sing "I won't grow up," but Kibbutz Tzuba-born Amir Yogev has done just that since joining the Pennsylvania Ballet Company two seasons ago as an apprentice. Stepping up to become a member of the ballet corps just last year, he's taken a flying leap into star status, portraying Peter Pan, which PBC brings to the Academy of Music

stage from May 3 to 13.Sure everything is beautiful at the ballet -- well, maybe except having to battle Captain Hook and dealing with that tinkering Tinker Bell on occasion -- but the 24-year-old sabra-cum-Philly guy is even a shade more sophisticated when it comes to colors, too. After all, last year it was all-black -- he appeared in the Oscar-nominated Black Swan -- and now, he's in green (PP's fave color). And one day, he's admitted, he wouldn't mind going blue-and-white, as a former homie appearing with the Israel Ballet. ...

To get a good job, get a good education. Sure paid off for Emory Isaac Cohen, a fully paid scholarship student at the University of the Arts, whose smashing arts degree led him to a magna cum lauded role as Deborah Messing's son Leo on TV's Smash. ...

Step right up -- and grab your BarbieQ while you're at it: Amy and Daniel Erlbaum, Beverly and Gil Morse, Margie and Brian Wargon, and Elana and Ken Weinstein are chairing the second annual Yom Ha'atzmaut Family Friendly, MultiGenerational Carnival and BBQ of Ad Olam, Israel Bonds New Leadership Division. It's all happening April 26 at the Merion Tribute House. Donnikers will be provided. ...

They've got a basketful of reasons to celebrate over at the Zack Rosen household: The Penn B-Ball star and Maccabiah standout of 2009 is shooting ta-oo: He's been honored as 2012 Big 5 Player of the Year, and Big 5 Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Which means the Wharton management major's smart enough to know his worth when the pros come calling next month. The NBA possibility will be picking up his Player of the Year honor/Robert V. Geasey Award at the Herb Good Banquet on April 23. ...

That former Fox29 guy Gerald Kolpan sure has a way with words -- and titles: The features reporter-cum-author will discuss his latest book (take a deep, deep breath), Magic Words: The Tale of a Jewish-Boy Interpreter, the World's Most Estimable Magician, a Murderous Harlot, and America's Greatest Indian Chief, next month at the Central Library, where maybe this Jewish guy will interpret his title. ...

Labor union/employment legal eagles Willig, Williams & Davidson, with Deb Willig its managing partner, has received the Philadelphia VIP Silver Gavel Award for its work on pro bono cases. ...

Carrying the baton for a good cause is Leonard Bernstein, chair of Reed Smith's local Financial Services Regulatory Group, named a board member of the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House.

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