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Stars of David Week of 5/3/2012

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Mother's Day has come early for Sharon Pinhas and Mom Vicki Krase, getting major accomplishments from their respective kids and grandkids Ya'arah and Arazi Pinhas, all tied up in a ribbon of honor. Arazi's off to Tel Aviv U., earning a physics summer internship, to be followed by a year of classwork at Oxford U. Ya'arah, finishing the joint degree program of Columbia U., and the Jewish Theological Seminary with sheepskin in anthropology and Jewish history, co-founded Hillel's Yachad program at Columbia. ...
Arie Shnaper, longtime guiding force of the Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors in Philadelphia and its president, has been honored for his service by the group, with the ceremony held April 29 at Temple Beth Ami. ...

U of P President Amy Gutmann's book on The Spirit of Compromise: Why Governing Demands It and Campaigning Undermines It is out this month, following on the heels of her discussion of the subject with NBC's Andrea Mitchell -- a Penn alum -- in a program at the National Constitution Center. ...

Landmark achievement -- that's the case of Alan Vogenberg, named Bristol Borough's Volunteer of the Year as part of the Landmark Towns Community Achievement Awards. ...

Rabbi Rebecca Alpert, associate prof at Temple U., will be among panelists on the National Religious Colloquy of the Equality Forum, starting May 3 here. ...

It's not Julio down by the schoolyard, but it has a lot more meaning: Evening in the Yard, coming May 4 to the Philadelphia Navy Yard, benefits the Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia. This year's Ridgeland Award winner: Patty Isen.

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June can't be bustin' out all over fast enough for Ellen Frankel, whose first libretto for an opera, Slaying the Dragon, gets its world premiere here just before and during the Opera America Conference in June. The fact-based opera deals with a grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan who unexpectedly finds a loving relationship with a rabbi and his wife. Dragons are one thing; now can Frankel "slay" the critics with her work? ...

Rated B for brava! Maplewood, N.J., author Sandy Rustin hasn't gone Hollywood, just off-Broadway. The 35-year-old mom has seen her book Rated P for Parenthood turned into a musical at New York's Westside Theater. No time-outs for this Mom! ...

Fudgie-wudgie time! Take a board walk with Joseph Blum, chair of the board-elect of the National Kidney Foundation of Delaware Valley. ...

On to five: B'nai B'rith Educators Unit #5290 has a handful of honors it will be giving out May 3, when it holds its annual awards dinner at the Philmont Country Club. Honored will be Dr. Alan H. Barson, Jan L. Erlanger, Marc S. Cohen, Wendy Ann Lessig and Shelly Shotel. Wait. Let's shift to the other hand: Birthright Israel Foundation receives the org's Humanitarian Award. ...

Step right this way -- ole! Renée Van Naarden of Beth Sholom Congregation got her Spanish class kids a-hopping at Lower Moreland High, where she teaches and serves as faculty adviser to the Spanish Club, by putting on a Dancing With the Spanish Stars event, featuring students and the occasional teacher lurking under a sombrero. They were great, sure, but where was Maksim Chmerkovskiy when you needed him? ...

Is David Letterman behind this? Philadelphia has made it to the Top 10 Most Polluted Cities list of the American Lung Association, finishing at 10th. Think the Phillies choked last year? Hope this isn't an auger of October.

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