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Stars of David Week of 6/14/2012

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It's a grand time to wave the flag -- June 14 is, after all, Flag Day -- and they're doing just that at the Klein JCC for those who've earned their "Stars" (and stripes) in helping the Northeast org renovate its kitchen for seniors. Morning ceremonies this day salute the flag and give a tip of the hat to the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, state Sen. Mike Stack, state Reps. Brendan Boyle and George Kenney, and Sam Kulla and Judy Spielman. Honored posthumously are Reba and Max Dissik and Walter and Phyllis Weinstein, with a plaque dedicated in their memory. ...

She certainly cast a spell over a legion of fans, and Lena Greenberg proved the "Star" everyone knew she was -- inside and outside her home in Chestnut Hill. The 14-year-old made it to the finals of the Scripps Spelling Bee and while she came up short on "geistlich" -- sounds like a dairy dish served at the old Grossinger's -- Lena, finishing fourth, still proved ever the winner. The Bat Mitzvah who studied Hebrew at Congregation Mishkan Shalom concedes that "Hebrew and Yiddish words can be confusing" when it comes to spelling. But she concedes she wouldn't mind putting her expertise at obscure words to the test. "I'd like to be an author one day," says the home-schooled daughter of Marisol Villamil and David Greenberg. ...

It was a grand gesture his grandmom would've appreciated when Jonathan Saft visited Orr Shalom and its Cis Golder Garden named after her on a recent tour of Israel. Orr Shalom -- a group of homes for Israeli kids at risk, whose Haifa facility is a beneficiary of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia -- was delighted to receive Cis Golder's grandson in Haifa, where the garden was dedicated four years ago by Robert Golder and Ellyn Golder Saft to commemorate their wife and mother. Jonathan got in a little B-ball with the kids during his visit -- not a stretch for him since the 6 ft 7 incher had played center in high school. ...

Dafna Erlbaum stepped off her Brookway road the other day and landed in Hollywood -- or at least that's what it seemed. The Torah Academy youngster, daughter of Amy and Daniel Erlbaum, became part of the lights, camera, action when she stepped out to greet actor Colin Farell, filming his latest effort, Dead Man Down, down the street. The 8-year-old presented the actor with a birthday card -- it was his birthday that day -- and an organic lollipop. ...

To get a good job -- and good funding -- get a good education: Ross Katz of Arlington, Va., and Shay Eyal of Kiriat Bialik, Israel, have been named finalists in the locally held Milken Family Foundation/University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education's Education Business Plan Competition, set June 19. ...

Father's Day is a special day for baseball families and bonding, and what better book to tag a memory with than Major League Dads: Baseball's Best Players Reflect on the Fathers Who Inspired Them to Love the Game, co-authored by Philly's Leigh A. Tobin. Go ahead -- field some dreams with Dad!

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