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Stars of David Week of 8/23/2012

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With the end of summer no longer on the back burner, "Stars" says it's once again time for a board walk.

Over at Einstein, they're making a run of it: Steven Berk has been voted in as chairman of Einstein Healthcare Network's board of trustees and its board of overseers; Bruce W. Koch was elected chairman of the board of trustees of Einstein Healthcare Services; and Clifford D. Schlesinger got the votes to be chairman of the Einstein Physician Services board of trustees. Among those set for the EHN board of overseers: Dr. Arthur Ersner, also just elected president of the Montgomery Hospital Medical Staff; and Dr. David Jaspan, newly elected med staff president of Einstein Medical Center.

Also on board: Jerry Silver, a certified public accountant and partner at Citrin Cooperman, has been voted in as a board member of the Montgomery County Association for the Blind; Harris T. Block was named to his board post by the Philadelphia affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure; and Michelle Portnoff now sits on the board of governors at Gratz College.

The year's not over yet, but the gang over at the Main Line Chamber of Commerce knows a good CEO when they see one: Harris Fishman, president/CEO of First Financial Group, was recently saluted as 2012 CEO of the Year by MLCC. ... Gregg Feistman, associate prof at Temple U.'s School of Communications and Theater, was honored recently with the school's Strategic Communications Service Award.

Meanwhile, enquiring minds wanted to know -- just who was that guy being interviewed by Andrew Mendelson, journalism prof, during a Temple program dealing with the media and celebrities?¿It was Barry Levine, managing editor of the National Enquirer (and a Temple grad), taking part in a panel talk of celeb poo-bahs and the press.

Have you heard the latest? One-time KYW editor, the acclaimed author (Indecent Proposal) and Jersey guy Jack Engelhard has penned another novel, now out on Kindle, mixing mysticism, gambling and the Sinai Desert: The Prince of Dice (No, Andrew Clay, ya got nothin' to do with this.)

Bringing home the Bacon: Distinguished law prof Abraham J. Gafni of Villanova University -- whose many lifetime credits include serving as a judge and as president of the Arbitration Tribunal of the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims -- received the Sir Francis Bacon Alternative Dispute Resolution Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association, during its annual confab, held in Lancaster.

When Irisheyes are smiling -- well, they should be based on Howard Perloff's successful track record in Philly with Frank McCourt's The Irish ... and How They Got That Way, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's musings on living in a shamrock state of mind. Prolific local producer Perloff is getting his Irish up to Boston, a natural locale given the heavy ethnic concentration there, for a run in January after it played the Kimmel Center here.

What would the Zink say? Best way to reach out for a new publicaddress announcer, reasons sociable Sixers CEO Adam Aron: Twitter. And he's done just that, giving a shout out of a tweet to those who'd like to make a living calling the shots courtside.

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