Dr. Saul Jeck, professor and chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, was named recipient of the O.J. Snyder Memorial Medal, the college’s paramount salute, at the PCOM annual Founders’ Day celebration.
Jonah Kallenbach, 17, was named second-place winner in the renowned Intel Science Talent Search. The Ambler resident, now in his senior year at Germantown Academy, earned $75,000 for his work on disordered proteins and their relationship to cancer. He is the son of Alison Rosenberg and Charles Kallenbach.
Ann Axelrod Altus, who for nearly 40 years has been the guiding force behind the Early Childhood Center of Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El and is retiring at the end of this school year, will receive the temple’s Dor Chadash Award for her leadership and dedication at the Wynnewood synagogue’s fundraising event, “All Around Amazing,” the evening of April 13.
Much honored documentarian Alison Klayman will deliver the keynote address to the graduating class of Barrack Hebrew Academy on June 6. Klayman, lauded and awarded for her film, Ai Wei Wei Never Sorry, is an alum of Akiba Hebrew Academy/Barrack, class of 2002.
Montgomery County Commission Chairman Josh Shapiro appeared on 6ABC’s Inside Story recently, focusing on the national budget crisis’ effect on the county.
Jonathan and Hili Zimbalist and Rabbi Elad and Yifat Asulin were recently honored by Torah Academy of Greater Philadelphia at the school’s 49th annual scholarship dinner. The Asulins are returning to Israel after serving the school as shlichot the past five years; the school calls the Zimbalists major forces behind the academy’s success, with Jonathan having been a former Torah Academy president.
Lauren Hertzler, a senior at Temple U., nabbed the Mid-Atlantic Emmy for College Student Production for her video about Temple students studying in the School of Media and Communication’s South Africa Study Away Program. She grabbed the “golden girl” in the Long Form: Fiction/Non-Fiction category.
On guard is Steve Bilsky, a standout guard (making a trifecta of All-Ivy honors) for Penn’s Quakers — including the seemingly unstoppable 1970-71 team — who has been named to the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, with induction set for April 21. The b-ball legend now is athletics director at his alma mater.
Net prophets, that’s the Netter Center for Community Partnerships — named after philanthropists Barbara and Edward Netter — which has just been named a co-winner of a $47 million grant from Aspire Local Impact, a program of AT&T, to help staunch high-school dropout rates in the United States. The Netters also promote Jewish scholarship and study by providing funds for a Scandinavian student to attend Penn, which is the headquarters for the Netter Center.
Michael Gross, a partner at Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox LLP, has been added to the board of directors of the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance.
Jeffrey Lutsky, managing partner of Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP,, has been chosen secretary of the board of the University of the Arts.