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Stars of David Week of Aug. 4, 2005
Here’s hoping he has better luck with viewer votes than electoral votes: Who else would “Stars” be talking about than Al Gore, chairman of the board of TV’s fledgling Current network. What makes this all current is the fact that former Philly guy Mark Goldman is the network’s COO, representing quite a coup for the Penn grad. … Any movie about Ramon Posel would surely deserve an “M” rating — for Mensch. Posel, who died June 23, was one of the city’s cultural icons, having started up the Ritz chain when “arthouses” were almost doomed to failure. Financial debacle? He didn’t care, saying it was his way of giving back to the community. Payback was, of course, sweet, since the Ritz turned into one of the most significant movie-theater chains in the region. And when one movie about the Holocaust (“The Architecture of Doom”) had difficulty finding a venue because it was considered a tough sell, Posel came to the local rescue, wearing his heritage proudly. “That’s why I’m in this business,” he told “Stars,” “to make sure important works like this get shown.” … Think it’s hard to become a CSI? Try being a CBI. But that’s what Ron Feldman, director of M&A, Siegel Business Services Inc. in Bala Cynwyd, is now that he’s received his Certified Business Intermediary designation. … Beth Emeth-B’nai Yitzhok Congregation has reached the speed limit! The Northeast synagogue recently celebrated its 55th anniversary. “Stars” hears all tolls were waived for the occasion. … Is this what you call Jewish “soul” music? Sage and Spirit is the sagacious name of the all-Jewish, all-the-time band that just played a gig at Camp Harlam. Hey, let’s hear it for the band: Rabbi Ethan Franzel, Main Line Reform Temple, lead guitar and vocals; Cantor Jordan Franzel of Or Ami Congregation, guitar and vocals; Louis Bernstein, MLRT, drums; Dan Gold, former Camp Harlam assistant director, bass; and Carl “Traps the Drum Wonder” Moritz, on, well, uh, drums. It was all part of the camp’s doozie of a “K’farpalooza.” “Stars” was invited to sit in on kazoo, although the invitation did conveniently come two weeks late. … We are family: Jack Dembow is the new prexy/CEO of Jewish Family and Children’s Service. … Get real — that’s Mike Darnell’s mantra. The Fox reality uberprogrammer from Northeast Philadelphia is about to find space on his net’s schedule for “X-Quest,” a simulated spaceship ride for cosmic contestants. If anyone’s got a rocket in his pocket, it’s Darnell. … Philly native Herman Koren, prof emeritus of health and safety, Indiana State University, has cleaned up in the awards department: Koren received the Walter S. Mangold Award — the acme of honors handed out by the National Environmental Health Association. … Lung power: Joel Cooper, M.D., has been named chief of thoracic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, also filling a chair endowed in his honor. Cooper’s made headlines before when, while serving the University of Toronto some 20 years ago, he headed up the cadre of doctors performing a successful lung transplant for the first time anywhere. … Fund fanfare: Professor Scott Diamond of Penn’s bioengineering department is the recipient of a multimillion buck grant from the National Institutes of Health. He’ll be heading up the Penn Center for Molecular Discovery. Hope they find it. … Scientists, doctors — where are the lawyers, you must be asking? Here’s one: Phyllis Horn Epstein of Epstein, Shapiro & Epstein, where she’s a partner, was a guest speaker at Gratz College, discussing “Women, the Workplace and the Law.” … Okay, businesspeople, your turn: Steven A. Rudnitsky, CEO, hotel department, Cendant Corp., addressed a recent gathering of the Business Honors Student Association and the Accounting Honor Society of Temple U.’s Fox School of Business. … Making a play for Playboy history? Maury Z. Levy, erstwhile editorial honcho at Philadelphia magazine, has had his work chosen for inclusion in Playboy’s “Top 50 Interviews” of all time. Guess someone really does read the stories.