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Stars of David Week of July 14, 2005

July 14, 2005
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Mike Silver is not just a person, but the "Person of the Year" - as declared by Main Line Today, which put the golden guru/founding partner of the law firm of Silver and Silver on the mag's cover, its first such accorded honor. … And while Stars is talking about good folk, who better to include than Philadelphia folk artist Chuck Brodsky, who returned home from a busy international recording/appearance schedule to croon along with Susan Werner at the 21st annual Concerts Under the Stars 2005 shindig in King of Prussia. Chuck's heart - and his guitar - are never far from home; he'll be appearing at the Philadelphia Folk Festival next month as well. … The halls of learning just got a little brighter with the announcement that Mitchell R. Cohen has just been elected prexy, Akiba Hebrew Academy's board of directors. Not that he has the field to himself when it comes to seeing Stars this week: Kim Gillio, faculty member and coach of the school's 2005 softball team, has just been honored as "Coach of the Year," by Main Line Life, the first time an Akiba coach has been granted such a salute. (Hey, Kim, say hi to Mike Silver.) … Marla B. Leckerman of Dresher is the newly named coordinator of Project SHEMA (Sharing and Enrichment Through Multigenerational Activities) at the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life in Horsham. … To life, to life - to biotech! Regional stem-cell therapy authorities Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D., a faculty member of Penn's Center for Bioethics, and Rick I. Cohen, Ph.D., director, Technion-Coriell Stem Cell Program, made presentations about Israeli advancements in stem-cell research during a special reception for companies hosted by the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce, at the BIO2005 conference held in the city. … Stars' old fishing buddy Art Ellis (when Stars goes fishing for info at WHYY-TV12, he reels it in with this guy) has been promoted to exec director, brand management and promotion at the station. Lucky for the station - they went for the top brand for brand management. … This item is fashionably late: Attorney Amy Sosnov was honored a few days ago at the annual fashion show sponsored by Philadelphia Women's Division State of Israel Bonds in Atlantic City. … Go know! Another regional guy - South Jersey's own Zach Braff, the lad who made "Garden State" toll-worthy - showed up on People mag's list of hot 50 bachelors. Scrub in, Zach - you're on call with the ladies. … And now a senior moment: Michael Domer has been named director of senior services for the JCC. … No matter which bounce the market takes, Adam T. Sherman, prexy/CEO of Progress Financial Resources of Philadelphia, gets the score. He's headed for the Maccabiah Games this summer as part of the U.S. age 35-plus basketball team. Of course, the master financial retirement/estate planner will prove his net worth to one and all. … Speaking of good sports (have to mention this or he may punch my lights out) - Dmitriy Salita, the Ukraine native and Orthodox Jew, who's been unbeaten in 22 junior welterweight bouts, was a guest lecturer for the Birthright Israel org meeting here at the National Museum of American Jewish History. By the way, Dmitriy is nicknamed "Star of David," which Stars resents but, not having been to the gym for the past, uh, week, will let go - for now. … What, you wanted more sports news? Then listen to this accomplishment by Bonnie Rosen, Bala Cynwyd's native daughter - and daughter of Lewis and Leslie Rosen - who played in her third World Cup as a member of the U.S. Women's Lacrosse team. For today's col, we also make her a member of our Women's Lastar team, too.

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