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Stars of David Week of Nov. 3, 2005
Somewhere out there, Mickey Rooney must be smiling: Boys Town Jerusalem's Mid-Atlantic Region will salute Deborah and Henri C. Levit of Bryn Mawr, longtime supporters, at its upcoming annual gala dinner at the Union League. Also on the agenda: a posthumous honor for Giovanni Palatucci, whose extraordinary efforts as police chief of Fiumi, Italy, during World War II led to the rescue of numerous Jewish lives. He'll get the Jan Zwartendijk Humanitarian Award; Biagio "Gene" DeSimone will be on hand to receive the award in honor of his late uncle. … Never too late: Moshe Goldman will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Nov. 26. Why is this such a bimah-licious story? Because that's Rabbi Moshe Goldman, religious leader for some 15 years of Temple Beth Ami, where the service will be held. It'll be a double-mitzvah for the rabbi, also celebrating his 75th birthday that day. Goldman was Bar Mitzvah age when war broke out in his native Poland; he was hidden and given safekeeping from the Nazis by a non-Jewish family at the time. Obviously, the rebbe - who also holds a Ph.D. in physics, and is a prof at Community College of Philadelphia - didn't have to turn too far for Bar Mitzvah training. … Not just another pretty face that Kat Dennings. The Philly fave now co-starring in the sleeper smash "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" will be doing a three-part stint on "ER," beginning on Nov. 3. If anyone's career doesn't needed CPR, it's this talented teen, also set for a Nov. 9 role in "CSI: NY." … Anyone notice during the TV Land marathon of "Cheers" shows last week revolving around Sam's longtime bar rivalry with Gary that Gary was actually played by two different actors? And that one of them was Oreland's Joel Polis? … Fill in the … Blank Rome LLP, the prominent Philly law firm, has added its name to a major arts fest in South Jersey: The Blank Rome Festival of Arts, Books & Culture is continuing to Nov. 13 at the Katz JCC, in Cherry Hill, with Philly's adopted maidele Tovah Feldshuh one of the many entertainers at the 16th annual event. Blank Rome has been a major sponsor for 10 of those years. Is this what you call making it legal by giving its intended its name? … These "Daughters of Pennsylvania" truly distinguish themselves in a crowd: Ruth DuBois of Rydal and Jane Golden Heriza were honored recently at a luncheon at the governor's residence as two of 10 "Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania." DuBois, a trustee of Jewish Family and Children's Service and member of the board of the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, among many positions, has been instrumental in governmental anti-drug campaigns for years, and was founding exec director of the Corporate Alliance for Drug Education, a winner of numerous honors and accolades. Heriza, long involved in communal art programs, is director of Philadelphia Mural Arts. Maybe if Tevye would have had such "Daughters," he wouldn't have kvetched so much. … Travelin' man: Elkins Park's Bill Rubinsohn, prexy, Rubinsohn Travel American Express in Jenkintown, has a new sticker to place on his bags: He's just been named a certified travel-industry executive by the Travel Institute. … Of counsel: Andy Cohen is the new editor of Counselor mag of the Advertising Specialty Institute. … "Oh, I wish it would rain" is not just a popular refrain from a Temptations oldie; it holds water for lawyers, too. Which explains why Lisa Goldstein, repping Rainmaker Trainers, was such an anticipated guest speaker for the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association, which hosted her over at the Union League. … Rhyme and reason: Nice to see/on the committee/Lynne Abraham, Stephen Berg, Marciene M. Mattleman/making plan/for American Poetry Review's gala triumph/later this month/which will feature/Meryl Streep.