Stars of David Week of 8/23/2012


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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