Stars of David Week of 10/25/12



Chamber quartet: Former Court of Common Pleas Judge Harold Berger, managing principal/exec committee member of Berger & Montague, P.C., was one of a quartet of U of P Law School grads saluted at the school’s annual dinner. The honored jurist serves his alma mater in a number of ways, including being on its board of overseers and chairing its Friends of the Biddle Law Library.
So it is written on the tablets: Gerald Meyer, director of experiential education at the Jefferson School of Pharmacy, Thomas Jefferson University, has been voted in as president-elect of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, set to take office in June.
Remember when those Coke kids always wanted to “teach the world to sing in perfect harmony”? It’s the real thing with the choice JFCS has made for the theme of its annual gala on Nov. 8. Pitch-perfect selections for its “Perfect Harmony” evening are Kal Rudman, music mag magnate and philanthropist, Distinguished Individual; Cozen O’Connor, Corporate Altruism; the Association of Jewish Holocaust Survivors of Philadelphia, Community Heroes; and JFCS’ own Holocaust Survivors Support Program, Outstanding Service.
Can’t stop the music? In many ways Larry Magid began it all. Philly’s Electric Factory wiz who helped electrify Philly’s music scene by bringing then-unknown rockers and hip comics to its clubs — and then went national as a producer (owning a Tony Award for producing Billy Crystal’s one-man Broadway show)  — will be honored along with his wife, Mickey, by the local chapter of the Buoniconti Fund — started by Dan and Caren Jones along with her parents; the national org was founded and is helmed by NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti — for their work in aiding the fund’s battle against spinal cord 
injuries. (It’s the money-raising branch of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.) The Nov. 9 event’s slated for the National Museum of American Jewish History, where they’ll help “Raise a Glass for the Cure” at this ninth annual gathering.
Here’s a real Re/Mac Classic success story: Broker Brett Furman has been designated a recipient of the Five Star Professional Award handed out by the prominent Five Star organization.
Judgment day: Attorney Steven J. Polansky of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin has been selected as a judge, nominated by Jersey guv Chris Christie and approved by the state Senate Judiciary Committee, for the Superior Court of Camden County/Family Division.
She’s a Fellow! Alison Perelman, working on a doctorate at Penn’s Annenberg School, is first in her class with the City of Philadelphia. She’s just been named to an elite group of the first-named Legislative and Policy Research Fellows of Philadelphia.
Buzz off? Buzz on! Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Buzz Bissinger is a contributor to Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame, an anthology of great sportswriters and sports minds — sometimes one and the same — edited by Franklin Foer and Marc Tracy. The book comes out as a treat the day before Halloween. And guess what, fans of Jewish jocks? It doesn’t have any blank pages!


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