Newsmakers Week of April 4, 2013


Phyllis and Darren Sudman, founders of the Simon Fund, have been named “Heroes Among Us,” by People magazine. The couple created the fund seven years ago to commemorate their son Simon, who died at the age of 3 months from an undiagnosed heart problem.

Philadelphian Rabbi Aryeh Spiro, author of Push Back: Reclaiming Our American Judeo-Christian Spirit, was a guest on Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor, interviewed by host Bill O’Reilly on the Jewish perspective of the devil and the existence of a heaven and hell. The interview related to the depiction of the devil in the mini-series The Bible, on the History Channel.

Bioethicist Arthur Caplan of the New York University Langone Medical Center and former chief of the bioethics department at Penn, gave the seminal lecture in humanism funded by Edwin Berkowitz and the Berkowitz Family Foundation of Merion, Pa., at both Thomas Jefferson University and the Foundation of Cooper University Hospital in Camden, N.J. The hospitals are joint benefactors
of the grant.

Ian S. Lustick, a political science professor at Penn with a focus on Arab-Israeli situations, recently penned a piece for the Los Angeles Times on Zionism’s failure to adapt to modern times in Israel. He also authored Trapped in the War on Terror.


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