Newsmakers Week of December 5, 2013


A Sports Awards Dinner honors one of the Katz JCC's longstanding good sports with a Lifetime Achievement Award; a local lawyer is hailed as  Fellow of the Year by the American Matrimonial Law Association; an area psychiatrist pens a book on 10 steps to relieve anxiety; and Blank Rome LLP elects a chairman to a three-year term.

Jeffrey Brown, president and  vice chairman of NFI Industries, has been honored with the Katz JCC Lifetime Achievement Award. He will receive the honor at the Katz JCC Sports Award Dinner to be held on Dec. 12 at the facility in Cherry Hill, N.J. The venue is a familiar one for the honoree, who has held multiple executive positions at the JCC: Among his many roles, Brown founded the Sports Award Dinner and chaired it twice. 
Hunter Joshua King of Phila­delphia’s BBYO Liberty Region #13 recently attended and participated in a global teen conference focusing on Hunger is Not 
a Game; the three-day summit, held in Detroit, was sponsored by BBYO.
Mason Reiner and Dr. Randy Robinson of Elkins Park have started R-Health (, which, according to its statement, “provides employees, individuals and families with convenient, seamless primary care that includes 30 to 60 minute office appointments (including nights and weekends) and 24-7 access to the physician via technologies like cell phone, text and Skype.”
David N. Hofstein of Hofstein Weiner & Meyer, P.C., has been honored as Fellow of the Year by the American Matrimonial Law Association.
Dr. H. Michael Zal, psychiatrist/author and Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, has penned Ten Steps to Relieve Anxiety: Refocus, Relax and Enjoy Life. Previous Zal books include Dancing with Medusa: A Life in Psychiatry and The Sandwich Generation: Caught Between Growing Children and Aging Parents.
The tussle between science and belief is the locus of Lauren Grodstein’s just-released The Explanation for Everything, her fifth book. A Moorestown, N.J., resident, Grodstein, associate prof of English who heads up the MFA program in creative writing at Rutgers U./Camden, set Explanation in South Jersey.
Bonnie Schwartz of Weichert Realtors has been selected for the highly selective honor as a Philadelphia Five Star Real Estate Agent for 2013.
Author Karen Jayne of Merion opened the daylong celebratory 100-day birthday of Main Point Books. Jayne, whose Three Pillows Down was a finalist in this year’s Next Generation Indie Books Awards, was one of a number of local authors to take part in the meet-and-greet with the public.
Best-selling author (Tuesdays With Morrie, The Five People You Meet in Heaven) and much-honored sportswriter, Akiba Hebrew Academy alum Mitch Albom has penned his fourth novel, The First Phone Call From Heaven.
Alan J. Hoffman of Blank Rome LLP has been elected to a three-year term as firm chairman as well as a new three-year term as its managing partner, in effect Jan. 1, 2015. Currently co-chairman of the firm, Hoffman will assume the title of chairman on Jan. 1 upon co-chairman T. Michael Dyer’s retirement on Dec. 31.


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