Newsmakers the Week of April 17, 2014


Comcast has another reason to power up as its chairman gets a major honor; a former Har Zion Hebrew school student who has become one of the nation's leading sexologists gets extensive coverage in a revealing interview; and Bryn Mawr's commencement ceremony gets a whiff of Fresh Air.

Comcast chairman and CEO, Brian Roberts has been chosen as “The Most Powerful Man in Philadelphia,” by Philadelphia Magazine. The mag notes that “since acquiring control of NBC Universal in 2011, Comcast has become one of the world’s most prominent and profitable media conglomerates, with interests in everything from Internet service and home security to movies, TV production and theme parks,” all under the ultimate aegis of Roberts.

Shawn Ravitz, vice president of administration at Ravitz Family Markets, which operates five ShopRites in the region, received the Girl Scout Partner Award by the Girl Scouts of Central & Southern Jersey for communal work and “commitment to supporting female leadership.”

Susan Block, a former student at Har Zion Temple Hebrew school and camper at Camp Ramah in the Poconos, was the subject of a recent extensive interview in, which focused on her more publicly noted role as prominent sexologist Dr. Suzy. The Philadelphia native, a Yale University grad, broke ground on HBO’s Real Sex and has been voted twice to the list of “America’s Greatest Thinkers,” by the Great American Think-Off of New York Mills, Minn.

Paul Weidner was named a Models of Excellence Award winner in the finance category by the University of Pennsylvania, “recognized for having made major contributions to Penn’s standing as a world-class institution.”

Sandra Mazer Moss, recently retired as judge from the Common Pleas Court of Philadelphia, has joined the Dispute Resolution Institute.

Haverford College alum Charlie Rubin has come out with Strange Paradise, a new book featuring a collection of his photographic art.

Attorney Bernard M. Resnick served as moderator and presenter at the annual MIDEM gathering in Cannes, France, on the topic of “The International Association of Entertainment Lawyers Master Class: Knowing Your Fans — Keeping It Legal.” MIDEM describes itself “as the place where music makers, cutting-edge technologies, brands and talents come together under one roof to source, sell and sign new music, digital solutions and innovative ideas.”

Dr. Michael Greenberg of the Drexel University College of Medicine, where he heads up the Division of Medical Toxicology, has been accorded the highest honor given by the European Association of Clinical Toxologists, the 2014 Louis Roche Award. Next month, Greenberg will give the Louis Roche Lecture at a gathering of the association, marking its 50th International Congress in Brussels.

Terry Gross of Fresh Air fame — she and the locally based NPR program have won multiple awards, including the Peabody, for interviews conducted — will be the commencement speaker at Bryn Mawr College ceremonies on May 17.



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