Newsmakers, the Week of May 22, 2014


A Perelman School of Medicine gastroenterologist is the first recipient of the Distinguished Clinician Award; Adath Emanu-El honors a couple for some 40 years of service; and a local investment adviser is named to the Top 400 by the Financial Times.

Dr. Gary W. Falk, professor of medicine, the gastroenterology division of Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Distinguished Clinician Award, handed out by the American Gastroenterological Association. Falk is also co-director of Perelman’s GI physiology laboratory.

Errol and Jill Schlessinger were honored for their nearly four decades of work and commitment to Adath Emanu-El at a special celebration featuring a concert by the Josh Nelson Project. Errol is retiring from his role as the temple’s religious school administrator.

Joseph H. Ball, an advertising and marketing guru in Philadelphia, is serving as a judge for the current U.S. International Film & Video Festival.

Mark Segal, editor of the Philadelphia Gay News, handled the official coin toss at the Arena Football game between the Philadelphia Soul and the New Orleans Voodoo, held to celebrate “Out With the Soul, Champions for Equality,” in support of LGBT. The game was broadcast nationally from the Wells Fargo Center.

Dr. Jonathan M. Sternlieb has been named chief medical information officer at Abington Health.

John A. Solis-Cohen, managing director/investment officer at Wells Fargo Advisors in Jenkintown, has been selected as one of the Top 400 Advisors by Financial Times.

Penn alums Arielle Levites and Amy Rothschild have been chosen to receive Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Levites got her master’s at Penn in 2009; she is currently composing her doctoral dissertation at New York University on “Raising Jewish Spirits: American Jews, Religious Emotion and the Culture of Contemporary American Spirituality.” Rothschild graduated from Penn in 1998 and is writing her doctoral piece at the University of California, San Diego on “Victims and Veterans: Memory, Nationalism and Human Rights in Post-Conflict East Timor.”

David F. Tilman, chazzan emeritus of Beth Sholom Congregation in Elkins Park, has been honored by the synagogue with the naming of the cantor’s office as the Chazzan David F. Tilman Cantorial Study, which next will be occupied by the incoming chazzan, Jeffrey Weber. Spearheading the event was Beth Sholom board member Ellie Kamen. Also of note: Tilman has been named director of this summer’s JewJamSouth, devoted to klezmer and choral music,  at Ramah Darom in Clayton, Ga.

Abington High and Penn grad Andrew Greenfield has been appointed to the board of directors of Brand USA by Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzke. Brand USA was put into motion by the Travel Promotion Act to attract more foreign visitors to the United States. The project is a joint effort of government and the private sector although no public funds are expended in its programs. Greenfield serves as managing partner as well as global executive committee member at Fragomen Worldwide, the global corporate immigration law company.


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