Newsmakers the Week of January 8, 2015

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Rabbi David Straus of Main Line Reform Temple will be honored on Jan. 15 at the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Leadership Recognition Reception. Straus is being cited for his role as immediate past chair of JCRC.

Evan Segal has been named head of Segal Financial, a commercial loan business that operates in Blue Bell.

Native daughter Amy Eilberg, who earned the distinction of being the first ordained female rabbi in the Conservative movement, was a presenter at the Ann Katz Festival of Books & Arts at the Indianapolis Jewish Community Center. Eilberg discussed her latest book, From Enemy to Friend.


Mark Daughety is being honored for 30 years as music director of Old York Road Temple-Beth Am at a salute scheduled at the Abington temple on Jan. 30.

Attorney Jeffrey S. Feldman has been voted in as a partner at Starfield & Smith, PC, where he serves the Commercial Litigation and Creditors' Rights practices.

Dr. Andrew Newberg, who heads up research for the Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals discussed the impact of prayer on the brain as part of a segment on NBC News dealing with the topic featuring Cynthia McFadden, the network’s senior legal and investigative correspondent.

Douglas M. Hershman has been chosen as 2014 Delaware Real Estate Lawyer of the Year, receiving  the Corporate LiveWire’s Global Award. Hershman is at Bayard, PA, where he serves as director as well as chair of its executive committee.

At recent leadership elections held by the Philadelphia Bar Association, Deborah R. Gross, who holds the role of president of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, was elected vice chancellor of the Bar Association next year with ascension to chancellor-elect the following year and chancellor in 2017.

Amy Gutmann has been cited as the fourth-highest compensated private university president nationally in a survey taken by the Chronicle of Higher Education. The report, based on 2012 earnings, put the 11-year president of the University of Pennsylvania at $2.4 million per annum. The median compensation for private college top leaders that year came in at about $400,000.

Ken Weinstein, proprietor of the Trolley Car Diner in Mount Airy and head of Philly Office Retail, has been re-elected to the position of chairman of the board of the Mt. Airy Business Improvement District.

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