Newsmakers the Week of January 22, 2015

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Four area residents have contributed up to $2 million in matching funds for new graduate fellowships in Israel studies at Ben Gurion University of the Negev; and a local hospital joins an Israel medical facility as well as a Philly university  as recipients of the 2015 Yitzhak Rabin Public Service Award.

Area residents Wayne Woodman and his wife, Lisa Scheller, have joined her parents, Ernie Scheller Jr. and Roberta Scheller, in offering matching contributed funds of up to $2 million for the newly established Woodman-Scheller Graduate Fellowships in Israel Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. The Woodmans are officers in the Philadelphia chapter of American Associates of BGU; Ernie Scheller is associate chair of the Mid-Atlantic Region. The fellowships are targeted in part for study to combat global anti-Semitism.

Dr. Gabriel Hauser, a graduate of the Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, where he earned his medical degree, has been named chief medical officer at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. He served his pediatric internship and residency at the Tel Aviv Medical Center in Israel before coming to this country, where he held leading positions at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. He also has been named to the faculty of the Drexel University College of Medicine, where he will serve as vice chair of pediatrics in charge of its clinical programs.


Drexel University, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have been named winners of the 2015 Yitzhak Rabin Public Service Award, cited for their joint research agreement that was achieved in 2013 and announced during Mayor Michael Nutter’s trade mission to Israel. The award will be presented by the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce, the paramount honor accorded by PICC for “regional businesses and academic institutes and their leaders who exemplify the organization’s goals of broadening business and academic ties between the United States and Israel.” Ceremonies are set for March 19.

Mark Aronchick, communal leader and activist, and an attorney who serves as chairman of Hangley, Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, will receive the 2015 Judge Learned Hand Award of AJC Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey on Jan. 28 in ceremonies to be held at the Rittenhouse in Center City. A recent recipient of the Social Justice Award of the Jewish Social Policy Action Network, Aronchick has built a reputation for acclaimed work in civil rights and judicial reform.

William Becker, a consulting principal at Becker & Frondorf, and Lynne Kornblatt, chief human resources officer at Einstein Healthcare Network, have been added to the board of JEVS Human Services.

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