Newsmakers the Week of January 29, 2015


A prominent Philadelphia philanthropist makes a multi-million dollar contribution to The Children's Hospitasl of Philadelphia; and an area rabbi is chosen to deliver the invocation at the Feb. 5 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.

Philanthropist Raymond G. Perelman, a major contributor in shaping Philadelphia through his many gifts to the arts, hospitals and institutions — including the soon-to-be-constructed Raymond G. Perelman Center for Jewish Life at Drexel University — has donated $50 million to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The gift will serve as an endowment for the establishment of the Raymond G. Perelman Campus, an eight-acre extension, constructed on what was the former Civic Center. Additionally the gift will be used to initiate the Raymond G. Perelman Research Fund in support of the Perelman Center for Cellular and Molecular Therapeutics, which will focus on pediatric research.

Rabbi Gregory S. Marx, senior rabbi of Congregation Beth Or in Maple Glen, will deliver the invocation at the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 5 in Washington, D.C., with President Barack Obama and other government officials and dignitaries scheduled to attend. The annual event will be held at the Washington Hilton. Congress serves as host with the Fellowship Organization organizing the breakfast. The breakfast will be simulcast on C-SPAN.

A founding member of Bleczinski, Kleiman and Klein, LLC, Michael L. Kleiman has been voted in to the judiciary committee of the Montgomery County Bar Association.

The Annette W. Black Memorial Lecture Series has been established at Congregation Adath Jeshurun in Elkins Park, honoring the late president of the synagogue’s Women’s Association, which she served from 1965 to 1967. Black played a seminal role as well in the congregation’s history, being its first female officer. The lecture series, funded by her husband, Marvin, was initiated at Women’s Shabbat services last week, with Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, scholar-in-residence at Washington Hebrew Congregation and a regular Torah commentator for this newspaper, as the speaker.

Attorney H. David Seidman has been named a partner with Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP.

Philly native Sue Eisenfeld, an author now residing in Northern Virginia, has penned Shenandoah: A Story of Conservation and Betrayal. She will return home to promote the book with signings on March 25 at the Athenaeum, and May 3 at Main Point Books in Bryn Mawr.

Ron Cohen, football coach of George Washington High’s Eagles, whose teams have captured 12 Public League titles, has announced his retirement, effective Feb. 17. Cohen has coached at GW for 30 years and has taught at the school for nearly half-a-century. He was inducted into the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2013. 


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