Newsmakers, the Week of Feb. 19, 2015


Bernie Marcus, retired co-founder of Home Depot, and the Marcus Foundation have announced a $14 million gift for Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals for the establishment of the Marcus Integrative Health at the Myrna Brind Center/Villanova.

Dalia Hougah-Sugarman, who runs Dahlia’s, an iconic award-winning jewelry store in Center City specializing in Israeli creations, is closing the shop at the end of the month after 19 years in business. The store has made a name for itself, attracting celebrities, showcasing wearable art and distinctive products, including Judaica. Hougah-Sugarman, who has shuttled back and forth between Philadelphia and Jerusalem, says she is shutting the store due to “personal matters that have kept me at home in Jerusalem closer to my family.”

Ardmore’s Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, a songwriting team who were nominated for a Tony Award for their 2012 score of Broadway’s A Christmas Story, and contributed to NBC’s late Broadway-themed Smash, have been announced as speakers at TEDxBroadway, a gathering of Broadway’s best and brightest, to assess its future, being held on Feb. 23 in New York.

Sandra Featherman, who holds three degrees, including a doctorate from the U of P and once served at Temple University as assistant to the president, director of the Center for Public Policy and president of the Faculty Senate, has authored Higher Education at Risk: Strategies to Improve Outcomes, Reduce Tuition, and Stay Competitive in a Disruptive Environment.

The Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia has received a $100,000 grant from Susan G. Komen Philadelphia for its Women in Need program, helping those with breast problems who have no insurance to defray costs.

Jonathan D. Sarna, chief historian for the National Museum of American Jewish History as well as the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University, has co-authored Lincoln and the Jews: A History, examining the legendary president’s respectful and supportive relationship with Jews despite an anti-Semitic national climate during his time in power.

David Field has been selected for a position on the board of trustees of the National Constitution Center.



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