Newsmakers the Week of April 2, 2015


Two area communal stalwarts are being honored for their philanthropic contributions to the region by the Women's Center of Montgomery County.

David L. and Rhonda R. Cohen are being honored by the Women’s Center of Montgomery County for their “outstanding leadership and philanthropic contributions” to the region. David is executive vice president, Comcast Corporation; Rhonda is a communal leader as well as a former partner at the law firm of Ballard, Spahr, Andrews and Ingersoll. The salute takes place on April 19 at the Meadowlands County Club, with broadcast journalist Larry Kane moderating a panel on recent events in the health industry.

Making book with new releases are Simcha Raphael, a rabbinic pastor and spiritual director, with The Grief Journey and the Afterlife: Jewish Pastoral Care for Bereavement; Rabbi Dayle Friedman, guiding force behind Growing Older, her Philly-based national practice, with Jewish Wisdom for Growing Older: Finding Your Grit and Grace Beyond Midlife; Fran Sorin, media trainer, broadcaster and expert gardener, with Digging Deep: Unearthing Your Creative Roots Through Gardening; and Lauren Saft, local TV producer, whose Those Girls, a novel about three suburban Philly high school juniors/BFFs making discoveries about each other and themselves, will be published later this spring.

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

Peter Gold has been re-elected vice chair/operations at the Global Interdependence Center. He is founder as well as president of TheGoldGroup, LLC.

A composition by Ross M. Levy, director of youth engagement at Main Line Reform Temple, has been chosen for inclusion in the Union of Reform Judaism’s “RUACH 5775: New Jewish Tunes.” Levy’s “Heiveinu Shalom Aleichem” bested some 1,000 other entries worldwide.

Michael E. Bertin, a partner with the legal firm of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP, has been named a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Among other related positions, Bertin is former chair of the Family Law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and currently serves as co-chairman of its Custody Committee.


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