Newsmakers the Week of April 30, 2015


Two prominent journalists get into a heated debate about Israel's direction, all part of a special scholar-in-residence program at Melrose B'nai Israel Emanu-El.

Andy Behrend, who served as development associate for the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia from 1997 to 1998, has been appointed the Jewish Federation’s chief development officer, effective June 1. The Elkins Park native, now a resident of Newtown, most recently held the position of executive director of individual giving for the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In that role, Behrend served on the Wharton External Affairs senior management team. Other past positions included working in development for the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Homeless Advocacy Project and the Jewish Theological Seminary. A graduate of Abington Friends School, he received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and political science from George Washington University.

An alum of both Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Philly native, international Jewish activist Malcolm Hoenlein, longtime executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Temple at commencement ceremonies on May 8.

Ethan Davis of North Carolina was named an honorable mention winner in the Selma Speech & Essay Contest sponsored by the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia. Davis incorporated his sense of Judaism into the topic of civil rights and freedoms coming on the heels of the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965 . The museum — founded by the late Irv Borowsky and now headed by his daughter, Gwen Borowsky — will host an exhibit featuring all the contest winners.

The plant materials being sold at the annual Sara’s Smiles Foundation benefit, being held May 1 to 3, have been recycled from displays created and designed by Burke Brothers Landscape Design/Build at the Philadelphia Flower Show as well as the Macy’s Spring Flower Show in Philadelphia. A partner in the Wyndmoor firm, site of the plant sale, Kevin Burke is a board member of the Sara’s Smiles Foundation, which has a stated goal of promoting “a warmer, more personal, more empowered experience for children diagnosed with cancer.” The Burke company’s credits include designing and installing the Saltzman Family Biblical Garden at Old York Road Temple-Beth Am, where Kevin Burke is a member.

Paula Moritz, vice president of Allied Integrated Marketing, has been named the company’s vice president for strategic marketing.
As executive producer for the Creative Group, Fred Stein is in charge of planning which sites Pope Francis will visit when he arrives in the city for the World Meeting of Families this fall.

Josh Goldblum and Debbie Fishman will be saluted by Germantown Jewish Centre in a special program planned for the congregants on May 31.

Dr. Svetlana Katsev has been appointed director of noninvasive cardiology for Saint Francis Healthcare’s Partners in Cardio Vascular Health of Wilmington.
Four area medical centers have made the list of Becker’s Hospital Review’s “100 Great Hospitals in America 2015”: The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; University of Pennsylvania Hospital; Lehigh Valley Hospital of Allentown; and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.



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