Newsmakers, the Week of June 4, 2015

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Lewis Katz, Rabbi Barry and Amy Blum, seniors celebrating their much-delayed B’nai Mitvah, Carly Zimmerman, Dr. Lee M. Pachter and Phyllis Horn Epstein.

Lewis Katz, a native of Camden, N.J.,and late co-owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer, philanthropist and sports teammogul who died in a plane crash in May 2014, has been nominated to the New Jersey Hall of Fame.

He is in famous company; among those nominated are late Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg; Bernard Marcus, cofounder of Home Depot; and comedian Jon Stewart. Voting continues to June 7 at: njhalloffame.org.


Rabbi Barry and Amy Blum will be honored for 25 years of service and dedication to Congregation Beth El-Ner Tamid of Broomall as the synagogue fetes them with a special ceremony at the season’s closing event on June 7.

Who said 13 is an unlucky number? Not for these seniors, who will be celebrating their much-delayed B’nai Mitvah on June 5 at KleinLife: Northeast Philadelphia, with the facility’s spiritual leader, Rabbi Sandra Berliner, officiating: Eileen Baskin, Gloria Bass, Marion Cohen, Sylvia Cohen, Sheila Ettinhoff, Selma Fliegelman, Herman Frankel, Andrea Gale, Barbara Gittelman, Doris G. Gordon, Marilyn Keesal, Harry Leibson, Miriam Levin, Belle Magerman, Kathy Montgomery, Mildred Morgan, Harvey Reich, Judy Reich, Shirley Smucker and Elaine Snyder. The celebrants have been studying for more than a year under the tutelage of Berliner and Shelley Geltzer, director, adult services at KleinLife, as well as a certified Hebrew teacher.

Philadelphia’s Carly Zimmerman, a Harrisburg native who serves as CEO of Challah for Hunger, headquartered in  Philly the past two years, will be attending the 2015 ROI Community Summit of Jewish movers and shakers from 32 countries, June 7 to 11, in Jerusalem. ROI Community is a project sponsored by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.

Dr. Lee M. Pachter, chief of general pediatrics as well as associate chair for community pediatrics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, has been chosen as editor- in-chief of the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. He is also a pediatrics professor at the Drexel University College of Medicine.

Phyllis Horn Epstein of Epstein, Shapiro & Epstein, PC, where she is a partner, has been selected as chairwoman of the American Bar Association Tax Section Committee on Individual and Family Taxation. A Fellow with the American College of Tax, Epstein will concentrate her work for the committee in tax planning and representation before the IRS.

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