Newsmakers, the Week of July 14, 2016

Laurie Franz was named to the board of directors of JEVS Human Services, Danny Rosenbaum and Connor Donovan were named 2016 college baseball Division I first team All-Americans by the Jewish Sports Review, and Ryan Donovan received an honorable mention, and Elijah Dornstreich and Shira Katz Scanlon received prestigious awards at the AJC Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey Region annual meeting.

Laurie Franz was named to the board of directors of Jewish Employment Vocational Services (JEVS) Human Services. President of the Five Together Foundation, which was founded in 2005 to focus on humanitarian efforts in the U.S. and worldwide, she also serves as board chair for the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda. In addition, she’s on the boards of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and InterfaithFamily.
The University of Louisville’s Danny Rosenbaum of Lafayette Hill and Lehigh University’s Connor Donovan of Yardley were named 2016 college baseball Division I first team All-Americans by the Jewish Sports Review. In addition, Ryan Donovan, Connor’s brother, of Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., received an honorable mention.
The 23-year-old Rosenbaum, who attended Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School, hit .287 this past season for the second-ranked Cardinals, with 10 home runs, 42 RBI and a .992 fielding percentage at first base. He finished his career averaging .280, with 15 homers and 93 RBI.
Connor Donovan, who had only played sparingly prior to this season, hit .272 with five homers and 26 RBI for the Mountain Hawks. That earned The Pennington School graduate All-Patriot League second-team honors. He also appeared in 14 games as a relief pitcher, going 0-3 with a 3.68 ERA, while striking out 21 in 29 1/3 innings.
Playing for Division II Lynn, Ryan Donovan hit .339 with 13 homers and 48 RBI, earning all-Sunshine State Conference honors. He spent the previous three seasons at Hofstra University, where he hit a combined .247 with seven homers and 29 RBIs.
Elijah Dornstreich and Shira Katz Scanlon received prestigious awards at the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey Region annual meeting in Center City.
Dornstreich, board vice president, Emerging Leaders & Outreach, was given the AJC Human Relations Award in recognition of his commitment to the mission and values of AJC. He’s been a longtime advocate for the Jewish people and the state of Israel through cross-cultural and interfaith dialogue. Katz Scanlon, board vice president, Southern New Jersey Initiative, was the recipient of the inaugural Murray Friedman Emerging Leader Award. Since joining the board in 2014, she’s been instrumental in organizing the “Bringing Women In” initiative, which cultivates future AJC female leaders.
In addition to the award presentations, AJC President Fred Strober assumed the reins as board chairman, replacing Mickey Simon. Morris Gocial will take over as president through 2018.


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