News Briefs: Ardmore Native Scores Oscar Nom, Diamond Gives up Touring and More

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Pasek Nominated Again for Academy Award

Ardmore native Benj Pasek, whose “City of Stars” from La La Land won Best Original Song at the 2017 Academy Awards, was nominated again in the same category for the 2018 awards, according to Billboard.

Pasek and songwriting partner Justin Paul were nominated for “This is Me” from the P.T. Barnum biopic The Greatest Showman.


This is Pasek and Paul’s third Best Original Song nomination in the last two years; they also were nominated in 2017 for another La La Land song, “Audition (The Fools Who Dream).”

The 2018 Oscars will take place on March 4.

Tribe 12 Names 2018 Leadership Fellows

The Tribe 12 Fellowship leadership program named 13 fellows for 2018.

Tribe 12 connects those in their 20s and 30s to Philadelphia’s Jewish life and community through a variety of events.

Fellows include Jess Bird, who runs 3rdGenBlinds, a window blinds business; Alanna Raffel, a pediatric occupational therapist working in Philadelphia charter schools; Katie Gould, owner of KG Strong, a kettlebell studio; Serena Shapero, who oversees the local Anti-Defamation League’s young leadership activities and online outreach efforts; Koty Marine, creator of a foldable, packable leather jacket bag; and Josh Silverbauer, co-founder and CEO of Grue & Bleen Agency.

Other fellows include Jake Markovitz, chair of the Young Friends Board of the National Museum of American Jewish History; Michelle Sloan, owner of craft business Craft & Chestnut; Dave Martell, owner of Jew Jitsu Worldwide; Rory Michelle Sullivan, a singer-songwriter and composer; Davinica Nemtzow, founder of the Creating United Empowerment artist and designer sales platform; Lindsay Tabas, developer of a micro-course linking Kabbalah to how entrepreneurs can build empathy; and Taryn Wyron, who facilitates tikkun olam initiatives at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.

Local Rabbi Visits Guatemala as AJWS Global Justice Fellow

Rabbi Ariella Rosen of Adath Israel was among 13 rabbis visiting Guatemala from Jan. 14 to 21 as part of the Global Justice Fellowship of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), a Jewish organization supporting local advocates for change in 19 developing countries.

The rabbis met with leaders of local grassroots Guatemalan organizations that work to advance human rights, advocates for legal protections for local human rights activists, midwives providing maternal health support for indigenous women, members of an independent journalism collective and U.S. Embassy leadership.

Each fellow also will participate in six months of human rights education and action and meet with and educate government officials in Washington, D.C.

Neil Diamond Gives Up Touring After 50 Years

Singer-songwriter Neil Diamond — once called the Jewish Elvis — announced that a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis is prompting him to give up touring, JTA reported.

“I have been so honored to bring my shows to the public for the past 50 years,” Diamond said in a statement. “I plan to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come.”

Diamond cancelled March shows planned for Australia and New Zealand that were part of his 50th anniversary tour.

Diamond, 77, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984.

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