Newsmakers, the Week of Feb. 26, 2015


Stephen A. Cozen, founder and chairman of the Philly based, international law firm of Cozen O’Connor, has been appointed chair of the Board of Councilors of the USC Shoah Foundation — The Institute for Visual History and Education. The board is responsible for the dissemination and implementation of the 53,000 testimonies in the institute’s Visual History Archive. Cozen, a Philadelphia Jewish communal leader, has long been active with the Shoah organization, whose founder was filmmaker Steven Spielberg. He is also co-chair of the institute’s capital campaign, which is more than halfway to its $184 million goal.

Josh Shapiro, chairman of the Montgomery County Commissioners, will be saluted by JNF at its Philadelphia Tree of Life Award Breakfast on March 4 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center during the occasion of the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society’s Philadelphia Flower Show.

Philly’s William Lashner has been nominated for the Edgar Alan Poe Award of the Mystery Writers of America in the “Best Paperback/Original” category for The Barkeep. The honors will be handed out late April in New York.

Evan J. Footer, 28, of Ithaca, N.Y., has been elected co-president of the Jewish Business Association of the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. He is the son of Binnie and Elliott Footer of Lower Gywnedd and, along with his family, is a member of Temple Sinai of Dresher, Pa.

Jordan Harvey, owner, Velvet Sky Bakery in Jenkintown, was saluted in in the category of “Best Wedding Cakes in Philadelphia.” The bakery also was named by as one of “Philadelphia’s finest wedding cake designers/Philadelphia’s Sweetest Cake Trends.” The bakery will be part of Jenkintown Restaurant Week, March 2 to 5.

Former Philadelphian Ze’ev Maghen, now chief of the Middle Eastern Studies Department of Bar Ilan University in Israel, has authored John Lennon and the Jews, an examination of universalism vs. the songwriter’s recording of Imagine.


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