Newsmakers, the Week of September 3, 2015


Hannah Leese, Dona Gracia, The National Museum of American Jewish History, 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, Temple Sinai Adult Education Shmita Garden Party and Eleanor and Norman Rothstein.

Shechtman Marks Devor PC, the Center City national accounting firm, has named Hannah Leese, of Wynnewood, as marketing director. For the past 10 years, Leese served as the director of marketing for Brinker Simpson & Company, a Certified Public Accounting firm located in Springfield, Delaware County. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing from Drexel University. She is also a graduate of Akiba Hebrew Academy. She is an active member of the Association for Accounting Marketing and sits on the Philadelphia Chapter board as its secretary.
Dona Gracia, the Center City group of Hadassah, received a National Award of Excellence — one of only nine groups across the country to be recognized for its successful fund raising activity in 2014. Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, has hundreds of groups nationwide which support its hospitals in Jerusalem, its programs for youth and education. The Dona Gracia group, currently headed by Lisa Eizen, was founded in 2008 and is named after a Sephardic Jewish heroine of the 16th century. New members are always welcome.
The National Museum of American Jewish History has added four new members to its Board of Trustees. Joining the Board are: Alec Ellison, vice president of Jefferies LLC, a global marketing firm and chairman of its technology investment banking group; Richard Rothschild, senior vice president of investments at Wells Fargo; Daniel Shapiro, vice president of Private Wealth Management at Goldman, Sachs & Co.; and Shanin Specter, a partner at Kline and Specter, P.C., specializing in catastrophic injury and litigation. “We are thrilled to welcome such dedicated and energetic new Board Members to the Museum’s family,” said Museum CEO, Ivy L. Barsky. “Each of them has a longstanding relationship with NMAJH and brings a passion for the Museum’s mission. All four are thought leaders with important and unique spheres of influence.” They replace outgoing Board members Betsy Z. Cohen, Jeffrey Honickman, Connie Williams and Roy Zuckenberg.
The 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America will include 10 local attorneys. Alan Feldman, Carol Nelson Shepherd, Daniel Weinstock, Ezra Wohlgelernte represent the firm of Feldman Shepherd, Wohlgelernter, Tanner, Weinstock & Dodig LLP. Deborah Willig, Stuart Davidson, Irwin Aronson, Nancy B.G. Lassen and Deborah Lerner and Amy Rosenberger are from Willig, Williams and Davidson.
Votes are solicited from nearly 80,000 attorneys worldwide, with 6.7 million votes analyzed for the upcoming edition.
More than 50 people attended the Temple Sinai Adult Education Shmita Garden Party with an evening of learning, building community and lots of food. In keeping with the
theme of the shmita — the agricultural sabbatical found in biblical text to help feed the hungry — non-perishable food donations were collected and will be distributed.
Eleanor and Norman Rothstein, known as Nan and Pop to everyone they meet, recently celebrated 75 years of marriage. Their youngest grandson, Scott, compiled their Top 5 Ways to a Happy Marriage:
1. You need to have love and respect. When you love the person, there is nothing you wouldn’t do for that person. Love and respect are the foundation for any great and lasting relationship.
2. Keep your sense of humor. Life has a funny way at throwing curve balls at you. You have to retain your ability to look at life objectively and not let it consume you, and learn to laugh at the little things.
3. Value what you have. The belongings in your life don’t matter if they don’t create memories. The memories you have come from interacting with each other, friends and family, not because of the belongings. The most important assets you have are each other. Pop always says, “I don’t need fancy gifts, I prefer happy memories!”
4. Forgive and forget, otherwise you’ll end up with an ulcer — which will interfere with your ability to enjoy a good drink!
5. Never go to bed angry. This sounds cliché, but the most important thing to remember is this point. Leave the day’s events to that day and move on to the next. In order for people to argue, two people need to argue.
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