Author: Elkin, Michael
Date published: July 28, 2011
They're singing the praises once again of Marsha Bryan Edelman, just named choir director of the Elkins Park Jewish Community Chorale, a combine of members from Beth Sholom Congregation and Congregation Adath Jeshurun. Maybe they should have just called it the Old York Road Corridor Choir. ... Speaking of singing: Soprano Jessica Rose Cohn will take part in the annual Martin Master Musicale at Bakers Bay on Aug. 7. It's an august presentation and a proud one, too, for her grandparents, Reece and Ann Cohn, residents at the complex. ... More sounds of music - and this is some great sound: Will Israel-born, Richbororaised Jeana Zettle settle on second place? Not as a Wiggle - she starred as a Glee-type teammate in last year's movie "Standing Ovation" - and, avow family, friends and fans, not now either: Next month the sabra travels back to her homeland, chosen as one of only 30 globally - globally! - to take part in "Hallelujah," Israel's worldwide sing-a-long to choose "the next Jewish star." Isn't this how Streisand got started? . . . Oh, Poo: Eric Goldberg is not your average bear; the Cherry Hill Jersey "boy" - well, he's 52 - is one of the supervising animators on Disney's newly released "Winnie the Pooh." You don't have to be a John Updike fan to appreciate a rabbit running away with a movie; and that Rabbit is the hand-drawn handiwork of Goldberg in the film. ... Here's a social network that has its own version of the Oscars - and Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel of Elkins Park is one of the winners. Such kudos come naturally to the synagogue, which has a long history of social activism, including "Hope for Haiti," the benefit concert it staged and is honored for now. Nods go out to Rabbi Kevin Kleinman, who coordinated the concert, and Dr. Margie Curtis-Cohen, chair of the synagogue's socialaction committee. How nice for all the winners nationwide who hear "The envelope, please" and don't have to reach for their pockets. . . . Marc Cohen, whose educational efforts as a Philly schoolteacher include classwork offering insights into the history of the Holocaust, recently attended the Yad Vashem Winter Conference on Holocaust instruction, held in Jerusalem, one of a select group of experts worldwide to be invited. . . . Equal rites: Authors Murray Dubin - longtime writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer - and Pulitzer Prize-winner Daniel Biddle were hosted by and at a most appropriate site - the National Liberty Museum - as they discussed and book-signed their 2010 Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America. ... What a champ! That's Stuart Greenberg, a program director for the Philly Parks & Recreation Department, named 2011 Champion in the Community by Magee Rehabilitation Hospital. The award was handed out at the center's 11th annual fundraiser. ... If you have a splinter in your head and don't have enough cash for cab fare to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore (No. 1), maybe you should just direct the driver to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. HUP was just voted No. 10 in the nation - the only Philly med facility to make the top 10 list - in the just released U.S. News "Best Hospitals Honor Roll." Of course, no matter where you go, better have a good answer to why you have a splinter in your head if your name's not Pinocchio.
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