Harrison Named to CIJE Board

The Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education, which partners with Jewish day schools to provide engaging curricula, teacher training and advanced technology as well as vital support in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects, announced that philanthropist and businesswoman Dr. Lynne B. Harrison has been named to its national board.

Harrison is founder and president of Harrison Research Laboratories Inc. that tests products from major companies for safety and efficacy in the USA, Canada, Europe, Israel, South America and Asia-Pacific.

“CIJE is a unique organization that transcends geographic and multidenominational bounds to provide quality education for Jewish youth throughout the U.S.,” Harrison said. ”STEM education is the basis on which rests our entire future, in terms of our prosperity, world leadership and the enormous job satisfaction the people in sciences enjoy.”

In addition to becoming a generous supporter of CIJE, Harrison is a longstanding donor of many STEM education and Jewish charities. She is a board member of Friends of Israel Sci-Tech Schools, which collaborated with CIJE on the CIJE-Tech High School Engineering Program, now in close to 40 schools in the U.S. She serves on the board of Space Israel and is the chair of the newly formed USA Space Israel Board. She has served as vice chair of the Hillel International Board of Directors as well as a member of the Hillel International Board of Governors. Hillel named her Woman of the Year in 2009, honoring her with the Founders’ Award.

Rosenberg, Gomola Make Move

Family law attorney Ellen P. Rosenberg has joined Wright, Constable & Skeen LLP as part of the Baltimore law firm’s family law group. She will bring attorney A. Michelle Gomola, who worked as an associate at the Law Office of Ellen P. Rosenberg P.A. with her.

Rosenberg brings decades of litigation experience and is well regarded among peers for her practical judgment, knowledge of the law, personable approach to her clients and understanding of their needs. She has been practicing family law since 1989 and held an office in Towson for her private practice prior to joining the firm. She will be merging her practice into the firm, bringing with her attorney

Gomola who has been working in the legal field since completing her undergraduate studies at New York University. Her passion and dedication to the law led her to pursue her J.D. at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Following her law school career, Gomola served as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. G. Edward Dwyer, Jr. at the Circuit Court for Frederick County before entering private practice.

Israelson Joins AiP Board

Ellen Israelson, the vice president of philanthropic services and chief marketing officer at Jewish Communal Fund, has been elected to the national Board of Trustees of The Association of Advisors in Philanthropy. AiP is a prestigious member organization whose mission is to transform philanthropy through collaboration.

The organization empowers financial advisers, lawyers, accountants, bankers, trust officers, philanthropic advisers and wealth planners to assist their clients in directing their philanthropic resources in a way that is consistent with their deepest values.

“I am pleased to be joining the board of AiP, which is widely considered the number one association for advisers in a broad range of disciplines who view wealth and legacy planning holistically and incorporate philanthropy,” said Israelson.

JWGF Awards $100K

Baltimore City was the big winner of grant money awarded from the Jewish Women’s Giving Foundation of Baltimore, a program of Associated Women within The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. A total of $108,600 was granted to seven organizations that improve the lives of women and girls, six of which are located in Baltimore and one in Israel.

“We were compelled by the recent unrest in Baltimore City to focus our funding this year here at home. And we were very fortunate to have very strong proposals from organizations that will put our resources to immediate and good use improving the lives of women and girls in Baltimore City,” said Julie Sakin, chair of the foundation.

The grants were awarded to Adelante Latina, which received $10,000 to support an after-school college preparatory program for underprivileged Latina girls grades 10-12 in the Baltimore City Public School System; Caroline Center, which received $11,200 to support its mission of providing tuition-free career and life-skills training to unemployed and underemployed women in Baltimore; CHANA, which received $20,000 to finance the production of a video that CHANA will use to educate youth, spread awareness and inspire financial support; Enterprise Community Partners, which received $20,000 to support the Home Instruction for Parents of Pre-School Youngsters (HIPPY) program in the Sandtown-Winchester and Park Heights neighborhoods; Healthcare for the Homeless, which received $20,000 to support preventive and restorative dental care for women and girls experiencing homelessness; The Jewish Agency for Israel: Alma Pre-Army Academy (in Israel), which received $8,000 to support a six-month educational and leadership program for underprivileged, high-potential young Israeli women; and the Edward A. Myerberg Center, which received $19,400 to support the Happiest Home Program to
enable low-income, elderly Jewish women to age in place at Weinberg Woods, a rent-subsidized independent living facility adjacent to the Myerberg Center.

Benchworks CEO Is Entrepreneur Finalist

Ernst & Young has announced that CEO Thad L. Bench Sr. of Benchworks is a finalist for the 2015 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in the Maryland Region.

The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Bench was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 25 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.

Benchworks is a family of operating units that includes a full-service advertising agency, a product launch logistics center and a consulting group focused on commercialization planning for biotech companies. It is a multichannel strategy and execution partner, providing end-to-end marketing services from traditional print marketing to cutting-edge digital technology.

ACP Awards Levine

Myron M. Levine, the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s associate dean for Global Health, Vaccinology and Infectious Diseases, has been awarded the American College of Physicians Award for Science for Outstanding Work in Science as Related to Medicine. The American College of Physicians is the national organization of internists. Levine received the award April 30 at the group’s Internal Medicine Meeting 2015 in Boston.

Established in 1958, the award honors recipients for exceptional contributions to medicine.

Levine, the Bessie & Simon Grollman Distinguished Professor in the Department of Medicine, founded the Center for Vaccine Development at the school in 1974 and served as its director through 2014. For the past 40 years, under Levine’s leadership, the CVD has conducted a wide range of research relating to the development of vaccines for a variety of diseases, including cholera and malaria. The CVD also developed new delivery systems as well as public health and vaccine policy. Most recently, Levine lead CVD’s involvement in the World Health Organization’s consortium to test an Ebola vaccine.

Levine is clinically trained in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases and is also trained in tropical public health and epidemiology. He received post-graduate laboratory training in microbiology and immunology of bacterial infections.

Komen Maryland Announces Grant Recipients

Susan G. Komen Maryland awarded more than $1 million to 17 grant programs in Maryland for the 2016 fiscal year, with priority given to programs that provide screening and diagnostic services as well as survivor support. An additional $460,000 will go to support peer-reviewed scientific research funded by Susan G. Komen.

Komen grant programs support services including free mammograms, clinical breast exams and diagnostic tests for uninsured and underinsured women; outreach workers and navigators to educate and help women through the screening and treatment process; meals, transportation and co-pay assistance for women undergoing treatment; and support programs and mentoring for patients, survivors and women living with metastatic breast cancer.

The grants were awarded to 17 programs including: Calvert Memorial Hospital, Carroll Hospital Center, Chase Brexton Health Services, Inc., Health Partners Inc., Moveable Feast, Inc., MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, Meritus Healthcare Foundation, The Red Devils, Inc., Saint Agnes Hospital Foundation, Inc., MedStar Franklin Square Hospital, Maintaining Active Citizens, Inc., University of Maryland Medical System Foundation, Wicomico County Health Department, Mercy Medical Center, Nueva Vida, Northwest Hospital Center, Inc. and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Applefeld Reappointed ABA Insurance Coverage Co-Chair

David B. Applefeld, litigation section chair of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC, has been reappointed for a third term as co-chair of the Construction Subcommittee of the American Bar Association’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee.

Applefeld, who also is a member of the ABA’s Tort and Insurance Practice Section (product, general liability and construction law committee) and Forum on the Construction Industry, brings more than 24 years of industry experience.

He has litigated construction defect claims, insurance coverage claims, architectural and engineering professional negligence claims and business disputes in all levels of state and federal courts before administrative agencies and before the American Arbitration Association.

A frequent speaker and author on insurance law, construction law and litigation topics, Applefeld serves
as national panel trial counsel and special litigation counsel for several companies and insurers.

Humane Society Director Named to Mayor’s Commissio

Jen Swanson, executive director of the Baltimore Humane Society, has been appointed to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission. The Commission’s goal is to eliminate animal abuse and neglect and make Baltimore a city where residents and animals are treated with dignity and respect.

Swanson became executive director of Baltimore Humane Society, a private, nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter based in Reisterstown in July 2011. She has lived in Baltimore City for a majority of her life.

Swanson began attending the Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission meetings in July 2014. Through her efforts and those of the other members of the standing commission, the hope is that the number of animal cruelty cases will decline.

“I am so honored to officially be a part of the mayor’s Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission,” said Swanson. “I am excited for the future of this commission and animal welfare in Baltimore as we move forward.”

URJ Partners with Behrman House

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) announced new partnerships with Behrman House Publishing and the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) to provide long-cherished and innovative publications to the Reform Movement and beyond. Under the guidelines of a new strategic plan, the URJ,
which published a variety of materials including Torah commentaries, religious school curricula, study
materials, Jewish fiction and poetry, cookbooks, children’s books and more, will discontinue its in-house publishing operation.

The URJ’s titles will now be handled by Behrman House Publishing and the CCAR. Michael Goldberg, who served as publisher and editor-in-chief of the URJ Books and Music division for the past six years, will now serve as the director of Knowledge Management on the URJ’s Strengthening Congregations team.

Under the agreements, the URJ will partner with CCAR and Behrman House in three discrete areas: Behrman House will take on the URJ’s educational materials, including the CHAI and Mitkadem curricula that are used in more than 300 Reform congregations; Behrman House will become the publisher of the URJ’s study guides for b’nai mitzvah students as well as the rest of the URJ Press catalog of nearly 400 titles, including books by Rifat Sonsino, Tina Wasserman and many more acclaimed authors; and the CCAR will become the publisher of a number of specific titles, primarily Torah commentaries, from the URJ Press, including the best-selling The Torah: A Modern Commentary edited by W. Gunther Plaut, the ground-breaking The Torah: A Women’s Commentary (co-published with Women of Reform Judaism) and the highly regarded three-volume A Torah Commentary for Our Times by Rabbi Harvey Fields.