— by Claire Winick
The annual tribute event of the Philadelphia Chapter, American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev honored Dr. Felix Zandman, of blessed memory, a long-time resident of Bala Cynwyd, at the National Museum of American Jewish History.
Ruta Zandman accepted the award on behalf of her late husband, noted inventor, entrepreneur, industrialist and philanthropist, founder, chairman and CEO of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. of Malvern, PA. Two-hundred and fifty people attended the event.
The event also honored Wayne Woodman of Allentown, and Toni Young of Wilmington. Honoree Wayne Woodman, a national vice president of the American Associates, is an investment manager who served two terms as chairman of the Lehigh County Republican Committee. Toni Yong
Special guests included Israel’s Consul General Yaron Sideman, Congressman Charlie Dent, and Pennsylvania Senator Patrick Toomey who presented the award to his good friend, honoree Wayne Woodman.
An impressive leadership group was headed by Mid-Atlantic region chair, Jack R Bershad, Philadelphia chapter chairs, Marla and Dr. Rob Zipkin and tribute chairs, Reiko and Dr. Barry Kayne of Wilmington, Bonnie and Bobby Hammel of Allentown and Rose and Paul Astor, of Bala Cynwyd. Proceeds from the event were directed to fellowships for graduate students in Ben-Gurion University’s Israel Studies International Program. The tribute ad journal headed by Stanley Ginsburg of Bala Cynwyd and Connie Katz of Philadelphia, who with her husband Sam Katz is a past chair of the Philadelphia Chapter of AABGU, raised $135,000 of the nearly $2 million attributed to this campaign and event.
Among the highlights of the afternoon, were a key note address presented by Seth M. Siegel, author of the new best-selling book, Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World and a presentation by Doron Krakow, national executive vice president to the Mid-Atlantic region director Claire Winick in recognition of her 30th anniversary in this position. Among her accomplishments cited was raising 60 million dollars for Ben-Gurion University.