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July 2012 Workplace
July 1st, 2012
Former Milwaukeean Nathaniel Deutsch, now of Santa Cruz, Calif., wrote one of the commentary essays and contributed in other ways to the recently published “New American Haggadah” edited by novelist Jonathan Safran Foer and translated by novelist Nathan Englander.
Deutsch is a graduate of Milwaukee’s Hillel Academy Jewish day school and is currently professor of history at the University of California Santa Cruz, director of that university’s Institute for Humanities Research, and co-director of UCSC’s Center for Jewish Studies.
His commentary presents “a more traditional Jewish interpretation” of the Exodus story, as Deutsch said in a news bulletin on the UCSC website.
Jordan N. Fink, M.D., received the Distinguished Service Award at the May 18 commencement exercises of the Medical College of Wisconsin.
According to a MCW release, he was honored for devoting his more than 45-year medical career to the college, where he is professor of medicine and pediatrics in allergy and immunology.
He is also highly regarded for his research on allergic and occupational lung diseases, having had more than 300 scientific publications on these subjects. He also is a past-president of the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology.
First Stage honored its founding artistic director and current managing director Rob Goodman at the children’s theater company’s 25th anniversary gala on June 9.
The company announced this past October that Goodman will be moving to “an emeritus role working on an arts education capitalization campaign.” Betsy Corry is the new managing director.
Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra board president Susan Graham Wernecke and president-elect Patrick Rath have announced that Frances Richman will retire as executive director of the organization as of Dec. 31.
During Richman’s 24-year tenure, MYSO has risen to the top of the youth orchestra world and today is considered the largest and one of the artistically finest organizations of its kind in the United States, according to a release.
In that period, %u2028MYSO has more than doubled its enrollment, from 400 students to more than 900. It has seen the number of its youth performing groups grow from four to 12;%u2028 and has increased its annual budget from less than $200,000 to more than $1.2 million.
As part of a collaborative initiative with First Stage, MYSO completed a $15 million capital campaign to build a youth performing arts facility — the first of its kind in the U.S. — the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, which opened in 2005.
It also established a Community Partnership Program, providing low- and no-cost programming to young people with financial need, many who live in the central city and attend Milwaukee Public Schools.
Richman will continue to work with MYSO in the future, in a consulting capacity. MYSO’s board of directors is forming a search committee to find a new executive director.%u2028
Former Milwaukeean David Zarmi recently argued his second case before he California Supreme Court.
Zarmi is a Deputy Attorney General for the State of California. He attended Yeshiva Elementary School, The Wisconsin Institute for Torah Studies, Yeshiva University, and The University of California Los Angeles School of Law.