AO Now May 2017 Member Newsletter

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  • 2017 AO Achievement Medal Award Dinner in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Capitol Hill Day: AO-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program
  • U.S. Congressional Record Recognizes AO-HSC Capitol Hill Day
  • AO Atlanta Celebrates 80 Years
  • AO Philadelphia Visits the Penn Museum
  • AO Washington, DC Installs Officers
  • Call for 2018 Fraternity Board Applications
  • June European Convention in Lyon, France
  • Shabbat Across AO:  Friday, November 3rd
  • Columbus Regional Weekend:  November 3rd – 5th
  • December AO Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Meet AO Sponsor:  Southern Dental Refining
  • Congratulations to the AO 2017 Dental School and Residency Program Graduates


AO Recognizes Dean Amid Ismail as the 2017 Achievement Medal Award Recipient

Summary by Marc Rothman, Evening Chair, Philadelphia Member 

April 20, 2017 was a special night for Alpha Omega as we presented Honorary membership to Gail Reiss, Chairman and President of the American Friends of Tel Aviv University  and Allen Aufzien, Chairman and managing partner of the Norall Organization.  Allen had previously served as lay president of AFTAU.  We also presented the Alpha Omega Achievement Award to Dean Amid Ismail of the Kornberg School of Dental Medicine at Temple University.

Dr. D. Walter Cohen, AO International President Mervyn Druian, Dean Amid IsmailThe setting could not have been more appropriate.  The evening occurred in the historic center of Philadelphia, across the street from Independence Hall, the birthplace of our Nation.  It was there that our founding fathers provided the enlightened vision of a country where one could pursue achievement as “all men are created equal” and endowed “with unalienable rights”.  The setting was in the National Museum of American Jewish History, a museum which chronicles the Jewish experience in America, but which could also have been telling the story of any immigrant population and the success they could achieve in a land that was free and governed by laws applied equally to all.  And then here we were, a Jewish Dental Fraternity, who formed because our founders recognized that antisemitism was an injustice that did not conform to the principals for which our country and its laws stood.  So, Alpha Omega became part of that Jewish Story, growing in the US, expanding to Canada and Europe, and eventually achieving a strength in numbers and influence so that it could significantly impact the dental needs of Israel through the development and founding of both its dental schools.

How apropos that our two new Honorary members represent the Tel Aviv School.  Through Gail and Allen’s assistance, we were able to recently complete the Rothstein/Williamowsky clinics which provide Advanced Dental Education and Special Needs Care.

In 1997, AO and the Jerusalem school established the D. Walter Cohen Middle East Center for Dental Education.  This center brought students from neighboring Arab countries in the middle east to Jerusalem to study advanced dental and biological science.  Friendships developed among individuals of differing ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds as they realized that what2017 AO Achievement Medal Award they shared in common was greater than the politics which kept them apart.  The friendship that arose from this between Adam Stabholz Dean at the Hebrew University and Musa Bajali, Dean at the Palestinian dental school, led to the beginning of an Alliance for Oral health Across Borders, and its Chairman is our Achievement Medal Recipient.

The geographical location of our dinner, the museum setting, the Story of Jewish American History of which Alpha Omega’s story is a significant part, the concepts of law and tolerance, and the freedom to pursue a world unencumbered by preconceived notions of race or creed or label, all came together in one magical moment where we gave the Achievement Medal to Dean Amid Ismail.  We honor Dr. Ismail’s many feats of accomplishment and extraordinary work, his rise to become the Dean of a prominent Philadelphia institution, which he has made stronger, and his management of his position and influence to make our community, and the world, healthier and more humane.

In his acceptance speech, the Dean referred to several philosophies which have shaped his life:

I do not seek awards nor to be rewarded.  The Sufi Philosopher Rumi said that “You have forgotten the One who doesn't care about ownership, who doesn't try to turn a profit from every human exchange.”   I do not forget the Ones.

Many first thought when they met me in 2008 and 2009 that I would fade away in 2 years.  Some said that I did not know the environment or the faculty at Temple dental.  And many also thought and said ‘his name is Ismail and he is a Muslim.

I do not pass through a community, I am absorbed and influenced by my experiences.  Walking the streets of North Philadelphia energizes every day.  I feel for the plight of patients whom we see on daily basis at the dental school.  I made their experiences better but I am not yet satisfied.  We can continue to grow and build to better serve our community.

I look at the Horizon and said ‘why not?’  Status quo may not be an option and change is never easy, especially change that must occur at a fast pace.

I have lived my life promoting equality for all:  Rich and poor; Jews, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus and Atheists; Men, Women, Lesbian, Transgender, and Gay.  Equality and respect is for all and not only for those whom we like or believe are right.

We are born equal and God created us in different tribes, origins, colors, religions, and orientations, in order to know and learn from each other.  That is why diversity is the foundation for strength and rejuvenation

I choose to be global, diverse, embracing, and humbly thankful for today’s generous recognition.  Today among you, I am a Jew and a friend.In thanking us for the medal, Dean Ismail expressed that he will continue to be “global, diverse, embracing, and humbly thankful for today’s generous recognition.”

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  • Message from International President Mervyn Druian 
  • AO Germany Shabbat - March
  • European Convention in Lyon
  • Upcoming AO Meetings
  • AO Preferred Sponsor:  Southern Dental Refining
  • AO Preferred Sponsor:  It's a Snap Graphic Design
  • 2017 AO Midwestern Chapter Mission Trip Fundraiser
  • London Charitable Trust:  Natan Certificate of Appreciation
  • Andrew Eder, 2016 Certificate of Merit Recipient 
  • AO Connection in Florida
  • UNC Chapter Moving Forward 
  • Welcome Back NYU Iota Chapter
  • Thank You Members!


U.S. Capitol Hill Day: AO-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Survivors Oral Health Program

Dano Elizabeth Warren and Fingrut Hill Day 2On Yom HaShoah, Monday, April 24th a group of AO dentists and guests met with their key staffers on Capitol Hill to discuss the oral health needs of economically vulnerable Holocaust survivors. In addition, Dr. David Dano (Boston) and Dr. Jack Fingrut (Toronto) met with Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. 

The AO chapters represented were: Boston, Illinois, London, New York, Ohio, Phoenix, Toronto and Greater Washington, D.C. Also, joining us were Ms. Allison Neale, Public Policy Advisor, Office of the Chairman and CEO at Henry Schein and Ms. Aviva Sufian, former Special Envoy for Holocaust Survivor Services. At lunch, there was a panel of speakers: Dr. Allen Finkelstein, Dr. Laurie Gordon-Shaw, Allison Neale, Aviva Sufian, and Heidi Weber.

2017 Hill Day Group

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Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity Named a 2017 Shils Award Winner

shils logoThe Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity is honored to be a 2017 Shils Award recipient. AO was chosen for this award for the organization's “tremendous efforts in advocacy for Holocaust Survivors in particular respect to the Alpha Omega-Henry Schein Cares Holocaust Program Oral Health Program. “

AO is humbled by this honor from the Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund and thanks the Board of Director for their confidence.

“Alpha Omega has just won the Shils Award. What a great honour. The Shils Award was established to honour innovation, excellence, and an enduring commitment in the field of oral health. Alpha Omegans should enjoy this moment of recognition, “ said Mervyn Druian, AO International President.

The Shils Award, given annually, at the direction of the Board of Directors, recognizes up to four individuals, organizations, or programs that have made significant positive impacts on the dental community.

The winners of the Shils Award will be formally recognized at a reception to be held at The Robert Schattner Center University Center University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

Yom Hazikaron and Haatzmaut Message from International President Mervyn Druian

On behalf of International President Mervyn Druian:

Greetings to All our AO Members and Friends,

Yom Hazikaron is this Sunday evening, Israel's Memorial Day. A day for all of us both in Israel and in the Diaspora to pause, reflect and remember the remarkable Israelis who made the supreme sacrifice to keep Israel safe.  How typical of the Jewish people to follow this sad and poignant day with a celebration. A celebration of the dynamic, amazing State of Israel, Yom Haatzmaut, Israel's 69th birthday.

Andy and I will have Israel in our thoughts over the next few days. We want to wish our Israeli Fraters and their families a future free of strife and conflict and only good news will flow from this outstanding country.  Having remembered the Holocaust last week, I would like to quote Former Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks's comments on the 60th anniversary of  Israel’s Independence.

Israel, brought into being three years after the Jewish people stood eyeball to eyeball with the angel of death during the Holocaust, is the Jewish people's collective affirmation of life. Its existence and achievements are living testimony to one of Judaism's greatest messages to humankind: the principled defeat of tragedy by the power of hope. And though Israel was built by human hands, it is impossible not to sense beneath its history, the hand of heaven.








Mervyn Druian|
2017 International President 

AO Day in Cleveland - Friday, June 30, 2017

ClevelandAlumniHere is your chance to see and hear Dr. David A. Garber, one of the Internationally recognized multidisciplinary educators well known as “Team Atlanta”. A dual trained clinician and professor in the Department of Periodontics and the Department of Oral Rehabilitation at the Medical College of Georgia. Editor of Journal of Esthetic Dentistry, co-author of several books, and published over 100 articles and textbook chapters.

In his current presentation of SINGLE TOOTH REPLACEMENT.  The current REAL world of clinical dentistry involves new clinical techniques together with an ever-evolving group of innovative products, technologies and now the digital arena.

In Today’s economic climate, clinicians have to change procedural techniques to reduce treatment time, increase predictability, while decreasing costs.

REGISTER HERE:  http://bit.ly/GarberAODAY

Some of the objectives of this presentation:

  • Bridges vs Implants Impressions 2017! – Traditional vs Digital
  • Ceramic Decision Making in 2017
  • Essential Extraction techniques with easy Ridge Preservation Procedures

Location: Marriott Cleveland East | 26300 Harvard Road | Warrensville Heights, OH 44122

Phone: 216-755-1911


8:00 registration and continental breakfast

8:45-12:00 Morning presentation

Lunch Break (included)

12:45-4:30 Afternoon presentation

2016 Certificate of Merit Presentation to Andrew Eder - London Annenberg Lecture

Pleased to share this photo of London frater Andrew Eder being presented the 2016 Certificate of Merit plaque from International President Mervyn Druian. Andrew received the plaque during the London chapter's annual Annenberg Lecture on March 31st.

 Eder 2016 Certificate of Merit Presentation London

2017 AO Student Awards

2017 Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity
Student Awards

Friday, December 29, 2017
Harbor Beach Marriott
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

About the Awards:  
Coinciding with the AO December Meeting (Thursday, December 28 – Monday, January 1) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the newly created AO Student Awards will recognize the outstanding contributions from our student chapters in North America, Europe, and Israel. 

These awards will be presented during the AO International Council meeting on Friday, December 29th.  Representatives from each student chapter are encouraged to attend, especially if the chapter and/or representative has been nominated for an award or awards.


Most Innovative Community Service Event (Dental Related) Award:  Presented to the chapter that uses creativity to raise funds for a charitable cause.

Most Innovative Community Service (Non-Dental Related) Award:  Presented to the chapter that uses creativity to raise funds for a charitable cause.

Outstanding Chapter President Award:  Presented to the individual whose leadership directed the chapter in one or more of these suggested areas:  increased membership, offered more social events, and/or organized charitable initiatives.

Most Improved Chapter Award:  Presented to the chapter whose recruiting efforts have significantly increased membership in the 2016-17 dues year.  The increase is relative to the 2015-16 chapter size.

Advocate Award:  Presented to the student chapter faculty advisor who provides continual and positive support to the AO student chapter.


Please submit your nomination for one or more awards by Friday, June 30th to the attention of Heidi Weber, Executive Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The 2017 Student Awards Committee will review the nominations and announce the winners on Monday, August 6th.  

Recipients are strongly encouraged to attend the awards ceremony on Friday, December 29th in addition to the entire December meeting.

Award Sponsorship:  Interested in naming an award after a loved one or your family?  Sponsorships are available starting at $500 and funds will be distributed to the chapter recipients to support ongoing chapter philanthropic and social events.  A three-year commitment is requested for each award. 

Compendium March 2017 Issue - Alpha Omega Contribution

AO is pleased to share the Compendium March 2017 issue and the AO featured clinician article is presented by frater Pinhas Adar, MDT, CDT:  Limitless Possibilities With Full-Arch Zirconia Monolithic Hybrid Restorations

To access the entire issue:  http://www.dentalaegis.com/cced/2017/03

To access the article:  https://cced.cdeworld.com/courses/5056

**Registration is free to access the articles.  



Please contact Heidi Weber, Executive Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 301-738-6400, for more information about Alpha Omega or about the individuals listed below. 

Perry Brickman, DDS -  2012 AO Convention:  Speaking at Opening Business Session 

Michael Spektor, DDS - 2012 International President 

Marcy Schwartzman, DMD - 2012 International President-Elect 

Adam Stabholz, DMD - 2012 Achievement Medal Award Recepient 

R. Bruce Donoff, DMD, MD - 2011 Achievement Medal Award Winner

Fred Margolis, DDS - 2011 Meritorious Service Award Winner


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