The powerhouse roster of speakers at Beit Hatfutsot’s 38th Anniversary Tribute to Leon Charney included—among others—Stephen Greenberg, Chair, Conference of Presidents of American Jewish Organizations, Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media, Senator Joseph Lieberman and Wolf Blitzer.
Alerted to the celebrity guest in the congregation, the rabbi asked if he would come forward for Psichah —the opening of the ark.
“Shimon will be remembered for his efforts in beginning a dialogue between the Arab and Israeli people,” said keynote speaker Henry Kissinger “Without Shimon we would not be where we are today.”
Filing in to 59E59 Theaters for “Maestro”— Hershey Felder’s bravura impersonation of and tribute to Leonard Bernstein—ticketholders were greeted with a stage projection of archival TV footage showcasing a young handsome Leonard Bernstein in lecture mode
“Am delighted to see that there is no height requirement to be Consul General of Israel” joshed criminal lawyer Benjamin Brafman, emcee at the September 13th Israel Cancer Research Fund Tower of Hope Gala, as he introduced Israel’s newly appointed consul to New York Dani Dayan.
“Demon”—a weird, mesmerizing film by Polish writer/director Marcin Wrona — is akin to a cinematic nightmare for those of us who experienced Poland’s pre-war anti-Semitism.
Once you get past the “mother—-er” affectionate razzing between 60-year old Ronnie (Alon Aboutboul) an unemployed Israeli film projectionist visiting his brother in America, Dani Menkin”s film “Is That You?” settles into a meandering yet sweet “life journey” —akin to a romantic variant on Preston Sturges’  film “Sullivan’s Travels” —as the character Ronnie searches for the whereabouts of Rachel—the love of his life whom he let get away.