Masha Leon


Dr. Ruth in Harmony With HaZamir International Jewish Choir

By Masha Leon

Dr. Ruth in Harmony With HaZamir International Jewish Choir
The HaZamir International Jewish High School Choir March 22nd Performance program at its 22nd Anniversary concert at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall was a melding of new and old, innovative and traditional, contemporary and heymish.Read More


Jean Shafiroff Hosts Surgeons of Hope Gala Kickoff Party

By Masha Leon

Jean Shafiroff Hosts Surgeons of Hope Gala Kickoff Party
Were one to dub someone “Philanthropist -on-the -go”, it would have to be Jean Shafiroff who has been honored by and supports a wide range of charitable enterprises. The most recent was the “kick off” reception for the upcoming May 1 Surgeons of Hope Gala Dinner that she and husband Martin Shafiroff hosted at their elegant Park Avenue home. The 75 international and media celebrity guests–including Alliance Francaise [FIAF] president Marie-Monique Steckel, actress Cassandra Seidenfield and Geoffrey Bradfield celebrity interior designer- sipped Veuve Cliquot, as the Shafiroff’s two super friendly pit bulls —  Daisy and Bellawho — Mr. Shafiroff told me “had been rescued the night before they were to be put down” — relished the petting and buzz.Read More


Abraham Lincoln: Champion of Jews as Americans

By Masha Leon

Abraham Lincoln: Champion of Jews as Americans
It was an elbow-to-elbow noshing crush at the March 19 preview reception of the New-York Historical Society’s exhibition: “With Firmness in the Right: Lincoln and the Jews” which was inspired by the publication of “Lincoln and Jews: A History” (Thomas Dunne Books) by Jonathan D. Sarna (dubbed by the Forward in 2004 as one of the 50 most influential Jews in America) and Benjamin Shapell, founder of The Shapell Manuscript Foundation.Read More


Joel Grey Goes 'Cabaret' at Eight Over Eighty Gala

By Masha Leon

Joel Grey Goes 'Cabaret' at Eight Over Eighty Gala
As you left the March 11 “Eight Over Eighty “ Jewish Home LifeCare Gala you had a smile on your face and a spring in your walk and the word “aging” had a new resonance. Welcoming the 450 guests at the Mandarin Oriental, Audrey Weiner, president and CEO, Jewish Home Lifecare, said: “By celebrating octogenarians and nonagenarians, we are changing the conversation about what it means to age in New York and indeed in America. ”Read More


Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin Aids Holocaust Survivors

By Masha Leon

Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin Aids Holocaust Survivors
Truth be told I was reticent to attend the March 9 “Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin” concert at Avery Fisher Hall — a shattering event which I had experienced two years earlier — and put myself through the angst of reliving my wartime childhood, and the fate of many of my friends who, though not victims at Theresienstadt, suffered a similar fate at the hands of the Nazis. Yet how could I not go? The performance by the 200-strong Collegiate Chorale plus 100 member orchestra under the baton of creator and conductor Murry Sidlin, Bebe Neuwirth as “The Lecturer” and John Rubinstein as Rafael Schachter — the Czech Jewish musician who created the remarkable Jewish prisoner-choir amidst the brutality of the Theresienstadt Concentration Camp during World War II was viscerally wrenching.Read More



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