Masha Leon


Rabbi Joseph Potasnik Gets Jan Karski Humanitarian Award

By Masha Leon

Rabbi Joseph Potasnik Gets Jan Karski Humanitarian Award
Welcoming the overflow crowd at the Jan Karski Humanitarian Award 2014 ceremony at the Polish Consulate honoring Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, Executive Vice President of the New York Board of Rabbis, and Polish rescuer Irena Sendler, was consul general Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka who thanked members of the Polish-Jewish Dialogue Committee — Polish American Congress, the N.Y. Downstate Division and the Polish-Jewish Dialogue Committee —  for their dedication to their noble mission.”Read More


The Luck of the Yiddish: 'Godot' At First Irish NYC Theater Fest

By Masha Leon

The Luck of the Yiddish: 'Godot' At First Irish NYC Theater Fest
Mingling with the guests at the Origins First Irish Theatre Festival Launch party I spotted Yoel and Avram Weisshauss — two bearded Satmars.Read More


Jewish Athletes Bumped from '36 Olympics — A Chat With Samuel Bernstein

By Masha Leon

Jewish Athletes Bumped from '36 Olympics — A Chat With Samuel Bernstein
Having known John Slade (ne Hans Schlessinger) — once senior managing director of Bear, Sears & Co. who died at 97 in 2005 — a German Jew barred from Germany’s field hockey team in the 1936 Olympics, I looked forward to “Olympics Uber Alles,” a new play by Samuel Bernstein and Marguerite Krupp which deals with the politics behind the exclusion of American Jewish Olympic runners Marty Glickman and Sam Stoler from the 1936 Berlin Games.Read More


Trading Garment Industry Tales With Steven Fischler

By Masha Leon

Trading Garment Industry Tales With Steven Fischler
When Steven Fischler producer with director with Joel Sucher of Pacific Street Films’ documentary “Dressing America: Tales from the Garment Center” contacted me about reviewing his film, I mentioned that in the 1950s I had worked for Michael Saphier Associates Inc. which designed the Koret of California showroom in the (then new) 1407 Broadway building central in his film.Read More


Joan Rivers, Jewish Irreverent Comedian, Gone At 81

By Masha Leon

Joan Rivers, Jewish Irreverent Comedian, Gone At 81
I first met Joan Rivers — who died at 81 on September 4th —  as a zaftig comedienne in a fringed black dress as she warmed up the audience at an April 1966 Virginia Graham TV Show on which I was a guest along with Gloria de Haven. A few months later we met at the Polish folk art store Cepelia on W. 57th Street where she was trying on a sequined vest that is part of a Crakow folk costume. “Will it do for black tie? “ she asked me. “Only if you’re willing to dance the Krakowiak in high heels,” I replied.Read More



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