Masha Leon


Benjamin Brafman Honored At Israel Cancer Research Gala

By Masha Leon

Benjamin Brafman Honored At Israel Cancer Research Gala
“We want to eradicate cancer from the face of the earth,” declared Kenneth Goodman Chairman of Israel Cancer Research Fund at its 2014 Tower of Hope Gala at The Pierre. ”We attempt that by supporting Israeli scientists…ICRF helps keep those scientists in Israel [where] doing research is half the cost of in the U.S. [because] ICRF pays no overhead to the institutions that house our scientists…Since our inception we’ve issued 2,115 research grants for over $52 million which led to the discovery of Ubiquitin and Velcade.Read More


Stanley Chera Honored At Rabin Medical Center Gala

By Masha Leon

Stanley Chera Honored At Rabin Medical Center Gala
The American Friends of Rabin Medical Center’s 2014 Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street that honored real estate “legend” Crown Acquisitions Stanley Chera was a simkha of a special kind. Chera, who was presented with the Yitzhak Rabin Excellence in Leadership Award, was taken aback when it was announced that Rabin Medical Center will name The Stanley and Cookie Chera Family Pulmonary Institute in appreciation of their generosity.Read More


Sigmund Rolat and Varian Fry Honored at Yad Vashem Dinner

By Masha Leon

Sigmund Rolat and Varian Fry Honored at Yad Vashem Dinner
The American and International Societies for Yad Vashem’s 60th Annual Dinner at the Sheraton New York honored Holocaust survivor Sigmund Rolat and featured special tributes to Marc Chagall and American WWII Rescuer Varian Fry with son James Fry and Chagall’s granddaughter Bella Meyer accepting awards in their honor.Read More


Remembering Claire Barry at Folksbiene

By Masha Leon

Remembering Claire Barry at Folksbiene
The first time I met Claire Barry, the then-surviving sister of the legendary Barry Sister who died on November 22 at 94, was in July 1983 at the Catskills hotel Brickman’s a.k.a. “The Citadel of Comedians.”Read More


Ted Cruz and Alan Dershowitz Talk Tough at ZOA Dinner

By Masha Leon

Ted Cruz and Alan Dershowitz Talk Tough at ZOA Dinner
At the annual ZOA (Zionist Organization of America) dinner honoree Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was greeted by the record 1,100 guests including 261 activist students from U.S. universities as though “a favorite son.” Dinner chair Home Depot founder Bernie Marcus’ welcomed the guests at the Grand Hyatt with “If you shopped at other stores — may your toilets run forever.”Read More



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