Masha Leon


Eric Schmidt and Shimon Peres Share ADL Honors

By Masha Leon

Eric Schmidt and Shimon Peres Share ADL Honors
Shimon Peres is still looking forward…never giving up on his dream that young Israelis and Palestinians will be able to overcome their differences and build a better world for both,” said Ron Prosor Israel’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations of Israel’s former PM and president and an honoree at the Anti-Defamation League gala dinner at The Mandarin Oriental.Read More


Harvey Fierstein Serenades Angela Lansbury At Theater Gala

By Masha Leon

Harvey Fierstein Serenades Angela Lansbury At Theater Gala
At the 2003 American Theatre Wing Gala then emcee Harvey Fierstein got a roaring reaction to his vow “I’d do anything for [then Wing’s chairman of the board] Isabelle Stevenson even wear men’s clothing.”Read More


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



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