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Honoring the President’s Mensch

By Masha Leon

“As a Jew I have found myself becoming angrier and angrier at the current times we face,” declared Kenneth Bialkin, chairman of the board of the America-Israel Friendship League at its July 1 lecture — “Agenda Setting in the Middle East: Media, the Third Party in the Conflict Between the Israelis and the Palestinians”— heldRead More


A Mega Bar Mitzvah for Actor Fyvush Finkel

By Masha Leon

The June 21 tribute to Yiddish-English stage, film and TV star Fyvush Finkel — hosted by The Yiddish Artists & Friends Actors Club and The Yiddish Theatrical Alliance at the Lincoln Square Synagogue — was akin to a mega bar mitzvah. As the 350 guests mingled, noshed and wished 81-year-old Finkel nor oyf simkhas (“onlyRead More


At 80, Lang Still Keeps the Flame Alive

By Masha Leon

Guests savored paprika chicken, dumplings, duck liver plus 80 cakes at the June 15 surprise 80th birthday party for George Lang thrown by his wife, Jennifer, daughter Gigi and son Simon. Held at the La Palestra gym — next door to the Café des Artistes, which Lang owns — there was room for Hungarian folk dancers plus 300 well-wishers includingRead More


To Get to Carnegie, Practice Your Yiddish

By Masha Leon

Putting a new spin on the old saw, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” Moishe Rosenfeld, producer of the June 3 Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre Gala concert starring Neil Sedaka, told the 3,000-strong audience: “Practice, practice your Yiddish!” And so mameloshn bounced off that venerable hall’s acoustically famed walls with the KlezmaticsRead More


An Intrepid Crowd Honors Patriots

By Masha Leon

This year’s May 27 Intrepid Foundation Fleet Week Gala aboard the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum was as poignant as it was patriotic. At our table, the father, mother, wife and daughter of an American soldier who, a week before, lost his life in Iraq. They were one of three families of fallen soldiers acknowledged that night.Read More


The Stars Toast Elie Wiesel on His 75th

By Masha Leon

Tom Brokaw, master of ceremonies at the Anti-Defamation League’s 75th birthday celebration gala for Elie Wiesel, got the simkha off to a memorable start by declaring: “I’m your shabbes goy.” Among the more than 700 black-tie Wiesel fans were Lily Safra, Richard Ben-Veniste, Ted Koppel, Cynthia Ozick, Kati Marton, George Schwab, General…Read More


At YIVO, Honoring Those Who Champion Mameloshn

By Masha Leon

Lolle Boettcher of St. Louis and the Moriah School of Englewood, N.J., were honored with the Janusz Korczak Teaching Award at the May 13 dinner of the American Friends of The Ghetto Fighters’ Museum in Israel. Amy Miller, board president, touted the museum as “the world’s only memorial studying resistance.”Read More


Showing ‘Spirit,’ Going Red and Taking Time for Israel

By Masha Leon

“Most of us who have passed the 60-year mark are living proof of the advances made in medical research,” said Texas’s former governor, Ann Richards, at the May 4 “Spirit of Achievement” luncheon of the National Women’s Division of Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.Richards praised the college for its…Read More


A First Lady, a Good Cause and a Comedic King

By Masha Leon

While Leona Helmsley, Edgar Bronfman Jr. and [Court TV Network CEO] Henry Schleiff wended their way into the inner sanctum of the Four Seasons, its bar area pulsed with a crush of photographers and guests who had come for the April 27 book party for Tina Santi Flaherty’s “What Jackie Taught Us — Lessons From the Remarkable Life of Jacqueline…Read More


Educate! Empower! Endow! And Entertain

By Masha Leon

“The myth is: We eat and non-Jews drink. Not so!” said Sylvie Sherman-Bloch to the 315 guests at the April 21 Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York benefit luncheon at The Pierre. A foundation grant recipient, the blond, attractive Sherman-Bloch, a recovering drug and alcohol addict, concluded with the unsettling query: “Is there an addict…Read More





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