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Takes-a-Village Outlook Marks Citizens of NYC

By Masha Leon

“Tonight is all about our love for New York City,” Mike Wallace said as he raised the curtain April 14 on the Citizens for NYC’s awards dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria. The event, dubbed “New Yorkers for New York,” honored Kati Marton, Nane Annan, Walter Cronkite and Kevin Roberts. The benefit raised $700,000 for the organization’sRead More


Boys May Be Boys, But Boys’ Town Makes Men

By Masha Leon

Brother Anthony D’Amato, executive vice president of Boys’ Town of Italy, jokingly told the multinational, multiethnic black-tie crowd at the April 2 “Ball of the Year” at the Waldorf-Astoria: “If you have qualms about eating meat on Friday… [rest assured] we were given special dispensation by the archdiocese.”FoundedRead More


From Under the Chupah to Over the Ark, and Other Ottoman Tales

By Masha Leon

Ömer Öhnon, Turkey’s consul general in New York, was the keynote speaker at the March 31 launch of the “Jewish Costumes in the Ottoman Empire” exhibit at the Center for Jewish History.Read More


The Boomerang Effects of Acts of Kindness

By Masha Leon

The spectacular Park Avenue apartment of Island Def Jam Music Group chairman Antonio “L.A.” Reid and his wife, Erica Reid, was the setting on March 18 for The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding’s spring benefit.Read More


Lost in Translation: ‘The Ghost Is Eager, But the Meat Is Tender’

By Masha Leon

The March 15 reception for the Institute of International Education’s launch of its Ruth Gruber Chair of the Scholar Rescue Fund was hosted by Patti Kenner at her Park Avenue home.Read More


‘Tevye Isn’t Jewish — and Golda Is’

By Masha Leon

Last week, I relished Broadway’s latest “Fiddler on the Roof.” When I told Bel Kaufman, Sholom Aleichem’s 92-year-old granddaughter, how much I enjoyed the performance, she concurred: “It’s sheer magic!” Kaufman, author of “Up the Down Staircase,” said: “You know, there was a real Tevye, a small, scrawny man who had…Read More


A ‘Sex and the City’ Kind of Purimspiel

By Masha Leon

“Spring is in the air to celebrate Purim, and biblical films seem to be all the rage,” proclaimed an upbeat Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the Jewish Museum’s “Centennial Purim Ball” at the Waldorf-Astoria on March 3. Event co-chairs Phyllis and William Mack and Amy and Howard Rubenstein welcomed the 750 black-tie and masked guests who…Read More


Like ‘Braveheart’ Comes to the Crucifixion, Critic Says

By Masha Leon

The day after Mel Gibson raked in $25 million with the launch of his blood-and-gore Crucifixion film, an overflow crowd of 400 flocked to the Center for Jewish History on February 26 for a forum on “Religion, Responsibilities and Relations: Responses to Mel Gibson’s ‘The Passion.’”Read More


Seeds of Israel Take Root Afar

By Masha Leon

“I was a left-wing extremist… a young student… screaming in Rome against Israel and Zionism,” said Francesca Cernia Slovin, the Italian author of “In Principio: Dove Affondano le Radici di Israele” (“In the Beginning: Where the Seeds of Israel Take Root”), which was showcased at a February 12 event at the Center for Jewish History.Read More


Y Is Icing on N.Y.’s Cake, Schumer Says

By Masha Leon

“I’m at my local Y not because I have to get my three kids into pre-school,” joshed Mayor Michael Bloomberg, welcoming the 400 guests attending the 92nd Street Y’s February 9 “Global Citizenship” award dinner at the Marriot Marquis. “The Y,” he told the crowd, which helped raise $1.4 million, “is becoming a treasure…Read More





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