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Rabbi Buchwald Speaks of Highs and Lows of Jewish Outreach

By Masha Leon

“Almost 60% of American Jews have nothing at all to do with Judaism,” Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald, impassioned founder and director of the National Jewish Outreach Program, said at its February 3 dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria.Changing tacks, he said: “For the past 16 years NJOP has reached 730,000 North American Jewish souls… taught them Hebrew…Read More


A Jordanian Prince Dazzles Benefit-goers

By Masha Leon

The Abraham Fund Initiatives’ January 29 “Coexistence Benefit” opened with invocations in Arabic, Hebrew and English by Muhammed Fahili, director of the Jewish-Arab Community Association in Akko, Israel, a city he described as “one-third Arab, one-third Jewish and one-third immigrant.”A Buddhist blessing, a meditation about “food…Read More


‘Silence Is Not Golden,’ Jarvis Says at King Tribute

By Masha Leon

An inspiring tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. by the Consulate General of Israel, the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York and the Jewish National Fund was hosted by Israel’s consul general, Alon Pinkas, at his residence. The January 22 event honored Rep. Gregory Meeks, former St. Johns basketball coach Mike Jarvis and…Read More


Albright Broaches Brooches at a Gem of a Gala

By Masha Leon

“Every major life event is marked by a presentation of jewelry,” said TV anchor Deborah Norville, mistress of ceremonies, at the January 9 Gem Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street. The glittering black-tie event honored Sybil and David Yurman, founders of David Yurman Design, Inc.; Carmen Borgonovo, a W Magazine editor, and the world-renowned…Read More


Saluting One Who Challenged the ‘Ultimate Taboo’

By Masha Leon

Eric Breindel, the late chief editorial writer for the New York Post, was honored with the first American Jewish Historical Society Kenneth J. Bialkin Citigroup Public Service Award at a December 17 “In Memoriam (1955-1998)” tribute at the Center for Jewish History. It was established “in recognition of [AJHS chairman] Bialkin’s 16 years…Read More


JNF Tree of Life Branches Out To Embrace Feldshuh and Zaks

By Masha Leon

“Don’t mess with Tovah!” warned Lewis J. Stadlen, master of ceremonies at the Jewish National Fund’s December 8 Tree of Life Award dinner at the Marriott Marquis honoring Tovah Feldshuh (“Golda’s Balcony”) and stage director Jerry Zaks (“Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” and “LendRead More


An Anti-Smoking Legacy; a Love-Filled ADL Good-bye

By Masha Leon

“When I was at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts,” recalled Kirk Douglas at the November 24 American Legacy Foundation dinner at Cipriani 42nd St., “I met Lauren Bacall. She was a beautiful 16-year-old…. I was a poor boy. I had no raincoat…. Her uncle gave me an overcoat that I wore for two years. How did I thank her?Read More


Doctors Fill the House at Lenox Hill’s ‘Fantastique’ Ball

By Masha Leon

“Is there a doctor in the house?” NBC’s “Today” anchor Ann Curry joked at the November 18 Lenox Hill Hospital “Fantastique” ball at the Waldorf-Astoria when she presented the Medal of Distinction to her co-host Al Roker and to ABC’s “20/20” regular Deborah Roberts, who is married to Roker.“I’m embarrassed at…Read More


Two Firsts for an Interethnic Foundation

By Masha Leon

A “Salute to Musical Theatre,” performed at the Rainbow Room by Patti Lupone, Audra McDonald, Ann Reinking, Roy Scheider, Michael Smith and the superb Boys Choir of Harlem enhanced the celebrity-studded November 17 “Stella by Starlight” gala to benefit the Stella Adler School of Acting.Ellen Adler announced that her mother’s StellaRead More


Friendship, Culture Link America, Israel

By Masha Leon

“We are the No. 1 target of a new form of antisemitism….. Israel has become the collective Jew,” said Mortimer Zuckerman, president of the America-Israel Friendship League, at the league’s November 12 Partners for Democracy Award dinner. “If the Iraq venture fails,” Zuckerman cautioned, “a new wave of antisemitism will target theRead More





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