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Alan Alda Issues Verdict on Court TV

By Masha Leon

Henry Schleiff, chairman and CEO of Court TV Network, was presented with the Torch of Liberty Award at the Anti-Defamation League’s November 6 dinner at the Plaza. “There’s no CEO in our business like Henry Schleiff,” said master of ceremonies Regis Philbin. Time Warner’s chairman and CEO, Richard Parsons, joshed: “Welcome to theRead More


‘Get Larry King,’ Jokes Clinton at Rabin Center Gala

By Masha Leon

Some 500 guests at the November 2 American Friends of Rabin Medical Center gala at the Waldorf-Astoria were treated to a Russian-accented “God Bless America” by diva Elena Bokorova; a sublime “Hatikvah” by Israeli-born opera star Hadar Halevy De Vito and a bravura “Star-Spangled Banner” by Metropolitan Opera great Sherill Milnes.Read More


CUNY’s Chiefs Befriend Israel’s Open U.

By Masha Leon

Presidents of a dozen City University of New York colleges joined 450 guests at the Waldorf Astoria’s Starlight Roof for the October 29 American Friends of Open University of Israel gala honoring the City University of New York’s chancellor, Matthew Goldstein, the first CUNY graduate to lead the prominent urban public university.Read More


Making a Splash on Behalf of Israelis With Disabilities

By Masha Leon

At the October 26 Friends of AKIM USA dinner at the Plaza, black-tied, gowned and bejeweled Hamptons, Palm Beach and Friars Club boosters mingled to honor “Man of the Year” Daniel Rattiner, publisher and president of Dan’s Papers, Inc.AKIM is the Hebrew acronym for the Association for the Habilitation of the Mentally Handicapped in Israel.Read More


Foxman Fetes Feldshuh at New Run of ‘Golda’s Balcony’

By Masha Leon

When playwright William Gibson’s one-woman play “Golda’s Balcony” opened last March at the Manhattan Ensemble Theater, reviewers proclaimed Tovah Feldshuh’s portrayal of Israel’s Prime Minister Meir as “blazing,” “sensational” and “extraordinary.” Nothing has changed in the recent move to Broadway’s Helen Hayes Theatre…Read More


Hayworth Gala Pays Respects to Alzheimer’s Victims

By Masha Leon

The décolletages were jaw-dropping and the masks astonishing at the October 7 “Magic of Mardi Gras” Alzheimer’s Association Rita Hayworth gala. Chaired by Muffie Potter Aston, the gala was established 18 years ago by Princess Yasmin Aga Khan in memory of her mother, Rita Hayworth, who died of Alzheimer’s. To date the galas…Read More


Party Packs a Punch for Academic Freedom

By Masha Leon

More than 100 guests with stratospheric pedigrees crowded the spectacular New York Times penthouse where its chairman, Arthur Ochs “Punch” Sulzberger, hosted the September 24 reception for the Columbia/Barnard Hillel Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life (whose executive committee he chairs).Robert Kraft, chairman of the Kraft Group, owner of…Read More


Keeping the Memory of Lodz Alive

By Masha Leon

At a small, impromptu gathering held September 18 at the Polish Consulate in New York, Lodz’s mayor, Jerzy Kropiwnicki, told those gathered about plans for the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the August 29, 1944, liquidation of the Lodz Ghetto. Among those gathered were Rabbi Michael Shudrich, the de facto chief rabbi of Poland, and…Read More


Saying Thanks to the Behind-the-Scenes Bridge-Builders

By Masha Leon

Wearing his New York City Fire Department chaplain’s uniform, Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, president of the New York Board or Rabbis, delivered the invocation at the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York “Rebuilders of New York” September 9 dinner. JCRC officer and dinner co-chair Sally Goodgold offered the ha’motzi.Read More


How a Buttonhole Camera Kept Kovno’s Past Alive

By Masha Leon

At the Center for Jewish History on September 3, traumatic recall was the subtext of Solly Ganor’s remarks at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research’s reception for his book, “Light One Candle: A Survivor’s Tale — From Lithuania to Jerusalem.”“It took me 50 years to write my diary… I had nightmares,” said Ganor, who…Read More





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