Russian-Jewish billionaire Mikhail Fridman has announced plans to leave his entire fortune to charity, not leaving a single kopek for his children.
“I have introduced Nobel Prize Laureates… but I have never introduced someone who belongs to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” said Montefiore Medicine president and CEO Dr. Steven M. Safyer to award-winning music executive and record producer Clive Davis— recipient of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Women’s Division’s 62nd Annual “Spirit of Achievement” Award. Addressing the assemblage at its May 17th luncheon at The Rainbow Room, Safyer amplified: “You [Davis] have supported the need for research dollars for the care of HIV/AIDS patients…[at a] poignant moment in the history of medicine…”
(JTA) — A Holocaust survivor sang the national anthem before a Major League Baseball Game between the Detroit Tigers and Tampa Bay.
(JTA) — “There’s no such thing as a bad date — there’s just a funny story,” says Jessica Schechter, a 28-year-old modern Orthodox woman who teaches acting in New York City and lives on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
My ongoing quest for Jewish stories at this year’s Cannes Film Festival is turning up slim pickings. Aside from the Israeli entries in the festival (the subject of my next report), there are few places to turn under the Côte d’Azur’s radiant sun for a heimisch taste of yiddishkeit. Was that a mezuzah I spotted in Pedro Almodóvar’s Julieta, adapted from stories by Alice Munro? It’s quite possible that I hallucinated that.