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For Leviev, All That Glitters Isn’t Gold

02/22/2008
Special to The Jewish Week

 

Perhaps he should have stayed behind the scenes.

Ever since billionaire diamond and real estate magnate Lev Leviev began to raise his profile and personalize his brand with the opening of deluxe diamond shops in London in 2006 and here in 2007, the 51-year-old Uzbekistan-born tycoon has run into a sustained string of bad news and adverse publicity. Even a hagiographic profile in The New York Times Magazine last September — in which he revealed a secret desire to become prime minister of Israel within 10 years — seems not to have helped.

Shabbat In The Park, To Aid The Negev

07/09/2008
Staff Writer
As the sun began to set over the Sheep Meadow in Central Park on a recent Friday night, hundreds of young, environmentally minded professionals gathered to kindle Shabbat candles and say hamotzi together.
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