Ed Koch

A Chanukah Thank-You To Ed Koch

11/27/2013
Special To The Jewish Week
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I was listening to the radio the day Ed Koch passed away in February, when I heard a recording of the former New York City Mayor answering a reporter’s question about how he would like his epitaph to read.

Ed Koch, seen here in a video supporting Barack Obama, supported menorahs in public places.

Koch Did Much For NYC, But Didn’t Save It From Bankruptcy

02/12/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Ed Koch’s exuberance and larger-than-life presence embodied the spirit of New York, and he did much to elevate the spirit of the city.

Sol Wachtler

The Way To A Mayor’s Heart

Tales from Ed Koch’s former chef at Gracie Mansion — from preparing ‘flanken’ to hanging out with Mrs. Begin.

02/12/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

Nothing could have prepared me for the moment when I opened the freezer in the basement kitchen of Gracie Mansion in January 1978. Inside was a white paper package of marked “flanken,” neatly identified with a magic marker.

Rozanne Gold shopping at the Florence Meat Market for Mayor Koch’s favorite Newport steaks. Courtesy Rozanne Gold

Remembering Ed Koch, From Paris

02/07/2013
Jewish Week Online Columnist

 

I am writing this from Paris, where I am participating in the mission of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations.  We are here for five days, and will be moving on for five days of meeting in Israel this coming Sunday.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.

Classic Koch

An excerpt for the humorous video preceding Mayor Michael Bloomberg's 2012 State of The City Address.

A New Definition Of Leadership

After City Hall, Koch and wielded influence up and down the East Coast.

02/04/2013
Staff Writer

In the mid-1970s, William Rapfogel, who was publishing a small Jewish newspaper here, arranged a meeting at a café near Grand Central Station with Edward Koch, then an obscure member of Congress, and one of the representative’s aides.

Members of the New York Police Department carry Ed Koch's casket after services at Temple Emanu-El. Getty Images

In Eulogies, Koch Remembered As Outspoken 'Moses' Who Led City Out Of Darkness

'We are doing a lot better because you lived and served,' says President Clinton.

02/04/2013

Former New York Mayor Ed Koch, who died on Friday, was remembered by his current successor, Michael Bloomberg, as a legendary figure akin to Moses, who “restored the arc of the city’s history."

Noting that this week's Torah portion depicts Moses leading the Jews out of Egypt, Bloomberg said " Ed, in his own way, was our Moses ... He led us out of darkness and he gave us hope. And while he may not have parted the Red Sea, he did break a subway strike by standing on a bridge and shouting words of encouragement.”

Tim Boxer On Ed Koch

02/03/2013
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Ed Koch, New York’s most colorful mayor (1978-89), was always a step ahead of his admirers. When Koch was recovering from a stroke in 1987, Rabbi Arthur Schneier of Park East Synagogue came to see how he’s doin’.

“Say this Hebrew prayer after me,” the rabbi said.

Later came John Cardinal O’Connor. “Ed, if you like, I will pray for you in Hebrew.”

“Reverend,” Koch said, “I took care of the Hebrew. Can you say something in Latin?”

Ed Koch, 88, right, with historian Bernard Lewis at America-Israel Friendship League dinner in November, 2012.

JW Interview With Ed Koch

Ed Koch spoke about the mayoral  election and other political topics in this 2009 interview in his Manhattan law office.

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