Elie Wiesel

Rick Perry, Sean Penn, Sheldon Adelson And Chris Christie Fete Shmuley

05/20/2014
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New York  — The last time New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spoke at a venue attended by Sheldon Adelson, he alienated the Republican Party mega-donor and other hawkish pro-Israel Jews by referring to the West Bank as “the occupied territories.”

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Heather Robinson of The Jewish Week and NYBlueprint speaks to Rabbi Shmuley Boteach about Iran's nuclear program, Miley Cyrus, attention vs. interest, fear of intimacy, sexy rabbis and more. Too much information? You decide.

Tim Boxer At Elie Wiesel Honor

12/06/2013
Jewish Week Online Columnist
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Ron Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), called upon Hillary Clinton to present the organization’s second annual Theodor Herzl Award to Marion and Elie Wiesel last month at the Waldorf-Astoria.

“We have come to know Hillary Clinton as our former First Lady, former United States Senator, and former Secretary of State and our future…”

Lauder didn’t have to finish.

Clinton recalled a lecture Wiesel gave at the White House on the eve of a new millennium. “He emphasized that indifference is more dangerous than anger and hatred,” she said.

Ronald Lauder, from left, Marion and Elie Wiesel, and Jo Carole Lauder.  Tim Boxer

Lisa Kudrow Speaks Out On Jewishness, Anti-Semitism

'Friends' star discusses Holocaust, nose job and bias among college friends.

10/29/2013
Jewish Week Correspondent
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Actor Lisa Kudrow's relatives lost in the Holocaust, her own experiences with anti-Semitism, and her decision to get a nose job were among the topics she discussed in a lengthy interview with the Saturday Evening Post.

Kudrow is best known for her role on "Friends" as Phoebe Buffay, as well as comedic film roles such as "Romy and Michele's High School Reunion" and her Internet series, "Web Therapy," recently seen on Showtime. But there was nothing funny about the hate she encountered as a student at Vassar College, she said in the interview.

"In college there was more anti-Semitism than before college," she explained, "Because there were people who never met a Jew before. A friend of mine, when she found out I was Jewish, said, 'Really? Oh, I don’t like Jews.'”

 

She mentioned taking Jewish history classes and learning Hebrew during her time at Vassar, as well as asking Elie Wiesel for his autograph. ("How do you get any bigger than that?").  

A nose for news: Lisa Kudrow says rhinoplasty changed her life. Getty Images

Bloomberg Awarded Inaugural Genesis Prize

10/21/2013
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(JTA) — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be the first recipient of the $1 million Genesis Prize, which is being called the “Jewish Nobel Prize.”

The award will be presented by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in May, when Bloomberg will be a private citizen.

Mayor Bloomberg, a billionaire, will donate his $1 million prize to charity. Photo via NYC.gov

Tim Boxer At YU Convocation

12/21/2012
Jewish Week Correspondent

As President Richard Joel bestowed honorary degrees at Yeshiva University’s 88th convocation last week at the Waldorf-Astoria, not a word was uttered about allegations of sexual abuse by two rabbis in the 1970s and ‘80s at its boys high school. That was the era of Rabbi Norman Lamm, the university’s third president.

In 2003 Joel succeeded Lamm who then became chancellor. Lamm, 84, was conspicuously absent from this convocation even though he participated every year.

Elie Wiesel Richard Joel and Jack Lew at the Yeshiva U. convocation. (Photo by Tim Boxer)

Stevie Wonder Backs Out Of LA Friends Of IDF Event

11/30/2012

The head of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces expressed his regret that Grammy-winning singer Stevie Wonder has pulled out of performing at a fundraiser for the group.

The "Superstition" recordng legend was scheduled to headline the Friends of the IDF annual gala in Los Angeles on Dec. 6. The event raises millions of dollars to support the Israeli military.

Wiesel And Hanks: New Fast Friends

10/23/2012

Few would put the names Elie Wiesel, Tom Hanks and Sting in the same sentence, much less the men themselves in the same room.

But there they were last week in the majestic Celeste Bartos Forum of the New York Public Library where The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity honored the Hollywood actor, producer and humanitarian with its inaugural Arts for Humanity Award, and the famed British musician performed for his celebrity friend

Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Elie Wiesel and Christiane Amanpour at the Wiesel Foundation’s gala.

Elie Wiesel And Tom Hanks: New Fast Friends

Wiesel Foundation honors actor for preserving the memory of World War II.

10/19/2012
Editor and Publisher

Few would put the names Elie Wiesel, Tom Hanks and Sting in the same sentence, much less the men themselves in the same room.

Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Elie Wiesel and Christiane Amanpour at the Wiesel Foundation's gala.

Wiesel Meets With ‘Write On’ Students

06/12/2012
Staff Writer

Nobel Peace laureate Elie Wiesel, in an intergenerational dialogue with seven current and former participants in The Jewish Week’s Write On For Israel program Monday evening, encouraged young people to fight indifference.

“The opposite of love is not hate,” he said, “but indifference. Apathy is the downfall of … life; it cannot be an option.”

Photo By Michael Datikash
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