Tim Boxer

05/09/2011 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Tim Boxer

Before Liev Schreiber headed to the Paris Theater on May 5 to accept an award at the Israel Film Festival, he said he did “what every good Jewish boy would do — I called my mother.”


His mom, Heather, told him to say it’s wonderful to be a Jew.

Of course Schreiber immediately responded, “But ma, is it not also wonderful to not be a Jew?”

Mom replied, “How should I know?”

05/01/2011 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Tim Boxer

The biggest losers of World War II were not the Germans or the Japanese but the Jews, says Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick. "We lost one-third of our people."

That happened because no one came to the rescue. ""The Allies didn't think it was in their interest. President Roosevelt refused to bomb the rail tracks to the death camps. He was reluctant to divert any part of the war effort to save Jews from going up in flames of the chimneys at Auschwitz. Plus they didn't like us very much," Glick said.

04/28/2011 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Tim Boxer

Here we were at a dinner for the Jewish Community Relations Council in the elegant ballroom of New York’s luxurious Pierre Hotel when Joel I. Klein remarked, “The fact that you can come from any zip code to this event is due to the power of education.”

It was the power of education that catapulted Klein, a product of the city’s public schools, and of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, to the role of chancellor of New York’s 1,600 public schools.

04/15/2011 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Tim Boxer

Ron Huldai was born to a dirt-poor family in Kibbutz Hulda, a very small farmer's community. "The only thing we were rich with was culture," he says.

His father, born in Lodz, filled the living room with reproductions of paintings by Van Gogh, Modigliani and Miro. He didn't have enough money to buy picture frames so he made them himself.

04/06/2011 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Tim Boxer

It was a family affair on March 29 as Manhattan Jewish Experience held its 12th annual dinner at the Museum of Jewish Heritage with Amy and Michael Wildes as guests of honor.

Rabbi Mark Wildes, founding director of the wildly popular outreach organization, paid tribute to his brother Michael as their father, Leon Wildes, beamed with nachas.

Michael recently completed two terms as mayor of Englewood, N.J. He is now a managing partner at his father’s office, Wildes and Weinberg, a leading immigration law firm in Manhattan.

03/30/2011 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Tim Boxer

This was Benjamin Brafman’s 11th year emceeing the annual Tower of Hope gala of the Israel Cancer Research Fund in March at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York, and he continued his time-honored routine of starting off with witty banter.

The prominent criminal defense lawyer was introduced as someone you should never know professionally.

He had just come from court where he represented his latest client: New York State Senator Carl Kruger of Brooklyn whom the feds charged with running a bribery racket for taking $1 million in return for political favors.