Tim Boxer

11/04/2013 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Tim Boxer

Brigitte Berman sought to soothe her pain by hiding in a closet. She wrapped her arms around her 13-year-old body as if to contain millions of fractured pieces. After enduring months of bullying at school she felt utterly alone, worthless, humiliated, so overcome by pain that she believed her only choice was to end it forever.

10/25/2013 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Tim Boxer

There are many success stories coming out of Israel. Take Nicole Menagid for one. She was born 26 years ago in Brooklyn to Israeli parents who moved back to Israel a year later.

Her sister suffered from manic depression and killed herself. Over the years her mother deteriorated, physically and mentally. Then her parents divorced.

“I didn’t have a family, a friend or a legitimate source of money,” she said at the American Friends of the Open University of Israel gala Oct. 21 at the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan.

08/28/2013 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Tim Boxer

Sid Bernstein, the producer and promoter who started the British invasion to America with the Rolling Stones, Beatles and Herman’s Hermits, told me how he was introduced to the world of music.

08/09/2013 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Tim Boxer

When Dr. Mehmet Oz, the renowned daytime television personality, came to Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s Shabbat table, he was surprised at all the sugary food.  “Shmuley, how can you do this to your children?” Shmuley pleaded innocent. “My wife did it,” he said.

The rabbi told the story at a recent dinner of his organization, This World: The Values Network, at the Marriott Marquis in Manhattan. The event, attended by 525 guests, benefited the Rambam Medical Center in Israel.

08/01/2013 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Tim Boxer

The comedians who populate the ranks of the New York Friars Club have endured beyond their expiration date. When we ask “how old is he” the answer is “deceased.”  George Burns passed on at 100; Henny Youngman departed at 92.

Even comedians’ marriages last forever. Ginny and Bob Newhart have been married 50 years; Barbara and Don Rickles, 48 years. Newhart has a theory: “I think if you can keep laughing you will stay together.”

07/12/2013 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Tim Boxer

Not only did Mandy Patinkin make a living playing a hot-shot surgeon on the CBS series “Chicago Hope” in the ‘90s, but he’s been blessed by medical science in real life.

Between 1978 and 1998, when he was stricken with an eye disease called keratoconus and feared he was going blind, doctors saved his eyesight with corneal transplants. “I have two eyes that were given to me by two children, a 13-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl,” he said.