Tim Boxer

02/14/2013 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Tim Boxer

To reconnect Jews worldwide with their faith, Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald, formerly of New York’s Lincoln Square Synagogue, founded the National Jewish Outreach Program in 1987. Prominent hedge fund manager Michael Steinhardt donated $1.5 million to jumpstart the organization that helps Jews  rediscover the principles of Judaism and learn how to engage in Jewish ritual.

02/03/2013 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Tim Boxer

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?”

01/15/2013 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Tim Boxer

The one time I met Jack Klugman was at the Friars Club 15 years ago. He was having lunch and he was wearing a cap. He said his mother Rose, a milliner, said if you wear a cap you’ll never catch cold.

He ordered clams and a chef’s salad. “There’s ham in it, something you shouldn’t have,” he said in his low raspy voice. He had a vocal cord removed nine years before due to cancer of the larynx. He used to be a heavy smoker.

12/31/2012 | | Jewish Week Correspondent | Tim Boxer

The Open University of Israel has embarked on what its president calls a “revolutionary” course for high school students. Typically, Israeli students complete their high school, do military service for several years, then enter the job market.

The president, Hagit Messer-Yaron, described a new program whereby the young people are able to enter the economy much sooner.

“Our university has replaced some high school courses in Israel,” Messer-Yaron told guests at the Open University Foundation dinner recently at the Pierre Hotel in New York.

12/21/2012 | | Jewish Week Correspondent | Tim Boxer

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.

12/17/2012 | Tim Boxer

The crowd roared when Michele Bachmann proclaimed that the northern Samarian town of Bet El “must remain and always will remain a part of Israel.”

Most of the 1,000 guests at the American Friends of Bet El Yeshiva Center’s 30th annual dinner, last week at the Marriott Marquis on Broadway, continued to applaud vociferously as the Minnesota congresswoman and wannabe Republican presidential candidate expressed her robust support for Israel’s future.