Tim Boxer

05/03/2012 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Tim Boxer

Sarah Grace Victor, born in Philadelphia to Christian parents from India, is the winner of the second annual Harold I. Saperstein Cornell Student Sermon Contest. The competition, based on the Hebrew Bible, was open to all students on campus. Victor emerged victorious over 30 contestants.

04/25/2012 | | Jewish Week Columnist | Tim Boxer

As the New York Jewish community gathered last month at the Park East Synagogue to celebrate Arthur Schneier’s 50th year as the shul’s rabbi, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver proclaimed, “Here’s to the next 50 years.”

“That’s ridiculous!” declared Ed Koch. “I wish you 120!”

The former mayor recalled when he had a stroke in 1987 and the rabbi came to him in the hospital. “Say this prayer after me in Hebrew,” Rabbi Schneier told him.

04/02/2012 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Tim Boxer

 

Seeds of Peace attracted some 1,000 youthful guests to its seventh annual peace market on March 1 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. They came to support an organization that seeks to empower a younger generation to resolve disputes in various regions of conflict, including the Israel/Palestine issue.

04/02/2012 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Tim Boxer

Seeds of Peace attracted some 1,000 youthful guests to its seventh annual peace market on March 1 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. They came to support an organization that seeks to empower a younger generation to resolve disputes in various regions of conflict, including the Israel/Palestine issue.

03/22/2012 | Tim Boxer

One of the supreme joys in Mir Hadassi’s young life was when she and her parents converted to Judaism in Holland and made aliya. “From the very first moment I saw Israel I fell in love,” she said. Her devotion to the nation intensified when she did her military service in the north which came under rocket fire during the first Lebanon war in 1982.

At the same time she met her husband Yossi and, after army service, settled in Kibbutz Merhavia (where Golda Meir first lived when she arrived in 1921).

02/29/2012 | Tim Boxer

On a trip to Israel Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary fame) brought his guitar and message to schools in Lod and Petach Tikva. His aim was to bring Jewish and Arab kids together to prevent bullying and intimidation among schoolchildren.

At a recent America-Israel Friendship League dinner in New York, Yarrow performed the song that most resonated with the kids:

Don’t laugh at me, don’t call me names,

Don’t get your pleasure from my pain.