Tim Boxer

11/28/2011 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Tim Boxer

The Spielberg matriarch, Leah Adler, was there. Her daughters Nancy and Sue Spielberg, were there. But son Steven Spielberg was nowhere to be seen at the annual Chabad’s Children of Chernobyl (CCOC) dinner Nov. 21 at Chelsea Pier 60.

Emcee Jon Voight explained that Spielberg was in Richmond, Virginia, shooting “Lincoln.”

“I thought Lincoln was shot already!” Nancy exclaimed.

11/16/2011 | | Jewish Week Online Columnist | Tim Boxer

Volkswagen on Tuesday announced a commitment of one million dollars to the Anti-Defamation League to strengthen its anti-bias education efforts and help fight anti-Semitism.

The president/CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, Jonathan Browning, made the announcement last week (Nov. 8) at an ADL awards dinner in the Waldorf-Astoria.

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.