In what may be his last appearance at a Jewish event as a United States senator, Alfonse D’Amato received an honor from the Knesset last week while praising the Holocaust survivors for whom he has attained wartime restitution.
“In the case of so many I spoke to, it was not a case of dollars and cents, it was a case of justice,” said D’Amato, speaking at the Manhattan offices of the World Jewish Congress Friday, where he was honored for his role in forcing Swiss Banks to settle the claims of Holocaust victims and their families.
The appointment of Rudolph Giuliani’s chief of staff and primary Jewish liaison as head of Giuliani’s political action committee is a strong vote of confidence by the mayor in Bruce Tietelbaum.
“The fact that the mayor chose Bruce shows he has nothing but the highest level of confidence in him,” said Deputy Mayor Randy Levine, another member of Giuliani’s close inner circle. “Bruce has been a valued member of the mayor’s team for a long time.”
Stephen Odzer's first reaction on an overcast autumn day four years ago, when his pager beeped and a call home informed him that a kidnapped Israeli soldier had been killed by Palestinian captors, was to make a small blessing.
"Baruch Dayan Ha-emes," he recited. Blessed is the True Judge: the words traditional Jews say when told of a death.
Every era seems to have columnists with a bee in their Sukkah regarding Israel and the Jews. Returning from Westbrook Pegler’s funeral, Murray Kempton said, “I knew he was sick. He wrote [me a seven-page letter] and didn’t mention Ben-Gurion.
When it began eight years ago, UJA-Federation’s Fashion Rescue was a sale of women’s clothing in a ballroom of a New York City hotel. This year’s event, which begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, will include the sale of clothing for women, men and children — and will be held in Madison Square Garden.“The event became so huge that we have outgrown just about all available space in New York,” said Robert Bronstein, a co-chair of the event with Louise Chazen.
After being told in a phone call from her surgeon that she again had breast cancer and that it had spread to her lymph nodes, Judy Lazar of Manhasset became hysterical. “I was angry and petrified. And I was scared,” she recalls. “I kept saying, ‘I’m not having chemotherapy.’ My husband, Joel, who is terrific, didn’t know what to do with me.”
So he called the home of the family’s rabbi, Abner Bergman of Temple Judea of Manhasset. The rabbi’s wife tracked him down at a meeting.