Ronald Lauder

Jewish Leaders Mourn 'Modern-Day Prophet'

Support for PLO didn't diminish Mandela's stature, says ADL.

12/06/2013
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The international Jewish community praised former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at 95 in his Johannesburg home.

Israeli President Shimon Peres called Mandela “a great leader who changed the course of history. He was a passionate advocate for democracy, a respected mediator, a Nobel peace prize laureate and above all a builder of bridges of peace and dialogue who paid a heavy personal price for his struggle in the years he spent in prison and fighting for his people.”

Tim Boxer At Elie Wiesel Honor

12/06/2013
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Ron Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), called upon Hillary Clinton to present the organization’s second annual Theodor Herzl Award to Marion and Elie Wiesel last month at the Waldorf-Astoria.

“We have come to know Hillary Clinton as our former First Lady, former United States Senator, and former Secretary of State and our future…”

Lauder didn’t have to finish.

Clinton recalled a lecture Wiesel gave at the White House on the eve of a new millennium. “He emphasized that indifference is more dangerous than anger and hatred,” she said.

Ronald Lauder, from left, Marion and Elie Wiesel, and Jo Carole Lauder.  Tim Boxer

Sanguine About Relations Between Catholics, Jews

10/15/2013
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Betty Ehrenberg, executive director of the World Jewish Congress, North America, has been elected the first woman chair of the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC), the representative Jewish group that deals with other world religious bodies. (This week she is traveling to Madrid to take part in the biennial Catholic-Jewish summit). Ehrenberg took office July 1 for a two-year term.

Betty Ehrenberg: Pope Francis urges Christians to "understand Jewish history and traditions." Photo courtersy IJCIC

‘Durban,’ Delegitimization Seen Linked

Conference here draws parallels between anti-Israel activity and Palestinians’ statehood bid.

10/03/2011
Staff Writer

The Palestinians are well on their way to successfully delegitimizing Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem, but the campaign may morph into the delegitimization of Israel itself, warned Middle East expert Shai Feldman.

“There are others competing with them in the way [the issue] gets framed who will say it is about Israel itself,” said Feldman, director of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University.

Poland's Foreign Minister Misspeaks On Restitution

03/27/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

By disparaging the US government's support of demands that Poland compensate Jews for property stolen from them during the Holocaust, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski exacerbated the firestorm created by his government's peremptory decision to walk away from long-promised restitution legislation for spurious economic reasons.

Folksbiene Connects To Tradition

12/29/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

The National Yiddish Theater/Folksbiene has come a long way in its 96th season. In fact, the highlight of its annual cabaret dinner on Dec. 8 at the Bohemian National Hall on the Upper East Side, were two African American actors who brought the house down with their versions of classical Yiddish medleys.

Elmore James, a veteran of five Broadway shows and the Metropolitan Opera, dazzled with “Es Brent” and “Ot Azoy.” Tony Perry, featured in the film “Mickey,” thrilled the audience with his rendition of “Vos Iz Gevorn.”

Marion and Elie Wiesel were honored by the Folksbiene at a cabaret dinner. Photo by Tim Boxer
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