In introducing Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper at the Appeal of Conscience Foundation awards dinner, Henry Kissinger made note of his own public service as National Security Advisor in the White House and Secretary of State in the 1970s.
“The only reason I mention it,” he said, “is because never before and never since has the White House and the State Department been as amicable as it was then.”
Roger Ailes, the eminence of Fox News, has been coming to the annual benefit dinner of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) ever since he was guest of honor in 2005. Last week he hobbled into the Pierre Hotel with the aid of a cane, which startled Michael Miller, longtime JCRC executive vice president and CEO.
Marcia Riklis, daughter of Israeli mergers and acquisitions innovator Meshulam Riklis, dreaded the day her mother, Judith, had to go to the hospital for one last time. She got lucky when she found Jewish Home Lifecare in Upper Manhattan. It has been helping elders live a dignified life for 166 years.
David Brenner, a proud Jew, was honored at an Israel Bonds dinner in 1992. He told how he grew up in a tough, changing neighborhood of Philadelphia where he’d run into someone’s fist every day. “Why do you hate me?” he’d ask.
“My father died three times,” said Gilad Sharon. He recited the Kaddish as 350 invited guests stood solemnly at an evening of remembrance for Ariel Sharon, Israel’s 11th prime minister, on Feb. 26 at the Fifth Avenue Synagogue on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Sid Caesar, the pioneer of television sketch comedy who died on Feb. 12 at home in Beverly Hills, grew up in a Yiddish speaking home in Yonkers. He lived above the family diner, the St. Clair Buffet, that catered to the European immigrant workers from a nearby hat factory. His Russian-born mother Ida held forth at the cash register; his three older brothers also helped out.
“Harvey is the only one who can get me here,” said Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, Ron Prosor, as American Friends of Tel Aviv University honored Harvey Krueger, a Wall Street legend who’s currently vice chairman of Barclays Capital at the Pierre Hotel.
But Harvey was nowhere in sight in the ballroom packed with 400 friends and fans.
It began in 1969 when Yitzchak Dovid Grossman, a sixth generation rabbi from Meah Shearim in Jerusalem, discovered Israel’s street children consisting of wandering orphans, drug addicts, abused kids, estranged from their poor families and without faith.
Rory Lancman, who represented Queens in the New York State Assembly for 16 years, recalls the day he was schlepping grocery bags out of the car at his house. At that moment U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer rolls by on his bicycle.