The Open University of Israel has embarked on what its president calls a “revolutionary” course for high school students. Typically, Israeli students complete their high school, do military service for several years, then enter the job market.
The president, Hagit Messer-Yaron, described a new program whereby the young people are able to enter the economy much sooner.
“Our university has replaced some high school courses in Israel,” Messer-Yaron told guests at the Open University Foundation dinner recently at the Pierre Hotel in New York.
As President Richard Joel bestowed honorary degrees at Yeshiva University’s 88th convocation last week at the Waldorf-Astoria, not a word was uttered about allegations of sexual abuse by two rabbis in the 1970s and ‘80s at its boys high school. That was the era of Rabbi Norman Lamm, the university’s third president.
In 2003 Joel succeeded Lamm who then became chancellor. Lamm, 84, was conspicuously absent from this convocation even though he participated every year.
The crowd roared when Michele Bachmann proclaimed that the northern Samarian town of Bet El “must remain and always will remain a part of Israel.”
Most of the 1,000 guests at the American Friends of Bet El Yeshiva Center’s 30th annual dinner, last week at the Marriott Marquis on Broadway, continued to applaud vociferously as the Minnesota congresswoman and wannabe Republican presidential candidate expressed her robust support for Israel’s future.
“Zet sich avec!” Bombay native Zubin Mehta pleaded in Yiddish with the 500 black-tie guests to sit down when they honored him with a standing ovation at a post-concert dinner last month at the Plaza Hotel.
Born 76 years ago in Bombay (now Mumbai), the maestro has picked up quite a few Yiddish and Hebrew expressions since becoming music conductor for life of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in 1981.
Anything important must fit on one sheet of paper. It’s a principle that Kenneth Abramowitz has fostered in his many years as managing general partner and co-founder at NGN Capital, a healthcare venture capital fund, and before that at the Carlyle Group.
Kenneth and his Israeli born wife Nira were the beneficiaries of the Maimonides Award from the American Friends of the Hebrew University at a recent dinner at the Pierre Hotel.
Bianna Golodryga was only 18 months when she left Moldova in the Soviet Union to settle in Galveston, Texas. Mom mopped floors and dad cleaned garages so she could go to school. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, and today is an ABC News business correspondent and the weekend co-anchor of Good Morning America.
Harvey Feuerstein, of Manhattan, proudly mentioned that his son Mark is now in his fourth year starring in “Royal Pains” on the USA network. The 40-year-old actor plays the lead role of the doctor, Hank Lawson, in this comedy series.
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.
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.