They weren’t really needed by the 35,000 marchers in the Celebrate Israel Parade up Fifth Avenue on June 2, but there they were: several pet dogs accompanying their owners, presumably to keep perps at bay. One cute pup even wore an IDF jacket. Fortunately there was no ruckus as the pooches passed a bomb sniffing dog.
As the International Sephardic Education Foundation (ISEF) honored David E. R. Dangoor for his philanthropic work as president of the American Sephardic Federation and board member of ISEF, he took the opportunity to speak out for the thousands of Jewish refugees from the Arab world.
Tony Lo Bianco, the Italian American actor from Brooklyn, was feeling depressed. He was at a luncheon for the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP), one of the regular informative events produced by Jeffrey Wiesenfeld at his office at Bernstein Global Wealth Management.
“I’ve attended many of these events,” Lo Bianco said, “and I’m depressed because of the hopelessness. It looks like we’re losing the battle in the colleges.”
As radio talk show host and Fox News contributor Monica Crowley exhorted us to put away all cellphones and other recording and photographic devices, we braced with anticipation for a rare glimpse of Israel’s covert monitoring of terrorist activity.
Israel’s two intelligence services, Mossad (external) and Shin Bet (internal), are universally known and respected. What’s little known is the third component of the Israeli intelligence community, known as Aman (Directorate of Military Intelligence).
Alan Dershowitz, the Harvard law professor and Jewish activist, came direct from the White House to the 15th anniversary banquet of the Brownstone organization at the Manhattan Center on March 7. He was part of a group of Jewish leaders who met with President Barack Obama prior to his first visit to Israel on March 20.
To reconnect Jews worldwide with their faith, Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald, formerly of New York’s Lincoln Square Synagogue, founded the National Jewish Outreach Program in 1987. Prominent hedge fund manager Michael Steinhardt donated $1.5 million to jumpstart the organization that helps Jews rediscover the principles of Judaism and learn how to engage in Jewish ritual.
Ed Koch, New York’s most colorful mayor (1978-89), was always a step ahead of his admirers. When Koch was recovering from a stroke in 1987, Rabbi Arthur Schneier of Park East Synagogue came to see how he’s doin’.
“Say this Hebrew prayer after me,” the rabbi said.
Later came John Cardinal O’Connor. “Ed, if you like, I will pray for you in Hebrew.”
“Reverend,” Koch said, “I took care of the Hebrew. Can you say something in Latin?”
The one time I met Jack Klugman was at the Friars Club 15 years ago. He was having lunch and he was wearing a cap. He said his mother Rose, a milliner, said if you wear a cap you’ll never catch cold.
He ordered clams and a chef’s salad. “There’s ham in it, something you shouldn’t have,” he said in his low raspy voice. He had a vocal cord removed nine years before due to cancer of the larynx. He used to be a heavy smoker.