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Tim Boxer at Cornell Sermon Contest

05/03/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

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.

Norman Turkish, creator of the Cornell student sermon competition, congratulates the winner, Sara Grace Victor.

Tim Boxer At Park East Synagogue Honoring Rabbi Schneier

04/25/2012
Jewish Week Columnist

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.

Irwin Hochberg, Consul General Ido Aharoni, Rabbi Arthur Schneier, Rep. Carolyn Maloney and Malcolm Hoenlein.

Tim Boxer At Seeds Of Peace Dinner

04/02/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

 

Seeds of Peace attracted some 1,000 youthful guests to its seventh annual peace market on March 1 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. They came to support an organization that seeks to empower a younger generation to resolve disputes in various regions of conflict, including the Israel/Palestine issue.

Diane, a dentist, found her own bashert in Shane Neman, CEO of EZtexting software.

Tim Boxer At Seeds Of Peace Dinner

04/02/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Seeds of Peace attracted some 1,000 youthful guests to its seventh annual peace market on March 1 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. They came to support an organization that seeks to empower a younger generation to resolve disputes in various regions of conflict, including the Israel/Palestine issue.

Tim Boxer At Friends of the IDF Dinner

03/22/2012

One of the supreme joys in Mir Hadassi’s young life was when she and her parents converted to Judaism in Holland and made aliya. “From the very first moment I saw Israel I fell in love,” she said. Her devotion to the nation intensified when she did her military service in the north which came under rocket fire during the first Lebanon war in 1982.

At the same time she met her husband Yossi and, after army service, settled in Kibbutz Merhavia (where Golda Meir first lived when she arrived in 1921).

Tim Boxer At America-Israel Friendship League

02/29/2012

On a trip to Israel Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary fame) brought his guitar and message to schools in Lod and Petach Tikva. His aim was to bring Jewish and Arab kids together to prevent bullying and intimidation among schoolchildren.

At a recent America-Israel Friendship League dinner in New York, Yarrow performed the song that most resonated with the kids:

Don’t laugh at me, don’t call me names,

Don’t get your pleasure from my pain.

Tim Boxer At National Jewish Outreach Program

02/17/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Shabbat was the theme of the National Jewish Outreach program’s 18th annual dinner Feb. 13 at the Grand Hyatt in New York. Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald, founding director of NJOP, which has sponsored Shabbat Across America and Canada for more than 800,000 Jews since 1996, honored Sen. Joe Lieberman for his book, “The Gift of Rest: Rediscovering the Beauty of the Sabbath” (Howard Books/Simon & Schuster).

Tim Boxer At Jerusalem Foundation Benefit

01/12/2012
Jeiwsh Week Online Columnist

Oftentimes a funny story can make a penetrating point. Mark Sofer said that when he was Israel’s ambassador to India he attended a performance of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. The program included Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, commonly known as the Unfinished Symphony.

He noticed that in the first movement there were 20 violinists playing. “Only 10 would do,” he concluded. “If Schubert had taken seriously what I’m saying, he would have finished the symphony.”

Tim Boxer At YU Convocation

12/26/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, keynote speaker at Yeshiva University’s 87th annual Hanukkah convocation at the Waldorf-Astoria, was impressed how the university’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF) engages in the spirit of tikkun olam.

She said graduate Josh Teitcher spent a summer in Israel with Counterpoint Israel—a CJF initiative for students to help local youth connect to Jewish values—and changed the life one young boy named Yitzchak.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and YU President Richard Joel at YU Convocation.

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Guest of honor at Children Of Chernobyl Dinnner

11/28/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

The Spielberg matriarch, Leah Adler, was there. Her daughters Nancy and Sue Spielberg, were there. But son Steven Spielberg was nowhere to be seen at the annual Chabad’s Children of Chernobyl (CCOC) dinner Nov. 21 at Chelsea Pier 60.

Emcee Jon Voight explained that Spielberg was in Richmond, Virginia, shooting “Lincoln.”

“I thought Lincoln was shot already!” Nancy exclaimed.

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