Tim Boxer

Tim Boxer: Tel Aviv Museum Gets A Big Boost

04/15/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Ron Huldai was born to a dirt-poor family in Kibbutz Hulda, a very small farmer's community. "The only thing we were rich with was culture," he says.

His father, born in Lodz, filled the living room with reproductions of paintings by Van Gogh, Modigliani and Miro. He didn't have enough money to buy picture frames so he made them himself.

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai and wife Yael at American Friends of Tel Aviv Museum of Art dinner at the Pierre. Photo by Tim Boxer

MJE Honors Michael Wildes

04/06/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

It was a family affair on March 29 as Manhattan Jewish Experience held its 12th annual dinner at the Museum of Jewish Heritage with Amy and Michael Wildes as guests of honor.

Rabbi Mark Wildes, founding director of the wildly popular outreach organization, paid tribute to his brother Michael as their father, Leon Wildes, beamed with nachas.

Michael recently completed two terms as mayor of Englewood, N.J. He is now a managing partner at his father’s office, Wildes and Weinberg, a leading immigration law firm in Manhattan.

Leon Wildes (center) with sons Rabbi Mark Wildes (left) and Michael Wildes at MJE event. Photo by Tim Boxer

Tim Boxer: ICRF Funds Cancer Fighters

03/30/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

This was Benjamin Brafman’s 11th year emceeing the annual Tower of Hope gala of the Israel Cancer Research Fund in March at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York, and he continued his time-honored routine of starting off with witty banter.

The prominent criminal defense lawyer was introduced as someone you should never know professionally.

He had just come from court where he represented his latest client: New York State Senator Carl Kruger of Brooklyn whom the feds charged with running a bribery racket for taking $1 million in return for political favors.

Kenneth Goodman, left, ICRF chairman, and emcee Ben Brafman, right, honor Andrew Faas at gala dinner. Photo by Sharon Stern

Tim Boxer: An IDF Mother’s Story

03/25/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

This is a mother’s story. Her name is Miriam Peretz. She was born in Morocco. In 1964, in the dark of night, she was spirited out of the country and brought to Israel by the Jewish Agency.

She met Eliezer Peretz and settled into a new happier life. Through the years they were blessed with four sons and two daughters. Their sons became officers in the Israel Defense Forces. Their daughters married combat soldiers.

Defense Minister Ehud Barack and wife Nili Priel-Barak with Eugen Gluck at IDF dinner. Photo by Tim Boxer

Tim Boxer: The Lives and Loves of Elizabeth Taylor

03/24/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

Elizabeth Taylor, the legendary Hollywood icon who died Wednesday, March 23, in Los Angeles at age 79, was perhaps the most famous convert to Judaism since Ruth.

When she wed the flamboyant producer Mike Todd (born Avrom Goldbogen), she wanted to renounce her Christian Science and espouse his Judaic faith. He talked her out of converting, believing she wanted simply to please him.

Out of a total of seven spouses, Todd was the only one she did not divorce. He died in a 1958 plane crash and left a weeping widow.

Elizabeth Taylor and Israeli President Ephraim Katzir at a Variety Club dinner in 1976 at Tel Aviv Hilton. Photo by Tim Boxer

Tim Boxer: Maestro Mehta Marks 50 Years With IPO

02/25/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

It was a momentous occasion for the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual Carnegie Hall concert on Feb. 22. It marked the orchestra’s 75th anniversary, conductor Zubin Mehta’s 75th birthday, and his 50th year as IPO conductor.

At the post-concert dinner at the Plaza Hotel, hosted by the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, vice president and benefit co-chair Lauren Veronis couldn’t praise the maestro enough.

Rochelle and David Hirsch stand behind Nancy and Zubin Mehta at IPO dinner. Photo by Tim Boxer

Bezalel Introduces Ido Flawlessly

02/03/2011
Special to the Jewish Week

The acting consul general of Israel says his name, Ido Aharoni, continues to give him grief. People continue to mispronounce it. Sometimes they say Ida. “I can live with that,” he says.

However a woman at a Long Island event once said, “Please welcome Ido a Horny,” and that wasn’t flattering.

At the annual dinner of Friends of Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design on Jan. 27 at Trump Soho, chairman Ilan Kaufthal introduced the consul general flawlessly, and that made him relax.

 Ido Aharoni, right, with Harvey and Connie Krueger at Bezalel dinner. Photo by Tim Boxer

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

Booker In The Hood At YU

12/22/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Cory Booker seems to find himself in the right places at the right times. Two decades ago, as a 22-year-old Rhodes scholar at Oxford, he found himself one night at Shmuley Boteach’s L’Chaim Society, a Jewish cultural center on campus.

He was invited by a young woman for a Simchat Torah celebration. When he walked into Chabad House everyone froze. He looked for his date but found men with beards and skullcaps.

Cory Booker and Richard Joel at Yeshiva University convocation. Photo by Tim Boxer

Plaudits for Open University

12/13/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

There was an excessive amount of praise between the military and civilians at a gala dinner on Dec. 13 at The Plaza for the American Friends of the Open University of Israel.

Upon receiving the organization’s Yigal Alon Award, Gen. (ret.) Shaul Mofaz earned the admiration of the gold-plated audience for his accomplishments in the IDF and current service in the Knesset.

Mofaz turned to Ingeborg Rennert, president of the American Friends, and declared, “As an old soldier I salute you for your support of one of the best educational systems in Israel.”

Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert at Open University of Israel gala at The Plaza. Photo by Tim Boxer
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