Tim Boxer

Tim Boxer On Ed Koch

02/02/2013 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

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?”

Ed Koch, 88, right, with historian Bernard Lewis at America-Israel Friendship League dinner in November, 2012.

Tim Boxer On Jack Klugman

01/14/2013 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

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.

Jack Klugman in 1986 (Photo by Tim Boxer)

Tim Boxer At Open University Dinner

12/30/2012 - 19:00
Jewish Week Correspondent

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.

Student Gillat Kol and university president Hagit Messer-Yaron at Open U. dinner. (Photo by Tim Boxer)

Tim Boxer At YU Convocation

12/20/2012 - 19:00
Jewish Week Correspondent

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.

Elie Wiesel Richard Joel and Jack Lew at the Yeshiva U. convocation. (Photo by Tim Boxer)

Tim Boxer At Bet El Yeshiva Dinner

12/16/2012 - 19:00

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.

Michele Bachmann, center, with Jean and Eugen Gluck at the Bet El dinner. (Photo by Tim Boxer)

Tim Boxer At America-Israel Friendship League

11/28/2012 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Israel’s very existence was on every speaker’s mind at the America-Israel Friendship League’s awards dinner in mid-November at the Plaza Hotel.

Former Mayor Ed Koch and philanthropist Ingeborg Rennert at AIFL awards dinner at The Plaza. (Photo by Tim Boxer)

Tim Boxer At The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

11/11/2012 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

 “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.

Zubin Mehta led the Israeli Philharmonic last month at Carnegie Hall. For New Year's, they'll perform in China.

Tim Boxer At Hebrew U Gala

05/30/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

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.

Carmi Gillon, left, , Chita Rivera, and George A. Schieren, university chairman

Tim Boxer At Jewish Women's Foundation

05/16/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

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.

Alexis Azria, Madeleine Grant, Bianna Golodryga, Paula Zahn and Carolee Friedlander at JWF luncheon.

Tim Boxer At American Friends Of Tel Aviv Museum Of Art

05/08/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

I was sitting with a couple of lawyers at the American Friends of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art gala the other week at the Pierre Hotel.

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.

Artist David LaChapelle and gallery owner Jim Kempner at American Friends of Tel Aviv Museum gala.
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