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

Mike Huckabee At Bet El Dinner

12/06/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Former Arkansas governor and 2008 Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee got a standing ovation when Dr. Joseph Frager introduced him at the 28th annual dinner of American Friends of Bet El Yeshiva Center on Dec. 5.

“I’ve never had that kind of reception from Baptists, so I am very glad to be here,” the former Baptist minister, Arkansas governor and presidential aspirant said.

“I think Joe announced my candidacy for president. Thank you Joe, but I’m not yet ready to do so.”

Rabbi Dr. Richard Weiss, wife Sandy and daughter Eliana with Mike Huckabee and Eugen Gluck at a Bet El dinner. Photo by Tim Boxe

Whoopi Goldberg Helping Children of Chernobyl

11/24/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Whoopi Goldberg, a star on ABC’s “The View,” confessed that she hadn’t been “as participatory as I should have been” with Chabad’s Children of Chernobyl (CCOC) mission to rescue children from Russia and Ukraine stricken by the nuclear explosion of 1986. She hadn’t been heard from since she served as guest auctioneer at a 1996 dinner.

That didn’t inhibit the group from presenting her with its Children at Heart Award at its fundraiser on Nov. 22 at Chelsea Pier 60.

Jesse Eisenberg for Chernobyl, photo by Tim Boxer
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