Tim Boxer

Tim Boxer: The Eddie Fisher I Knew

09/26/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Every woman Eddie Fisher loved was non-Jewish, including such raving beauties as Ann-Margret, Angie Dickinson, Kim Novak, Judy Garland, Juliet Prowse and Mia Farrow among others. Every woman he married (five times) was non-Jewish except, of course, Elizabeth Taylor who converted at Temple Israel in Los Angeles before he married her.

The heartthrob of the ‘50s started out as a ten-year-old singer in his Philadelphia hometown. On the High Holidays He made $20 as the soloist with the tall white yarmulke.

Eddie Fisher in 1989. Photo by Tim Boxer

Giving The Gift Of Life

09/02/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

At its annual dinner Gift of Life brings bone marrow recipients to meet their donors for the first time. You know it’s going to be an emotional moment when you see tissue boxes on every table.

Lillian Baharestani, 27, wanted to be a donor. She was raised in Queens where her father taught her to always help others. So at Syracuse University she organized a drive for swabs for the Gift of Life registry. As it turned out, her own swab saved a life.

Bone marrow donor Lillian Baharestani meets recipient Daisy Sanchez at Gift of Life dinner. Photo by Tim Boxer

Iran Tries To Convert Jewish Students

08/13/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

School days can be stressful enough. In Iran it is a challenging experience in more ways than usual for a Jewish teenager.

At a recent ISEF luncheon at Sotheby’s in New York, to raise scholarship funds for needy students in Israel, Roya Hakakian recounted growing up in Iran after the 1979 revolution.

For a Christian, Jew or Zoroastrian there was constant pressure at school to convert. Roya could not evade such pressure, even though she went to a Hebrew day school.

One day her class was called to assemble in the basement near the cafeteria.

Dr. Shemtov Cohen, Yemenite-born, and Roya Hakakian, Iranian-born, both now in U.S., meet at ISEF luncheon. Photo by Tim Boxer

Kibbutzim College Wants To Make Your Acquaintance

08/04/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Even though the Kibbutzim College of Education Technology & the Arts has been training teachers in Israel for seven decades it is not widely known on our shores.

Founded by the kibbutz movement in 1939, it serves 3,300 students at its campus in Tel Aviv.

The college chairman, Hagai Meirom, recently held a reception at the home of Israeli Consul General Asaf Shariv in New York to draw attention to the accomplishments of the teachers college.

Eran Peretz and Maya Rose Hormadaly perform at Kibbutzim College reception. Photo by Tim Boxer

ICRF: Suppress Stress To Kill Cancer

07/15/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Some 30 years ago Varda Rotter finished her work with a cancer research team at MIT and returned to Israel. She wanted to continue her work but didn’t have a penny in her pocket. Israel Cancer Research Fund came through for her, giving her a grant that enabled her to start her own research.

She said that ICRF told her: We give you the liberty to work. Go ahead and realize your dream.

Elaine Hochberg, left, and Dr. Anne Moore honored at ICRF dinner. Photo by Tim Boxer

Tim Boxer: Women At Einstein Luncheon Learn How To Stay Young

07/08/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Adrien Arpel, founder of the world-famed cosmetic and skin care line, revealed at Einstein College of Medicine 56th annual spirit of achievement luncheon the secret of perpetual youth.

“You lie. Say you’re 10 years younger. I’m 49 and my husband still doesn’t know.”

The 700 women at the luncheon at the Pierre smiled in agreement.

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff and son Tyler at Einstein College of Medicine luncheon. Photo by Tim Boxer

At Tel Aviv Museum Dinner Susan Asks Martin For Jewelry

07/02/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Susan Sanders, co-chairman with her husband Martin of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art gala dinner at the Metropolitan Club, looked lovingly at her husband as she recited from the Book of Ruth:

“Where you go I will go, where you live I will live, your people are my people, your God is my God, and where you die I will die.”

“After that,” Martin exclaimed, “the only thing I can do is go to heaven!”

“No!” Susan shrieked. “First buy me some jewelry!”

Martin and Susan Sanders at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art dinner at the Metropolitan Club. Photo by Tim Boxer

Tim Boxer - Dr. Ruth To Rabbi Schneier: 'Rewire, Don't Retire'

06/25/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Park East Synagogue on the Upper East Side this month celebrated its 120th anniversary and the 80th birthday of Rabbi Arthur Schneier who has served since 1962.

Rabbi Israel Lau, former chief rabbi of Israel, told the 800 dinner guests that "80 is just a beginning. Moses began his mission as leader of the Jewish people at 80. So don't give up."

Schneier said he's not slowing down, especially after Dr. Ruth Westheimer urged him, "Rewire, don't retire."

Elisabeth and Rabbi Arthur Schneier with Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Photo-Tim Boxer

Met Council’s Deeds Of Kindness

06/15/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Sheldon Silver had a good excuse for missing the 34th annual Met Council legislative breakfast at the Roosevelt Hotel on Sunday. “Only my grandson’s graduation keeps me from joining you in person” the state assembly speaker explained in a video message.

Met Council executive director/CEO William Rapfogel said the organization has been engaged in “deeds of kindness” by providing 100,000 New Yorkers with human services ranging from domestic violence counseling to kosher food pantries.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, William Rapfogel and Sen. Charles Schumer. Photo: Tim Boxer

Smokey Robinson Takes Friars Down Memory Lane

06/10/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Freddie Roman, dean of the Friars Club, said that “Helen Thomas wanted very much to be here tonight but she’s getting a Woman of the Year Award from B’nai B’rith.”

That brought the house down at the Waldorf where he emceed the annual Friars Foundation Applause Awards on Tuesday. The $2 million raised from the event provides scholarships for the next generation of performers and musicians, among other Friars initiatives.

David Steiner and Freddie Roman at the Friars Club awards gala. Photo by Tim Boxer
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