Tim Boxer

Michael Douglas Honors Dad Issur

Guest of honor at Children Of Chernobyl Dinnner
11/27/2011 - 19:00
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.

Tim Boxer

Volkswagen Gives $1 Million To ADL

11/15/2011 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Volkswagen on Tuesday announced a commitment of one million dollars to the Anti-Defamation League to strengthen its anti-bias education efforts and help fight anti-Semitism.

The president/CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, Jonathan Browning, made the announcement last week (Nov. 8) at an ADL awards dinner in the Waldorf-Astoria.

Tim Boxer

Tim Boxer: ‘Let’s Shoot Only With Movies’

05/08/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Before Liev Schreiber headed to the Paris Theater on May 5 to accept an award at the Israel Film Festival, he said he did “what every good Jewish boy would do — I called my mother.”


His mom, Heather, told him to say it’s wonderful to be a Jew.

Of course Schreiber immediately responded, “But ma, is it not also wonderful to not be a Jew?”

Mom replied, “How should I know?”

Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber at Israel Film Festival. Photo by Tim Boxer

Tim Boxer: To Prevent A Holocaust

04/30/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

The biggest losers of World War II were not the Germans or the Japanese but the Jews, says Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick. "We lost one-third of our people."

That happened because no one came to the rescue. ""The Allies didn't think it was in their interest. President Roosevelt refused to bomb the rail tracks to the death camps. He was reluctant to divert any part of the war effort to save Jews from going up in flames of the chimneys at Auschwitz. Plus they didn't like us very much," Glick said.

Rabbi Dr. Richard Weiss introduces Caroline Glick at Shoah commemoration. Photo by Tim Boxer

Tim Boxer: JCRC Shows Power Of Education

04/27/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Here we were at a dinner for the Jewish Community Relations Council in the elegant ballroom of New York’s luxurious Pierre Hotel when Joel I. Klein remarked, “The fact that you can come from any zip code to this event is due to the power of education.”

It was the power of education that catapulted Klein, a product of the city’s public schools, and of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, to the role of chancellor of New York’s 1,600 public schools.

Howard Rubenstein and Earl “The Pearl” Monroe at JCRC dinner at the Pierre. Photo by Tim Boxer

Tim Boxer: Tel Aviv Museum Gets A Big Boost

04/14/2011 - 20:00
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

04/05/2011 - 20:00
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

03/29/2011 - 20:00
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

03/24/2011 - 20:00
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

03/23/2011 - 20:00
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
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