Famed Jewish comedian Sid Caesar died last week at the age of 91.
Caesar, who was born Isaac Sidney Caesar in 1922 to parents from Russia and Poland, began his entertainment career as a saxophone player. Later, he made a name for himself with his humor on iconic 1950s shows such as “Your Show of Shows” and “Caesar’s Hour.” He also appeared in the films “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” (1963), “Airport 1975” (1974), and “Grease” (1978).
The Cleveland-based Mandel Foundation awarded more than $13 million to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
The gift from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation includes a $10 million capital grant to construct the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Institute for Social Leadership building and $3.1 million to establish the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Honors Program in Social Leadership, which will be housed in the new building, the university announced on Tuesday.
Brooklyn Councilman David G. Greenfield has proposed renaming 50th Street in Borough Park. If the proposal passes, the portion of the street that runs through the chasidic neighborhood will be named for Rabbi Chaim Michoel Dov Weissmandl, in honor of the man who worked to save Jews during the Holocaust.
Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, and one of the longest-serving and highest-profile American Jewish organizational leaders, is retiring from his post. But he will not step down until July 20, 2015, while the organization searches for a successor.