Algemeiner Unveils ‘JEWISH 100′ List at Star Studded Gala (PHOTOS)

April 25, 2013 1:27 pm 15 comments

Algemeiner 40th Anniversary Honorees, Neil and Sharon Book. Photo: Sarah Rogers.

The Algemeiner unveiled its first annual ‘JEWISH 100’ list celebrating the “top 100 people positively influencing Jewish life” at its 40th anniversary gala Tuesday night in Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

The star-studded event, which was hosted by Fox News’s Heather Nauert, featured Elie Wiesel, The Journal’s Advisory Board Chairman, as the keynote speaker. Other attendees included film producer Harvey Weinstein, Yuri Foreman, Ronald Lauder, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Alan Dershowitz, William Kristol, Ron Agam and many notable political figures and Jewish leaders.

The festive evening commenced with the singing of the Star Spangled Banner by none other than Tony Orlando. Mr. Orlando noted that he had never sung the anthem at an official event before. “I’ve turned down Tommy Lasorda and the Dodgers but I couldn’t turn down The Algemeiner,” the veteran crooner said, before launching into a rousing rendition of the national anthem.

Other speakers during the night were Ron Prosor, Israel’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Izzy Ezagui, a ‘JEWISH 100’ honoree who was the first Israeli soldier to return to active service after losing an arm in battle, Mr. Weinstein, who presented Mr. Wiesel with The Algemeiner ‘Warrior for Truth’ Award, and philanthropists Neil and Sharon Book, who were the evening’s honorees. The event was chaired by the honorees’ proud parents Bob and Amy Book.

“The evening was electric” said Algemeiner Editor-in-Chief Dovid Efune, “the diversity of the guests in attendance was a strong reflection of the breadth of our growing readership.”

“I was deeply moved by the confluence of notable and powerful storytellers coming together at our Algemeiner 40th Gala — Harvey Weinstein, Elie Wiesel and the Algemeiner — all courageous voices dedicated to helping people look at the world in a new way,” said Algemeiner publisher Simon Jacobson.

Representing a varied cross spectrum of Jewish life, politicians and rabbis mixed with artists and athletes, in what was an occasion to both celebrate and be celebrated. Among the guests in attendance were many of the ‘JEWISH 100’ awardees themselves, including Czech Ambassador to the United States Petr Gandalovič who represented Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas, Malcolm Hoenlein, Abraham Foxman, Arthur Schneier and American Jewish World Service CEO, Ruth Messinger.

The ‘JEWISH 100’ acceptance toast was delivered by Israel’s Consul General in New York Ido Aharoni.

Founded in 1972 as a Yiddish broadsheet by veteran journalist Gershon Jacobson, The Algemeiner today publishes a weekly newspaper in English and runs this ever popular website.

For the full ‘JEWISH 100′ list, click here.

For the Algemeiner’s introduction to the ‘JEWISH 100′ list, please click here.

To view the Algemeiner’s ‘JEWISH 100′ promo, click here.

From left: Algemeiner Editor Dovid Efune, film producer Harvey Weinstein, Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel and Algemeiner Publisher Simon Jacobson. Photo: Sarah Rogers.

Dovid and Mushkee Efune with event honorees Neil and Sharon Book. Photo: Sarah Rogers.

From left: Algemeiner Editor Dovid Efune, Philanthopist Ronald Lauder and Algemeiner publisher Simon Jacobson. Photo: Sarah Rogers.

Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor. Photo: Sarah Rogers.

Algemeiner honorees Neil and Sharon Book. Photo: Sarah Rogers.

Harvey Weinstein addressing the guests. Photo: Sarah Rogers.

Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel. Photo: Sarah Rogers.

15 Comments

  • Yocheved Miriam

    I want to applaud your selection of a few dedicated and committed people who have accomplished much while avoiding the limelight. They are Itamar Marcus, Khalid Abu Toameh, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, and Rabbi Shalom Lipskar. I feel that your inclusion of Barak Obama is unfortunate, especially considering his obstinate refusal to pardon Jonathan Pollard, and his poor record in labeling and containing terror in the United States and throughout the world, thereby endangering both Americans, Israelis and all people.

  • Annie Lou Bower

    In the category “religion” all your awardees are Orthodox Jews! is this because you are an ultra orthodox publication?so the award is the for the top 100 who influence ultra orthodox Jewish life!

  • Stanley Arnold

    What a pity you left out Natan Sharansky,the chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel and a modern day Jewish hero! If he isn’t influencing Jewish life on a daily basis, who is?Or as Haredi Jews are you punishing Sharansky for seeking to allow non orthodox Jewish streams access to pray at the Western Wall?

  • Kenneth D Hegler

    Noted with regret that neither Pamela Geller nor Melanie Phillips were included. Obviouis omission, particularly as Obama and his acolyites were. Perhaps there will be an update in the near future.
    IMHO, a blotted copybook for The Algemeiner.

  • @MindfullyJewish @Algemeiner Mazel Tov! Mazel Tov Neil & Sharon, Amy & Bob, Dovid E, @Efune Simon J. I was with you in spirit. From Strength To Strength!

  • Judy Feld Carr,

    I only found out to-day from a friend that my name was on the list of the Jewish 100.
    It is indeed an honor.
    However,nobody told me before and I was not invited to the Gala dinner honoring the people on the list.
    I would have loved to have attended.
    Sincerely
    Judy Feld Carr, CM
    Toronto, Ontario
    Canada

  • Herman Gershon

    I wish I could have been there, but I am not in that financial bracket. One must be well-to-do to attend such an event. The Algemeiner needs the support of the wealthy. The rest of us can only afford to read about it in the newspaper and on the internet,

  • All these promnite people and stars. as close as things our comming you need to start excepting Jesus Christ He is not to pleased with you now but that can change and you and your country will enjoy prosparety and his blessings again. Of course I had to say that or I would not be a good servant of the Lord, and Jesus Christ. but you will still stay in my prayers daily. Servant of Jesus Christ Paul

    • Lorelai Levine

      Paul b. Johns..why do you christians always have to stick your big noses into our affairs….we will never accept your jbezus..so get lost.

      that said: WHY is Obama, Foxman and Hagee on this list? a disgrace.

      • That is hardly a decent way to reply considering Christians are the only group of people who support Jews and Israel. I am one of them. I agree with you about the Jesus thing though, but you could let that go. It’s harmless and you don’t have to pay attention to it. Thanks.

      • A little respect here would be nice. Now Algemeiner will take two weeks to moderate this comment as well. Nice job with objectivity!

    • Paul, Jews split from Christians where Jesus is concerned. I don’t think Jesus is their answer. I personally think they’re a special group of people under fire for being what they are.

    • True his name was Yeshua not Jesus ! Yeshua was the son of Jehovah as God has a name!

      Yeshua was of course the messiah but Yeshua never ever claimed to be a God he said I am Son of Jehovah!

      So the Jews are 1/2 correct

      God Bless
      ISRAEL

      • I have news for you. The Almighty was never called Jehovah by the Jews. There is no J sound in the Hebrew language. This was a mispronounciation on the part of Christians. Jews are not permitted to pronounce his holy name, which is witten with a yud, hey, vav, hey. The scibes placed the vowels for the name Adonai (Lord) under the holy name so that readers would know not to pronounce the name and substitute either Adonai or Hashem. When Christians came across these texts, they mistakenly pronounced the name with the vowels as Jehovah. It is just one of many false interpretations that Christians believe. Tell this to a Jehovah’s Witness and watch them go dumbstruck.

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