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February 5, 2015 8:56 am

Algemeiner Honors Joan Rivers, Donald Trump, Yuli Edelstein at Second Annual ‘Jewish 100’ Gala

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Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein addressing The Algemeiner's 'Jewish 100' Gala. Photo: Sarah Rogers.

The Algemeiner paid tribute to the memory of iconic entertainer Joan Rivers on Tuesday night at its second annual ‘Jewish 100’ Gala in New York City. Melissa Rivers, Joan’s daughter, accepted the posthumous award on her mother’s behalf.

Other honorees at the star-studded event, which drew a crowd of 500 to the Capitale on Bowery,  included philanthropists Joseph and Deborah Aronow, tycoon Donald Trump and speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein. Both Edelstein and Rivers received the paper’s Warrior for Truth Award, last received by Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, and Trump received the Liberty Award for his contributions to US-Israel relations. The evening also saw the unveiling for the first time of the second annual ‘Jewish 100’ list of “the top 100 people positively influencing Jewish life.”

The evening was hosted by Fox News‘ Heather Nauert and attendees included artist Ron Agam, actor Ron Rifkin and Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor. The event’s Honorary Chairman was Elie Wiesel and it was chaired by philanthropists Bob and Amy Book, and Neil and Sharon Book.

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Welcoming the gathered crowd, Algemeiner Publisher Simon Jacobson recounted how the paper has evolved over the years, and paid tribute to its 43-year history.

Editor-in-Chief Dovid Efune highlighted the paper’s mission to serve as the voice of the Jewish people.

“Friends, by your attendance here tonight, by your strengthening of our voice, each of you has made a statement, each of us has made a statement. We will not be silent,” Efune said. “We will speak up on behalf of those that cannot do so, and we will raise our voices on behalf of those that are not heard.”

A tribute video for Joan Rivers was shown, highlighting her Jewish identity and support for Israel. The footage featured appearances from designer Elie Tahari, Martha Stewart, Scott Currie, Simon Doonan and Sandy Gallin.

Upon receiving her mother’s award, Melissa highlighted her Jewish and Zionist identity saying, “My mother, clearly, was always very passionate about Israel and Judaism and… it really was not in her nature to keep those feelings, or any feelings, to herself.”

“After my mother passed away it became overwhelmingly apparent to me that her pride in being Jewish was very well known around the world… a ridiculous amount of trees were planted in Israel in her honor,” she said.

In a moving address, Or Carmeli, the sister of IDF Sergeant Sean Carmeli, an American who was killed fighting in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge, thanked The Algemeiner for profiling her brother shortly after his death.

Trump was presented his award by his daughter Ivanka Trump, who converted to Judaism in 2009. He exclaimed, “I have a Jewish daughter! This wasn’t in the plan, but I’m very glad it happened.”

He concluded his remarks with strong comments in support of Israel saying, “We love Israel, we will fight for Israel 100 percent, 1000 percent, it will be there forever.”

Former Prisoner of Zion and now Knesset Speaker Edelstein, who delivered the keynote address, bemoaned the widespread acceptance of the legitimacy of relative truths. Applying the concept to the international community’s equivocation over Iranian nuclear ambitions, Edelstein said, “We better act now, because the truth is, that Iran is getting dangerously close to nuclear weapons.”

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

From left: Ron Rifkin, Melissa Rivers, Yuli Edelstein, Dovid Efune and Simon Jacobson.

From left: Melania Knauss, Donald Trump, Melissa Rivers, Dovid Efune and Simon Jacobson. Photo: Sarah Rogers.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein delivers the keynote address.

Melissa Rivers received The Algemeiner's Warrior for Truth Award on behalf of her mother Joan. Photo: Sarah Rogers.

Donald Trump accepts The Algemeiner's Liberty Award. Photo: Sarah Rogers.

Ivanka Trump introduces her father to accept The Algemeiner's Liberty Award. Photo: Sarah Rogers.

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  • asa-marie

    LÄS DETTA NOGA!!!
    IS= Islam =IDIOTS= Muslims= AlQaida= Islam14. Muhammed som pedofil

    Bukhari, vol.7 bok 62, nr 88
    “Profeten skapade kontraktet (bröllopskontrakt) med Aisha när hon var 6 Ã¥r gammal, och fullbordade äktenskapet (samlag) när hon uppnÃ¥tt 9 Ã¥rs Ã¥lder. Hon levde med honom i nio Ã¥r (till han avled).”

    Muslim skriver i bok 8 vol. 3, nr 311 :
    “Aisha (Allah be pleased with her) reported that Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) married her when she was seven years old, and he was taken to his house as a bride when she was nine, and her dolls were with her; and when he (the Holy Prophet) died she was eighteen years old.”

    I Bukhari vol.7 bok 62, nr 17 stÃ¥r följande: “Skildrat av Jabir bin ‘Abdullah: När jag gifte mig sade Allahs Apostel till mig, ‘Vilken slags kvinna har du gift dig med?’ Jag svarade, ‘Jag har gift mig med en mogen kvinna’ Han sade, ‘Varför, tycker du inte om oskulder och att kela med dem?’ Jabir sade ocksÃ¥: Allahs Apostel sade, ‘Varför gifte du dig inte med en ung flicka sÃ¥ att du kan kela med henne och hon med dig?”

    Kommentar: Eftersom muslimer betraktar Muhammed som “den perfekta människan – al-insal al-kamil” kan heller inte äldre mäns äktenskap med smÃ¥flickor fördömas. Därför finns det idag ca 51 miljoner barnbrudar i världen enligt organisationen The International Center for Research on Women. MÃ¥nga i muslimska länder.Vidrigt!

    ALLAH will punish him.

    • So what has that got to do with the award ceremony, or are you just another frothing at the mouth lune?

  • SARA RIFKA BRANDEIS

    SO MANY OF THOSE ARE NOT EVEN JEWS…..NOT IN THE SENSE OF CLIMATE BUT MANY ARE STILL MISSING…WHAT ‘S YOUR POINT……I GET IT…..’DONATIONS’….LOL….

    SO WHEN THE SCUM GETS TO THE TOP…’IVANKA’…A JOKE….A GOY FROM THE TIP TO THE TOP……..

    I GUESS EVEN BEING A RABBI DOESN’T CLEAR THE PATH TO GREATNESS OR BONDING…..THIS IS CRAP FROM START TO FINISH …IF THIS IS ANOTHER SHMULEY BOTEACH THEN THIS IS MY LAST CLIP FROM ALGEMEINER….I DON’T ENJOY DESIGNER RABBI’S

    • asa-marie

      Den Gud som är GUD, ville nog ha olika raser. Men, negroida människor har sagt att det är fult. Hur kan ni negroider säga till GUD att han har gjort fel!?

      Nu till Muslimer. Ni är så olika och lika konstig.
      And the Islam-people….Wow! Some of them KILLING PEOPLE! Some of them HIDE and punnish Allahs best creation. The WOMAN. And they are so respectLESS to their God Allah. They blame Allah why they must kill. They blame Allah that they can 1-Rape, 2-Violence,3-that they are not allowed girls to go to school.
      WHAT should ALLAH say to thoose idiots who think they are God!?!?
      And one more thing…Why do you want to Sweden!?
      ALL MUSLIMS, WE ARE A Christian People!
      And, as the muslims says, Sweden is a not-muslim land.
      So…Why comes so many muslims to Sweden?!
      such a Dewil-thing if you go to people you don’t like,and that Koranen says its okej to kill thoose who is not a muslim.AND YOU USE AND ROB Sweden
      The worst thing is that thoose Islam-people we have take care of is NOT- greatful at all. They punish and kill their wifes and doughters.They don’t want our rools.
      So, PLEASE ALL MUSLIMS! DO NOT COME TO SWEDEN!
      AND IF YOU KNOW ANY MUSLIMS IN SWEDEN, Take THEM FAAAAAAR AWAY!!!!

  • Steve Greene

    Sirs –
    It has always bewildered me that the majority of Jewish Americans consistently vote for the Democrats. It should be obvious to anyone paying attention that this president has shown the Jewish world that Democrats hold you in contempt. This president, two Secretaries of State, and the Democrat party are siding with the Islamic terrorists over Israel. I was raised in a Christian family and was taught from an early age that anyone who was against the Jewish community was against God. Christians all over this country support Israel, but the leadership of our country does not support you. Please report this truth to your readership and consider voting Conservative – not so much Republican, but Conservative.

    Respectfully,
    Steve Greene

    • Lori Rudman

      Thank you!

  • Elaine fleischman

    Thank you for the video. Loved seeing Ivanka ,as a Jewish woman, honoring her father .
    I went to Kj beginners orthodox service and saw Ivanka ask many questions.
    It is great to see them honored for supporting israel .

  • Wm. J.Levy

    My poor Jews.

    Joan Rivers was a disgrace to Jews and Judaism.

    One of her last comments was about “the Nazis pushing the Jews into the fires.”

    How come you don’t have Don Rickles, Alan Dersowitz, Max Blumenthal and Mark Zuckerberg.

    Jews are hated because they are so weak and you proved it with your list.

    Where are the strong Jews?

    Having wealth without power only means confiscation.

    • BERNARDO APSAN

      When is your first comunion? Can you send me an invitation?

  • Sharon Rappaport

    Rabbi Simon Jacobson is a man of many talents. I had no idea he was the Publisher of Algemeiner. May he be blessed in all of his endeavors bringing light into the world.

  • I like Donald Trump.Little do you know what a truly good and charitable man he is in private.He’s not like his public persona.

    • Susan Staehs

      I completely AGREE !

  • I’m sorry, but I just don’t see how “the Voice of the Jewish People” can honor Donald Trump. He does not represent my voice…

    • Susan Staehs

      Maybe we due not care about your voice.

    • Betya Girlya

      I never meet Donald Trump, but always respect the men, he is a men of his words, I wish more people like him be around us, and also you do not have to be a Jew to stand for the Jew and support the State of Israel. You have to be a mench.
      Bravo Donald Trump for your support.

  • BRYNABABY

    What is it specifically that Donald Trump has done for US/ Israel relations?

  • NCS

    Awesome!

    • Susan Staehs

      Agree

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