Thursday, March 15, 2007

The New York Synagogue Benefit

I had the distinct pleasure of co-chairing the The New York Synagogue Building Campaign Benefit this evening with my friends Sandy Cahn and Jerri Kronen. The event was spectacular as about 100 of us were treated to a piano recital by Marvin Hamlisch with some surprise special musical guests. The setting was the magnificent 5th Avenue home of Dr. Mona Ackerman who so graciously underwrote the evening. This is the first event to benefit The New York Synagogue which is in contract to purchase the building that currently houses The New York Genealogical Society on 58th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues. My dear friend Rabbi Marc Schneier, the spiritual leader of The New York Synagogue and The Hampton Synagogue welcomed the entire audience and spoke about all the upcoming plans for the new synagogue as well as Marvin's connection to The Hampton Synagogue back in 1992 when ground was broken in Westhampton to build the shul. What a momentous occasion that was and now it is happening again here in New York City. How fortunate I feel to be involved with The Hampton Synagogue and New York Synagogue and all of our wonderful friends who have become like an extended family.

Have fun! I always do!

RISA

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