Boxer Shorts

Fiddler in the Sky

EL AL Israel Airlines flew violinist Itzhak Perlman to accept the 2016 Genesis Prize in Israel. The violinist was chosen for his work as a musician and advocate for individuals with disabilities as well as his dedication to the State of Israel. Previous winners were former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and actor/producer Michael Douglas.

Meet at the Dan

Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, the new head of Greenberg Traurig Cyber Security and Crisis Management Practice, met with two of the firm’s shareholders at the Dan Tel Aviv. Pictured from left: shareholder Alan Sutin, Guiliani, guest relations assistant Jeremy Dery, and shareholder Gary Epstein. During his visit, Giuliani also met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and was honored at a dinner of the World Jewish Congress at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem.

Beautiful Hotels

Dan Eilat received the top prize for Beauty for the 10th consecutive year, and Dan Tel Aviv got a certificate of distinction for having earned the Five Beauty Flower award five times in the last ten years. The Dan Carmel Haifa received the Five Beauty Flower award. At the award ceremony from left: Rafi Baeri VP marketing and sales at the Dan Hotels; Yariv Levin, Minister of Tourism; Etai Elias, CEO Dan Tel Aviv; Radu Mitroi, room division at the Dan Tel Aviv; Chen Broner, director of food and beverage at the Dan Tel Aviv; and Bertha Yogev, manager of the Dan Carmel Haifa.

Greetings

The president of Lithuania, Grybauskaite Dalia, and her foreign affairs minister, Linas Linkevicius, were greeted by Dan Tel Aviv general manager, Etai Eliaz, when they arrived at the hotel for the Global Lithuanian Economic Forum.

Vigoda Was Always Old

THE world-weary Abe Vigoda, who died at the ripe old age of 94, started life old. His first-grade teacher formed a drama group and needed someone to portray Baron von Richenhoffen, a 50-year-old gent who finds his wife in the closet with a strange man. She looked around and settled on a dour child. “You look old, Abe. I think you’ll do for the part.”

So at the tender age of six Abe was thrust into show business. Even though he was often typecast as a heavy, he actually started out in comedy. He was a regular on NBC’s All Star Revue, a live variety show in the 1950s that featured such stars as Jimmy Durante, Ed Wynn, Danny Thomas, George Jessel and Tallulah Bankhead.

Success came to him late in life when he made his mark as the Mafia capo Sal Tessio in the 1972 blockbuster The Godfather. But he didn’t become affluent until he moved to this side of the law. He won fame as the decrepit Detective Phil Fish in the ABC series Barney Miller (1975-82).

The actor with the mournful countenance died in his sleep on Jan. 26, 2016, at the home of his daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, in Woodland Park, N.J.

Bon Jovi Dazzles

Bon Jovi and Etai Eliaz
Bon Jovi’s parting message

GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter Bon Jovi performed for an enthusiastic crowd of 50,000 in October at Park Hayarkon in Tel Aviv. Since forming his rock group on 1983, he’s been earning a reputation as a record producer, actor and philanthropist. He checked in for two days at the Dan Tel Aviv where he was hosted by general manager Etai Eliaz in the luxury Presidential Suite overlooking the Mediterranean. Upon departure Bon Jovileft his signature in the hotel’s bulging guest book that features such luminaries as MadonnaMick Jagger, and Bono.

Elie Wiesel Symbolized Memory

MEMORY was the most vital element of Elie Wiesel’s passion.  That’s why such institutions as Washington’s Holocaust Memorial Museum, New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, and Israel’s Yad Vashem were so dear to him.

Elie Wiesel and wife Marion in 2014

Wiesel said that Yad Vashem was the most important center of Jewish memory in the world simply because it is in Jerusalem,” he said when he was honored by the museum in 1994 in New York.

What is it that moves every visitor at Yad Vashem? He said it happens when you come out of the museum. You are not staying in the place that symbolizes the darkness of humanity. But you see Jerusalem, the future of the Jewish people.

“Yad Vashem is essential to Jerusalem,” he said. “Without one part of our history, the other will fail. You need to remember both.”

Wiesel, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986, recalled how sad he was after the war when he realized that the world was in no mood to remember what happened.  He said that his first Holocaust book, Night, when first published, hardly sold 2,000 copies. His publisher told him that people don’t want to buy the book because they don’t want the children to read it.

“It was impossible then to speak about that period,” he said. “I understood. Why should parents burden their children with such stories?”

At an Israel Bonds dinner in 1990 in New York, Wiesel told the sons and daughters of Holocaust survivors in the audience that he wrote Night (which eventually became a huge bestseller) not for the world. “I did not have that much trust in the world that they would understand. I wrote if for your parents. They did not want to talk about it. They would only talk among themselves.”

He showed that it was important to write about it, to remember the past. As he put it: “I don’t believe in fanaticism, nor do I believe in hate. But I do believe in memory.”

Wiesel died July 2 at his home in Manhattan at age 87.