Be Good To Your Children
By Tim Boxer

IN 1948, Nahum (Sonny) Shar did his part to raise funds for the fledgling State of Israel. He manned a lemonade stand on a street corner in his hometown of Windhoek, the capital of Namibia in South Africa.

“That’s how I learned to do tzedaka,” he told me at a recent dinner at the Museum of Jewish Heritage for the American Committee for Shenkar College. The school in Ramat Gan, Israel, teaches textile technology and fashion.

He said his grandfather, Chaim Shar who came from Lithuania, was the first rabbi in Windhoek, and built the first shul there. Of a population of 40,000, there were 10,000 white people, of which 150 were Jews.

Shar came to the U.S. in 1974, and today is a successful businessman. He said he never heard of Shenkar until three years ago. He’s now president of the American Committee.

The dinner honored Wendy Chivian, president of Anne Klein, and Stefani Greenfield, founder of Scoop, a chain of New York boutiques.

David Pernick, the board chairman of the school, told the audience, “Be good to your children. They’re the ones who pick the nursing home."


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