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Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert
Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert
Gen. Shaul Mofaz and Malcolm Thomson
Gen. Shaul Mofaz and Malcolm Thomson
Elie Wiesel and David Marwell of the Museum of Jewish Heritage
Elie Wiesel and David Marwell of the Museum of Jewish Heritage
Fanya Gottesfeld Heller and Florence Felig
Fanya Gottesfeld Heller and Florence Felig
Gen. Shaul Mofaz with Nina Rennert Davidison and daughter Gabriela
Gen. Shaul Mofaz with Nina Rennert Davidison
and daughter Gabriela

William and Bernice Schwartz
William and Bernice Schwartz

OPEN UNIVERSITY
Ingeborg Rennert Salutes
Supporters of Israeli Students

T
HERE was an excessive amount of praise between the military and civilians at a gala dinner in December at The Plaza for the American Friends of the Open University of Israel.

Upon receiving the organizationís Yigal Alon Award, Gen. (ret.) Shaul Mofaz earned the admiration of the gold-plated audience for his accomplishments in the IDF and current service in the Knesset.

Mofaz turned to Ingeborg Rennert, president of the American Friends, and declared, "As an old soldier I salute you for your support of one of the best educational systems in Israel."

President Hagit Messer-Yaron reported that Open University of Israel now has close to 55,000 students.

Michael Steinhardt presented the Young Leadership Award, accompanied with lavish praise, to Rebecca and Edward Sugar who heads an investment firm.

"For the last eight years," he said, "Rebecca ran the best post-birthright Israel programs in the country. She is responsible for turning thousands of young people into proud Jews."

Rebecca tried to reign in the compliments, but Steinhardt cut her off: "I can say whatever I want. I want to say one more thing before Iím kicked off this stage. Iíll make a seven-figure gift upon the birth of Rebeccaís next child."

That garnered the biggest salute of the evening from the 275 guests, including Ingeborgís husband Ira Leon Rennert and daughter Nina Rennert Davidson, American Friends chairman Malcolm Thomson, Elie Wiesel, new Israel Bonds chairman Richard Hirsch, Israel Bonds president Joshua Matza, Cantor Joseph Malovany and Rabbi Yaakov Kermaier of Fifth Avenue Synagogue, Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, and Israel Museum director James S. Snyder who also received an award at the dinner.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Dr. Lenore R. Kreitman
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Dr. Lenore R. Kreitman
Michael Steinhardt with Rebecca and Edward Sugar
Michael Steinhardt with Rebecca and Edward Sugar

Jeffrey Wiesenfeld and Rabbi Yakov Kermaier
Jeffrey Wiesenfeld and Rabbi Yakov Kermaier


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