Joel Klein, Michael Miller and Mayor Michael
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and wife
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Michael Miller
Elizabeth and Roger Ailes
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and unknown woman
Howard Rubenstein and Earl "The Pearl"
Klein Is Proof Of
The Power Of Education
we were at a dinner for the Jewish Community Relations Council in
the elegant ballroom of New York’s luxurious Pierre Hotel when
Joel I. Klein remarked, "The
fact that you can come from any zip code to this event is due to the
power of education."
It was the power of education
that catapulted Klein, a product of the city’s public schools, and
of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, eventually assuming
the role of chancellor of New York’s 1,600 public school system.
In January Klein became CEO
of the educational division of News Corp. Mayor Michael
Bloomberg said that Klein, after working for the city for eight
years, "decided to work for a more laid-back boss, like Rupert
More than 600 guests
applauded, including Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.,
as Klein accepted an educational visionary award from the JCRC.
JCRC president Alan S.
Jaffe also presented a communal philanthropist award to
Jonathan Korngold, managing director of General Atlantic equity
firm, and a corporate leader award to Anthony L. Watson,
chairman/CEO of EmblemHealth.
"My wife deserves this award
more than I do," Korngold said. "She’s so involved in charity that
she’s going straight to get us to heaven."
Watson paid tribute to his
wife Desiree, and also acknowledged the presence of PR maven
Howard Rubenstein. "We’ve been friends for 40 years."
Also at Watson’s table was
Earl "The Pearl" Monroe, who dazzled the basketball court as a
guard for the New York Knicks during the ‘70s.
Speaking of sports, Israeli
Consul General Ido Aharoni heard a story from an old friend,
Ira Berkow, who retired after 28 years as a New York
Times sports writer.
Berkow calls Michael
Jordan to invite him to a Knicks game. He goes to the hotel to
pick up Jordan. In the elevator he meets a couple.
"Sir," Berkow says, "aren’t
you the famous Abba Eban?"
"Yes, and this is my wife
"What are you doing in
downtown Cleveland of all places?"
"A rabbi is being honored and
I am the guest speaker."
Berkow can’t wait to tell
Jordan. "Michael, the most incredible thing happened to me. I just
met Abba Eban and he said he never heard of you!"
"Who’s Abba Eban?"