Ingeborg and Ira Rennert
Tina and Michael Lobell,
left, with the Scopus Award, and Nira and Kenneth
Abramowitz with the
Carmi Gillon (left), Chita
Rivera and George A. Schieren
Nira and Ken Abramowitz
Tina and Michael Lobel
Michael S. Kurtz and
Lawrence J. Zweifach
Ken Abramowitzís Principle:
Any Important Document
Must Fit On One Page
NYTHING important must fit on one
sheet of paper. Itís a principle that Kenneth Abramowitz
has fostered as co-founder and managing general partner at NGN
Capital, a healthcare venture capital fund, and before that at
the Carlyle Group.
Kenneth and his Israeli-born wife
Nira were the beneficiaries of the Maimonides Award from the
American Friends of the Hebrew University at a recent dinner at
the Pierre Hotel in New York.
In making the presentation, Marc O.
Mayer observed that the award is named for a great religious
philosopher, author of the Mishnah Torah, which consists of 14
volumes. "Clearly," he noted, "Maimonides did not hear of Kenís
Kenneth recalled growing up in Boston
where his father once received an award from the local UJA.
"Pa, did you get any money for this
"No, Kenny, It doesnít work that way.
You get an award for giving money."
The kid shook his head.
"Today," Kenneth said, "I finally
figured it out."
Chita Rivera, the 79-year-old
actress invested with nine Tony Award nominations and winner of
two of them (The Rink and Kiss of the Spider Woman),
presented the Scopus Award to Tina and Michael Lobel.
Heís a founder of Shapiro Lobel, specializing in business
management for entertainers. He talked at length how much he
missed his business partner, Aaron Shapiro, who died last
October at age 82.
"Michael," Chita chirped, "I think I
had another birthday while you were speaking."
Some 237 guests attended the event to
support the universityís Lautenberg Center for General and Tumor
Immunology. Among them were Ingeborg and Ira Rennert;
Carmi Gillon, former head of Shin Bet and currently the
universityís vice president for external affairs; George A.
Schieren, AFHU chairman; Martin E. Karlinsky, AFHU
national president; Lawrence J. Zweifach,
president of the AFHU greater New York region; Eitan Yefenof,
Lautenberg Center director; Israeli Consul General Ido
Aharoni; Michael S. Kurtz; and Malcolm Thomson.