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Ingeborg and Ira Rennert
Ingeborg and Ira Rennert
Tina and Michael Lobell, left, with the Scopus Award,
Tina and Michael Lobell, left, with the Scopus Award, and Nira and Kenneth Abramowitz with the
Maimonides Award
Carmi Gillon (left), Chita Rivera and George A.
Carmi Gillon (left), Chita Rivera and George A. Schieren
Nira and Ken Abramowitz
Nira and Ken Abramowitz
Tina and Michael Lobel
Tina and Michael Lobel
Michael S. Kurtz and Lawrence J. Zweifach
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 one-page principle."

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 award?"

"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.




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