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Elisabeth and Rabbi Arthur Schneier
Elisabeth and Rabbi Arthur Schneier
Rabbi Arthur Schneier with son Rabbi Marc Schneier and daughter Karen Dresbach
Rabbi Arthur Schneier with son Rabbi Marc Schneier and daughter Karen Dresbach
Leon Charney and wife Tzili with Rabbi Arthur Schneier
Leon Charney and wife Tzili with Rabbi Arthur Schneier
Dr. Ruth Westheimer with Beatrice and Cantor Joseph Malovany
Dr. Ruth Westheimer with Beatrice and Cantor Joseph Malovany
 
 
PARK EAST SYNAGOGUE
Community Hails Arthur Schneierís
Half Century As Spiritual Leader

T
HE New York Jewish community gathered at the Park East Synagogue to celebrate Arthur Schneierís 50th year as the shulís rabbi, and State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver proclaimed, "Hereís to the next 50 years."

"Thatís ridiculous!" declared Ed Koch. "I wish you 120!"

The former mayor recalled when he had a stroke in 1987 and the rabbi came to him in the hospital. "Say this prayer after me in Hebrew," Rabbi Schneier told him.

Half an hour later John Cardinal OíConnor came. "Ed, if you like, I will pray for you in Hebrew."

"Reverend," Koch replied, "I took care of the Hebrew. Can you say something in Latin?"

Israeli Consul General Ido Aharoni noted he was born in 1962, the same year Schneier was installed as rabbi at the Upper East Side synagogue. He first met the rabbi in 1992 when he accompanied Foreign Minister Shimon Peres on a visit to the synagogue. Countless foreign diplomats made it a point to call on the rabbi.

Aharoni referred to the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, which Schneier founded and through which he consults statesmen and clergy around the globe to forge ties of religious tolerance. "Schneier is a rabbi of all humanity," Aharoni said.

New York State Comptroller Thomas De Napoli said he counts himself a member of the rabbiís congregation. Turning to synagogue president Herman Hochberg, DeNapoli added, "I donít pay dues, so Herman, donít send me a bill."

The rabbiís daughter, Karen Schneier Dresbach, said the family continues to marvel at the accomplishments of their 82-year-old patriarch.

At some point Karen stopped being impressed. "Okay, the Pope was here. But we expect this of you. Keep it going, dad. You havenít saved the world yet."

Rev. Mark Aret, communications office of the Greek Orthodox Church of America, and Dr. Ruth Westheimer
Rev. Mark Aret, communications office of the Greek Orthodox Church of America, and Dr. Ruth Westheimer
Rabbi Arthur Schneier, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Malcolm Hoenlein of the Conference of Presidents, and Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League
Rabbi Arthur Schneier, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Malcolm Hoenlein of the Conference of Presidents, and Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League
Turkish Consul General M. Levent Bilgen, Conference of Presidents executive vice chairman Malcolm Hoenlein, Israeli Consul General Ido Aharoni and Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, executive vice president of the New York Board of Rabbis
Turkish Consul General M. Levent Bilgen, Conference of Presidents executive vice chairman Malcolm Hoenlein, Israeli Consul General Ido Aharoni and Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, executive vice president of the New York Board of Rabbis
Herman Hochberg, Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Rabbi Arthur Schneier, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, and Malcolm Hoenlein
Herman Hochberg, Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Rabbi Arthur Schneier, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, and Malcolm Hoenlein

 

 

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