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Fox News Channel anchor Jamie Colby (left) and honoree Sharri A. Berg
Fox News Channel anchor Jamie Colby (left) and
honoree Sharri A. Berg
Jeffrey E. Levine, chairman of Douglaston Development, and PR wiz Howard Rubenstein
Jeffrey E. Levine, chairman of
Douglaston Development, and
PR wiz Howard Rubenstein
Israeli Consul General Ido Aharoni and JCRC executive vice president & CEO Michael S. Miller
Israeli Consul General Ido Aharoni and
JCRC executive vice president and CEO
Michael S. Miller

Sharri Berg, husband Barry Levine and daughter August, 8
Sharri Berg, husband Barry Levine and
daughter August, 8

JCRC
Fox News Honcho
In Jest At Dinner

R
OGER AILES
, the eminence of Fox News, has been coming to the annual benefit dinner of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) ever since he was guest of honor in 2005. In April he hobbled into New Yorkís Pierre Hotel with the aid of a cane, which startled Michael Miller, longtime JCRC executive vice president and CEO.

"Oy vay!" Miller gasped. "Itís his last dinner. Not gonna make it."

"Itís just a sore leg, Michael," Ailes assured him. "Itís not life-threatening. You probably missed my recent appearance on Dancing with the Stars."

You can always depend on the Fox News Channel chairman/CEO to cheer up a sober awards program. For starters he depicted three things a woman can say to a man, but no man can say to a woman:

"You need a haircut." (Definitely a no-no.)

"You wearing that?" (A monthís worth of trouble.)

"Youíre gaining a little weight." (Thatís divorce).

Ailes introduced one of the three honorees, Sharri A. Berg, senior vice president of news operations at Fox News Channel and Fox Television Stations.

"But first," he said, "I want to acknowledge a few friends here ó because I only have a few." By the mirthful feedback from the audience of 700, you could tell he had more than a few fans in the ballroom.

Berg proved to be one of his most ardent friends. In order to receive a JCRC Corporate Leader Award she must have done something right in her career. Eighteen years ago, when Ailes invited her to join his launch team, she was ecstatic. But instead of immediately accepting the offer, she tried to talk him into giving her more responsibility.

"This is what I NEED you to do, Berg," he snapped. "You come here, work hard, do a good job and good things will happen. But Iím a little busy. So I suggest you take the job." Ever since then, Berg listened to the boss, whom she calls a "courageous and inspiring leader."

Elizabeth and Roger Ailes (seated) with Jamie Colby (center)
Elizabeth and Roger Ailes (seated) with Jamie Colby (center)
One thing that inspires Berg to honor and respect her heritage through JCRC is a memory from her teenage years. She and her mother Hermine were cast in the play The Diary of Anne Frank at their local community theater, Antrim Playhouse, in Suffern, N.Y. She has never forgotten how, at the end of the play when the stage turned dark, she stood terrified as she heard the increasingly urgent footsteps of the Nazis running up to the attic.

"My mother and I both stared at each other, bonded. We were frozen, tears in our eyes. We were transported to another place in time, a terrible time, one we must never allow to happen again."

New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio dropped by and described his two trips to Israel. "It was particularly challenging to see the childrenís center in Sderot which resembled a war bunker." He praised Michael Miller as the best guide you can have in Israel.

"We will use every effort to confront any evidence of anti-Semitism," the mayor pledged. "We will not accept any such incidents."

The two other honorees at the dinner were Elizabeth L. Velez, president of the Velez Organization construction firm, and Gary Jacob, executive vice president of Glenwood Management Corp., owner/builder of luxury apartments.

JCRC president Ronald G. Weiner announced that the event raised $1.5 million. See what Roger Ailesís sunny disposition and one-liners can achieve ó even with a cane!

Fox News Channel anchor Bill Hemmer, JCRC president Ronald G. Weiner, Fox News chairman/CEO Roger Ailes, Fox News senior vice president Sharri Berg, JCRC executive vice president/CEO Michael S. Miller. Photo courtesy Fox News
Fox News Channel anchor Bill Hemmer, JCRC president Ronald G. Weiner, Fox News chairman/CEO Roger Ailes, Fox News senior vice president Sharri Berg, JCRC executive vice president/CEO Michael S. Miller. Photo courtesy Fox News
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