Irving Schneider

Keep Your Check Books
Show Us Your Check Stubs

By Tim Boxer


e Jews are never judged by our checkbooks – only by our check stubs!” Rabbi Burton Shallet declared. He was praising the supporters of Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel, at a culinary gala at the St. Regis in Manhattan.

Irving Schneider who, with his wife Helen, founded the hospital in Tel Aviv, welcomed such guests as Lewis Rudin, Ursula Merkin, Fanya Heller, Erica Jesselson, Arnold Forster, Irwin Levy, and observed, “There are no millionaires here – only billionaires.”

Mrs. Irving (Helen) Schneider (from left),
presents charity boxes to Mrs. William
(Adrianne) Silver and Mrs. Irwin (Ellen) Levy
for chairing the culinary gala.

“The doctors at Schneider’s heal with their hands, their hearts and our funds,” added Rabbi Shallet, who leads Temple Beth El in Huntington, Long Island.

Chef Shalom Kadosh of the Sheraton Plaza Jerusalem brought a group of top Israeli colleagues to create a special dinner for the evening. Each one presented a different course. The Israelis were joined by such local culinary stars as Daniel Boulud of Restaurant Daniel, Rick Moonen of Oceana, Jean-Louis Palladin of Palladin, Don Pintabona of Tribeca Grill and David Burke of Park Avenue Café who produced original hors d’oeuvres.

Lifestyle publisher Gabriel Erem (from left),
Israeli Consul General Shmuel Sisso, and
Mr. and Mrs. William Yanson of Lufthansa
Airlines, a sponsor of the culinary gala.

Fanya Heller (left) and
Ursula Merkin

May and Arnold Forster

The tasty dishes each one prepared in the kitchen were absolutely peerless – and kosher, too.

At the end, all the star chefs paraded into the room, each one holding up his signature dessert. One also held a cellular phone!

“These chefs,” Helen Schneider remarked, “refutes the saying that too many cooks spoil the broth.”

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