Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald and Sam Domb

Rabbi Buchwald’s Vision
Makes Life Easier for Everyone

OLOCAUST survivor and Jewish activist Sam Domb knows how to preserve his heritage. When the real estate mogul dedicated his house in the Hamptons last summer, one his guests asked him about his involvement with the National Jewish Outreach Program (NJOP).

Sam explained how Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald founded the organization with a mission to reach out to unaffiliated Jews, helping them reconnect to their tradition.

His friend wrote a check for $10,000 to NJOP.

Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald (l-r), Joshua Schwartz,
managing director of Bear Stearns, and real estate
tycoon Sam Domb

It was surprising that the man was a native of India named Sant Singh Chatwal who operates a string of hotels in the Times Square vicinity.

It was not surprising that at the seventh annual NJOP dinner at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria, Chatwal was one of the honored guests. Unfortunately, he had to fly back India where the earthquake took its toll on his family – his mother was in a coma.

His son, Vikram Chatwal, accepted in behalf of his father and noted that it’s not surprising that his father should be recognized by NJOP.

“There are lots of similarities between Jews and Sikhs,” he said. “We both cover our heads, love and respect God, seek work and nurture family.”

Rabbi Mark and Jill Wildes

For the second year in a row, Domb served as emcee.

It’s funny, as Rabbi Buchwald pointed out, that every year the rabbi gets less hair while Domb gets more hair.

Karen Lehmann-Eisner, a dinner co-chair, relished the chance to speak from the dais: “This is the only time my children can hear me speak and not answer back.”

Rabbi Buchwald also honored Beth and Joshua Schwartz and Jill and Rabbi Mark Wildes of Manhattan Jewish Experience.

Vikram Chatwal

“My grandparents came here from Germany in the 1840s,” Beth Schwartz said. “They became Episcopalians. But my mother searched to marry only a Jew. If she had NJOP, her quest would have been easier.”


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