RABIN MEDICAL CENTER
Rudy Says Sopranos
Belong In Jersey
Story and photos by Tim Boxer
MERICAN Friends of Rabin Medical Center held its fifth annual dinner on the eve of Chanukah at the Pierre Hotel. As keynote speaker Rudy Giuliani kindled the first candle on the menorah, emcee Larry King broke out into song: "You better watch out, You better not shout, The rabbi is coming tonight."
Dinner chairman Bruce Mosler and board chairman Barry Cohen paid tribute to guest of honor Alfred Mann, medical products entrepreneur and chairman of Advanced Bionics Corp. Mann, 78, son of an immigrant grocer, is worth $1.4 billion and intends to give it all to charity. He has already donated $200 million for medical research institutes in Israel and at Johns Hopkins.
Mannís wife Claude remarked, "Even though Iím Catholic, my husband says Iím more Jewish than he is."
In the holiday spirit King announced, "Remember, Catholics, we gave you your lord." That brought a smile to his wife, Shawn, whoís a Mormon.
The Sopranos is Giulianiís favorite TV show. He says it opens the same way every time: Tony sits in his car, lights a cigar, and drives home to New Jersey. "Thank God," the former crime-fighting New York mayor said. "I like to think I played a role in that."
That cracked up the audience, including opera star Sherrill Milnes, Kitty Carlisle Hart and Kingís brother, Marty Zeiger.