Nancy Spielberg, Stevenís sister, and
Jon Voight, Kelsey Grammer and Jeanie and Jay Schottenstein
Leah Adler, Stevenís mother, and
Jon Voight and Dominic Chianese
Jody Durst and Jon Voight
CHILDREN OF CHERNOBYL ĎRebbe Hoodí Coaxed Money
From The Rich To Help Others
Story and Photos by Tim Boxer
VANKA TRUMP said she was five years old when a Soviet nuclear reactor exploded 22 years ago in Chernobyl, Ukraine, but felt compelled to help raise funds for the rehabilitation of the radiation-infected children.
The daughter of Ivana and Donald Trump joined a parade of stars at Chabadís Children of Chernobyl benefit at Chelsea Pier 60 in New York.
Among the notables were Jon Voight, Kiefer Sutherland of 24, Dominic Chianese (Uncle Junior) of The Sopranos, Kelsey Grammer, and Jeremy Piven who plays Ari Gold on HBOís Entourage and this season starred in Speed-the-Plow on Broadway.
"I havenít been around so many Jews since my bar mitzvah," Piven cracked.
For Voight, who emcees the program every year, this was a bittersweet occasion. Rabbi Yossi Raichik, the driving force behind the organization, had died in September. He was 55.
"I knew him as the boss," Voight said. "The memory I have of him is all joy. I am honored to have been working with him for these 10 years."
The dinner journal described Raichik as "Rebbe Hood." He knew how to coax money from the haves to help the have-nots.
Honorees at the dinner were Ivanka Trump, executive vice president of the Trump Organizationís development team, real estate mogul Jody Durst, and Jon Voight.