Ensuring Americaís Future
By Educating Its Children
enchanting Manhattan sunset cast a magical glow over the
penthouse of the LVMH Tower on West 57th Street where
a radiant Renaud Dutreil welcomed guests. The North
America chairman of LVMH Moet Henessy Louis Vuitton, Inc.
presided over a reception honoring Rabbi Arthur Schneier
on his 80th birthday and his Park East Synagogue on
its 120th anniversary.
Synagogue president Herman Hochberg said
this was a kickoff for the main event, a gala celebratory
dinner, to take place on June 7 at the Waldorf-Astoria.
The rabbi thanked his host, reminding
him that his granddaughter, Lauren Dresbach, recently
worked as an intern LVMH.
Manhattan Borough President Scott
Stringer said Rabbi Schneier had made "a huge contribution to
the city, the country and the world."
"I am very concerned about the future
of America," Rabbi Schneier said. "With all its shortcomings,
itís still the best place in the world.
"How do you build a future? With
children through education. Our school is great in mathematics
and science as well as ethical learning. This is our
contribution to the future of America."
Alluding to the rabbiís birthday,
Stringer said, "I want you to know, that 80 is the new 60, and
50 is the new 30óitís worked for me."
Israeli Consul General Asaf Shariv
agreed. "Iíll be 38 in April. I met a few 80-year-olds in my
life, but youíre not an 80. I donít believe it."
That amused Dutreil, Schneier and the
audience, which included Israel Bonds president Joshua Matza,
real estate developer Tamir Sapir and fashion maven