Ingeborg Rennert and John Sexton
Naomi Haas-Perlman and John Sexton
Ingeborg Rennert Honors
NYU President Sexton
and Ira Leon Rennert have long been on the cutting edge of Jewish philanthropy.
Recently Ingeborg, president of the American Friends of the Open
University of Israel, hosted a gala celebration at the Pierre
Hotel in New York.
She presented the group’s Yigal Alon Award to New York
University president John Sexton. The award is named in memory of a commander of
the Palmach, an IDF general, who became a founder of Open
University, and died in 1980.
(Sexton has retired after serving as NYU president for 13 years,
and previously as dean of NYU Law School for 14 years.)
The evening’s keynote speaker was Israel’s new ambassador to the
United Nations, Danny Alon. “I’ve been at the UN for three
weeks,” he said, “and already it feels like three months.”
He said that although “France is our friend,” their proposal to
station observers on the Temple Mount to monitor recent protests
is unacceptable. “Let me be clear. There will be no
international observers on the Temple Mount.”
completing his sixth year as Israel’s representative in New
York, plans to retire in summer 2016. “I am the longest serving
consul general,” he said.
I can always count on Ido for humor. This time he didn’t bring
any jokes to share. He said he had to be brief as he was on his
way to a third event on his evening schedule: “Jerry Seinfeld
will be there and I don’t want to be late.”
the group’s chair, presented the Tzedek Award to Linda
Michael G. Jesselson for their
support of Open U.
Michael and Linda Jesselson, Ingeborg Rennert, and John Sexton