‘Jewish 100’ Honored at Algemeiner Gala

The Algemeiner unveiled its 4th annual “J100” list of top 100 people “positively influencing Jewish life” on Monday night, at a star-studded gala in New York City. Honorees in attendance included President of the Czech Republic Miloš Zeman, Israeli artist Yaacov Agam and activists Stuart and Robbi Force.

The event, held at Cipriani’s 25 Broadway location, was attended by over 600 people, who gathered in support of The Algemeiner. 

Both Zeman and Agam received The Algemeiner‘s prestigious “Warrior for Truth” award.

Special guests Stuart and Robbi Force — the parents of the late Taylor Force, the US Army veteran murdered in a terrorist attack in Tel Aviv last year for whom a proposed bill seeking to restrict American aid to the Palestinian Authority was named — also delivered moving remarks at the event.

Other notable attendees included: James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal; National Security Council member Victoria Coates; Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein; legal scholar Alan Dershowitz; World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder; Refet Kaplan of Fox News; artist Ron Agam; actor Paul Sorvino; former US Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro; Israeli Consul General in New York Dani Dayan; Czech Ambassador to the US Hynek Kmoníček; Czech Ambassador to the UN Marie Chatardova; and Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Malcolm Hoenlein, among a number of community and industry leaders.

The evening’s Master of Ceremonies was TV personality S.E. Cupp, and Event Chairs were Neil and Sharon Book. Bernard-Henri Lévy served as Honorary Chairman, and i24 News anchor Shayna Estulin hosted the red carpet.

Past honorees and participants in the annual event have included media mogul Rupert Murdoch, the late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel, President Donald Trump, the late entertainer Joan Rivers, former British Justice Secretary Michael Gove and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, among others.

In his words to the distinguished crowd, Editor-in-Chief Dovid Efune said, “The emergence of today’s Information Age has set forth new challenges that have hindered the Jewish campaign to secure our place in the community of nations.”

“In a world where media consumption is at an all-time high, where television narratives and social media trends command the attention of policy makers, where editors and producers reign supreme, the Jewish people find themselves vulnerable yet again,” he continued.

The mission of The Algemeiner, Efune declared, was to “build a media home for the Jewish people and everything that we stand for — for truth, for justice, for speaking up, for reaching out a hand to those in need, for serving — you might say — as a lighthouse newspaper. To shine a light of truth over the troubled waters of falsehood and deception, and also to highlight the good and the heroic in this world.”

Simon Jacobson — the publisher of The Algemeiner — welcomed Lauder to the stage to introduce Zeman. The Czech leader expressed boisterous support for Israel, and called on the nations of the world — including his own — to move their embassies to the Jewish state’s capital, Jerusalem.

Founded in 1972 as a Yiddish broadsheet by veteran journalist Gershon JacobsonThe Algemeiner today publishes a weekly newspaper in English and runs this website.

The J100 List can be viewed here: https://www.algemeiner.com/the-top-100-people-positively-influencing-jewish-life-2017/.

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