A di­plo­mat with a kick

Jerusalem Post - - COMMENT & FEATURES - Emanuel Ber­man, E. Schumer, Dani Dayan, Danon. Moshael Straus Chris Can­nan Rahm Chemi Peres Ari Charles Joseph Lieber­man, Danny Ayalon Danny Joel Schreiber Lamm Oren, • By GREER FAY CASH­MAN Henry Kres­sel Richard M. Joel, Morry Weiss, Nor­man Ja­cob J. Scha

Aus­tralian Am­bas­sador on Fri­day proved that de­spite all the cock­tail par­ties to which am­bas­sadors and other mem­bers of the diplo­matic com­mu­nity are sub­jected, there’s still plenty of kick in him. Can­nan, who played Aus­tralian rules foot­ball in his younger days, led the Aus­tralian Em­bassy staff at the an­nual ca­sual Aus­tralian Foot­ball League Tour­na­ment at Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv on Fri­day morn­ing. Aussie ex­pats just love this op­por­tu­nity to kick the ball around and to play a game more fa­mil­iar than soc­cer. The event is so in­for­mal that in­di­vid­u­als are or­ga­nized into teams at lit­er­ally the last mo­ment be­fore the games be­gin. Is­raelis and im­mi­grants from other coun­tries who have Aus­tralian friends have caught on to the game and some were among the play­ers on Fri­day.

THOUGH IN Is­rael last week pri­mar­ily to at­tend Watec 2017, Chicago Mayor

made it his busi­ness to call on the Peres Cen­ter for Peace and In­no­va­tion, to share a few mem­o­ries with and mem­bers of the cen­ter’s staff who had worked with Shi­mon Peres dur­ing his pres­i­dency. Emanuel met with Peres and his staff on sev­eral oc­ca­sions dur­ing the time that Emanuel was White House chief of staff dur­ing the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion and also when pre­vi­ously vis­it­ing Is­rael as mayor of Chicago.

At his most re­cent meet­ing with Chemi Peres, Emanuel said: “I am very con­nected with the ac­tiv­i­ties and val­ues of the Peres Cen­ter, and I am happy to co­op­er­ate with you in or­der to pro­mote di­a­logue and peace. It is im­por­tant for us to ad­vance co­op­er­a­tion with Is­rael, and we are proud of our uni­ver­si­ties and lead­ing re­search in­sti­tutes that are the top in the world. I sup­port and pro­mote Is­raeli busi­ness and aca­demic ini­tia­tives in Chicago.”

Emanuel added that he would work to pro­mote the ben­e­fits of co­op­er­a­tion with Is­raelis: “I call on Is­raeli com­pa­nies to ex­tend their co­op­er­a­tion to Chicago. Our doors are open to Is­raeli hi-tech pro­fes­sion­als, re­searchers and en­trepreneurs. I be­lieve that joint in­vest­ment will lead to bring­ing peo­ple to­gether as well as pro­mot­ing peace and di­a­logue.”

Peres pre­sented Emanuel with a copy of the re­cently pub­lished au­to­bi­og­ra­phy of Shi­mon Peres and said, “My fa­ther left be­hind a legacy that looks to the fu­ture, and he taught us to strive for peace and to pro­mote in­no­va­tion.” EX­ACTLY ONE week ago Rabbi Dr. who was a big hit in Is­rael for sev­eral years be­fore an­swer­ing the call to re­turn to Amer­ica to take up the po­si­tion of pres­i­dent of Yeshiva Univer­sity, cel­e­brated his in­vesti­ture. The cer­e­mony, held at YU’s Wilf cam­pus in New York was at­tended by a crowd of 2,000 peo­ple, in­clud­ing New York Sen. Con­sul-Gen­eral in New York for­mer sen­a­tor for­mer am­bas­sador Am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions and

Yeshiva Univer­sity Board of Trus­tees chair­man asked the au­di­ence to join him for a mo­ment of sol­i­dar­ity with the vic­tims of hur­ri­canes Har­vey and Irma, be­fore he and Rabbi Isaac Elchanan The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary Board of Trus­tees chair­man Rabbi pre­sented Ber­man with the char­ters of the univer­sity and RIETS, re­spec­tively. Board of trus­tees chair­men emer­iti Dr. and as well as past YU pres­i­dents Dr.

and joined Ber­man on stage, where they con­ferred the Pres­i­den­tial Medal­lion upon him.

In his emo­tional in­tro­duc­tion of the new pres­i­dent, Rabbi univer­sity pro­fes­sor of Jewish his­tory and Jewish thought, said, “To­day we cel­e­brate a new chap­ter in the his­tory of our ex­tra­or­di­nary univer­sity, and we wel­come to its ros­ter of great, trans­for­ma­tive lead­ers a man of great learn­ing, great depth, great thought­ful­ness, great pas­sion and great sen­si­tiv­ity, a pres­i­dent whose great­ness has been forged in the li­braries and in the batei midrash of this very in­sti­tu­tion.”

“Most new pres­i­dents of uni­ver­si­ties need to learn the story of their in­sti­tu­tions to un­der­stand their nar­ra­tive and its pur­pose, but I do not need to read a his­tory book to un­der­stand Yeshiva Univer­sity – it is in my heart and it is in my soul,” said Ber­man. “In an era in which there is a break­down of civic and civil con­ver­sa­tion, Yeshiva Univer­sity is uniquely po­si­tioned to ad­dress the most press­ing moral is­sues of the day. Mov­ing for­ward, we will con­tinue to be steadfast in bring­ing to bear our vast, in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary re­sources on these fun­da­men­tal is­sues, both for the gen­eral public and also in­ter­nally for our stu­dents. We stand proud as ed­u­ca­tors, thought lead­ers and moral voices for our gen­er­a­tion.”

The in­vesti­ture cer­e­mony was not con­fined to New York. It was also beamed to Jerusalem, where it also in­cluded a lec­ture by

deputy min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice, who spoke on Is­rael’s cen­tral­ity to the Jewish peo­ple.

IN AD­DI­TION to head­ing a vet­eran hos­pi­tal­ity net­work and one of Is­rael’s most im­por­tant man­u­fac­tur­ing and sup­ply com­pa­nies of de­fense equip­ment,

is also a gen­er­ous phi­lan­thropist and so­cial ac­tivist in­volved in var­i­ous ed­u­ca­tional, cul­tural and so­cial wel­fare projects. He has been chair­man of the Board of Gover­nors of the He­brew Univer­sity since 2009. He is also a great sup­porter of the Is­rael Mu­seum and the Jerusalem Foun­da­tion, and in the past headed the Is­rael Ho­tel As­so­ci­a­tion.

In recog­ni­tion of this, he has been se­lected by B’nai B’rith In­ter­na­tional to re­ceive its 2017 Dis­tin­guished Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award, which rec­og­nizes in­di­vid­u­als who have demon­strated dy­namic lead­er­ship through a com­mit­ment to phi­lan­thropy and to the com­mu­ni­ties they serve. This is the first time that an Is­raeli has been cho­sen to re­ceive the award. If Fe­d­er­mann had en­ter­tained any hope of at­tend­ing the Bal­four Din­ner in Novem­ber for which Lord is spe­cially com­ing to Is­rael, he will just have to be con­tent with hear­ing about it from friends, as the din­ner for his award and the Bal­four Din­ner are on the same night – Novem­ber 8.

Fe­d­er­mann will re­ceive the award dur­ing a din­ner re­cep­tion at where else but one of the ho­tels in the Dan chain of which he’s the chair­man. He will be at the Dan Ho­tel in Tel Aviv, while just down the street, at the Tel Aviv Hil­ton, Roth­schild will be join­ing Bri­tish ex­pats and a se­lect num­ber of Is­raelis and Brits work­ing in Is­rael to cel­e­brate the 100th an­niver­sary of the Bal­four Dec­la­ra­tion.

Both events prom­ise to be sell­outs. A SPE­CIAL guest in Is­rael last week was

Lord who is the fifth Earl of Bal­four. He was here for the From Bal­four to Brexit con­fer­ence, which was held at Mishkenot Sha’ananim in Jerusalem.

At a din­ner on the first night of the con­fer­ence, Bal­four, who has a de­li­cious sense of hu­mor, said that he’d been over­whelmed by the num­ber of self­ies for which he had been asked to pose, and then told of his first visit to Is­rael in the mid-1990s. A friend was driv­ing him around, and he told his friend that he had an ap­point­ment and gave him the ad­dress. The friend did not im­me­di­ately put two and two to­gether, and when the car drew up out­side the Pres­i­dent’s Res­i­dence, the friend asked him if he was sure he had the right ad­dress. Bal­four replied that in­deed he did and that he was hav­ing af­ter­noon tea with the pres­i­dent, who hap­pened to be Ezer Weiz­man, the nephew of Is­rael’s first pres­i­dent, Chaim Weiz­mann, who had in­flu­enced Bal­four’s an­ces­tor Arthur James Bal­four.

The younger scions of the Bal­four and Weiz­man dy­nas­ties were hav­ing a great time talk­ing on many sub­jects, when their con­ver­sa­tion was in­ter­rupted by a phone call. The pres­i­dent ex­cused him­self, say­ing: “I would like to talk to you all af­ter­noon, but there’s this new Prime Min­is­ter who’s not be­hav­ing very well, and I’ve to call to tell him he must do some­thing, be­cause he’s not run­ning the coun­try well.” The rev­e­la­tion was met with howls of laugh­ter.

AL­THOUGH HE’S had very lit­tle to do with Bri­tain in terms of per­sonal his­tory, Jewish Agency Chair­man

was in­ter­viewed at the Bal­four Brexit con­fer­ence by ed­i­tor of the Jewish Chron­i­cle, who was de­lighted to per­form the task be­cause, ever since he was a boy, Sha­ran­sky has been one of his he­roes.

Among other things, Pol­lard was in­ter­ested in learn­ing how much of Sha­ran­sky has re­mained in Natan Sha­ran­sky, to which the re­ply was: “My Ana­toly life is as nat­u­ral a part of me as Natan.” Given that Sha­ran­sky is his hero, Pol­lard wanted to learn who Sha­ran­sky’s he­roes might be. Sha­ran­sky didn’t have to pon­der over the ques­tion for even a mo­ment. “I have two,” he said, “King David and my wife.”

ALSO AT Mishkenot, Sun­day af­ter­noon, the Jerusalem Press Club will host the launch of the book Goddess of Bat­tle by jour­nal­ist Gwen Ack­er­man, which tells a story of Is­raeli-Pales­tinian rec­on­cil­i­a­tion de­spite the odds. Help­ing to spark in­ter­est in its pub­li­ca­tion will be from the Fam­ily Fo­rum – fam­i­lies that have lost loved ones on both sides of the con­flict and have turned to tol­er­ance in­stead of hate, and

who will talk about the friend­ship she forged with a Pales­tinian woman from the West Bank as they both fought breast can­cer.


CHICAGO MAYOR Rahm Emanuel and Chemi Peres, chair­man of the Peres Cen­ter for Peace and In­no­va­tion, dis­play a copy of the au­to­bi­og­ra­phy of Shi­mon Peres.

FROM LEFT: Danny Danon, Ari Ber­man and Danny Ayalon


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