What a Night! The Museum’s Annual Gala in New York
The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot hosted a magnificent celebration of Jewish humor radiating with the rich content of “Let There Be Laughter: Jewish Humor Around the World,” the blockbuster exhibition currently on display at the Museum.
It was a unique event demonstrating the brand values of a renewed Beit Hatfutsot. Our vision, mission and programs have engaged and excited all those in attendance on Monday, December 17, 2018 at Manhattan’s Mandarin Oriental.
The audience included many luminaries among them Danny Danon, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN; Ambassador Dani Dayan, Israel’s Consul General in New York; Ambassador Alfred H. Moses, Co-Chair of Beit Hatfutsot’s Board of Governors; Daniel S. Pincus, President, American Friends of Beit Hatfutsot; Terry Kassel, Paul E. Singer Foundation; Michele Tocci, David Berg Foundation; Harlene Winnick Appelman, Covenant Foundation; Tzili Charney, Leon H. Charney Foundation; Linda Mirels, Co-Chair, New York State-Israel Commission; Nina Weiner, President, ISEF; David Zaslav, president and CEO, Discovery, Inc. as well as other prominent leaders of the entertainment industry; Dan Tadmor, CEO, Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot; Shula Bahat, CEO, Beit Hatfutsot of America.
The evening opened with a wonderful original rendition of “It Had to be Jews” sung to the tune of “It Had to Be You” by YidLife Crisis, the evenings MCs. Ricky Shechtel, Event Chair, greeted the guests and promised an evening of pure merriment and laughter. Irina Nevzlin, Chair of the Board of The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, wowed the crowd with her wit and a personal joke which had the room in an uproar.
Tribute was paid to Caroline Hirsch, the visionary entrepreneur, founder and owner of Carolines on Broadway and the New York Comedy Festival, for her contribution to the global world of comedy. In her response she stated: “I am so honored to be recognized by The Museum of Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot and to be part of such an incredibly special night. The Museum does such important work all over the world, and I’m thrilled to be celebrated alongside the global Jewish contributions to the art of comedy.”
The night continued with performances by stars of the comedy stage. Eric Neumann and Greg Radin were first to take the stage followed by the fabulous Judy Gold and concluding with the marvelous Modi, who had the room in stitches. The laughter was, indeed, contagious.
The evening was the first in a series of new, and exciting adventures Beit Hatfutsot has in store for audiences worldwide in the coming years.