Alan Alda Is A Real Mensch When Helping Find A Cure For Cancer In Israel

It’s not often when Jews of all religious affiliations can agree on something. It’s even rarer that on the eve of elections, progressive and conservative Jews sit next to each other with no conflict. Why??? It’s because we all agree #CANCERSTINKS and while Master of Ceremonies, Attorney Benjamin Brafman, shared some great one liners, there is only response from the audience …. and it was not a joke…. A cure for cancer must be found and Israel’s medical talent is leading the way.

Lisa Young, Dinner Committee Host, Cynthia Pearl, Chair of Event, Cindy Grosz

Someone in that audience, Alan Alda, also an honored, donated $10,000 to The Israel Cancer Research Foundation.

The Israel Cancer Research Fund is the largest charitable organization outside of Israel solely devoted to supporting cancer research in Israel. Grants issued by ICRF have gone to hundreds of researchers (ICRF grantees include the first two Israelis to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, multiple winners of the coveted Israel Prize and other global scientific awards) at two dozen leading research institutions, universities, and hospitals across Israel. The efforts of Israeli cancer researchers have resulted in significant cancer breakthroughs and in the development of breakthrough cancer drugs, including Doxil, Gleevec and Velcade. ICRF’s current collaborations with two major cancer research organizations, The Cancer Research Institute and City of Hope, demonstrate the global research community’s respect for ICRF.

The Honorees

Alan Alda, a seven-time Emmy Award and Global Award winner, played Hawkeye Pierce and wrote many of the episodes on the classic TV series M*A*S*H, and appeared in continuing roles in ER, the West Wing, 30 Rock and The Blacklist. He has starred, written and directed many films, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in The Aviator. On Broadway, he received Tony nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross, Jakes’ Women, and The Apple Tree. His interest in science led to his hosting the award–winning PBS series Scientific American Frontiers for 11 years, for which he interviewed hundreds of scientists. Also on PBS, he hosted the miniseries The Human Spark, and Brains on Trial. Alda is a Visiting Professor at Stony Brook University’s Alan Alda’s Center for Communicating Science which he helped found. The Center has 17 affiliate universities in the U.S. and Australia. Most recently, it was was announced that Alda will receive the lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild on January 27 in Los Angeles.

Malcolm Hoenlein has served as CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, the central coordinating body on international and national concerns for 50 national Jewish organizations, since 1986. He was the founding Executive Director of the Jewish Relations Council of Greater New York, and the founding Executive Director of the Greater New York Conference on Soviet Jewry. As an “ambassador” for the Jewish people, Hoenlein has travelled across the globe meeting with top world leaders, heads of Jewish communities, business leaders and opinion makers. He has also served as an advisor to many national public officials and is frequently consulted on public policy issues. A recipient of numerous awards and tributes, Hoenlein received the highest civilian decoration from His Majesty, King Mohammad VI of Morocco and Jerusalem’s most coveted tribute, the Trustee of Jerusalem Award, from The Mayor of Jerusalem and the City Council . He was also appointed by three American presidents as a U. S. delegate to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and participated in several Presidential delegations. Ambassador Ron Lauder will present Malcolm Hoenlein with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Myron Schwartz joined the faculty of Mount Sinai in1987. He worked with Dr. Charles Miller to establish the Mount Sinai Liver Transplant Program in 1988, and since then has devoted his career to hepatobiliary surgery and transplantation. Over the years, he has served as Director of Pediatric and Adult Liver Transplantation, and more recently has focused on liver cancer as Clinical Director of the Mount Sinai Liver Cancer Program. Together with Research Director Dr. Joseph Llovet, Dr. Schwartz has led the collaborative effort that has placed Mount Sinai at the forefront world-wide in liver cancer and clinical translational research. He has published more than 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals, as well as 21 book chapters.

Ayla Schwartz, Young Elsa in Frozen, the Broadway musical, Cantor Laura Stein and Nikki Yannell, performed a medley of songs. A fashion show featuring the latest collections from Vivaldi Fashions was part of the opening.

About the Author
Cindy Grosz is an accomplished activist for pro-Israel and Jewish interests. She writes about “Everything Jewish” and has appeared in multiple media outlets. She is a Contributor on The Jersey Joe Radio Show on WOR710AM, syndicated through iHeartRadio. Grosz is the author of Rubber Room Romance, Everything You Need to Know and Ask About the Education System. She can be reached at
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