NYC’s Algemeiner unveils 'Jewish 100' list in star-studded gala

( The Algemeiner, a New York City Jewish newspaper, has released the first edition of an annual “Jewish 100” list honoring the “top 100 people positively influencing Jewish life.” The Algemeiner was founded in 1972 as a Yiddish newspaper, and evolved into today’s English-language weekly newspaper and news website.

Algemeiner Editor in Chief Dovid Efune, Holocaust survivor and human rights activist Elie Wiesel, film producer Harvey Weinstein and Algemeiner Publisher Simon Jacobson at the Algemeiner's recent 40th anniversary gala. Credit: Algemeiner.

Fox News’s Heather Nauert. Prominent Jewish figures attended the gala, including Holocaust survivor and writer Elie Wiesel, film producer Harvey Weinstein, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Alan Dershowitz and others. Among the “Jewish 100” awardees attending the Gala were Czech Ambassador to the United States Petr Gandalovič, representing Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas, as well as the Anti-Defamation League’s Abraham Foxman, activist Arthur Schneier, and others.

Israel’s representative at the United Nations Ron Prosor also spoke at the gala, and singer Tony Orlando performed the national anthem at the event. “I've turned down Tommy Lasorda and the Dodgers but I couldn't turn down the Algemeiner,” Orlando said.

“The evening was electric,” said Algemeiner Editor-in-Chief Dovid Efune. “I was deeply moved by the confluence of notable and powerful storytellers coming together at our 40th Gala—Harvey Weinstein, Elie Wiesel and the Algemeiner—all courageous voices dedicated to helping people look at the world in a new way,” added Algemeiner Publisher Simon Jacobson.

Posted on April 26, 2013 .