J100 Gala with Pat Boone, Enes Kanter Freedom and Emily Austin


The Algemeiner newspaper celebrates its 50th Anniversary with its J100 Gala this year honoring singer Pat Boone, NBA athlete and activist Enes Kanter Freedom, former Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz, and philanthropists Ben and Annie Fisher on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at the Ziegfeld Ballroom (141 West 54th St) in New York City. The Gala heralds the annual highly anticipated J100 List of the top 100 individuals positively influencing Jewish life, similar to the TIME100.

Pat Boone, the 88yearold rock ‘n’ roller and author of the theme song of the classic movie
“Exodus,” is being honored for his political activism and advocacy for Israel.
Philanthropists Ben and Annie Fisher are being recognized for their generous support of Israel and Jewish organizations in New York City and abroad.

Dovid Efune, Enes Kanter F…n, Emily Austin – Jared Siskin/PMC

NBA star Enes Kanter Freedom is being honored for his human rights activism and for launching a basketball camp for Muslim, Jewish and Christian children in Jerusalem.
Sebastian Kurz is being honored for his work as the current cochair of the European Council on
Tolerance and Reconciliation, and as the youngest chancellor in Austrian history, who spoke out
strongly against antisemitism.
Event Chair and former Algemeiner Editor-in-Chief and CEO, Dovid Efune, will introduce the
new Algemeiner CEO Jason Pressberg. “For 50 years the Algemeiner has served as the foremost
media tribune of the Jewish people, today reaching more people and with greater impact than ever
before. It’s a proud legacy. It’s our answer to the Kanye’s and the Khamenei of the world”, said
Efune before the upcoming Gala. “I’m pleased to welcome Jason to the team. He’s a leader of the highest caliber. We look forward to achieving even greater growth together in the years ahead.”

Dana Arschin, Emmy Award-Winner and TV journalist, will host. Publisher Simon Jacobson,and Dovid and Mushka Efune, will co-chair the evening. Bernard-Henri Lévy is again servingas Honorary Chairman. Speakers include esteemed philanthropist Mark Gerson and Ukrainianrefugee Slavik Gokhman.

Pat Boone, Mark Gerson – Jared Siskin/PMC

The J100 Gala is a major gathering for community leaders, celebrities, and cultural icons. Past
honorees and J100 Lists include Sacha Baron Cohen, Warren Buffett, Gal Gadot, Jerry Hall,
Larry King, Sir Ben Kingsley, Robert Kraft, Meghan McCain, Debra Messing, Ambassador
of Israel to the U.S. and U.N. Gilad Erdan, Nina Rennert Davidson, Melissa Rivers, Adam
Sandler, Sharon Stone, Elie Wiesel, and HRH Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, to
name a few.

Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, The Algemeiner is a global news destination published
online and in print that serves as an independent media voice covering the Middle East, Israel, and matters of Jewish interest around the world. The Algemeiner has been identified as the “fastest growing Jewish newspaper in the US” by CNBC. It has been described by former Israeli
Ambassador Ron Prosor as “the voice of the Jewish people and Israel” and hailed as “brave and
relentlessly accurate” by longtime New Republic editor Marty Peretz.

New York City News – New York Jewish Guide- Meyer Harroch

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