…Judge Judy was one of the honorees at Chabad’s Children of Chernobyl gala recently at Chelsea Pier 60. Also honored were Elie Tahari; Amy Book, a kindergarten teacher for underprivileged children in Rockland County, and her husband Robert, a successful businessman.
Tahari came to the U.S. from Israel 30 years ago to make his mark as a major fashion designer for women’s clothes, and now also for men. He grew up in an orphanage in Kfar Chabad.
“Chabad save my life,” he said, “and I will do anything for them.”
Nancy Spielberg has been one of the mainstays of the rescue organization, which brings children out of the radiation zone of Chernobyl for rehabilitation in Ukraine and Israel. “We’ve helped 248,000 children,” said the director, Rabbi Yossie Raichik.
Spielberg’s family has been involved with the organization since its inception. Her brother, filmmaker Steven Spielberg, is honorary chairman. Her mother, Leah Adler, attends the fundraising event every year. At 86 she still runs the Milky Way restaurant in Los Angeles. “I’m there 12 hours a day, still making noise,” she told me.