Chanukah ‘miracle’ at the UN

On the eighth evening of Chanukah, David Horowitz, a past president of the UN Correspondents Association, hosted a Chanukah party for about 70 colleagues, diplomats and other friends in the UN Correspondents Club.

Among the diplomats present were Panama’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN, Abadi-Abadi, and Costa Rica’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN, Emilio Castro de Barish. The current UN Correspondents Association president, Pakistani journalist Iftikhar Ali, welcomed the guests.

Israel’s Ambassador Yehuda Blum spoke to the gathering about the spiritual aspect of Chanukah, the meaning of the word Chanukah, and stressed re-dedication rather than the military victory of the Maccabees.

Cantor Joseph Molovany of the Fifth Avenue Synagogue recited the blessings over the Chanukah candles. Horowitz, who is the editor of the World Union Press and United Israel Bulletin, spoke of the importance of faith in the history of Judaism.

PIANIST STRIKES RESPONSIVE CHORDS

In another event, two weeks ago, Amiram Rigai, the world-renowned Israeli pianist performed in the Dag Hammarskjold Auditorium at the invitation of the chairman of the Cultural Society of the UN Staff Recreation Council, Thomas Prendergast. He received standing ovations from the guests composed of UN staffers representing almost every region of the world.

Rigai’s program included works by Beethoven, Chopin, Albeniz and Scriabin. He closed his program with one of his own early compositions, “First Israeli Rhapsody.”

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