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Life & Times / People & Places

Working in the cultural and diplomatic establishment, I have had the honor of meeting
many people from around the world. Here are some of them, and some other ones too...

Me and Congressman Charlie Rangel D-NY (A member of the Democratic Party, he is the third-longest
currently serving member of the House of Representatives, serving consistently since 1971.)

With The Hon. James P. Molinaro, Staten Island Borough President and C. Hargrove, after the
Proclamation I initiated was signed, declaring September as 'Preparedness Month' on Staten Island

With Rabbi Eli Abadi of the Safra Synagogue of New York City. A great man,
honored to have worked and traveled with him, Jerusalem, England, California.

With the great Rabbi David Bar-Hayim, head of the Shiloh Institute in Jerusalem who is famous
for reviving the ancient 'Nusach Erets Yisrael' of ancient Israel, based upon the Talmud Yerushalmi / 2011

David Weprin (D) member of the New York State Assembly and I at the CJH - September 2011

Speaking to guests at a Judaica museum in Riverdale, New York in May 2011

Friends and I...long story...it was a cultural event

The Hon. Serge Berdugo, Ambassador-At-Large for King Mohammed VI of Morocco and I, Dec 2010

L-R: Myself, Rabbi Elie Abadie, M.D. rabbi of the Safra Synagogue of NYC and Director of Sephardic Studies at
Yeshiva University; Rabbi Moshe Tessone, Community Relations Dir. of Y.U.'s Sephardic Studies Program, Sion Setton

The great Dr. Norman Stillman of Univ. of Oklahoma and I, at the opening of my exhibit in 2010

With Hakham David Messas, Chief Rabbi of Paris. He is from Morocco, where his father,
Shalom Messas zs"l (1909-2003) was Chief Rabbi before becoming Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem.
Photo taken in Brooklyn, Dec. 10, 2010
- (He past away a year later.)

Myself; Hakham Shaul J. Kassin, Chief Rabbi of the Syrian and Near Eastern Jewish Communities in America;
and Rabbi Nissim Elnecave, together, visiting the Edmond J. Safra Synagogue in Manhattan.

Friends from the Brooklyn community and myself at a dinner at Yankee Stadium, March 2010

A photo with anchor, Sheppard Smith the day I was on Fox News' 'Fox Report' May 2009

Congressman Gary Ackerman (D-NY) and I at a reception to focus on legal rights & redress on refugees from Arab
countries. The Congressman helped pass our Resolution last year. He has been wearing a new
carnation on his lapel every day since 1980! / May 7, 2009

A gentleman from Turkey and I, both with similar interests, visiting the amazing
Hebrew rare book collection at Sotheby's in New York City, Feb. 2009

With my good friend David Schweke and Rabbi Abraham Sutton from Los Angeles. Brooklyn Dec. 2008

With Rabbi Sam Kassin, the Rosh Yeshiva of Midrash Sefaradi of Jerusalem. Brooklyn Oct. 2008

With the Torah at the new Cong. Bet Yaakob (in the old Ahava/Egyptian synagogue) October 5, 2008

With Yossi Ben-Aharon, Israeli Ambassador (ret.) at our hearing in the House of Lords in London, June 2008

In London standing in front of a painting of Haham Solomon Gaon ZS"L, one of the most respected rabbis of the 20th century.
Born in Yugoslavia to a Spanish Jewish family, he became Chief Rabbi of the Sephardi communities in Britain
and later helped found the Yeshiva University Sephardic Studies program in the USA. June 2008

Walking with Chief Rabbi Shelomo Amar - Chief Rabbi of Israel - and Hakham Shaul J. Kassin,
Chief Rabbi of the Syrian and Near Eastern Jewish Communities in America;
Brooklyn May 31, 2008

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Greeting the Rishon Le'Sion, Chief Rabbi Shelomo Amar - Chief Rabbi of Israel -
upon his visit to Brooklyn May 31, 2008

Presenting one of my books to the chief rabbi. He read the title in English to me and said he would
put it in the library of the Hekhal Shelomo, the offices of the Chief Rabbinate in Jerusalem.

With the great Hazzan Ike Azose of Seattle who visited the Center for Jewish History - Nov. 20, 2007

With Dr. Ruth Westheimer at Mayor Bloomberg's outdoor summer BBQ, Aug. 2007

With the well known historian Dr. Howard Sachar at a Congressional Hearing in June of 2007

Rabbi Elnecave and I with Catherine Boura, at the Greek Consul General in NYC on YomHaShoa

Serge Cattan (Belgium), Me. (USA), Nessim Hamaoui (Brazil), Stan Urman (USA), Sylvain Abitbol (Canada),
Edwin Shuker (UK) & Charly Bahary (Holland) - at the Justice for Jews NY Summit - Nov 07

R' Shmuel Herzfeld of the National Synagogue in Washington D.C.; Chuck Morse; Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY);
Me...; R' Avi Weiss; Edwin Black; Carol Greenwald and Rabbi Nissim Elnecave

R' Benveniste & R' Adoni (of Turkey) with Me and R' Elnecave, at a rabbinical convention in Jerusalem

In Jerusalem with R' Benarroch, R' Elnecave and the late great Haim Azses ZS"L and myself.
Haim was killed in a car accident, he was a gem of a man.

At the Justice for Jews conference in Israel - I am in there somewhere.

Speaking with the Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Noah Weinberg ZS"L when he visited New York in Nov. 11, 2006.
He had asked if I would run the AISH Sephardic Program in Jerusalem a year prior, a commitment I could not make.

R' Ralph Tawil, Moshe Feiglin (Likud Candidate), R' Elnecave, a friend and I

At a lecture I gave at UCF. Police Officer Chris Gonzaga, Me, David L. & R.B. in the front

At the grave of my great-great grandfather, Queens, NY (Isaac Alfassa N"E of Edirne, Ottoman Turkey)



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