On Thursday, April 3rd, Pat Koch Thaler, Mayor Edward I. Koch’s sister, hosted “Memories of an Iconic New Yorker, Leader and Friend,” an event that paid homage to the former New York City mayor, marking his first yahrzeit. Proceeds from the dinner benefitted Beit Morasha’s Edward I. Koch Center for Public Policy and Jewish Ethics.
Founded in 1990, Beit Morasha of Jerusalem fosters Jewish inclusivity and peoplehood beyond the boundaries of streams and denominations as it addresses vital issues facing the Jewish people. Through innovative educational, academic and leadership enhancing programs, Beit Morasha cultivates inspired and dynamic leadership for Israel and the Jewish world.
The Edward I. Koch Center for Public Policy and Jewish Ethics was founded in January 2012 in
New York in the presence of former NY Mayor Ed Koch and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Peter J. Solomon, former Deputy Mayor of Economic Policy and Development in New York City and founder and chairman of Peter J. Solomon Company, L.P. joined Gabe Pressman, NBC 4 New York Senior Correspondent, Marcia Kramer, CBS 2 New York Chief Political Correspondent, and Michael Goodwin, The New York Post Chief Political Columnist, on a panel to reminisce about the late Mayor Koch and share what it was like to be a part of and cover the Koch administration. Television personality Maury Povich moderated the panel.
Additionally, the Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat was received as an honored guest. Chuck Scarborough, NBC 4 New York anchor served as master of ceremonies.
The Genesis Philanthropy Group presented the Morasha-Heritage Award for Distinguished Service to the State of Israel and the Jewish People.
“My brother was so proud of The Edward I. Koch Center,” said Thaler. “Ed appreciated that the Center melds Jewish traditions and teachings with ethical practices in public and political life, and reflects so much of what Ed valued.”
“The Edward I. Koch Center for Public Policy and Jewish Ethics is rooted in the interplay between public policy and Jewish ethics and teaches that you can – and should – be a talented, progressive, tough public servant, but always maintain a strong foundation of values and ethics,” said Beit Morasha of Jerusalem Founder and President Professor Benjamin Ish-Shalom.
“By gathering together those who worked so closely with Ed, we celebrated Ed’s life and memorialized his passing and gave our dinner guests an intimate look at the former mayor.”