The Algemeiner unveiled its 5th annual “J100” list of the top 100 people “positively influencing Jewish life” on Thursday night, at a star-studded gala in New York City. Honorees in attendance included famed actress Sharon Stone and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.
The event, held at Capitale, 130 Bowery, was attended by over 500 people, who gathered in support of The Algemeiner.
Both Stone and Barkat received The Algemeiner‘s prestigious “Warrior for Truth” award, and the 2018 Algemeiner Honorees were philanthropists Richard and Monique Chera.
The evening’s master of ceremonies was Fox News host Arthel Neville, and event chairs were Neil and Sharon Book and Robert and Amy Book. Bernard-Henri Lévy served as Honorary Chairman, and News 12 anchor Emily Lorsch hosted the red carpet.
Other high-profile attendees at the event included TV star Siggy Flicker, Ambassador Dani Dayan, artist Ron Agam, philanthropists Ira and Ingeborg Rennert and Howard Lorber, among many other notable community and industry leaders.
The crowd was moved by emotional remarks made by Keren Brosh, the granddaughter of Holocaust survivor Mireille Knoll who was brutally murdered in her Paris apartment six months ago.
Past honorees and participants in the annual event have included media mogul Rupert Murdoch, the late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel, President Donald Trump, Czech President Miloš Zeman, artist Yaacov Agam the late entertainer Joan Rivers, former British Justice Secretary Michael Gove and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, among others.
In his speech on Thursday, Algemeiner Editor-in-Chief Dovid Efune said, “My friends, we are gathered here tonight because we know that throughout our troubled history, there were times when there was little that our hounded ancestors would not have given just for the opportunity to be heard. And today we have the tools to reach millions with just the touch of a screen. And we are determined to seize the opportunity with both our hands, so that never again will a persecuted people stand voiceless and alone in the face of tyranny and terror.”
“The Algemeiner — a universal and all encompassing voice — is standing at the forefront of a 4,000 year battle for social justice, freedom and truth,” said Algemeiner publisher Simon Jacobson.
Founded in 1972 as a Yiddish broadsheet by the late Gershon Jacobson, The Algemeiner today prints a weekly newspaper in English and runs this website.