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Members of the Jewish Museum’s Purim Ball 2020 After Party Committee.

The Jewish Museum held its 34th Annual Purim Ball at The Pierre on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. The annual gala gathered over 500 distinguished guests for a festive dinner in celebration of Purim. This year’s Purim Ball raised $2 million in support of the Museum.

Robert Pruzan, Chairman of the Museum’s Board of Trustees, and Claudia Gould, the Museum’s Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director, welcomed guests. Philanthropist Charles Bronfman introduced Rivka Saker and Artis, honored for their work in supporting contemporary Israeli artists and amplifying their recognition worldwide. Fashion designer Marc Jacobs introduced Rachel Feinstein, honored for her extraordinary artistic achievements, including her exhibition currently on view at the Jewish Museum, Rachel Feinstein: Maiden, Mother, Crone.


Robert Pruzan, Chairman of the Board, The Jewish Museum.
Rivka Saker.
Charles Bronfman.

The Pierre was transformed by David Stark Design and Production into an evening in Monte Carlo with casino games and dancers. Poodles greeted guests as they arrived. Many attendees wore masks, with Rachel Feinstein making her own masks, one “maiden” and one “crone” both painted by her husband, artist John Currin.

Other notable guests in attendance included filmmaker Sofia Coppola and musician Thomas Mars; artists Richard Phillips, Ryan McGinley, Laurie Simmons, Arlene Shechet, Maira Kalman, and Helen Marden; and Purim Ball 2020 Co-Chairs Nomi Ghez and Michael Siegal; Morris W. Offit; Tracey and Robert Pruzan; Susan and Stephen Scherr; and Jane and James Stern.

The After Party, hosted by the Jewish Museum’s Young Patrons group, was well attended with over 500 revelers.


Robert Pruzan, Chairman of the Board, The Jewish Museum; Rachel Feinstein; Claudia Gould, Director, The Jewish Museum; and Rivka Saker.
Claudia Gould, Director, The Jewish Museum, and Laurie Simmons.
Amy Astley, Rachel Feinstein, and Yvonne Force Villareal.
Joseph Neubauer; Janette Lerman-Neubauer, Vice Chairman of the Board, The Jewish Museum; and Morris W. Offit, Chairman Emeritus, The Jewish Museum.
Thomas Mars, Char Defrancesco, Marc Jacobs, and Sofia Coppola.
Marc Armitano Domingo, Antwaun Sargent, Ryan McGinley, and Miles Greenberg.
Marc Jacobs, Rachel Feinstein, and Char DeFrancesco.
Jewish Museum trustee Stephen Scherr, Susan Scherr, Tracey Winn Pruzan, and Robert Pruzan, Chairman of the Board.
Daphna Saker and Rivka Saker.
Rachel Feinstein (wearing the “maiden” mask she made) and her mother, Daria Feinstein (wearing a mask she made of parrot feathers).
The scene at the Jewish Museum’s 34th Annual Purim Ball 2020 After Party.
The Pierre was transformed into an evening in Monte Carlo with casino games and dancers.

On February 29, 2020 Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the New York Philharmonic gathered at the gorgeous Palm Beach home of the Orchestra’s Co-Chair Peter May and his wife Leni. It was an evening to remember as musicians from the acclaimed New York Philharmonic performed under the stars — a spectacular performance of the Schumann Piano Quartet followed by an encore of I Got Rhythm which George Gershwin began composing in Palm Beach.

The evening celebrated WORKING IN CONCERT, a partnership to reimagine David Geffen Hall — the orchestra’s home at Lincoln Center.


NY Phil Associate Principal Viola Rebecca Young discusses the evening’s program.
Performing I Got Rhythm, which George Gershwin began composing in Palm Beach.
Guests enjoying the performance

A veritable who’s-who of arts philanthropists enjoyed this stunning event, including Mickey Beyer, Cathleen Black and Thomas Harvey, Tina and Jeff Bolton, New York Philharmonic President Deborah Borda, Rita and Charles Bronfman, J. Brooks and Yann Coatanlem, Ravenel Curry, Lincoln Center Chair Katherine Farley and Jerry Speyer, Susan and Richard Friedman, Roy Furman, Jeff Gates and Mike Moran, Marilyn and Willis Goldsmith, Diane and Jay Goldsmith, Cornelia and Ralph Heins, Adriana Herrera, Vicki and Chris Kellogg, Bonnie Lautenberg, Nadine Levy, Annie and Bruce Margulis, Lincoln Center Ehrenkranz Artistic Director Jane Moss, Leni and Robert Newman, Hon. Stephen C. Robinson, Marjorie and Stuart Ross, Kara and Stephen Ross, Fiona and Michael Scharf, Toni and Martin Sosnoff, Kimberly Strauss, Tina and Steve Swartz, Lynne Tarnopol, Lincoln Center President and CEO, Henry Timms, Laurie and Stephen Vogel, and Roy Zuckerberg and Tara Kelleher.


The cocktail reception at the Palm Beach home of Peter and Leni May.
Leni and Peter May.
Mike Moran, Jeff Gates, Katherine Farley, and Annie and Bruce Margulis.
J. Brooks, Deborah Borda, Yann Coatanlem, and Adriana Herrera.
Cathie Black and Thomas Harvey.
Enid Fisher, Leni May, Joyce Sims, and Leni Newman.
Ken Wyse, Vicki Kellogg, and Burt Minkoff.
Nadine Levy, with Ralph and Cornelia Heins.
Peter and Leni May, Deborah Montaperto, and Huw Shakeshaft.
Deborah Borda showing the new images of David Geffen Hall.
Katherine Farley, Kara Ross, Roy Furman, and Jeff Gates.
Martin Sosnoff and Jay Goldsmith.
Richard and Susan Friedman.
Jeff and Tina Bolton, with Marjorie and Stuart Ross.
Willis and Marilyn Goldsmith.
Henry Timms, Peter May, Katherine Farley, and Stephen Ross.

Opera Lafayette celebrated the New York opening of Leonore with a champagne toast on stage for both donors and the cast at The Kaye Playhouse on March 2nd.  Board co-chairs Dorsey C. Dunn and Nizam P. Kettaneh raised a glass to toast the remarkable production which the NY Times called “Fresh and sweet.”

A scene from Leonore.

Guests included Janet Desforges (Opera Lafayette’s New York Committee member), Oriol Tomas (Stage Director), Dominique Brown, Myron Magnet, and Leonard and Annemarie Ralston.

Beethoven wrote only one opera, known today as FidelioLeonore is its earliest version.  Opera Lafayette’s orchestra played period instruments and, as is typical of their efforts, offered Beethoven’s music as it was performed in his day.

Musicologist Will Crutchfield, who was charged with reimaging a never-before-heard aria based on surviving texts from Beethoven, was given much deserved praise for his work reconstructing the lost music.  The orchestra was conducted by Ryan Brown, the company’s Artistic Director.  Soprano Nathalie Paulin, tenor Jean-Michele Richer and soprano Pascale Beaudin received a standing ovation for their performances.

Opera Lafayette will present the first-ever English translation of François-André Danican Philidor’s French opera, The Blacksmith on April 4th at Carousel of Languages. This modern premiere will adapt the story to the late 19th-century American West and integrating American folk songs into the plot where French folk songs were originally sung. Audience participation encouraged.


The cast of Leonore.
Janet Deforges and Paula Rand.
Will Crutchfield, Myron Magnet, and Nizam Kettaneh.
Voce di Meche and Ryan Brown.
Leonard and Annemarie Ralston.
L. to r.: Sharon Cheng; Dominque Browning.
Oriol Tomas and Elisenda Tomas.
Pascale Beaudin, Oriol Tomas, Jean Michel Richer, and Alexandre Sylvestre.
Pascale Beaudin, Nizam Kettaneh, and Nathalie Paulin.
Will Crutchfield and Ryan Brown.

Photographs by Madison Voelkel & Ryan Kobane/BFA.com (Purim Ball); Mike Jachles/AnnieWatt.com (Lincoln Center); Annie Watt (Opera Lafayette).

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