ENGLEWOOD — They met in 1992, a black grad student on a Rhodes Scholarship and a young rabbi working at Oxford University. Sixteen years later they have both become public figures, and their friendship has endured.
On Sunday evening, Newark Mayor Cory Booker and best-selling author Rabbi Shmuley Boteach spoke to more than 100 people gathered at one of North Jersey's most palatial estates, about how their friendship rose above cultural and religious mores.
The event at the Gloria Crest mansion in the city's East Hill neighborhood was arranged to raise money for Boteach's Jewish Values Network, an organization to bring Judaism to the American public through the media.
Thousands of dollars were pledged, and guests also celebrated Shavuot, the day the Torah was given to the Jews at Mount Sinai, with Boteach leading a small group of attendees on a discussion and study of the Torah that stretched until 4 a.m. Monday... more
I like my neighbor Uncle Shmuley. There is no reason why an ambitious rabbi cannot raise a little money and do a little hobnobbing with the upper class.