BxJHI Hall of Fame 2016


The Bronx Jewish Hall of Fame was established by the Bronx Jewish Historical Initiative in 2015.  It is intended to honor Jewish individuals from the Bronx  in recognition of their Bronx heritage and their lifetime achievement, epitomizing what makes our community great.




The Bronx Jewish Historical Initiative (BxJHI)

and the

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.

Invite you to
The Bronx Jewish Historical Initiative’s
Celebration of the Second Annual Induction

Bronx Jewish Hall of Fame
Class of 2016

Arlene Alda
Avi Hoffman
Ezra Levin
Linda Kaplan Thaler
Lloyd Ultan

5:30-7:30 PM

The Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse (at 165th Street)

Admission Complimentary
Light Refreshments

Sponsorships Available:
$5,000, $2,500, $1,000, $500

RSVP Required:
(Please leave name, e-mail, telephone and number of guests)



Advertising Hall of Famer Linda Kaplan Thaler is responsible for some of America’ s most famous and award-winning advertising campaigns, including the Aflac duck and the hilarious “Yes, Yes, Yes” commercials for Clairol Herbal Essences. She has composed jingles that are among the industry’s gold standard, including “I Don’ t Wanna Grow Up, I’m a Toys ‘ R’ Us Kid,” and “Kodak Moments.”  Linda formerly was Chairman of Publicis Kaplan Thaler, with clients such as P&G, Citibank, Pfizer, and Wendy’s…Read More


Arlene Alda, who grew up in The Bronx, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hunter College, and then received a Fulbright Scholarship to study clarinet in Cologne, Germany in 1954-55.  The Fulbright Grant became the steppingstone to realizing her dream of becoming a professional clarinetist, ultimately playing in the Houston Symphony under the baton of Leopold Stokowski. She switched careers when her children were young and became an award-winning photographer and writer…Read More



Born in The Bronx in 1958, Avi Hoffman was recently nominated for the Drama Desk Award as Outstanding Actor in a Play for his portrayal of Willy Loman in the Yiddish Death of a Salesman. He is executive director of the Dachau Album Project (www.dachaualbum.org) for which he was invited to the Vatican to meet Pope Francis, and is the CEO of the Mendl Hoffman Foundation, which is now reviving the Joseph Papp Yiddish Theatre and is planning the creation of a Center for Yiddish Culture.Read More


Ezra G. Levin, a resident of Riverdale in The Bronx, is Chair-Emeritus and Senior Counsel of the international law firm Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, where he practices corporate law.  He has been involved in several civil rights and Jewish communal activities during the course of his life.  In the 1960’s and ‘70s, Ezra served as Secretary and Board member of the Scholarship, Education and Defense Fund for Racial Equality…Read More

Lloyd Ultan

Lloyd Ultan was born in the Bronx in 1938 and still resides there.  He was educated in local schools, graduating from Hunter in the Bronx (now Lehman College) and from Columbia University.  Since 1964 he has taught history at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, and since 2004 has also taught courses on Bronx history at Lehman College. . From 1971 to 1976 he served as President of the Bronx County Historical Society and still serves on its Board of Trustees…Read More