join us for an evening with

N. Richard Kalikow

Chairman & CEO of Gamma Real Estate

interviewed by his son

Jonathan Kalikow

President of Gamma Real Estate

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 6:00pm

Breakout Sessions

The City that Jews Built: How Philanthropists, Entrepreneurs, and Activists Became Urban Planners

Presented by Lila Corwin Berman, Temple University

Mixing Family and Business in the 18th-century Mediterranean: Mobility, Commerce, and Father-Son Relations

Presented by Francesca Bregoli, CUNY Queens College

Kennedy, Israel and the Palestinian Refugee Problem

Presented by Ronald Zweig, New York University

Victims of Circumstance: Jewish Humor from Yiddish Folktales to the Three Stooges

Presented by Edward Portnoy, Max Weinreich Center, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research at the Center for Jewish History


    center for jewish history
    15 west 16th street
    new york city

  • 6:00 pm
  • 7:00 pm
    featured remarks
  • 8:00 pm
    dinner and breakout sessions

Dietary laws observed
Business attire

For reservations or additional information please contact 212.294.8310,

n. richard kalikow

N. Richard Kalikow has been in the real estate business for 45 years as both an owner and a lender. With extensive experience, a vast professional network, and a storied family history behind him, Mr. Kalikow is uniquely poised to exhibit the flexible creativity necessary for ever-changing economic and real estate cycles.

Mr. Kalikow has been in the private lending business since 1970. In 1993, he co-founded Max Capital Management Corporation to purchase office properties in New York City, eventually building the company into a full service real estate organization and one of the largest privately held commercial real estate investment firms in New York City. In mid 2002, Mr. Kalikow’s interest in Max Capital was redeemed, and Manchester Real Estate & Construction, LLC was formed to focus on real estate debt and equity simultaneously.

Foreseeing impending real estate problems, in 2006 Mr. Kalikow liquidated his levered real estate holdings. In 2007 Mr. Kalikow was granted an FDIC license, allowing him to form Max Bank Corp and in 2008 he began buying banks in the southeastern United States.

Mr. Kalikow received a B.S. from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1964. Mr. Kalikow currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Rent Stabilization Association, Director of Associated Builders and Owners of Greater New York and as a Class “A” Member of the Real Estate Board of New York. Outside of real estate, he serves on the board of both the Grand Central Partnership and the Institute of Cancer Research, is a Co-Chairman of the Heisman Trophy committee, and is a Permanent Trustee of the Heisman Trust.

speaker bios

Lila Corwin Berman
Lila Corwin Berman is Professor of History at Temple University. She holds the Murray Friedman Chair of American Jewish History and directs the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History. Berman received her B.A. from Amherst College and her Ph.D. from Yale. She is author of Metropolitan Jews: Politics, Race, and Religion in Postwar Detroit (University of Chicago, 2015), for which she received support from the National Endowment of the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies. Her first book, Speaking of Jews: Rabbis, Intellectuals, and the Creation of an American Public Identity (California, 2009), was awarded recognition from the Center for Jewish History and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, and was a finalist for the Jewish Book Council’s Sami Rohr Prize. She is currently writing a book titled “The American Jewish Philanthropic Complex: The Historical Formation of a Multi-Billion Dollar Institution” (under contract with Princeton University Press) and received a fellowship from the Center for the Humanities at Temple to support her work on it. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of American History,Jewish Social Studies, the ForwardReligion and American Culture, Sh’ma, and American Jewish History, as well as several edited volumes. She has been invited to deliver lectures at universities throughout the country and is an active participant in professional organizations including the Association for Jewish Studies and the American Jewish Historical Society.

Francesca Bregoli
Francesca Bregoli is Assistant Professor of History at Queens College/CUNY.  She also holds the Joseph and Oro Halegua Chair in Greek and Sephardic Jewish Studies.  Her first book, Mediterranean Enlightenment: Livornese Jews, Tuscan Culture, and Eighteenth-Century Reform, was published in 2014 with Stanford University Press.

Edward Portnoy
Edward Portnoy received his Ph.D. from the Jewish Theological Seminary. His dissertation was on cartoons of the Yiddish press. He also holds an M.A in Yiddish Studies from Columbia, having written on artists/writers Zuni Maud and Yosl Cutler. His articles on Jewish popular culture phenomena have appeared in The Drama Review, Polin, and The International Journal of Comic Art. In addition to speaking on Jewish popular culture throughout Europe and North America, he has consulted on museum exhibits at the Museum of the City of New York, Musée d'art et d'histoire du judaïsme in Paris, and the Joods Historisch Museum in Amsterdam. He is Academic Advisor for the Max Weinreich Center at YIVO.

Ron Zweig
Ron Zweig is currently the Marilyn and Henry Taub Professor of Israel Studies at New York University (NYU).  Zweig is the author of a number of books on Jewish and Israel studies, including The Gold Train: The Destruction of the Jews and the Looting of Hungary (2002), the story of a train run by the Nazis, the so-called "Hungarian gold train," that left Budapest, Hungary during the Second World War, heading for a Nazi-controlled area in the Alps. Zweig studied at the University of Sydney, then moved to England. After graduating with a Ph.D. in modern history from the University of Cambridge, he became a junior fellow at the University of Oxford's Center for Hebrew Studies, 1977–1978. He was a visiting fellow at the Tauber Institute, Brandeis University, in 1982. He then joined the staff of Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and in 1983 transferred to the Department of Jewish History at Tel Aviv University, serving as Chair from 2003–2004. From 1983 to 2000 he edited the Journal of Israeli History, and the online edition of the Palestine Post, 1932–1950. He was a visiting archives fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge, in 1994; a visiting senior scholar at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1999; and held a research fellowship at Yad Vashem in 2000.  He is also a member of the Historical Advisory Panel to the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

the center for jewish history in New York City illuminates history, culture, and heritage. The Center provides a collaborative home for five partner organizations. The partners’ archives comprise the world’s largest and most comprehensive archive of the modern Jewish experience outside of Israel. The collections span a thousand years, with more than 5 miles of archival documents (in dozens of languages and alphabet systems), more than 500,000 volumes, as well as thousands of artworks, textiles, ritual objects, recordings, films, and photographs.

The Center’s experts are leaders in unlocking archival material for a wide audience through the latest practices in digitization, library science, and public education. As one of the world’s foremost research institutions, the Center offers fellowships, a wide array of exhibitions, symposia, conferences and lectures. Public programs create opportunities for diverse audiences to explore the rich historical and cultural material that lives within the Center’s walls.

board of directors

Amy Goldman Fowler, Chair
Ira H. Jolles, Vice Chair
Theodore N. Mirvis, Secretary
Sidney Lapidus, Treasurer

Bruce Slovin, Chair Emeritus & Founder

Michael A. Bamberger
Norman Belmonte
Tracey Berkowitz
Alexander Blavatnik
Leonard Blavatnik
Elisheva Carlebach
David E. R. Dangoor
Martin Flumenbaum
Douglas Greenberg
Joseph Greenberger
Michael Jesselson
Stanley N. Katz
Steven J. Kumble
Ruth Levine
Joel R. Marcus
Bernard J. Michael
Jonathan Mishkin
Irene Pletka
Robert S. Rifkind
Ronald B. Sobel
Michele Cohn Tocci
Simon Ziff

Joel J. Levy, President & CEO