Randi Zuckerberg and AIPAC Celebrate NYC Tech at Gansevoort Hotel

New York Observer editor Ken Kurson emcees.

  • If anyone’s got a busy schedule, it’s Randi Zuckerberg. The 32-year-old just wrapped up a guest-starring run in Broadway’s Rock of Ages; authored a best-selling book, Dot Complicated, and a children’s tome, Dot.; works as founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media; and is mother to a son.

    Somehow, she took time off on March 31 to help promote AIPAC’s new technology division, along with Betabeat.

    Ms. Zuckerberg got her start in the tech industry thanks to her brother, Mark Zuckerberg, who started Facebook, a social networking company you might have heard of by now.

    “My ardor for Facebook doesn’t need to be faked,” Mr. Kurson said before the event. “Looking back through the hundreds of thousands of words I’ve written on my page and other pages over the years, I realize that Facebook has been home to much of my best writing.”

    The evening began with drinks before attendees were ushered upstairs to a conference room. There, TV personality Star Jones recounted her recent trip to Israel, sponsored by AIPAC.

    “Star Jones gave an amazing, heartfelt defense of Israel, having just returned from leading a large group of African-Americans on a sponsored trip there,” New York Observer editorial director Ken Kurson recalled after the event. “She said, ‘Zionism is about who you are and whose you are.'”

    Next, Mr. Kurson and Ms. Zuckerberg took the floor, covering Judaism, family, work-life balance and, of course, Ms. Zuckerberg’s star turn on Broadway.

    Betabeat was interested to learn that Ms. Zuckerberg trained as a cantor for years, which led to her singing for the Israeli prime minister — so that’s how she managed the Broadway role. She and Mr. Kurson discussed Birthright trips and how valuable they are to young people, prompting the latter to muse on how many Jewish people meet their future spouses on Birthright.

    “It’s like Barry White for young Jews,” he quipped.