August 13, 2004

by Reb Yudel
New Jersey Scandal: Larry Cohler Interviews David Twersky!

New York Daily News:The other man
In March 2000, Golan Cipel was a 31-year-old former sailor working as a spokesman for the Israeli city of Rishon L'Zion.

But his life changed when an ambitious American mayor named Jim McGreevey came to visit with a delegation of New Jersey Jews.

"It was described to me that there was some kind of instant recognition between them," said David Twersky, then editor of Metro West Jewish News, who spoke with several participants on the mission.

"McGreevey took Golan off to a corner of the room. They spoke for a few minutes, and by the time McGreevey came back to the table, he had offered Golan a job as his liaison to the Jewish community."

Another source, who actually participated in the mission, did not recall Cipel's being hired quite so quickly. Nevertheless, he said, speaking on condition of anonymity, "Clearly, people were surprised about the appointment."