Jewish Film Fest Opens With Sold-Out Crowd

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jewfest3jewfest1Ruth Lazowski has it all when it comes to parking. Her son, business giant Alan Lazowski owns the well-known Laz Parking business, which means she pretty much knows where all the good spaces are in lots and lots of places including parking-challenged Hartford.

And now her son can deliver another great connection, really good kosher food courtesy of West Hartford’s Crown Market.

That’s because Alan Lazowski, along with Henry M. Zachs and Brian Newman, stepped up recently to purchase the hard-pressed, historic Albany Avenue market and Mrs. Lazowski  is not wasting any time to advertise her altruistic son’s newest business venture.

It will be Crown Market that will be catering the dinner for Rwanda’s ambassador to the United States.

“I won’t be cooking a thing,” explained Mrs. Lazowski who was among the sold-out crowd at the recent opening of the 2014 Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Fest at Front Street’s Spotlight Theatres. “It will all be coming from the market.”

Mrs. Lazowski explained Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana will dine at her and her husband, Rabbi Philip Lazowski’s home next month before speaking at a program on genocide at the University of Hartford.

Mrs. Ljewfest4azowski wasn’t the only mother who had some good things to say about her son.

Jeff and Nancy Hoffman, as in Hoffman Auto Group, were beaming because another child is coming home to the family business.

Their son the lawyer, Jonathan Hoffman,  has decided to leave New York City and return to Connecticut.

“We are thrilled” said Nancy Hoffman, who with her husband, was also part of the opening night movie festival crowd. “He just got married and we are looking forward to having him home again.

“It will be our second son in the business,” added Jeff Hoffman. “And that feels good.”

Nancy and Jeff’s other son, business vice president Matthew Hoffman, is also in the family spotlight these days. He and his wife, Monica, are getting ready for the pending arrival of their second child.

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