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Celebs on Sandy, Jewish Mum of the Year, Kimmel asks: hipster or haredi

One of the Chasidic Brooklynites who was featured on Jimmy Kimmel when the host brought his late-night show to the New York borough.  (Jimmy Kimmel Live)

One of the Chasidic Brooklynites who was featured on Jimmy Kimmel when the host brought his late-night show to the New York borough. (Jimmy Kimmel Live)

NEW YORK (6NoBacon) — In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Jewish celebrities took to Twitter.

Larry King was dark ("I lived in Miami for 20 years, lived through many hurricanes – never ever seen anything like #Sandy this is a horror story #frankenstorm.” B.J. Novak was more encouraging ("I know it’s tough now, New York, but picture yourself next summer, lying on a warm, calm beach, with nothing to remind you of Sandy.”)

Debra Messing was thankful ("Thanks for all the concerned tweets … Thank goodness we are all okay … Thinking of those who aren’t #sandy").

Bette Midler got political ("The gentleman who was going to address us about climate change is unable to attend due to CLIMATE CHANGE!!")

Comedians were able to joke about things: Jerry Seinfeld ("Anyone in NYC named ‘Sandy’ going to be getting dirty looks for a while.#callmeSanford”); Seth Meyers ("Every time I go outside to see how bad #Sandy is I see someone confidently walking a tiny dog.”)

And NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire, who has Jewish roots in his family, used Instagram to show a photo of his Range Rover underwater.

The British crown ‘Jewish Mum of the Year’

There was another Sandi in the news last week: Sandi Firth of Leeds won the reality television show "Jewish Mum of the Year” on the BBC’s Channel 4, beating out seven other Jewish moms from the United Kingdom and Ireland in categories such as organizing a bar mitzvah, helping the elderly and arranging blind dates.

Dressing up for Halloween

Plenty of Jewish celebrities dressed up for Halloween: Alyson Hannigan (glittery seahorse), Debra Messing (Mary Antoinette), Sacha Baron Cohen and wife Isla Fisher (cow and monkey) and Aly Raisman and her fellow U.S. Olympic gold medal-winning gymnasts (NHL hockey players).

In addition, a recent episode of the Fox sitcom "New Girl" featured an original costume – zombie Woody Allen, a walking dead version of the neurotic director-actor.

Kimmel asks: hipster or haredi?

Jimmy Kimmel brought his late night show “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to Brooklyn last week, and between dealing with the storm and hosting his idol David Letterman, he played a fun game for those who have experienced the wonderful world of Brooklyn facial hair: Does the extreme close-up beard belong to a typical Brooklyn hipster or a Chasidic Jew?

This week in Drake

The newly graduated rapper Draketook to the podium at the Jarvis Collegiate Institute in Toronto last week after finally receiving his high school diploma. In addition, Drizzy had a chance to speak to current students and encourage them to “follow through.”

“It’s not necessarily about the books that you’ll read or the science or math equations that you’ll do, because you may end up taking a path in life where a lot of the things that you’ll learn you can’t necessarily fully apply,” he told the students. “What this is about today, for all of you, is about the art of following through.”

Drake, who dropped out of high school while filming “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” had dedicated five months to studying.

Speaking of his diploma, he said at Jarvis, “I can honestly say that this piece of paper, I’d like to dedicate to my mother because she’s a retired teacher and always wanted me to graduate. And I think I’ll sleep a little better tonight knowing that I found a way to follow through.”

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