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    Comedian Jackie Mason angered some Poles with a joke about anti-Semitism. “Polish people hate the Jews; they just don’t remember why,” Mason quipped on a New York radio show, the New York Daily News said. More ▸

  • For Second Time, Israel Gala Group Makes Late Adjustments to Schedule

    The Israel Forever Foundation has cancelled a planned MCI Center concert for Chanukah, choosing instead to partner with an Israel Philharmonic Orchestra concert already scheduled for next month. This is the second time the fledgling organization has cancelled an event. The group hoped to produce a concert for Israel’s 55th birthday in May that was… More ▸

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    Jerry Lewis is going to Tel Aviv for a film festival in his honor. The comedian will be honored in Israel with a week-long festival Oct. 28-Nov. 3 in association with the Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archives. More ▸

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    Buddy Hackett, a Jewish comedian who got his start on the Borscht Belt circuit, died overnight Sunday in Los Angeles at 78. Hackett was best known for his rubbery face and his numerous television appearances in the 1950s and 1960s. More ▸

  • Explanations Differ for Gala Snafu: Was It Sharon, or Poor Ticket Sales?

    A gala concert for Israel’s 55th birthday has been postponed, just one week before it was to take place — and no one seems to agree why. Organizers maintain that the concert was delayed from May 19 until December because of a request from Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s office, not because of poor ticket… More ▸

  • One Week Before Curtain, Gala for Israel’s 55th Abruptly Canceled

    Just one week before it was to take place, a gala concert to mark Israel’s 55th birthday has been postponed until December, ostensibly because of a request from Ariel Sharon’s office. The May 19 event at Washington’s MCI Center, which had been in the works for months, was postponed Tuesday because of the sensitive nature… More ▸

  • Fingers Pointed in Schedule Snafu As Bush Will Pass on Israel 55 Gala

    Jewish leaders have been promoting an appearance by President Bush at a gala later this month honoring Israel’s 55th birthday. There’s just one catch: The White House says Bush was never invited — and doesn’t plan to attend. Organizers of the event are blaming the Israeli Embassy in Washington, saying Ambassador Daniel Ayalon told them… More ▸

  • Jewish Travel Where to Head in the Caribbean? Kashrut Lovers Choose Destinations

    Some Caribbean islands inspire awe at the wonder of God’s varied beauty. Even a peaceful Shabbat assumes new meaning when the day is spent at sea praying, reading or learning — or simply contemplating the ocean and sky. And Caribbean-bound tourists who adhere to high standards of kashrut now have expanded options. Among them is… More ▸

  • As Deadline for War Approaches, Israelis Play a Surreal Waiting Game

    Men clad in green-and-red rubber oxygen suits bore injured Israelis, their heads lolling off the sides of stretchers, to wailing ambulances. It was only a police training exercise to prepare for a possible “mega-terror attack” with non-conventional weapons at Ben-Gurion Airport. But as an anticipated U.S.-led war against Iraq approaches — and Israel braces for… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture Ever Wonder Why the Stars Come out for Charity? Thank Celebrity Brokers

    When B’nai B’rith International needs a headliner to attract people to a fund- raising dinner, it knows where to turn. Celebrity Connection, founded 20 years ago by Barry Greenberg, is the exclusive coordinator for all of B’nai B’rith’s fund-raising dinners in the United States. Greenberg, 51, is a pioneer in the celebrity brokering business, which… More ▸