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    Egyptian officials summoned Israel’s ambassador to Egypt, Zvi Mazel, for discussions after an Israeli comedian’s impersonation of President Hosni Mubarak. Eli Yatzpan said he bears no ill will against Mubarak. Yatzpan also has imitated Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat as part of his routines. More ▸

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    The developer who owns the Concord Hotel has signed a deal with a hotel operator to build a new luxury golf resort on the property in New York’s Catskill Mountains. The hotel, which closed in 1998, was long a part of the famed “Borscht Belt,” where mainly Jewish comedians entertained thousands of vacationing New Yorkers. More ▸

  • Director of E.T. is Now a KBE: Spielberg Becomes British Knight

    Filmmaker Steven Spielberg has been named a Knight Commander of the British Empire in Queen Elizabeth’s annual New Year’s Honors List, for his "extraordinary contribution to the entertainment industry and the British film industry over the last 25 years." The 53-year old director of "Schindler’s List," "Saving Private Ryan" and "E.T." will accept the Honorary… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture: at Event for King of Comedy Refrain is Clear: ‘hail Sid Caesar’

    When the dean of Jewish comedy took the stage Monday night, he spoke French, German, Italian, Japanese and Yiddish. The problem is, Sid Caesar doesn’t really speak any of these languages. He just imitates their sounds perfectly. Tat comic genius Monday earned Caesar the Third Annual Alan King Award in American Jewish Humor, sponsored by… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture: ‘the Rules’ Vs. ‘kosher Sex’ Latest in Jewish Infotainment

    Arts & Culture: `The Rules’ vs. `Kosher Sex’ latest in Jewish infotainment In the “debate” between “Kosher Sex” Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and the authors of the dating guide, “The Rules,” the largely Jewish audience was as raucous as those on any daytime talk show. Boteach, a 33-year-old Lubavitch showman whose provocative books and flair for… More ▸

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    Jerry Seinfeld’s bride received a Jewish divorce from her ex-husband before she married the comedian and television star. Seinfeld married Jessica Sklar in a Jewish ceremony Dec. 25. More ▸