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  • Jews Answer Age-old Query: What to Do at Christmastime?

    Sharon Glassman was just another nice Jewish girl who wanted to experience Christmas. Tipped off by a friend, she trekked to New York City’s main post office seeking Operation Santa Claus, the annual campaign drawing letters from needy kids and families hoping for a Christmas present. She took three letters, bought the requested toy castle,… More ▸

  • Nimoy’s Nudes Spark Debate over Line Between Art and Desecration

    Leonard Nimoy insists he isn’t morphing into the Jewish world’s Robert Mapplethorpe. Yet Nimoy, who won fame as the ultra-rational “Mr. Spock” in the 1960s TV series “Star Trek,” is stirring Jewish passions with his new book “Shekhina.” The book is a collection of Nimoy’s black-and-white photographs of women, many naked but for prayer shawls… More ▸

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    Jewish comic Jackie Mason denied that he canceled a comedian slated to open for him this week because he is Palestinian.But Mason admitted that the fact that Ray Hanania advertised their different backgrounds made him “furious.” Hanania has admitted that he played up their different backgrounds to garner publicity. More ▸

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    Comic Jackie Mason canceled a Palestinian comedian who was scheduled to open for him. “It’s not exactly like he’s just an Arab American. This guy’s a Palestinian,” Mason’s manager, Jyll Rosenfeld, said of Tuesday night’s decision. More ▸

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    Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is planning to perform in Israel to show solidarity with the Jewish state. No date has been set, but the performance may take place by next month, according to the Israeli daily Ha’aretz. More ▸

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    A group of Russian artists gave pro-Israel solidarity concerts in Israel. Russian Jewish businessmen sponsored the performances by singers, musicians and comedians, according to Israel’s tourist office in Moscow. More ▸

  • Arts & Culture Shmuel Gelbfisz to Sam Goldwyn: Documentary Looks at Movie Mogul

    Shmuel Gelbfisz was born in a Polish shtetl, the son of an unsuccessful second-hand furniture dealer. He studied in a Jewish school and at age 12, the penniless boy walked across Europe, took steerage to America, and “anglicized” his name to Sam Goldfish. In 1918, he had graduated from glove salesman to budding Hollywood producer…. More ▸

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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 ▸