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  • 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 ▸

  • News Brief

    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 ▸

  • Rabbis Ditch the Davening for a Day to Deliver Sermons for the Funny Bone

    How many comedians have routines in which they allude to the 17th-century false messiah Shabbetai Tsvi? It’s a reference that only a rabbi could love, and last Tuesday night in Manhattan, a group of them came down from their bimahs and attempted to leave the audience rolling in the aisles. Rabbi Uri Cohen, 29, discussing… More ▸

  • Michael Jackson Thrills to the Beat As He Davens at Manhattan Synagogue

    It was only fitting that when Michael Jackson attended Shabbat services in New York, he would choose a synagogue known for its lively singing and dancing. Jackson, the reclusive pop star best known for early 1980s hits with elaborately choreographed videos such as “Billie Jean” and “Beat It,” showed up at Manhattan’s Carlebach Shul last… More ▸

  • Patriarch of Comedy’s First Family Still Entertaining After Five Decades

    Jerry Stiller won several awards for his portrayal of the irascible Frank Costanza on “Seinfeld” from 1993 to 1998. In a barking voice, he demanded that his TV son, George, and the other characters around him accede to his demands. In real life, his wife and other family members say, Stiller is quiet, low-key and… More ▸