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  • Despite Concerns About Safety, British Jews to Celebrate 350 Years

    Concerns about safety in the wake of the Israel-Hezbollah war, as well as the recently foiled terror plot in London, are creating a cloud over upcoming celebrations of the 350th anniversary of Jews in Britain. On Sept. 17, the yearlong celebration of Oliver Cromwell’s decision to readmit Jews to England 350 years ago is scheduled… More ▸

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    Jan Murray, a Jewish comedian who got his start in the Catskills, died Sunday at 89. Murray, who was born Murray Janofsky in the Bronx to immigrant parents, was one of a generation of Jewish comedians, including Sid Caesar, Milton Berle, Shecky Greene and Buddy Hackett. More ▸

  • Jury Punishes Matchmaker After Date Doesn’t Live Up to Expectations

    Sure, ladies, you want to meet the right man, but would you shell out $125,000 for an introduction? Anne Majerik, a 60-year-old widow and grandmother, paid that amount to Orly Hadida, who bills herself as a former Miss Israel and now as the Beverly Hills-based “Rolls-Royce of matchmakers.” The fee wasn’t even a record for… More ▸

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    Hollywood comedian Jim Carrey reportedly hired a look-alike to throw paparazzi off his trail during a trip to Israel. Carrey arrived in Israel unannounced last week, touring the country for several days. According to Yediot Achronot, he achieved privacy by having an Israeli look-alike, Amir Garfunkel, hole up in a luxury Jerusalem hotel usually favored… More ▸

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    Hollywood comedian Jim Carrey visited Israel. The Canadian-born film star crossed into Eilat on foot over the weekend from Egypt, where he had been vacationing with Israeli friends. According to media reports, Carrey is in Israel for several days on a private tour. On Sunday, he is expected to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem…. More ▸

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    The daughter of Kazakhstan’s leader stood up for a British Jewish comedian who has satirized her country. President Nursultan Nazarbayev has upbraided Sacha Baron Cohen for his character Borat, a clueless Kazakh who proudly says anti-Semitism and sexism are traditional in the Central Asian nation. Last year, Almaty officials closed down a local Web site… More ▸

  • Ad Depicting Greedy Jew Airs in Slovakia Despite Protest

    A controversial television advertisement that depicts a Jew in traditional Orthodox garb trying to ratchet down the price of a chainsaw is being broadcast in Slovakia, a year after it elicited protests from Jews in the Czech Republic. The ad’s portrayal of a Jew as a stereotypical wheeler-dealer driving a hard bargain shouldn’t be an… More ▸

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    A French watchdog group condemned a French comedian for anti-Semitic behavior. The National Office of Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism called for the state prosecutor to take action against Dieudonne. The comedian, who has been tried for anti-Semitism numerous times, gave a Dec. 15 performance in Paris in which he listed the names of Jewish artists and… More ▸