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  • ‘better Than Pork, Isn’t It?’ Jewish Joke Book Turns 25

    Here’s one: Michael Bloomberg walks into a diner and orders coffee and a danish. When the bill comes in at $14, the flummoxed billionaire mayor asks, “What, are danishes so rare in these parts?” “No,” replies the waiter, “but Bloombergs are.” The story is a variation on a joke about Rothschild and 20-ruble eggs made… More ▸

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    Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen substitutes Hebrew for Kazakh in his satirical movie “Borat.” The anti-Semitic Kazakh television personality, one of several satirical creations by Cohen, a British Jew, for his “Ali G” show, appears in his own movie next month. More ▸

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    An Australian comedian apologized for controversial comments he made during his recent stand-up show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. During his comedy routine, Steve Hughes referred to President Bush’s adviser Richard Perle, saying he wanted to “kill that Jew,” using an expletive. Hughes admitted in his apology that his choice of words “could… More ▸

  • 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 ▸