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Hollywood Comes Together to Support Israel and Condemn Hamas

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Nearly 200 of the entertainment industry’s biggest names have signed on to a statement that unequivocally condemns the U.S. government-designated terrorist group Hamas and “ideologies of hatred and genocide which are reflected in [their] charter,” while advocating a “commitment to peace and justice” for Israelis and Palestinians.

The signature campaign is the work of the Creative Community For Peace (CCFP) “an organization of prominent entertainment industry executives devoted to using art and music to build bridges for peace.”

CCFP board members reached out to actors, comedians, musicians and industry power players to show a “shared commitment” to “Israel’s right to defend its people against the terrorist organization known as Hamas as well as empathy for the loss of all innocent lives.”

Signatories representing a broad spectrum of A-list stars in all facets of the entertainment industry include action heroes such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone; filmmakers such as the Cohen brothers and Ivan Reitman; and Hollywood producers and power brokers such as Amy Pascal, Jerry Weintraub and Bruce M. Ramer – all in support of Israel. Entertainment’s most notorious left-leaning voices such as Aaron Sorkin, Bill Maher and Sarah Silverman also show their support for Israel, as do their right-wing counterparts such as Kelsey Grammer.

“We are heartened to have received such an enormous response from within the industry — from artists to producers, agents, attorneys, managers, and industry executives — which is gratifying especially as we witness the disturbing growth of anti-Semitism around the globe,” said David Renzer, CCFP co-founder and chairman of Spirit Music Group.

This campaign comes during a time when the entertainment industry appears divided about the conflict between Israel and Hamas. Celebrities such as Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem signed letters condemning the Jewish State. Comedian Russell Brand and actor Danny Glover have voiced their disdain for Israel. Musicians Roger Waters and Brian Eno have resorted to blatant anti-Semitism when it comes to making their voices heard regarding Israel.

“The statement has clearly struck a chord within the community, demonstrating Hollywood’s willingness to publicly support peace and Israel,” said CCFP spokesperson Lana Melman. “Our advisory board worked together with CCFP friends such as Patti Felker, Fred Toczek, Michael Kives and Martin Singer to get the word out. The statement will run again later this week in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter and we expect the list of artists signing on to show their support for Israel and peace to grow.

In addition to the signatures on the list, comedienne Joan Rivers, radio personality Howard Stern, actress/singer Vanessa Williams and Oscar winner Jon Voight have voiced staunch support for the Jewish State.

It’s OK for Sarah Silverman to Wear a Cross

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

An article in YourJewishNews.com suggests: “Jews outraged after Sarah Silverman wears cross necklace during television interview.”

In a September appearance on “Totally Biased,” a less-than-funny FXX interview show with African-American comic wannabe W. Kamau Bell, the princess of circa 1995 outrage Sarah Silverman talked about how cruel are those “roasts” she starts in, where one’s colleagues as well as perfect strangers from the funny industry make fun of every possible aspect your body and soul. It wasn’t particularly interesting, frankly. It’s been a few years since I’ve heard Silverman tell a fresh, truly funny joke. Mostly she’s been busy attacking Republicans and elderly Florida Jews.

The only reason I went to the You Tube clip – which I can’t embed here or even link to, because of a few lines that would surely get me in trouble – was the buildup in the Shifra Unger story at YJN.

Shifra wrote: “Jews are expressing their anger after Jewish celebrity Sarah Silverman was seen on a television interview wearing a gold cross necklace, according to video uploaded to the Internet.”

And she’s right, I’m enclosing here a screen shot that shows SS with the offending cross. But who are those Jewish multitudes Shifra is writing about? Because she didn’t cite even one, singular, solitary Jew other than herself.

See, I was expecting at least the usual suspects: Abe Foxman, Abe Cooper, or at least our own Rabbi Yaakov Rosenblatt, whose open letter to Sarah so enraged her father, Donald, that it brought back his Tourette Syndrome.

But Shifra had none of those. Which, in my opinion, is reason enough to change the headline of her story to “Shifra outraged after Sarah Silverman wears cross necklace during television interview.”

The same Donald Silverman, the raging dad, responding to an item in Heeb magazine, wrote: “I told sarah that her nana (long passed) wanted to know about the cross. Sarah told me to tell nana she’s still a Jew. It came from something she wore on a movie set.”

OK, not my job to tell people you should take off symbols belonging to a religion that used them while burning alive Jews across several continents—that’s what ghostly nanas are for. But her sister, the famous Reform Rabbi Susan Silverman, also added:

“I’m her rabbi sister and called her and asked WTF? She got it, like our dad said, on a recent movie set and she just liked that it pointed to her [popular slang word meaning mammary glands]. Oy. :-)”

That aside, does anyone among our readers feel even a tinge of sadness, much less full blown outrage at the image of this Jewish girl from New Hampshire (I wrote originally ‘upstate New York,’ until Howard Graubard from Brooklyn set me right) with a cross around her neck?

Frankly, the most I’m feeling is a sense of relief. And a kind of twisted national pride: as long as Sarah Silverman kept her somewhat Jewish personality, her material was pretty strong. I liked her outrageous lyrics: “I love you more than bears love honey / I love you more than Jews love money / I love you more than Asians are good at math.” It has racial bias coupled with stereotypes, and in the context of a young girl’s love song it’s funny. But now that Sarah is going Christian, the same stuff comes across kind of antisemitic…

In any event, if Sarah is leaving us – which she has done anyway, a long time ago – it’s all good. The goyim could use a person with a good sense of humor, and we have plenty of ‘em to spare.

Somebody tell Shifra Unger ain’t none of us Jews outraged, false alarm.

Sarah Silverman to Play Woman of Questionable Morals in Western

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Controversial Jewish comedienne Sarah Silverman has entered negotiations for a new Seth MacFarlane production of a comedy-western titled “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Silverman would play a Bible-thumping lady of the night, who tries to keep her  job and her fiancée (played by Giovanni Ribisi).

The Inquisitr, where I found this item, was sure to mention Sarah’s give and take with our own Rabbi Yaakov Rosenblatt last fall, as well as her father’s unabashed talkback entry.

“Sarah Silverman and religion have proven a potent cocktail in recent history, so it’s no surprise that she would take a part like this,” argues The Inquisitr.

Makes perfect sense to me.

The new movie shoot is starting this spring. MacFarlane’s last movie, Ted, about a foul mouthed Teddy bear, grossed more than $545 million at the box office.

Happy Bible thumping.

Police Let Sarah Silverman’s Niece Visit Western Wall on Purim

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Police have agreed to allow the niece of American comedian Sarah Silverman will be allowed to attend a women’s Megillah reading at the Western Wall despite being banned from the site.

Hallel Abramowitz Silverman, 17, was one of 10 female worshipers arrested for wearing prayer shawls during a women’s Rosh Chodesh prayer service at the Western Wall earlier this month. Her mother, Rabbi Susan Abramowitz Silverman, also was arrested.

The women were released on condition that they not visit the site for 15 days and were required by police to sign a document agreeing to the condition.

After realizing she would not be able to attend the Women of the Wall organization’s women’s Megillah reading at the Kotel because of the restriction, the younger Silverman went to the Old City of Jerusalem police station and presented a letter to request an exception to the ban. She arrived with her lawyer and her father.

Police agreed to allow her to visit the Western Wall on Shushan Purim in Jerusalem  Sunday night and Monday, one day after the Purim holiday is celebrated in most other places.

“I wasn’t going to sign, but my mom had a flight leaving in a few hours, and we were afraid there would be complications and she would miss her flight,” she told Haaretz. “Plus, I was nervous. After all, I am 17 years old and I was being held in a police station.

“I was feeling so pressured, I didn’t realize it would mean missing the Megillah,” she told the newspaper. “If I had really understood this, I don’t know if I would have signed.”

Sarah Silverman’s Reform Rabbi Sister, Niece, Detained at the Kotel

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Among the 10 Women of the Wall detained by police on Monday in Israel for praying in the open air women’s section at the Western Wall while wearing prayer shawls was Susan Silverman—sister of the controversial comic Sarah Silverman. Susan is a Reform rabbi in Jerusalem, and she was arrested along with her teenage daughter.

Sarah Silverman tweeted: “SO proud of my amazing sister @rabbisusan & niece@purplelettuce95 for their [genital reference] civil disobedience. Ur the [mamary reference]!#womenofthewall”

According to Ha’aretz, the comic’s niece, Hallel, twitted back: “@SarahKSilverman hey auntie, want a copy of my mugshot?”

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AP the women were detained due to regulations that ban women from wearing prayer shawls while worshiping at the Western Wall, which could offend Orthodox Jewish visitors. Several hours later, they were released.

Shira Pruce, WOW’s Director of Public Relations, emailed The Jewish Press:

“At 7 AM hundreds of men and women flocked to the Western Wall to pray with Women of the Wall, including several Israeli paratroopers who liberated Jerusalem and the Western Wall in 1967 at the end of the Six Day War.

“The women prayed, 200 strong, with at least fifty men in attendance for support. The prayer lasted over an hour and the women were allowed to dance, sing and wear prayer shawls (tallitot), despite the police surrounding them on all sides.”

According to Pruce, a few Haredi women made insulting comments, but were instructed by police to move on.

One of the paratroopers told the passing women that, after they had liberated the Kotel, everyone was welcome to pray there.

Michah Eshet, past Battalion Commander of the paratroopers’ Battalion 66, said he became involved with Women of the Wall because they are “the brave paratroopers in the hope that they will succeed in their struggle to liberate the Kotel from grip of the ultra-Orthodox, for all of the Jewish nation.”

Well, that’s harsh, even for a big, brave paratrooper. For one thing, according to Pruce, when she spoke to The Jewish Press, on Monday there was no reaction from the Haredi men by the Kotel, who let the hour plus prayer service proceed with no interruption whatsoever. The only entity doing the gripping at this point is the High Court, which took on itself to decide whose prayer leads up to the heavens and whose ends up in the Russian Compound, Jerusalem’s detention center.

Pruce said the cops were “sneaky,” waiting for paratroopers and most of the media to disappear, and only then, as the group of women was filing out of the Western Wall plaza at the conclusion of the prayer service, did the cops “descend upon the women, in what seemed like a planned blitz arrest of as many women wearing tallitot as possible.”

Personally, I’m proud of my fellow Orthodox guys at the Kotel, who just turned their back on the tumult and the raucous on the other side of the mechitza and just did their thing. After all, it’d just once a month (thank God nobody told them Adar had two Roshei Chodashim, or maybe they only keep one because it makes sense—it’s beyond my rabbinic sensibilities).

Here’s another observation: in my own shul in Netanya we barely had a minyan for shacharit this morning, and when it came time for Hallel we mostly mumbled along with one eye on the wall clock. We only sang the part from “Pitchu li shaarey tzedek” on, and since there were barely a dozen of us – you get the picture. So I can’t resist admiring a bunch of ladies who make Rosh Chodesh special in the extreme and even bring paratroopers.

This is a great idea, come to think of it – there are so many shuls who suffer from low attendance, especially in these frosty winter mornings – why not invite a couple of paratroopers?

Just tell them they must come help release you from the grip of the Ultra Orthodox. It seems to work.

Sarah Silverman Eyes Israeli Elections

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Now that U.S. politics are over, Sarah Silverman has found a new target – Israel.

In a tweet sent on Wednesday, Silverman writes,

“My Israeli bros & sissies: Do yourselves a fave & Vote Meretz OR the Green Movement for Kenesset sweeet”.

According to the Israeli site Nana, Meretz party chief, MK Zahava Galon (of “Jew-boy” fame) thanked Silverman for her support and congratulated her on Obama’s victory.

Now what would Rabbi Rosenblatt have to say?

Pro-Obama Video by Sarah Silverman’s Sister to Begin Airing in Florida

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

A video in support of President Obama produced by the sister of comedian Sarah Silverman will begin airing in Florida.

The video by Rabbi Susan Silverman, a Reform rabbi who lives in Jerusalem, posted last week on Facebook shows Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak in an interview and Israelis throughout the country praising Obama’s support for Israel’s security.

A 30-second version is scheduled to run in Florida television markets on Monday during the foreign policy debate between Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney, according to The Jerusalem Post.

Susan Silverman, who lives in Israel with her husband, Arava Power CEO Yosef Abramowitz, and their five children, became involved in making the video after asking her famous sister to make a video about Israelis’ support for Obama.

Sarah Silverman made “The Great Schlep” video in support of Obama four years ago to convince her grandparents and other grandparents to vote for Obama. Earlier this year she made a video asking casino mogul Sheldon Adelson to switch his support to Obama.

The video comes on the heels of an Op-Ed published in the Jewish Press in which Rabbi Yaakov Rosenblatt criticizes Sarah Silverman for being “crude” and “vulgar.” He suggested that she channel her energy into marrying and having children. The Silvermans’ father, Donald, responded with a vulgar statement of his own.

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