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Ruth Messinger
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Jordan Rubin
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AJWS
Celebs Urge Charity
To Change Its Name!

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MERICAN Jewish World Service (AJWS) marked 25 years of helping poverty stricken people in developing countries. Naturally that called for a dinner in October at the Frederick Rose Hall at Lincoln Center to honor its president, Ruth Messinger.

ABC News anchor Christiane Amanpour called Messinger "a model of global citizenship." She added, "You are our conscience and you teach us what it means to be a human being."

Messinger, who served as Manhattan borough president during the Ď90s, also celebrated her 70th birthday at the dinner. She introduced a short promotional film called, "A Public Service Announcement by Judd Apatow and Jordan Rubin Not Approved by AJWS."

For this PSA, writer/director Judd Apatow and comedian/writer Jordan Rubin got their Jewish and gentile friends together to roast AJWS and raise some money for its programs. Some 22 names responded, among them Gilbert Gottfried, Helen Hunt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tracy Morgan, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman (the funniest of the bunch), Kiefer Sutherland and Patrick Stewart.

Lindsay Lohan was happy to participate, but whispered to no one in particular, "These things pay well, right?"

Andy Samberg got into the spirit of the public service announcement and told viewers to call the number at the bottom of the screen. Realizing there is no number, he said you should text dreidel. "All right, just send a donation with a self-addressed stamped matza."

Tracy Morgan revealed a secret: "Iím not Jewish."

Patrick Stewart, who admitted to not being close to Jewish, nevertheless proudly supports the American Jewish World Service.

Ben Stiller argued that AJWS is an awful acronym. "Change it to Jewish American World Serviceóthen youíre saying JAWS. Now thatís punchy! You can have a JAWS month on Discovery Channel."

Triumph, the Insult Dog, suggested something simple, like "Jews Helping Goyim."

"People ask if Iím Jewish because of the way I talk," the Insult Dog added, chomping on a cigar. "I choose to be like Madonna. I donít want to announce Iím Jewish until I need the publicity."

NBC News anchor Brian Williams admitted heís not Jewish but supports the organization. "Why? As Tevye said, itís tradition."

To keep the laughs coming, guitarist/singer John Mayer contributed a raunchy line: "Since Iím only half-Jewish, Iím only half circumcised."

 

 

 

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