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
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
Apatow and comedian/writer Jordan Rubin
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.
was happy to
participate, but whispered to no one in particular, "These
things pay well, right?"
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.
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."