every year - St. Pesha of the Under-attended Minyan
2006 - St Pesha and her minyan of Jewish comedians
2007 - St Pesha and her minyan of Jewish TV actors in character
Gertrude Berg as Molly Goldberg in The Goldbergs
Mel Blanc as Barney Rubble in The Flintstones
Ross Martin as Artemus Gordon in Wild, Wild West
Leonard Nimoy as Spock in Star Trek
Robert Clary as LeBeau in Hogan’s Heroes
Carolyn Jones as Morticia Addams in The Addams Family
Tina Louise as Ginger in Gilligan’s Island
Henry Winkler as The Fonz in Happy Days
Adam Arkin as Adam in Northern Exposure
Julie Kavner as Marge Simpson in The Simpsons
2008 - St Pesha and her minyan of Jewish he-men
no photo. this was in response to complaints at Yamim Noraim that there weren't enough men on the bima.
Zishe (Siegmund) Breitbart (February 22, 1883 - October 12, 1925) was a Polish-born circus performer, vaudeville strongman and Jewish folklore hero. He was known as the "Strongest Man in the World" and "The Ironking" during the 1920s, and was born into an Orthodox Jewish family of blacksmiths in Łódź. He traveled and preformed extensively in Europe and America. He gained American citizenship in 1923.
Dean Simon (born August 4, 1960) better known by his ring name Dean Malenko, is a retired professional wrestler. He is currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment working on its ECW brand as the senior road agent.
Adam Joseph Copeland (born October 30, 1973), in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada better known by his ring name Edge, is a Canadian professional wrestler presently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment, wrestling on the SmackDown! brand, where he is the reigning World Heavyweight Champion.
Dmitry Salita ("Star of David"; born April 4, 1982) is a Ukrainian-born undefeated boxer from New York City in the junior welterweight division. He has a 27-0-1 record, with 15 KOs. He is 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m), and his reach is 69". He is a practicing Orthodox Jew, and does not fight on the Sabbath or Jewish holidays.
Mathieu Schneider (June 12, 1969) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman, currently playing for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League.
Matthew Jason Bloom (born November 14, 1974) is an American professional wrestler, currently wrestling for New Japan Pro Wrestling under the ring name Giant Bernard Bloom is perhaps best distinguished by his hirsute torso and 28 piercings, the first of which he received at the age of 14. (Wrestling critic Scott Keith once observed that Bloom resembled "a cross between a Kewpie doll and a Chia pet.")
Maximilian Adelbert "Madcap Maxie" Baer (February 11, 1909 – November 21, 1959) was an American boxer of the 1930s, onetime Heavyweight Champion of the World, actor and entertainer.
Thore Robert "Bob" Nystrom (born October 10, 1952 in Stockholm, Sweden), is a retired professional ice hockey right-winger. He played for the New York Islanders from the 1972-73 NHL season to the 1985-86 NHL season.
Curt Randy Grossman (born September 20, 1952 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a former professional American football player who played tight end for eight seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League.
2009 - St Pesha and her minyan of Jewish singers
Sophie Tucker (January 13, 1884–February 9, 1966) was a singer & comedian. She was born Sonia Kalish between Russia & Poland. Tucker remained a popular singer through the 1920s. In 1925, Jack Yellen wrote “My Yiddishe Momme” for her. She helped organize the American Federation of Actors, and in 1939. She continued performing in the U.S. and the United Kingdom, until shortly before dying of lung cancer at the age of 82.
Al Jolson (born Asa Yoelson on May 26, 1886 – October 23, 1950), born in Lithuania was a highly acclaimed American singer, comedian, and actor. His career lasted from 1911 until his death in 1950, during which time he was commonly dubbed “the world's greatest entertainer.” He's best remembered for his leading role in the world’s first talking picture, The Jazz Singer, released in 1927. As early as 1911, at the age of 25, he also became noted for fighting black discrimination on the Broadway stage. Jolson’s well-known theatrics and his promotion of equality on Broadway helped pave the way for many black performers, playwrights, and songwriters.
Ethel Merman (born Ethel Agnes Zimmermann on January 16, 1908 – February 15, 1984) was an American actress and singer known for musical theatre, well known for her powerful voice. Her father, Edward Zimmermann, was an accountant, and her mother, Agnes (née Gardner), was a school teacher. Merman's father was German American and Lutheran, and her mother was Scottish American and Presbyterian; she was baptized Episcopalian. Not counted in the minyan.
Dinah Shore: (February 29, 1916 - February 24, 1994 originally Frances Rose Shore) was born in Winchester, Tennessee, in 1917. She learned about music from her black nursemaid who took her to hear black congregations sing spirituals and taught her how to imitate black jazz singers by playfully sliding up and down the scale. Out of those experiences, Shore developed a unique throaty, dramatic way of singing in which she made each word meaningful to the listener. She always regarded herself as basically a blues singer. Some critics called “sentimental” and even “gushy.”
Samuel George “Sammy” Davis, Jr. (December 8, 1925 – May 16, 1990) was an American entertainer. He was a dancer, singer, multi-instrumentalist (vibraphone, trumpet, and drums), impressionist, comedian, and Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor. He was a member of the 1960s Rat Pack, which was led by Frank Sinatra, and included Dean Martin, Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford. Davis was almost killed in an accident in 1954. Davis lost his left eye as a result. While in the hospital, Eddie Cantor told him about the similarities between the Jewish and black cultures. Prompted by this conversation, Davis began studying the history of Jews and subsequently converted to Judaism.
Beverly Sills (May 25, 1929 – July 2, 2007) was an American operatic soprano who enjoyed success in the 1960s and 1970s. After retiring from singing in 1980, she became the general manager of the New York City Opera. In 1994, she became the Chairman of Lincoln Center and then, in 2002, of the Metropolitan Opera. Sills lent her celebrity to further her charity work for the prevention and treatment of birth defects.
Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American singer, actor, and musician. A cultural icon, he is commonly known simply as “Elvis”, and is also sometimes referred to as “The King of Rock 'n' Roll” or “The King”. Elvis' maternal great-great-grandmother, Nancy Tackett, was Jewish. Tackett's daughter Martha Tackett was the mother of Doll Mansell, who in turn was the mother of Elvis' mother, Gladys Smith. He wore a “Chai” pendant and even had a Star of David engraved on his mother's headstone. Not counted in the Minyan.
Simon & Garfunkel were an American singer-songwriter duo consisting of Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) and Arthur Ira “Art” Garfunkel (born November 5, 1941). They formed the group “Tom and Jerry” in 1957, and had their first taste of success with the minor hit “Hey, Schoolgirl”. As Simon and Garfunkel, the duo rose to fame in 1965, backed by the hit single “The Sounds of Silence”. Their music was featured in the landmark film The Graduate, propelling them further into the public consciousness.
Barbra Streisand (born Barbara Joan Streisand, April 24, 1942) is an American singer and film and theatre actress. She has also achieved note as a composer, political activist, film producer and director. She has won Academy Awards for Best Actress and Best Original Song as well as multiple Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards, and Golden Globe Awards.
Bette Midler (born December 1, 1945) is an American singer, actress & comedienne, also known as The Divine Miss M. During her career, she has won four Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, and a Tony Award, and has been nominated for two Academy Awards. St. Pesha’s favorite Bette Midler movie is Ruthless People.
Nell Carter (September 13, 1948 – January 23, 2003) was an African-American singer, and film, stage, and television actress. After a series of roles on- and off-Broadway, in 1977 she starred in the show Ain't Misbehavin'!, a revue of the works of composer Fats Waller. She was rewarded for her performance with an Obie Award, and later with a Tony Award when the show moved to Broadway. Several years later, she earned an Emmy for her performance on a television presentation of the musical. Gimme a Break!. She converted to Judaism in 1982. She was bi-sexual, a fact not many people knew until after she passed away. Her life partner at the time of her death was Ann Kasen.
Gene Simmons (born Chaim Witz on August 25, 1949) is an American hard rock bassist, vocalist, and actor. He is best known as “The Demon,” the blood-spitting, fire-breathing, and tongue-wagging bassist in the hard rock band Kiss, an act he co-founded in the early 1970s. Simmons also contends that he has “never been high, drunk, or smoked in [his] life.”