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MANHATTAN'S ACTORS' TEMPLE BENEFIT SHOW - LOTSA LAUGHS - GOOD CAUSE

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BY ELLIOT STEPHEN COHEN

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On Monday evening, many fine comedians donated their talents to the Actors' Temple's annual comedy benefit show. They included Bob Greenberg, Ross Bennett, Dave Konig, Rhonda Hansome and Sandy Ehlers (plus pianist Ira Allen and singer Carmen Amaros).

For those unfamiliar with the temple, one of my favorite New York places, it's a historic landmark that was built in 1923 to serve the Jewish community in what used to be referred to as “Hell’s Kitchen.”

Over the years, it became the spiritual home for many Jewish show business icons. Its walls are decorated with photos of such famous past members as Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor, Jack Benny, Henny Youngman, Jerry Lewis, Sophie Tucker, two of The Three Stooges and baseball legend Sandy Koufax. The congregation which is known as Ezrath Israel is presided over by Rabbi Jill Hausman who also serves as the temple’s cantor.

Bob Greenberg who hosted the evening was his usual hilarious self, doing first-rate impressions of famous Honeymooners’ character Ralph Kramden (whom he resembles), comedian Stan Laurel and others.

The temple's outside sign reads, "Cool People, Warm Shul." That was very evident this evening.

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