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February 5, 2015 3:25 pm

Melissa Rivers Speaks of Her Mother Joan’s Jewish Pride Upon Accepting ‘Warrior for Truth’ Award for the Late Entertainer (VIDEO)

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Melissa Rivers receiving The Algemeiner's 'Warrior for Truth' Award on behalf of her mother Joan. Photo: Sarah Rogers.

Melissa Rivers on Tuesday night spoke of her mother Joan Rivers’ pride in being Jewish upon accepting the ‘Warrior for Truth’ Award on behalf of the late comedian at The Algemeiner‘s ‘Jewish 100’ Gala in New York City.

“Not only was my mother proud of her Jewish heritage but she was also fearless and vocal, just a beyond vocal supporter of the state of Israel. Especially at a time when it was not popular to be so and others were shying away from publicly lending their voices for fear of criticism,” Melissa said at the star-studded event, which drew a crowd of 500 to the Capitale on Bowery.

The late entertainer’s pride in her Jewish identity was known around the world Melissa said, and noted that immediately after her mother’s passing in September 2014, she received many notices and letters from those who loved her mother. Melissa added, “a ridiculous amount of trees were planted in Israel in her honor.”

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“My mother was, clearly, always very passionate about Israel and Judaism… and it really was not in her nature to keep those feelings, or any feelings for those matter, to herself,” Melissa said.

Other honorees at the event included philanthropists Joseph and Deborah Aronow, tycoon Donald Trump and speaker of the Knesset Yuli Edelstein.

Watch Melissa’s speech about her mother in the video below:

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  • Seriously, are you on some kind of anti-psychotic medication? You are in another world of which I’m not aware exists.

  • victoria brandeis

    JEWISH HERITAGE EQUALS REMAINING JEWISH….LIVING JEWISH….

    AND HONOURING THIS PLACE.

    SORRY FOR HER MURDER AND HER SPEAKING OUT FOR ISRAEL

    AND THE JEWISH SOULS…….YET, THIS INCREDIBLE FEMALE

    PLACED HER LIFE IN JEOPARDY EACH DAY AND EACH MOMENT

    THAT SHE OPENED HER MOUTH.

    THE JEWISH 100 INCLUDES THOSE WHO LIVE LIFE WITHOUT ONE

    SPECK OF THEIR JEWISHNESS….LEONARD COHEN,,,,SPIELBERG

    ETC AND MORE DUE MORE DAMAGE THAN GOOD.

    SO WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT THERE MAY BE ONLY 1 IN THIS GROUP

    BUT THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS IN THE STREETS OF NEW

    YORK…ISRAEL AND ON AND ON…….BLACK HATS

    MELISSA,,,,,,YOUR MOTHER WAS BEAUTIFUL……..AMERICA HAS

    SHUT YOUR MOUTH AND PERHAPS ENTRAPPED YOU AS WELL…..

    KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT AND YOU AND YOUR SON MAY LIVE

    ISN’T THAT MORE LIKE IT……

  • DACON9

    IT SEEMS I AM THE ONLY ONE ”’TRYING”’ TO KEEP THIS ALGEMIENER HONEST.

    joan rivers is NOT a jew.
    her soul has perished.

    IN HER WILL….
    she requested NOT TO HAVE A RABBI AT HER FUNERAL
    she requested TO BE CREMATED.

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