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PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 25, 2012 Single Jewish Female Seeks Male Looking for Marriage ............... TJCDate Profile:. Y'dat613 ABOUT ME: Creative, funny, warm-hearted, religious, and a great cook! Looking to settle down, but not to settle. MY LIFE & AMBITIONS: I'm a graphic designer, sick of doing bar mitzvah invitations, looking to take my career to the next level. ON OUR FIRST DATE, REMIND ME TO TELL YOU THE STORY ABOUT... How a refrigerator light left on over Shabbat led to my losing a roommate. DON'T BOTHER ASKING ME TO... ...Come to your Shabbat dinner if your idea of a fine wine is "the blue bottle." 'The Dictator:' Top Jewish moments By Naomi Pfefferman Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles However the reviews may fall for "The Dictator," Sacha Baron Cohen's first scripted film, the comedy certainly offers some bits for The Tribe--mostly skewing anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist sentiments-- and with plenty of Hebrew and Yiddish words peppered into his dictator-speak [SPOILER ALERT]: Admiral Gen. Haffaz Aladeen of the North Af- rican country of Wadiya (who, by the way, is not an Arab) has been summoned to New York to address the United Nations on concerns he's developing nuclear weapons on the sly. He struggles not to giggle as he insists his weapons- grade uranium will be used only for medical research and clean energy--"and certainly never to attack Is--" he says, catching himself before naming the Jewish state. Just before deciding to journey to New York after all (his umpteenth double has been assassinated), The Dictator relaxes by play- ing a Wii game in which a mellifluous female voice announces, "Welcome to the Munich Olympics." With his "Jewdar" on, the Supreme Leader blasts away at bearded avatars that shout "shalom," "oy vey" and "meshuggeneh" as they implode. After Aladeen is kid- napped, stripped of his Matisyahu-like beard and left helpless on the streets of New York, a shlemiely dictator look-alike steps in for Aladeen at the United Nations. The imposter, a former goatherd, proceeds to pee in a pitcher, drink it--and then accidentally spills it all over the Israeli delegation, which is ap- parently doubling for Ryan Seacrest. "Good one," says the impressed real Aladeen, who is watching the antics on TV. Alone and desperate in Brooklyn, The Dicta- tor is about to jump off a bridge when he is rescued by his former top scientist, Nuclear Nadal (Jason Man- tzoukas), who is startled when Aiadeen calls him a "schmuck." "Why are you speaking Yiddish?" Nadal asks, as the despot explains that he picked it up in New York. "I don't like the people," Aladeen says of Jews, "but I like the way their words sound like what they mean." Scoffs Nadal, "I'm sorry, but did I get the evite to your bar mitzvah?" Finally re-ensconced as Dictator, Aladeen weds Zoe (Anna Faris), a grocer he has befriended in New York, in a lavish ceremo- ny. There's just one prob- lem-at the conclusion of the ceremony Zoe breaks a glass, explaining that it's a tradition among her people. 'I'm Jewish--mazel toy," she declares, as Aladeen hugs her close--and beck- ons to his executioner. Naomi Pfefferman writes for the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, from which this article was re- printed by permission. The Eulogizer." Sassoon, Bluestein By Alan D. Abbey JERUSALEM (JTA)-- The Eulogizer highlights the life accomplishments of famous and not-so- famous Jews who have passed away recently. Sassoon, 84, celebrity stylist and anti-Semitism fighter Celebrity hair stylist Vidal Sassoon, who was committed to fighting anti-Semitism and fought in Israel's War of Inde- pendence, died May 9 in his Los Angeles home at 84. He had been battling leukemia. Sassoon, a London na- tive, from the age of 3 grew up in a Jewish orphanage after his father left the family. He left school at 14 to become an apprentice hairdresser. In 1948, at the age of 20, Sassoon joined the Palmach and fought in Israel's War for Indepen- dence. He opened his first salon in London in 1954, and be- came known for his mod- ern and low-maintenance hairstyles for women. Sassoon opened more salons in England and then in the United States. In 1973 he debuted a line of shampoos and styling products, gaining fame appearing in TV commer- cials using the slogan "If you don't look good, we don't look good." In 1982 he established the Vidal Sassoon Inter- national Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Bluestein, 60, St. Louis celebrity hair stylist Jenny Bluestein, a one- time nurse who became a prominent hair stylist and TV personality in St. Louis, died April 27 at 60 of a pulmonary embolism. She had opened her cancer battle to the public. "Our viewers loved her," said Jennifer Blome, KSDK-TV's news anchor- woman. "She took great pleasure in helping people be what they wanted to be." During the late 1980s and 1990s, the salon she operated with her hus- band, Markus, became a fashionable locale in St. Louis. Celebrity clients included President Bill Clinton, Vice President A1 Gore and his wife, Tipper, TV personality Sally Jessy Raphael and singer Patti LaBelle. Ayear after her husband died in 1994, she was diag- nosed with breast cancer. The TV station broadcast her surgery and later re- construction. Write to the Eulogizer at eulogizer@jta.org.