Temple Emanu-El, Sept. 7, 2014, NYC
Rabbi Chaim Gruber—both to pay his respects to the uber-famous comedienne and due to his concerns about Joan Rivers, RIP, before her death, acerbating the Middle Eastern conflict with inflammatory public remarks—attended the star-studded memorial service of Joan Rivers, RIP. Taking along is assistant, C. Seamus (Yakov) McClare, they sat near Geraldo Rivera and his wife. There, the Rabbi recited the traditional mourner's kaddish ("holiness") prayer for the dead.
At the memorial's concluding procession, the Rabbi had the honour of side-by-side escorting, up the Temple's aisle, eulogiser Margie Stern, Joan Rivers' best friend. During this walk—following the NYPD Bagpiper Band out to Manhattan's Fifth Avenue—the Rabbi, to fulfil his divine obligation, relayed an incisive and heartfelt message about the dear departed to Mrs. Stern that left her amazed.
After the service, the Rabbi took the opportunity to speak to a number of stars regarding the great need for peace between Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
Rabbi Chaim Gruber with Lisa Robertson and other very gracious hosts from the QVC Shopping Network (Joan Rivers was closely affiliated with QVC). The Rabbi chatted about the very privileged status of Americans. He also said that Americans should both be grateful for such a status and be at work making peace so that this privilege could be safely maintained.
Rabbi Gruber in serious dialogue with Whoopie Goldberg. The Rabbi spoke of Jews, Christians, and Muslims all believing in a singular Almighty Who desires peace on Earth. Therefore, he said, these religious groups should be able to agree on rules that everyone can live by; after all, as unfairness creates conflict, only through fairness to all can God’s desire for peace be achieved.