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    Israel Kamakawiwo'ole

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    May 20, 1959 – June 26, 1997

    When we started this little site, there were certain Jews we simply had to find. Our holy grails, if you will (yes, irony — we know). And, with our millennial profile fast approaching, we can proudly say we've collected quite a few.

    The superb athlete Jew. Check.

    The black Jew. Check.

    The sexy Jew. Check.

    The superb athlete, black, sexy Jew. Check. (That's right, Taylor Mays, we may be married heterosexuals, but we know quality when we... anyway. Let's just move on.)

    So weren't we excited when our own, Jew-y version of Sir Galahad showed up with Israel Kamakaw... Kamaki... the guy pictured on the left. Had we finally found the coveted Native Hawaiian Jew to add to our collection?

    Sadly, no. The man known to his legions of fans as Izzy may have played a mean ukelele, but the klezmer was never a part of his repertoire. The name? Jewtastic. The man? A roast pig luau (which, sadly, Israel enjoyed a few times too often, leading to his early death).

    And so the epic quest continues. After all, we won't be fully satisfied till we have our Jewish Eskimo, our Jewish bounty hunter, our Jewish sheikh....

    Verdict: Not a Jew.

    January 11, 2011

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