(JNS.org) No, Meryl Streep wasn’t there crying in five different languages. Still, comedienne Joan Rivers’s funeral on Sunday, Sept. 7, was a “showbiz affair” brimming with celebs and paparazzi – as per the wishes she expressed in her 2012 book I Hate Everyone…Starting with Me.
Rivers, who went into cardiac arrest and was placed on life support on August 28, while undergoing throat surgery in New York City, died on Thursday, Sept. 4 at Mount Sinai Hospital with her daughter, Melissa, and her grandson, Cooper, by her side.
Hundreds of mourners crowded into Temple Emanue-el on New York’s Fifth Avenue, for the private, invitation-only service. The temple’s spiritual leader, Rabbi Joshua Davidson, offered the opening prayer at the funeral, which was closed to the media. Radio talk show host Howard Stern delivered the eulogy.
Credited with blazing a trail for other female stand-up comics, Rivers was known for her often outrageous and sometimes controversial humor. Besides her work on stage, she was proud of her Jewish heritage and was steadfast in her support of Israel. Recently, she garnered attention for her epic on-camera defense of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.
“Let me just tell you, if New Jersey were firing rockets into New York, we would wipe them out. If we heard they were digging tunnels from New Jersey to New York, we would get rid of Jersey. … Don’t put your God damn things in private homes, don’t put your weapon stashes in private homes,” she said in a TMZ video interview, blasting Hamas terrorists.