(In Yiddish, shmendrik (shmen-drik) means “a pathetic and foolish small-time ineffectual loser, Kirschen said. And the award winners are perfect examples of dopey shmendriks who actually think of themselves as heroes.)
Dry Bones Shmendrik Awards spotlight anti-Semitisms biggest flunkies. The Dry Bones Project foundation, a non-profit organization that fights anti-Semitism with humor, today announced the winners of the 1st Annual Dry Bones Shmendrik Awards. The annual awards honor those who most distinguished themselves by their seemingly unwitting support of anti-Semitism. The awards go to:
Golden Shmendrik: Ken Livingston, the mayor of London, for his compulsive and ludicrous insulting of Jews, the Jewish People, and the Jewish State.
Silver Shmendrik: The U.S. Presbyterian Church, for deciding to embark on a process of selective divestment from companies doing business in Israel.
Bronze Shmendrik: Neturei Karta, the tiny fringe group whose black-garbed rabbis pose with anti-Zionist banners for news photographers.
Honorable Mention (brass): Prince Harry, who managed to get himself photographed while innocently partying in a Nazi uniform exactly two weeks before Europes solemn commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
Winners were selected from Shmendrik nominations that flooded in from around the world to the projects website Suggestions were sent from places as far away as Sweden, England, France, Singapore, South Korea, Israel, Argentina, and the United States. The awards committee that had the daunting task of selecting the winners was made up of Israeli political cartoonist Yaakov Dry Bones Kirschen, Rabbi Gedaliah Gurfein, and Clarence Wagner, Chairman of the Christian organization, Bridges for Peace.
Announcement of the award was timed to coincide with the Jewish Purim holiday (March 25).
The incredible response of the public to the awards took the foundation by surprise. Wait til next year! said one of the organizers, Were going to have a Shmendrik Awards ceremony with real celebrities on a real stage, opening real envelopes and all! This looks like its going to be big!