Just as Jews worldwide gathered to observe Yom Kippur, The Board of Guardians of British Jews announced on its Web site:
"We gave Mr Baron Cohen an informal warning over six months ago about the Borat character ... bringing major embarrassment to the Jewish community," says Harry Greenberg, president of the Board. "Mr Baron Cohen ignored our letters and phone calls... and has been banned from setting foot into any synagogue for six months."
Who are they?
However, the so-called British Guardians' threats are not as serious as they sound.
TMZ reports that the same "organization" - which is not to be confused with The Board of Deputies of British Jews, which is the UK equivalent of the Anti-Defamation League - put up a posting just after Mel Gibson's DUI arrest and subsequent anti-Semitic tirade in August, supporting Mel.
The organization's message had welcomed Gibson to its board as a vice-president, and claimed that, "despite American media trying to imply his is anti-Semitic, Mel is a true lover of all Jews and the Jewish faith."