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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Apr 5, 2013 / 25 Nisan, 5773

Jewz in the Newz

By Nate Bloom






Brad Garrett's New Sit-Com; Soviet Spies; Bar Mitzvah Video Deluxe; Three Guys Who Will be Missed

JewishWorldReview.com | TV AND VIDEO NEWS "How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)", premiered on ABC last Wednesday, but you can catch an encore showing on Saturday, April 6, at 8:30PM. This sit-com stars Sarah Chalke ("Scrubs") as a recently divorced single mom who moves in with her eccentric parents (Elizabeth Perkins and BRAD GARRETT, 52, of "Everybody Loves Raymond" fame).

The FX cable series, "The Americans," premiered in late January to mostly good reviews and FX has already renewed it for a second, 13 episode season. New shows air Wednesdays at 10PM and you can view already aired episodes on-line. The premise: in the early 1980s, the Soviet Union plants two KGB agents (Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys), who are also a married couple, in the Washington, D.C. area. They appear to be just regular Americans. The spies' lives are complicated when a FBI counterintelligence expert moves in next door. He's played by NOAH EMMERICH, 48. Emmerich is one of those character actors most people recognize, but few know his name. He played Jim Carrey's best buddy in "The Truman Show" and Patrick Wilson's best friend in "Little Children."

The series was created by JOE WEISBERG, 46. In 1989, while still a Yale Univ. student, he smuggled in goods to Soviet Jewish Refuseniks. In 1990, he joined the CIA and worked for the agency until 1994.

This month, Toronto resident JOREL HOFFERT is scheduled to have his bar mitzvah. In the words of the "Wall Street Journal": "He conscripted his parents and grandparents to make a truly mind-blowing [bar mitzvah] video invitation, which has to be seen to be believed (and beloved).The video features young Hoffert throwing down serious East-West swag: Crooning a reskinned "Bohemian Rhapsody," showing off serious air-guitar and actual-piano chops, and finishing off with an epic Gangnam-style finale. And the lyrics are hilarious, with lines like 'I'm half a Jew/Learned Hebrew/I'm half Asian and proud of that too.'"


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The video has got over 500K views on Youtube.

3-D DINOSAURS Opening on Friday, April 5, is a 3-D version of STEVEN SPIELBERG's 1993 sci-fi blockbuster, "Jurassic Park." Stars include JEFF GOLDBLUM, now 60; Laura Dern, 46 (whom Goldblum dated from 1995-97); and Sir Richard Attenborough, now 89.

Attenborough's (non-Jewish) parents took in two young German Jewish refugee girls in 1939. They arrived in England on what was known as the "Kindertransport." His parents adopted the girls after WWII when it became known that the girls' parents had died in the Holocaust. These two girls, who Sir Richard and his brother, famous scientist David Attenborough, always considered their sisters, moved to the States after the war and lived with a blood uncle. Both were active members of the Jewish community until their recent deaths.


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Dern, who has always favored making edgy, small-budget indie movies, recently told an interviewer that she agreed to do "Jurassic Park" for three reasons: "Spielberg, Spielberg, and Spielberg." She added that she is grateful she did the film because it is one of her few films she feels comfortable watching with her young children.

QUITE A TRIO Three well-known, if not super-famous Jews died in the last three weeks, and I was struck by how their careers reflect the diversity of Jewish talent. You can easily find longer bios on-line, but often their Jewish background isn't mentioned. So, just in case you missed their deaths and/or the fact that they were Jewish—here they are—with apologies for not writing more about their interesting lives:


  • Canadian JOE WEIDER died on Mar. 23, age 83. A bodybuilder, himself, he was the creator of many of the top bodybuilding competitions; publisher of bodybuilding magazines; and seller of many nutritional supplements, including Tiger's Milk products.

  • ANTHONY LEWIS died on Mar. 25, age 85. Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and NY Times columnist, he is credited with creating the field of legal journalism in the United States.

  • MALACHI THRONE died on Mar. 13, age 84. Crack character actor with scores of TV and movie roles, including "It Takes a Thief." In 2009, he told an interviewer that he refused to change his Jewish first name even though his agent warned him he would only get parts "playing Jews and Indians." He said he didn't regret turning down the role of Dr. McCoy on "Star Trek" (he wanted the Spock role) and was happy to be one of the few actors to guest-star on both the original "Trek" and on "Next Generation."

Info Note: Persons in capital letters, above, are deemed Jewish for the purpose of this column. For the purpose of the column, the person has to have at least one Jewish parent, be raised Jewish or secular, and not identify with a religion other than Judaism as an adult. Converts to Judaism are also, of course, considered Jewish, even if they don't have a Jewish parent.

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Previously:


The Back Story of the Ten Commandments (the film)--including Funny Stuff; Brit TV Dramas with a Jewish Connection

Paul Rudd and Nat Wolff co-star in New Comedy; Al Pacino Plays Phil Spector; Tribe Heavy "Girls"; An Oscar Winner's Orthodox Son

Bonnie Franklin, Valerie Harper; LA mayor's race; Albert Brooks on going to Shul

The Land of Oz's Many Hebrews; Mila Kunis & a "Menschy" Company; Aly Raisman Dances & Jewish Figure Skaters at World Championship

New on the Big Screen, Tube

The Oscars: The Jewish Connection

Jews in the National Hockey League; Possible Start of a Blockbuster Film Series; Star Wars Keep on Comin', Special TV Showing of Schindler's List



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