In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

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 June 21, 2013 / 13 Tamuz, 5773

Jewz in the Newz

By Nate Bloom

'The Voice' Singer's Karaite Background; Brad Pitt Battles Zombies in Israel w/help of Israeli actress; Rachelle Lefevre in Big Movie/Big Mini-Series

JewishWorldReview.com | CHAMUEL: A WINNER MICHELLE CHAMUEL, 27, was one of the three finalists in this season's "The Voice" competition which ended on June 18. Even though she finished second, I think it’s very likely that Chamuel will go on to a high profile, successful career. She has a great voice and an engaging stage presence. A cousin of Chamuel contacted me after reading this column. She informed me that Chamuel's father, JACQUES, an engineer, and her mother, JOALIE, a physician, are both Egyptian-born Jews who moved to the States following the 1967 war. Virtually all of Egypt's 80,000 Jews were forced to flee Egypt between 1948 and 1967.

In Egypt, I was told, Michelle’s parents were members of the Karaite Jewish community. Karaites are now a quite small wing of Judaism, but once their numbers were much larger. They embrace the Torah, but reject the oral law and the Talmud. There is only one Karaite synagogue in America with its own dedicated facility.

NOT YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN "World War Z," which opens on Friday, June 21, is based on the 2006 novel of the same name by MAX BROOKS, 41. The book was hailed as raising the intellectual level of the zombie-genre. Brooks is the son of MEL BROOKS, 86, and the late Anne Bancroft. Max's wife, MICHELLE KHOLOS BROOKS, 45, is a former NPR producer who is now a playwright and novelist.

Brad Pitt stars in "WWZ" as Gerry Lane, a former UN investigator who travels around the world trying to figure out how a plague of zombies arose and what can be done to stop them.Israel is an important stop---the Israeli government was the first to take the zombie threat seriously and it moved quickly to evacuate from the occupied areas and admit, into Israeli proper, any Jew or Palestinian who was uninfected. While in Jerusalem, and in other places, Lane is guarded by a crack Israeli security guard played by Israeli actress DANIELLE KERTESZ, 24. As the "Times of Israel" recently said, Kertesz was "plucked from relative obscurity" to play this role. She told an Israeli TV station that she liked Brad, Angelina, and their kids very much. She said: "[They were] normal kids who asked their dad things like, 'How many zombies did you kill today?'"

LEFEVRE FEVER Odds are you have seen RACHELLE LEFEVRE, 34, in more than one role. The pretty red-headed actress played the evil vampire Victoria Sutherland in the first two "Twilight" films and she played Paul Giamatti's first wife in the 2009 movie, "Barney's Version," based on the late MORDECAI RICHLER novel. She's been in several short-lived TV shows and has done a lot of guest roles.

On Friday, June 28, her latest film, "White House Down," opens. Channing Tatum stars as a Capitol policeman who wants to be a member of the President's Secret Service detail. As he is taking his daughter on a White House tour, a paramilitary group launches an attack, and Tatum's character gets a chance to show how tough he is. Leferve plays Tatum's ex-wife. Their daughter is played by JOEY KING, 13.


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Leferve also co-stars in the new, six-part CBS mini-series, "Under the Dome," which starts on Monday, June 24 at 10PM. It's a sci-fi thriller based on a Stephen King novel and it's produced by STEVEN SPIELBERG, 66.

Leferve was born and raised in Montreal. In 2011, she told Venice Magazine: "I'm Jewish and I lost my great-grandfather, who was shot down in a pogrom, and I lost great-grandparents in the Holocaust. When 'Fugitive Pieces' [a 2007 film about the Holocaust], came along, it was just one of those things where I read it and I thought, 'I have to be in this'… 'My stepfather is a rabbi; I'm not a religious Jew, but I'm certainly well informed.'"

REPORTING THE NEWS In January, CNN hired JAKE TAPPER, 44, to host his own program, "The Lead with Jake Tapper." At first, Tapper looked like he would follow the downward ratings spiral of most other "straight-news" CNN anchors and he wouldn't be around for long. But his ratings have improved and it looks like he is now being favored over JOHN KING, 49, when it comes to reporting big breaking news on the ground. (King made a howling error while reporting on the Boston Marathon bombing). One "safe in his job" news anchor I only just learned is Jewish is JEFFREY BROWN, 61. He's been the even-keeled co-anchor of the PBS Newshour since 2005.

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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The Great Gatsby's Jewish Ties; Jews in the "Time 100 list" List; People's Most Beautiful Women

Iron Man's Jewish Connections; Marc Maron's New TV Show; Martin Landau Grows Up with Israel; Shalom, Allan Arbus

Jewish Major Leaguers, 2013; New Movies and Comedy Show; Shalom, 'Lumpy' (Leave it to Beaver)

Teen actor Jonah Bobo in New Flick: Hunky James Wolk on Mad Men; Erich Segal's Daughter Writes Prize-Winning Jewish Novel

Jackie Robinson's Friend, Hank Greenberg; CNN's Jake Tapper; Texas County in the News is named for 19thC. Jewish soldier and Congressman

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

© 2013, Nate Bloom