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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 July 8, 2013 / 1 Menachem-Av, 5773

Jewz in the Newz

By Nate Bloom







Actress Ginnifer Goodwin re-discovers her faith: makes speech at synagogue; Humorous web series on re-discovering Judaism; new projects for Liev Schreiber and Zach Braff

JewishWorldReview.com | GINNIFER GOODWIN RE-DISCOVERS HER FAITH GINNIFER GOODWIN, 35, has compiled quite a list of credits in the last decade: she has been the co-star of two hit TV series ("Big Love" and the still-airing "Once Upon a Time") and she has co-starred in several hit films, including "Walk the Line" and "He's Just Not that Into You". Next November, she will co-star as Jackie Kennedy in a National Geographic original film about the last years of JFK and Jackie.

Born and raised in Memphis, TN, Goodwin was active in BBYO and took her bat mitzvah seriously enough that she delayed it until her 15th birthday, when she felt she had really studied enough for the ceremony.

On May 17thth, she stood before the congregation of her hometown synagogue, with her family in the audience, and sadly noted that she had long fallen away from Judaism. She said, "For 10 years, there was nothing. No ritual. No tradition. No community. I was this new alone thing, a nomad in the world. I was homeless." However, as the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports, "In recent months, Goodwin has been reclaiming old patches of ritual, tradition and community, and receiving new ones. She wants to live in a Jewish home with a mezuzah in every doorway. She wants to raise her 'completely hypothetical future children' to be Jewish. She hosted a Hanukkah party. She's made brisket and matzo ball soup. She realized that a lot of her friends are Jewish. 'We've been shul shopping' [in Los Angeles]..'I am a Jew,' she said, beaming on the bimah. 'It took me 10 years to come back around to that self-definition. I was a Jew by birth, and now I'm a Jew by choice.'"

Post-script: Just after I finished this item, I discovered that Goodwin's whole speech was posted on Youtube by the rabbi who mentored her and still leads her Memphis congregation. In short, Goodwin's speech is a far more profound and moving exploration of Judaism and Jewish identity than the newspaper account lead me to believe. The rabbi's preface to her speech and his memories of the young Goodwin are part of the video. Book a little time: the whole video is 25 minutes and its worth watching it all.



SUPER JEWS ON THE WEB AND ELSEWHERE A couple of years ago, JESSIE KAHNWEILER, 28, a self-described "nice Jewish girl," was a struggling Los Angeles filmmaker. Then, as she puts it, "I was blessed with a fellowship endowing me with funds to make a film about anything I wanted: Anything, of course, as long as it was Jewish." The fellowship resulted in her web series, "Dude Where's My Chutzpah?"

The premise is that her bubbe has died and left her quite bit of money, under one condition: that she must "live Jewish" for a year. At first, she just flounders in cultural asides, like buying hummus. But then she gets a mentor in the form of a guy dressed in a "Super Jew" costume who teaches her real tenets of Judaism. There is a lot of humor in the series.



FORBES MAGAZINE list of the world's most powerful entertainers came out last month. Here are the tribe members on the list, with their ranking: (3) STEVEN SPIELBERG; (40) ADAM SANDLER; (50) producer JERRY BRUCKHEIMER; (60) JERRY SEINFELD; (61) producer/director MICHAEL BAY; (71) GWYNETH PALTROW; and (89) MILA KUNIS


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JUST STARTED AND UPCOMING LIEV SCHREIBER, 45, has the title role in the new Showtime series "Ray Donovan" (started Sunday, June 30. Many encore showings). Donovan is the best professional "fixer" in Los Angeles: when a celebrity or business mogul gets in trouble, he makes the trouble "go away." Donovan's life is shaken when his father, played by "friend-of-the-tribe" Jon Voight, is unexpectedly released from prison.

ZACH BRAFF, 38, has signed on to star in a Broadway musical adaptation of WOODY ALLEN's 1994 film, "Bullets over Broadway." The show is scheduled to open sometime in 2014 and Allen, 78, is helping with the stage adaptation. Braff will play a young playwright in 1920s New York who, to get his work produced, is forced to cast a mobster's no-talent girlfriend. While Braff has extensively worked in the theater, this show will mark his Broadway debut. Braff has never been in a stage musical, but fans of his former TV show, "Scrubs," know that his "Scrubs" character and other characters often broke into comic songs.

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:


Rick Moranis' Jewish Album; A Gandolfini Jewish Connection; Michael Rapaport in New Comedy; Selma Blair Rubs Sheen Wrong; Liev Schreiber on Showtime

'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

Jewish Contestant on 'The Voice'; Will Smith's 'Jewish movie family'; Bravo Gives Long Island Jews the Jersey Shore Treatment; Magicians and More

Memorial Day: Jews Serving and KIA in War on Terror; Liberace Bio-Pic; Jew Wins "Survivor"; Shalom, Dr. Brothers; More

Jews Inducted into Rock Hall of Fame; Anton Yelchin co-stars in New "Trek" film; Kutcher (but not Kunis) visits Israel; Jewish TV Star Praises Jewish Rap Star

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



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