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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 July 24, 2013 / 17 Menachem-Av, 5773

Jewz in the Newz

By Nate Bloom






A Surprise Summer Hit; Natasha Lyonne's Comeback: Does It Mean There's Hope for Amanda Bynes?; Much Sympathy for actress Lea Michele, girlfriend of the late Cory Monteith. But She Isn't Jewish as Many Say

JewishWorldReview.com | BELATED PLUG "The Way Way Back," which opened in a few theaters on July 4, has got good reviews and great buzz. Look for it to be added to the schedule of a theater near you. It's this year's "sleeper" summer hit movie. The movie's lead character is Duncan (Liam James), a shy 14-year-old boy who goes on summer vacation with his mother (Toni Collette) and her boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carrell). Trent is mean to Duncan, but he is mentored by the owner of a local water park (Sam Rockwell).

AMANDA PEET, 41, and MAYA RUDOLPH, 40, have juicy supporting roles. Pretty newcomer ZOE LEVIN, 20, plays Trent's not-very-nice teen daughter. Levin, who comes from a religious Jewish family, grew up in a Chicago suburb.

HOPE FOR AMANDA BYNES Right now, I believe that actress AMANDA BYNES, 27, who was very sweet when I interviewed her in 2007, is suffering from a mental breakdown and is likely self-medicating with street drugs. She has fended off intervention attempts by her parents (her mother is Jewish). It is legally very difficult to force an adult into treatment and Bynes, almost certainly, has millions of dollars of past earnings that provide her with a cushion from reality. **

Although it seems unlikely now, she could make a comeback. Robert Downey, Jr., who spent time in state prison for drug use, cleaned-up in 2006 and "Iron Man" has turned him into a mega-star. Actress NATASHA LYONNE, 34, appears to be another "happy story." While never a star, Lyonne had a lot of good adolescent roles, including playing a sharp-tongued teen in the first "American Pie" movie. However, from 2001-2007, she had well-publicized battles with hard drug abuse; was arrested several times; and almost died from drug-related illness. Lyonne, by the way, comes from an Orthodox home.

Since 2008, she's been clean and has re-built her career on the stage. Now she has a juicy co-starring role in the new Netflix series, "Orange is the New Black." All 13 episodes of the first season series were released for Netflix on-line viewing on July 11 and it has already been picked-up for a second season. Lyonne, in a case of art-imitating-life, plays a drug addict who is the prison cellmate of the lead character, Piper Chapman.

Lyonne recently spoke to "Women's Wear Daily" (WWD), which described her as "sober and very together." About her character's relationship to her own life, she told WWD: "In those reservoirs of pain that come with being that self-destructive, also comes this buoyancy and survival that comes from what it's like to come out on the other side. I feel lucky to be able to inform the character with that degree of honesty." Short Soundbite Natasha Lyonne

Next week, I'll tell you about the other Jewish members of the cast.

**After this column was written, this news broke on Tuesday, July 23. Here are excerpts from Reuters account:

Troubled actress Amanda Bynes has been taken to a hospital for involuntary psychiatric care after the former teen star was involved in a disturbance in Southern California, authorities said on Tuesday....Local media reported that the 27-year-old actress had started a fire in the driveway of a home in the Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks. Bynes was born in Thousand Oaks and grew up there.

The Ventura County Fire Department confirmed that it responded on Monday night to an incident involving a gas can that was set on fire in a driveway and that Bynes was at the scene, but it would not say if she was accused of starting the fire.

The small fire, which scorched the driveway, was extinguished by local residents, the fire department said.

Under California law a person may be detained for a mental health evaluation for up to 72 hours.

GLEE NEWS: Cory Monteith, Lea Michele, and Adam Lambert Cory Monteith, 31, a star of the hit show, "Glee," and the boyfriend of his "Glee co-star," actress Lea Michele, 26, was found dead on Saturday, July 13. Autopsy results revealed he had heroin and alcohol in his system and he almost certainly died of a drug overdose. Monteith, who wasn't Jewish, had a history of drug abuse.

Michele stood by Monteith as he battled his drug problem. Last March, when he publicly announced he was going into rehab, Michele issued a series of supportive press statements.

Michele, the daughter of a Sephardi Jewish father and an Italian Catholic mother, is often described as a "Jewish actress" in the Jewish community media and elsewhere. This description has re-appeared in articles (Jewish Telegraph Agency; The Jewish Daily Forward, etc.) about the death of Monteith.

This description of Michele is based on a 2009 article in which Michele, who was then only known for some Broadway stage work, spoke to a reporter for a Jewish young people's magazine. She told that reporter that she was raised in "both religions" (Judaism and Catholicism).

She said something different in 2012, when she was a guest star on the "Inside the Actors' Studio" TV program. The host, in the form of a question, re-stated what she said in 2009 (parents' respective faiths; "raised both"). She replied: "I was raised Catholic, but my father gladly attended church with us."

I think its pretty obvious that in 2009 Michelle said that she was raised "both" so she would get some article space in a Jewish magazine. She was then an unknown to TV audiences and probably was anxious to get all the publicity she could get.

By 2012, she was a TV star and didn't need to "hedge" on her religious upbringing anymore.


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Like most people, I sympathize with Michele at this moment. But to be clear: no wing of American Judaism would consider her "Jewish" and she doesn't self-identify as Jewish, either. So calling her a Jewish actress--since her 2012 interview--is not good journalism.

This isn't, by the way, a hard fact to find-out. The "Actors Studio" interview and what she said is clearly referenced and accurately footnoted in her Wikipedia entry.

On a much happier note: it was announced on July 10 that singer ADAM LAMBERT, 31, will join the cast of "Glee" next season. It is currently unclear whether his role will be as a regular cast member, or as a guest star in one episode or several.

Lambert, who identifies as Jewish, and has sung Jewish religious music for a synagogue congregation, is the son of a Jewish mother and a non-Jewish father. He first became famous when he finished second in the 2009 "American Idol" competition. He has since become a major recording artist, with over six million albums sold worldwide.

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:


New Adam Sandler Movie Ties Record for Most Jewish Actors; Silverstone Shares Milk; Hebrews Vie for Mets' First Base spot --- Other Baseball News

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

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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