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 August 30, 2013 / 24 Elul, 5773

Jewz in the Newz

By Nate Bloom

James Franco Roasted on Comedy Central; Huge Number of Jewish Comedians Featured in NBC Special; Rosanna Arquette Marries a Mensch: Really a Mentch!

JewishWorldReview.com | FRANCO IS FRENCH FRIED On Labor Day, Sept. 2, Comedy Central will premiere a roast of actor/writer JAMES FRANCO, 35. The 90-minute show will air at 10PM, with a repeat starting at 11:30 PM. The roast master will be SETH ROGEN, 31, who has known Franco since they co-starred in the short-lived, but much loved TV series "Freaks and Geeks" (1999). Roasters include JEFF ROSS, 47; SARAH SILVERMAN, 42; JONAH HILL, 29; and ANDY SAMBERG, 35.

Franco is the secular-raised son of a Jewish mother and a non-Jewish father. I don't think he'll ever identify in a religious sense as a Jew, although in years past he expressed regret that he didn't have a Jewish education or a bar mitzvah. Certainly, he's had many hits as a both a comedic and dramatic actor ("Spiderman", "Pineapple Express" and his Oscar nominated performance in "127 Hours"). However, other parts of his life and career offer meaty roast material, including: his "stoner" look; his almost manic pursuit of college degrees while still acting; and his disastrous "sleepwalk" turn as the co-host of the Oscars in 2011.

By the way, I just learned that Comedy Central advance critiques the "roast script" of, "roasters" to see if they are funny enough or if they breach the "taste" line. AMY SCHUMER, 32, who now has her own Comedy Central Show, recently said that she was a virtual TV unknown when she was invited to roast ROSEANNE BARR, 60, last August. She was happy with the exposure, but wasn't surprised when the station "vetted" her routine in advance. Also, I've long known that "roasted" celebs are allowed to put a few topics off-limits. For example, JOAN RIVERS, 80, vetoed any jokes about her daughter, MELISSA, 45.

Be warned: these Roasts feature pretty graphic language.

KVELL AND LAUGH In 1975, the late founder of CBS, WILLIAM S. PALEY, founded the Museum of Broadcasting to preserve TV and radio programs and make them available to the public. It was re-named the Paley Center for the Media in 1997. In recent years, NBC has been showing "Paley Center Media Specials" and one dedicated to the funniest moments of the last sixty years airs on Sunday, Sept. 1, at 9PM. All the programs included in the special save one ("The Carol Burnett Show") have a Jewish creator or co-creator and all except "Modern Family" and "I Love Lucy" had a Jewish co-star(s).

Here are the shows, with the creator (s) names first-then the Jewish co-stars: "Seinfeld" (JERRY SEINFELD/LARRY DAVID; Seinfeld & JASON ALEXANDER); "The Big Bang Theory" (CHUCK LORRE; SIMON HELBERG & MELISSA RAUCH); "The Simpsons" (JAMES L. BROOKS; HANK AZARIA & HARRY SHEARER); "Friends" (MARTA KAUFMAN/DAVID CRANE; DAVID SCHWIMMER & LISA KUDROW); "Will & Grace" (DAVID KOHAN/MAX MUTCHNICK; DEBRA MESSING); "Everybody Loves Raymond" (PHILIP ROSENTHAL; BRAD GARRETT); "Cheers" (JAMES BURROWS; RHEA PERLMAN); "Saturday Night Live" (LORNE MICHAELS; ORIGINAL CAST: LARAINE NEWMAN & the late GILDA RADNER); "The Cosby Show" (ED. WEINBERGER; LISA BONET); "Modern Family (STEVE LEVITAN); "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (JAMES L. BROOKS/ALLAN BURNS; ED ASNER); "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (CARL REINER; the late MOREY AMSTERDAM); "I Love Lucy" (the late JESS OPPENHEIMER); "All in the Family" (NORMAN LEAR; ROB REINER); and "Carol Burnett" (co-staring the late HARVEY KORMAN).


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ARQUETTE MARRIES A MENTCH Actress ROSANNA ARQUETTE, 54, married investment counselor and manager TODD MORGAN, 65, on Sunday, August 18 in a private ceremony (which was almost certainly Jewish). Attending were a few friends and family (friends reportedly included BARBRA STREISAND, 71). Arquette, the daughter of a Jewish mother and a non-Jewish father, has always been the "most Jewish-identified" of the Arquette acting siblings (her brother David identifies as a non-denominational Christian; her sister PATRICIA is unaffiliated). This is Rosanna's fourth marriage (two lasted a year). Her six-year marriage to hip restaurateur JOHN SIDEL produced her only child, ZOE SIDEL, 18.

Morgan is a former Goldman-Sachs banker who moved to Los Angeles in the late '80s and founded a wealth management firm, that he still heads, that pioneered in deftly and conservatively investing the money of the very rich. About 20% of his clients are celebs (including Streisand) and his firm now manages over five billion dollars. Morgan, who has grown children, is a member of two Los Angeles synagogues and served as head of the LA Jewish Federation from 2001-2002. In 2011, he was honored with the Federation's Spirit of Humanity award for establishing, in 2002, the Morgan Aging with Dignity Fund, which helps Los Angeles area Holocaust survivors. Morgan first became interested in Jewish issues in the '80s and began aiding Soviet Jews, some of whom he visited in Israel.

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Marty Glickman Documentary: Great Jewish Athlete/Sportscaster; Tony Bennett's Daughter Chooses Judaism; The Monaco Royal Family Circus

Liev Schreiber Plays LBJ; Steve Jobs Bio-Pic; Dr. Evil's Son Gets Mean; Pressel Plays Golf for the United States

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

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

JStreisand and Alicia Keys in Israel; "Girls" Stuff; Mel Brooks, Another TV special; Superman (who is Jewish) returns --- Israeli plays his mom

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

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

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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