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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 Sep 25, 2013 / 22 Tishrei, 5774

Jewz in the Newz

By Nate Bloom






New TV Season: The Jewish Co-stars; Two Really Good New Flicks By Jewish Filmmakers: Don Jon and Enough Said

JewishWorldReview.com | NEW TV SEASON: TRIBE MEMBER RUN-DOWN Here are the new "scripted" TV shows with a Jewish co-star that premiere in September or October.

Fox: "Dads". Began 9/17. SETH GREEN, 39, and Giovanni Ribisi play business partners and friends whose difficult dads move into their homes. PETER RIEGERT, 66, plays Green's dad. Green and Riegert's characters are supposed to be Jewish.

Also on Fox: "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." Began 9/17. ANDY SAMBERG, 25, stars as a NYPD detective whose effectiveness is often masked by his quirky style.

CBS: "The Crazy Ones". Begins 9/26. Robin Williams and SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR, 36, co-star as a father and daughter who run an ad agency. Also co-starring are two very good looking Hebrews: JAMES WOLK, 28, plays an agency copywriter and AMANDA SETTON, 27, plays an agency assistant (with a Jewish-sounding character name). A former "Gossip Girl" co-star, Setton is Syrian Jewish on her father's side and Ashkenazi on her mother's side. Her wealthy family supports New York yeshivas.

Also on CBS: "Mom". Began 9/23.Created by CHUCK LORRE ("Big Bang Theory"), it stars Anna Faris as a single mom/recovering alcoholic who waitresses at a fancy Napa Valley restaurant. Her mother is also in recovery and her teen daughter is a handful. The daughter's boyfriend, Luke, a series regular, is played by SPENCER DANIELS, 20, whose mother is Jewish.

ABC: "The Goldbergs." Began 9/24. This sit-com takes place in the 1980s. The Goldbergs don't shy away from arguing, but underneath are a very loving family. JEFF GARLIN, 51, plays the father, with GEORGE SEGAL, 79, playing his father-in-law. The family, which includes three kids under 18, wasn't identified as Jewish in the pilot I viewed; but I expect that will come later. While you gotta root for a show named "The Goldbergs," it needs more really funny dialogue.

Also on ABC: Back in the Game". Began 9/25. A single mom (Maggie Lawson) gets her estranged father, played by JAMES CAAN, 72, to coach her son's baseball team.

Also on ABC: "Betrayal". Begins 9/29. Stars HANNAH WARE, 30, as a beautiful photographer who is having an extramarital affair with a lawyer for a powerful family. A murder trial complicates things further. Ware, who was born and raised in England, is the sister of JESSIE WARE, 28, a singer/songwriter whose 2012 debut CD was huge in the UK.

Also on ABC: "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" is a fantasy/drama and a spin-off of the hit series, "Once Upon a Time". The spin-off has an "Alice in Wonderland" back story. BARBARA HERSHEY, 65, whose late father was Jewish, plays "The Queen of Hearts." (Starts 10/10)

NBC: "Sean Saves the World". Starts 10/2. Stars Sean Hayes ("Will and Grace") as a divorced gay father whose teen daughter moves in with him full-time. His mother, who lives with him, is played by LINDA LAVIN, 75. Older readers will recall that Lavin had the title role in "Alice," the hit '70s sit-com about a waitress. Since the late '80s, she has been mostly a top Broadway actress. Lavin has been nominated for eight Tony awards (winning once). She must hold some sort of record: in all but one of her nominated roles, she played a Jewish character.

HBO: "Hello Ladies", Begins 9/29. A gawky English web designer re-locates to Los Angeles and tries to connect with the glamour crowd, including "hot" women. He makes two close American friends. One buddy, played by KEVIN WEISMAN, 42 ("Alias"), is a charismatic paraplegic who parlays his disability to his advantage in picking up women.

Weisman, a practicing Jew, has often given his help to Jewish philanthropic causes. In 2005, he married a Jewish schoolteacher in a big Jewish wedding. Sadly, the couple, who have two young children, split-up last year.

Showtime: "Masters of Sex". Begins 9/29. It is essentially an episodic biography of Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the famous (late) human sexual response researchers. LIZZY CAPLAN, 31, co-stars as Johnson, who became Masters' research asst. in 1957 and his wife in 1971.

This will probably be a breakthrough role for Caplan who has worked steadily in TV and films since she landed a smallish role in "Freaks and Geeks" in 1999. Even if you don't know her name, you probably have seen her in some TV role, including several recent episodes of "New Girl". Her film credits include "Mean Girls," "Cloverfield," and "Save the Date." She was raised in a Reform Jewish home and was a bat mitzvah.

AT THE MOVIES: DON JON AND ENOUGH SAID JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT's new film, "Don Jon," marks his debut as a director and screenwriter of a full length feature film. He plays a ladies' man who scores with beautiful women every weekend (hence his nickname, Don Jon). But he is secretly addicted to internet porn. Seeking something more, he meets up with two extraordinary woman (played by SCARLETT JOHANSSON, 28, and Julianne Moore) who make him see and pursue better alternatives. The film got rave reviews at the Sundance Film festival, with many critics praising Gordon-Levitt, 32, for deftly balancing humor and drama. (Opens "wide" on Friday, Sept. 27).

Its nice to see that both co-stars of this movie have defied the so-called "child actor curse." Gordon-Levitt, as most people know, became famous as a teenager when he co-starred on the hit series, "3rd Rock from the Sun " (1996-2001). But when he took that role, he had already appeared in many TV shows and movies (his first big TV part came at age 8, when he guest starred in two episodes of "Family Ties" ).

Likewise, Johansson, whose mother is Jewish, has done professional acting roles since she was ten years old and was the co-star of the hit movie, "The Horse Whisperer," when she was only 14.


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A.O. SCOTT, the NY Times film critic, writes: " 'Enough Said' [directed and written by NICOLE HOLFCENER, 53] is very funny indeed. Line for line, scene for scene, it is one of the best-written American film comedies in recent memory." Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Eva") co-stars as a divorced mother of a daughter about to leave for college. Eva is also mothering her daughter's needy friend (played by TAVI GEVINSON, 16, who at age 12 started a wildly popular style blog that's morphed into "Rookie," a teen on-line magazine).

Eva meets and hits it off with Albert (James Gandolfini in his last feature role), a flawed but nice divorced dad. Complications ensue when Eva meets Albert's "tasteful" ex-wife (Catherine Keener) and tries to respond to the ex's criticisms of Albert by remaking her new boyfriend. (Opened in NYC on 9/13. Opens in many cities this month or early next month. Check local theater listings because I suspect many cities will be added in the near future due to this film's great reviews).

Note to readers: Persons designated as Jewish for the purpose of this column, as further explained below, are in capital letters. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who just won an Emmy for her performance in "Veep," is not in capital letters. Her paternal French Jewish grandfather, PIERRE LOUIS-DREYFUS (1908-2011), was a pretty extraordinary guy--as described in the linked biography below----top businessman; extremely competent and heroic member of the French army, air force, and Resistance during WWII, and a very good auto race driver who drove at Le Mans many times. He was also Julia's only Jewish grandparent and Julia has said, at least twice, that she is not Jewish. The first time in a TV interview when "Seinfeld" was airing and, again, a couple of years ago, when she and many other Jewish and non-Jewish celebs did funny public service web ads for the American Jewish World Service, a charity that helps Jews and non-Jews around the world.

I hope this "note" will enlighten you--and end questions that I have fielded "forever" about the actress.

You can see that public service ad if you click this first link:

Louis-Dreyfus and Many others for Jewish Charity

Pierre Louis-Dreyfus Biography

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Previously:


Emmy Time for MOTs; Oldies that will Make You Smile Again Released!

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

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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