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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 Oct. 11, 2013 / 7 Mar-Cheshvan, 5774

Jewz in the Newz

By Nate Bloom






Natalie Portman & Jennifer Grey Go to Synagogue Together; Tracing Sephardi Roots; Johansson is Both Sexy & Smart

JewishWorldReview.com | PORTMAN GOES TO SHUL WITH 'BABY' NATALIE PORTMAN, 32, who has just started directing a film in Israel based on a novel by AMOS OZ, gave a wide-ranging interview to the November (2013), British version of "Elle".

One interesting part came as she declared that she is a huge fan of the 1987 film, "Dirty Dancing," which co-starred JENNIFER GREY, now 53, as "Baby."

Portman told "Elle": "Yes [I've met Jennifer]. We go to temple together. And I freak out every time I see her --- I'm such a nerd...She kind of gets the 'polite eyes' when she comes, because she knows I'm going to jump on her. I wish I weren't as nervous as I am....Of course [we talk about Dirty Dancing]! I can't talk about it too much, or I'll start getting teary. There are other movies I love, but no other movie that I have watched over and over."

TV NEWS: ANCESTRY AND ASNER Not quite a celeb item, but still interesting (I hope): The four-episode PBS series, "Genealogy Roadshow," began last month and concludes on Monday, October 14. Each episode features six people whose ancestry is traced. The show's producer says that one of his favorite segments appears in the Oct.14 episode: "There's a woman from Texas, Denise Garza Steusloff, who's Latina and wanted to know if she was descended from Jews that fled the Spanish inquisition. She celebrated Jewish holidays her whole life but didn't know whether she was really Jewish or not. It was very emotional when we told her she had Jewish ancestry." (Check local listings for exact time. Episodes can also be viewed on-line).

ED ASNER, 83, has just been cast to guest star in an upcoming episode of the CBS comedy, "The Crazy Ones." He'll plays Glen "Mr. Finger" Hastings, a TV commercial actor whom Sydney (SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR) finds charming. The air date for his episode is not yet set.

WHAT MAKES UP "SEXY"?? As you probably heard by now, Esquire magazine named actress SCARLETT JOHANSSON, 28, its "Sexiest Woman Alive" for the second time (the first time was in 2006). As I have written before, Johansson's mother is Jewish and she identifies as Jewish.

"Nobody" is disputing Johansson's Esquire title---but "on paper"---she should be beaten-out by a lot of other female film stars. Yes, she has a curvy figure-but she is pretty short (5'3") and, at some angles, her face isn't that classically pretty (her nose is certainly not a "button").


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But, like MILA KUNIS, 30, another Jewish actress who tops "sexy" lists despite being less than classically beautiful, Johansson glows with an appealing energy and intelligence that transmutes into that elusive thing, "sexiness."

Johansson is on the cover of the October issue of "Interview" magazine and inside she is interviewed by director DARREN ARONOFSKY, 44 ("Black Swan"). They cover everything from her SAT scores; to politics; to her upcoming films (which includes an adaptation of a Truman Capote story that she is directing and has co-wrote. It films this summer.) In short, it's a smart interview that would not be out of place on PBS and it's at a level that so many other celebs would be incapable of maintaining. No wonder that smart directors are bowled over by Johansson. Here's the link to the first page of the interview

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Previously:


More Tribe Members Join Cast of New Shows; Josh Charles Gets Married; Movie News

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

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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