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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 Nov. 15, 2013 / 12 Kislev, 5774

Jewz in the Newz

By Nate Bloom






JFK/Thor/Portman on Being Jewish; Berkely Hoofs on 'DWTS'

JewishWorldReview.com | BOYCHIK, I GOTTA TAKE YOU OUT OF THE GAME When the Detroit Tigers recently named BRAD AUSMUS, 44, their new manager, readers asked me: who were the other Jewish MLB managers? Here's my list, vetted by Jewish Sports Review magazine. All except Phillips were, like Ausmus, a former MLB player: LIPMAN PIKE (1845-1893). The first player of any faith to sign a pro contract, he was a player/manager of three teams in the 1870s; ANDY COHEN (1904-88), Pittsburgh, one game, 1960; HAROLD "Lefty" PHILLIPS (1919-72), Angels, 1969-71; NORM SHERRY, 82; Angels, 1976-77; and JEFF NEWMAN, 65; 10-game interim manager, Oakland, 1986.

The following managers had one Jewish parent, but were raised Christian: Lou Boudreau, Larry Rothschild, and current Oakland manager Bob Melvin.

AT THE MOVIES/ON TV "Charlie Countryman," which opens on Friday, Nov. 15, stars SHIA LABEOUF, 27, as a nice American whose late mother appears to him in a vision and tells him to go to Rumania. On the plane, he talks to another passenger, who dies mid-flight. Charlie then conveys his body to his daughter, Gabi (EVAN RACHEL WOOD, 26).

He falls totally in love with Gabi, but she's claimed by a vicious gangster, and he has to descend into the gangster's violent world to try and rescue her. At one point, Charlie has to take LSD and LaBeouf, a method actor, recently said he filmed the "acid" scenes while really on LSD.

The Hollywood Reporter praised the film, saying its mix of romance, comedy, and action was "gratifyingly" outside strict genre classification. (LaBeouf, who was raised Jewish, is the son of a Jewish mother. Wood's mother is a Jew-by-Choice and Wood was raised in her mother's faith).

The Nov. 11 episode (9th week) of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" saw a shocker when actress ELIZABETH BERKLEY LAUREN, 41, was eliminated in the 9th week of the 11-week competition. Lauren lost despite judges' scores, on Nov. 11 and before, which were far higher than other couples still in the competition. However, as the TV audience for "DWTS" has shrunk, it appears that the power of TV audience voters who vote based on "an affinity" to a celeb has grown and it's become more a popularity than a dance contest

Lauren ("Saved by the Bell") wed artist GREG LAUREN, 43, the nephew of RALPH LAUREN, 74, in a lavish (2003) Jewish wedding. She grew up in a Conservative Jewish family and was a bat mitzvah. After being eliminated, Lauren said she "felt a little sucker -punched," but added that the silver lining was being able to spend more time with her son, who was born last year. See if you agree that she got a raw deal: past episodes of DWTS are on the ABC website.

ON PAULA You've probably heard that singer/dancer/and former American Idol judge PAULA ABDUL, 51, visited Israel last week and had a bat mitzvah ceremony. Here's a few things about her background and the trip you may not find in most sources:

While she didn't really speak about her father's Jewish background before 2006 (He was born in Syria, raised in Brazil, moved to California)-she did a radio interview with a rabbi more than a decade ago in which she said she was a "believing Jew."


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A rabbi presided when she married the Jewish son of the head of "Starter" clothes in 1996. They split-up in 1998.

Her Jewish mother, LORRAINE RYKISS ABDUL, was born and raised in a small town in Manitoba, Canada, the daughter of Eastern European immigrants. Lorraine and her family left for California after she finished high school. Before she left, Lorraine dated the late ISRAEL "Izzy" ASPER, a member of the only other Jewish family in her town.

Asper later became famous as a Progressive Conservative politician and as a Canadian media mogul. A profile says that his family and Lorraine's family were "ostracized [in that town] because they had accents and discriminated against because of religion.

While in Israel, Abdul visited the Western Wall (Kosel); the Holocaust museum; and met with President SHIMON PERES, 90. Plans to have her bat mitzvah at the Kotel were changed, probably to avoid a media circus.

Instead, it was held in the city of Safed (also known as Tzfat), a famous center of Jewish mysticism. Presiding over her bat mitzvah was Rabbi EYAL REISS, director of the Center for Tzfat Kabbalah, a joint venture of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach. Its visitor center aims to provide an authentic introduction to Kabbalah to Safed visitors and it maintains an extensive and informative website.

Here is one comment Adbul made about her trip:

"Beyond being Jewish, I've always found myself to be very much in tune with spirituality.I feel very grateful coming to Israel now, where as a woman I know who I am a lot more than even 10 years ago."

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Previously:


JFK/Thor/Portman on Being Jewish; Berkely Hoofs on 'DWTS'

Woody Allen Defends Israel; Steinfeld Defends Earth --- Voices Anne Frank; Oprah Finds Out What Happened to Jewish Celebs

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

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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