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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 December 13, 2013 / 10 Teves, 5774

Jewz in the Newz

By Nate Bloom






Gal Gadot: Israeli army vet is Wonder Woman; actress Eleanor Parker---Jewish; Billy Crystal's show on HBO (Plus Videos!)

JewishWorldReview.com | SUPER JEWISH WOMEN Israeli actress GAL GADOT, 28, was much in the news recently. Gadot is best known for co-starring in three of the "Fast and Furious" movies. The tragic auto accident death (Nov. 30) of "Fast and Furious" movie series co-star Paul Walker lead media outlets to ask Gadot about his death.

She, of course, expressed her shock and sadness about Walker's death. Then, on Dec. 4, she got some very good news: she beat out scores of other actresses for the coveted role of Wonder Woman in a sequel to "Man of Steel," the hit 2013 Superman movie. The sequel (perhaps named "Batman v. Superman") will also feature Batman (played by Ben Affleck).

Gadot's resume and life history reads like the bio of a Jewish super woman: born and raised in Rosh Hayin, a town of about 38,000 in central Israel, she grew-up in what she describes as a very Jewish/Israeli family environment.

In 2004, when she was 19, she won the Miss Israel pageant and represented her country at the Miss Universe competition. She continued to model, part time, as she performed her two-year military service (2005-2007; she was a sports trainer for the military). In 2007, she got an Israeli film role and, since then, she has guested on several American TV shows.

But wait! She's also an avid high-performance motorcycle rider and a mother (wed Israeli businessman in 2008; they had a girl in 2011).

Gadot follows four other Jewish women who've played comic-book superheroes in movies/on TV (no others have had military training, however).

Here's my list: HELEN SLATER, now 49, title role in "Supergirl" (1984); ALICIA SILVERSTONE, now 37, "Batgirl" in "Batman and Robin" (1997); DINA MEYER, now 44, as "Batgirl/the Oracle" in 2002 TV series, "Birds of Prey"; and SCARLETT JOHANSSON, now 29, as Natasha Romanoff/the Black Widow in several films, including "The Avengers" (2012).

Here's a Charming Interview with Gadot:

YES, THE BARONESS WAS JEWISH The obits for ELEANOR PARKER, who died on Dec. 10, age 91, all mentioned her three Oscar nominations in the '50s ("Caged," "Detective Story," and "Interrupted Melody"), as well as her praised performance as the Baroness in "The Sound of Music" (1965).

Most obits included lovely tributes from Julie Andrews, 78, and Christopher Plummer, 83, her "Music" co-stars.

Plummer said, "[She] was and is one of the most beautiful ladies I have ever known. Both as a person and as a beauty. I hardly believe the sad news for I was sure she was enchanted and would live forever."

No obit I saw mentioned Parker's conversion to Judaism, which occurred near the time of her 1966 marriage to RAYMOND HIRSCH, a Shubert theater manager who was her husband until his 2001 death. In 1969, she said: "I think we're all Jews at heart. I know I have always felt more Jewish than anything else. I wanted to convert for a long time." (Parker's second husband, the father of three of her four children, was also Jewish.)

Here's a talky scene in the pretty good action film, The Naked Jungle (1954), which co-starred Parker and the late Charlton Heston. This scene's virtue is that it is in color and gives you a great sense of Parker's beauty. Chuck Heston was also looking quite good in 1954:


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CRYSTALLIZING FATHERHOOD BILLY CRYSTAL's hit stage show, "700 Sundays," will be filmed on Broadway in early January and will be broadcast on HBO sometime in 2014. The title originated from Crystal's 2005 book of the same name in which he recounted his relationship with his father, JACK CRYSTAL, who suddenly died when Billy was 15 (1963).

The title refers to the fact that Billy spent 700 Sundays over 15 years with his father. (Other days of the week his father worked long hours). Crystal wrote the book as a script for a one-man show and his 2005 original Broadway version of the play won a special Tony Award.

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Previously:


Vanessa Bayer & Jacob, the Bar Mitzvah Boy; Adam Levine, nickname "the Bear Jew," is People's Sexiest; Eastwoods Need to Say "Kinehora!"

Hunger Games: Jewish Connections; A 'Minyan'of Jewish Celebs Recite the Gettysburg Address On-line; Walter Matthau's Reaction to JFK's Death

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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