The Shmooze

Jewish Celebrities Take The Ice Bucket Challenge

By Rachel X. Landes

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By now you’ve probably heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge. The deal is, if you get nominated, you have to pour ice water over your head or donate $100 to ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) research. This disease, which eventually results in paralysis and death, affects approximately 30,000 Americans.

Watch as our favorite Jewish celebrities take on the challenge!

Gal Gadot

Nominated by: her friend Menor
Nominated: Zack Snyder, Kate Winslet, Linda Carter, and her Hubby, Yaron Varsano


Robert Downey Jr.

Nominated by: Bob Iger
Nominated: Chris Hemsworth


Adam Levine

Skip to 1:43 for the good stuff. He’s even wearing a white shirt as he gets dunked.
Nominated: Nick Lachey, Kevin Richardson, Joey Fatone, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Jason Segel, Mark Ruffalo and RDJ


Emmy Rossum

Nominated by: Dorie Golkin Smith
Nominated: Josh Duhamel, Hilary Swank


Lena Dunham

Nominated by: Jamie King, Taylor Swift
Nominated: Andrew Rannells, Allison Williams and Zosia Mamet


Mark Zuckerberg

Nominated by: NY Governor Chris Christie
Nominated: Bill Gates, Sheryl Sandberg, Reed Hastings


Ansel Eglort

Nominated by: Pierce Fulton
Nominated: John Green Nat Wolff, Dylan O’Brien


Selma Blair

Nominated by: Cary Elwes
Nominated: P!nk, Patricia Arquette, Ron Perlman


Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Nominated by: Katie Couric
Nominated: VP Joe Biden, Paxton Fuller, Chase Coleman, Matt Walsh


Max Greenfield

Nominated: One Direction, his mother-in-law, Michael Fassbender


William Shatner

Nominated by: Brad Paisley
Nominated: Tom Bergerson, Josh Groban, Wynonna Judd


Hailee Steinfeld

Nominated by: Kyle Newman
Nominated: Austin Mahone, Rebel Wilson, Griffin Steinfeld


Elizabeth Banks

Nominated: Seth Rogen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson


Ben Stiller

Nominated: Judd Apatow, Ricky Gervais, Raphael Nadal


James Franco

Nominated by: Selena Gomez
Nominated: Zach Braff, Joey King, and Keegan Allen


Who to watch out for:

Mayim Bialik was nominated by her Big Bang Theory co-star Jim Parsons, but had to postpone due to lack of ice.


So far a whopping $13.3 million has been donated for ALS research as of August 17.

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