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So, if you’re not already aware, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West released a music video last week for the rapper’s song, “Bound 2,” which showed them engaging in some steamy business on a motorcycle.
It looked like this:
It’s almost latke time! You weren’t the only one making a trial run this weekend. Emmy Rossum got excited and posted the following video to Instagram with the caption “HANNUKAH CAME EARLY. #gf #potato #latkes.”
Catch Emmy in season 3 of “Shameless,” which premieres on January 12 at 9 p.m. EST on Showtime.
“How am I Jewish?” “How Jewish am I?” “Let me count the ways… Do I really want to be Jewish?” “Why wasn’t I more Jewish?” are among the soul- searching, often uneasy questions at the heart of the laughter-eliciting, at times guilt-riddled “Stars of David” musical journey at the D-R-2 Theatre off Union Square.
Superb interpreters, imitators and body language masters Janet Metz, Alan Schmuckler, Aaron Serotzky, and Donna Vivino morph into — among others —Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Tony Kushner, Norman Lear, Gloria Steinem, Kenneth Cole (Yes — he is Jewish), Al Franken, Leonard Nimoy, Joan Rivers, and more who either extol their commitment to, Jewish journeys or revisit their coulda’s, woulda’s, shoulda’s regrets.
The ‘Girls’ Season 3 trailer has hit the Internet. Catch up with Hannah, Shosh, Marnie and Jessa below:
Fifty years ago today, President John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas. Here’s how the Forward mourned:
Kevin Spacey needs no business cards. He has “House of Cards.”
In an interview with GQ for their “Men of the Year” issue, Spacey explained why he recently gave Woody Allen the gift of a Netflix subscription (and just in time for Hannukah!):
“I believe this: If an actor wants a role or wants to work with somebody, then you do everything within reason to try to get that role,” he said. If they want you to audition, you audition. If they want you to screen-test, you screen-test. If they want you to come and tap-dance in their hallway, you tap-dance in their hallway.”
Spacey went a step further, and sent everyone’s favorite neurotic director the ultimate audition tape. “I wrote him a letter and introduced myself as an actor he may or may not know. And I sent him a Netflix subscription, because I want him to watch my work.”
Thankfully, Woody answered the “absolutely wonderful letter,” and told Spacey that he’s “in contention for things in the future.”
He also thanked him for the subscription.
For more K-Space dish, head over to GQ.
Wanna see ‘Bad Grandpa’ or ‘Thor’ — and daven at the same time?
You might just think it’s possible if you visit the New York Times online listing of movie showtimes. You will find a new movie theater on East 65th Street, listed between Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and City Cinemas Beekman Theater. Today, the theater is showing “Thor: The Dark World 3D,” “Last Vegas,” and even “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.”
There is just one problem: the theater is a synagogue — and quite a famous one at that.
“They came to the door wanting to know if the 3:05 showing was on schedule,” said Mark Heutlinger, the administrator of Congregation Emanu-El, the shul named in the listing. “And the answer was, excuse me, you can’t believe everything you read in the New York Times.”
Upon hearing that the synagogue was supposedly showing “Bad Grandpa,” Heutlinger was incredulous. “Really, ‘Bad Grandpa?’ That’s one of our favorite Shabbos films,” he joked.
Emanu-El was New York City’s first Reform congregation and owns one of the largest synagogue buildings in the world. While it occasionally holds private screenings of Jewish-themed movies, the synagogue has no plans to show “Thor: The Dark World.”
“[He’s] not one of our gods, so to speak,” Heutlinger said.
“This is the second time I am here,” Poland’s ambassador to the United States, Ryszard Schnepf said from the bimah of Park East Synagogue at the November 12th launch of the New York exhibition of “Forbidden Art” created by prisoners of Auschwitz-Birkenau. to Holocaust survivor and Kristallnacht witness Rabbi Arthur Schneier, the assemblage and diplomats from 18 countries.
First seen in Poland, the exhibit of 20 rare and fragile items out of 2,000 original works is part of a nationwide awareness campaign that prompted President Obama to declare: “Exhibitions like ‘Forbidden Art” bring to light the stories of fathers and mothers, sons and daughters and brothers and sisters who endured the unthinkable cruelty of concentration camps” and had ambassador Schnepf amplify: “It is our responsibility to remember the suffering of all people in concentration camps. Remembering them promises a light to a time of no anti-Semitism, a future free of hatred.”
Quoting Elie Wiesel, Israel’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations David Roet said, “No other people has such an obsession about remembering.” Gazing down from the bimah he recounted how his father had been saved by a baker in his village “because of a priest’s directive” and that “what helped his father survive in Auschwitz was the memory of the Shabbat and the dates where/when each family member died. But memory is not enough. What is necessary is standing up with Israel so it never happens again.”
(JTA) — Smiley selfies from Auschwitz and Buchenwald? They’re trending, apparently
Blogger Hektor Brehl, writing for the German version of Vice magazine, has a piece about the tendency of young travelers to post pics taken at Holocaust memorials in which they show off their new sneakers and crack “uncool” jokes.
After ten months of dating, “O.C.” star Adam Brody is engaged to “Gossip Girl” star Leighton Meester, Radar Online reported on Tuesday.
That sound you hear is every single Jewish girl everywhere in the world quietly sobbing into her hair straightener.
Brody, 33, and Meester, 27, were first romantically connected while filming “The Oranges” in 2011, but have been friends for years, Star Magazine reported.
An “insider” told Star and Radar the couple is currently planning a wedding for summer 2014, but have no determined a location.
So basically, Seth Cohen and Blair Waldorf are getting hitched.
The first day of the auction of the former New York Mayor Ed Koch’s possessions fetched a sum of $51,755 at Doyle New York auction house, far greater than the expected $20 - $30,000, the New York Daily News reported.
Koch’s dining set, which included of six Frank Lloyd Wright-designed chairs, was expected to fetch around $2,500. It went for $11,250 to a Florida couple.
Koch’s favorite burgundy leather chair went for $875 to a buyer in Alabama. It was expected to fetch between $200 and $300.
The late mayor’s mahogany inlaid desk, with an estimated value of $150-250, will go to a buyer in New Jersey for $469. Three paintings were sold to a New York buyer for $4,063. Several other pieces of art fetched a total of $4,175.
“There really was a demand, and not just from New Yorkers,” said Louis Webre, director of communications at Doyle New York. “We had fans of the mayor bidding from all over the place.”
Koch died in February at the age of 88. His personal books and correspondences will be auctioned off on November 25
Ladies, it’s time to dig up your old Maroon 5 albums.
Adam Levine — our Adam Levine — is officially People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive. And apparently, he was as surprised as you by the news:
“As a musician, you have fantasies that you want to win Grammys, but I didn’t really think that this was on the table,” the singer told People. “I was just amazed and stunned and it almost seemed like they were kidding, but they weren’t, so that’s cool.”
The extensive media coverage of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy also showcases Jackie Kennedy front and center as Camelot’s crown jewel. Fashion trend-setter, charmer of world leaders, restorer of the White House’s historic treasure, she is credited as the meticulous architect—down to the gravesite eternal light — of her husband’s funeral and legacy.
Just a week before the former first lady — then Jackie Onassis — died in 1994, I was racing along East 83rd Street to a reception hosted by Israel’s consul general Gad Yaacobi for his predecessor Uriel Savir when I heard a staccato click, click, click behind me. Crouching between parked cars, a bearded man with a telephoto lens the size of a bazooka was shooting away at something across the street. Following the trajectory, I spotted Jackie Onassis. Wearing light-tinted sunglasses, a stylish babushka and a belted ankle length camel hair coat she was holding onto the arm of her longtime friend Maurice Tempelsman. Both were smiling, their eyes straight ahead, the two walked slowly pretending not to see the photographer.
Grab a Hebrew or Russian-speaking friend and check out this sweet video released Sunday by Israeli political party Yesh Atid, promoting their proposed civil unions bill.
You might not be familiar with many of the 20 Israeli celebs who appear on screen answering the question, “Why do I support civil unions?” But surely the face of a certain blonde supermodel will ring a bell.
“Because a loving family is the most important thing,” Bar Refaeli responded.
Sending holiday greetings to loved ones for Hannukah?
Skip the e-card. The U.S. Postal Service has just issued a “Hannukah Forever” stamp showing — what else? — a lit menorah.
Created by Steven Bronstein, a blacksmith from Marshfield, VT, the menorah depicted on the stamp took almost a week to make. Bronstei had to forge 20 feet of wrought iron to get the desired effect. Nine lighted beeswax candle top each of the branches.
“Hannukah,” (“dedication” in Hebrew) is spelled out at the top of the stamp in yellow letters, designed by Ethan Kessler of Bethesda, MD. Check it out here.
A big mazel tov to Sascha Seinfeld, who celebrated her bat mitzvah this weekend!
Kvelling mommy Jessica posted this amazing picture of Jerry, their son Shepherd, George Stephanopoulos and BRAVO’s Andy Cohen:
To shouts of “We love you mayor!” Michael Bloomberg mounted the dais at the November 10 American & International Societies for Yad Vashem’s Annual Tribute Dinner at the Sheraton New York Hotel to accept the Societies’ Remembrance Award.
“If I have one regret,” said the soon-to-be-departing mayor, “it’s that my parents did not live to see me get this award. For them, the creation of the State of Israel was truly a realization of a dream. It’s been a privilege to dedicate medical facilities in Israel in both their names.”
This year’s unique program included a film video tribute to Israel’s astronaut Col. Ilan Ramon who perished in the 2003 “Columbia” Shuttle disaster. An Israeli air force pilot, he was selected by NASA to serve as Payload Specialist on the shuttle and carried with him a drawing titled “Moonscape” by Prague-born artist Petr Ginz who died at Auschwitz at 16 following two years at Terezin. As a tribute to his father and his grandmother — a Holocaust survivor from Poland —Tal Ramon accompanying himself on the piano sang “Character, ” a song in Hebrew he composed “about my journey dealing with loss.”
Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Council, recalled his pre-teen life in Buchenwald.
“My friend Moyshele, from Poland like me, survived until April 11, 1945 when General Patton broke in and liberated the survivors— 60% of whom died in the camp after the liberation.” Lau described then 12-year old Moyshele’s desperate search throughout the camp for a siddur (prayer book) to say Kaddish for his father. No one was willing to admit to knowing of a hidden one. Finally directed to an old man — in the camp since 1938! — who worked in the camp’s laundry where the prisoners’ striped pajama uniforms were washed, Moyshele offered him his own 150-gram daily food ration in exchange for a few minutes with the book. “Weeping, the old man agreed and brought out the hidden book.” But Moyshele was angst ridden because there was no minyan [quorum of 10 men]. Lau concluded “the old man assured Moyshele ‘these striped pajamas will be the minyan… Moyshele now lives in Eretz Israel.”
In a musical tribute to Chane Mlotek — Yiddish folksong archivist who died on November 4, her 14-year old granddaughter Sarah Mlotek (whose father is Zalmen Mlotek, artistic director of The Yiddish National Theater-Folksbiene and whose grandfather was Holocaust survivor and Yiddish educator Yosl Mlotek) backed up by the 100-strong Jewish High Schools’ Hazamir Choir, belted out the wrenching Yiddish youth anthem “Der Yugnt Hymn” which urges courage and hope despite “der seyne” — the enemy — standing at the gates.
Avner Shalev, Chair of the Directorate, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem declared: “My late friend Eli Zborowski [founder of the 1981 American Society for Yad Vashem who died last year] was deeply concerned with the vital transmission of memory to which he dedicated his life.”
Wherever Eli Zborowski may be — he can rest easy. The Third Generation is letting their diverse voices be heard.
So now Jews are fighting about pizza. Because we really needed one more thing about which to get Uncle Morty upset this Thanksgivukkah.
The Jews in question here are two of the most well-known in the nation: Jon Stewart and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
And the pizza in question is Chicago Deep Dish, specifically the anchovy-topped deep dish pizzas Emanuel sent Stewart and his staff, following Stewart’s rant on Tuesday’s The Daily Show about how disgusting he finds Chicago-style pizza.
“Thank you for coming to my Bar Mitzvah!” joked emcee Jordan Roth, president of Jujamcyn Theatres, to the festive crowd at The Plaza Hotel for the November 11 Albert Einstein College of Medicine Women’s Division 50th Anniversary Celebration which honored his mother, Broadway producer Daryl Roth, and philanthropist Benjamin Winter.
“I knew little of what a Broadway producer actually does,” confessed Allen Spiegel, The Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean of Albert Einstein College of Medicine. “That is until I listened to an NPR interview with Daryl Roth who described how a producer aggregates the resources…the creative talent…actors…to realize their dreams, thereby the productions entertain and educate their audiences.” Spiegel paused:” As a medical dean I thought I could do well to use Daryl Roth as a role model…to aggregate resources, empower the brilliance of our faculty to educate our students to become compassionate and competent physicians.”
Accepting the award from Carol Roaman, president of the Women’s Division, Roth spoke of being inspired by stories that can change people’s minds, attitudes, and [plays] “where audiences leave a little smarter, a little bit kinder, a bit more informed, hopefully encouraged to do something in response.”
Roth’s productions — seven of which were based on Pulitzer Prize winning works — include: “”Wit,” “The Normal Heart,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “A Little Night Music,” “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” and (Tony Award- Winner) “Kinky Boots,” members of whose cast entertained the 360 guests who raised $1 million for Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
“’Wit,’ reflected Roth, “is a profound story of an English professor, Vivian Bearing, and her stoic reaction to treatment for stage 4 ovarian cancer. An amazing piece of theater, my own life was forever altered by being involved with it. It addressed end-of-life care and the doctor-patient relationship…. In fact, ‘Wit’ has inspired medical classes in compassion and humanity [now] taught today in many schools across the country. It was a bold call to action…to remind that much work is still to be done and, in fact, is being done here at Einstein.”
Touting the women’s Division — of which she is a longtime member—Roth stated: “For over sixty years this women’s division has raised funds for research in cancer, cardiology, pre-natal studies and, yes — AIDS.” Twice included in Crain’s “100 Most Influential Women in Business,” Roth’s honors roster includes The Broadway Association Visionary Leader Award; Stella Adler Spirit Award and Lucille Lortell Lifetime Achievement Award.
“I’ll have what she’s having” just reached a whole new level.
Improv Everywhere, known for staging flash mobs around the world, gave Katz’s Deli patrons dinner and a show when they had 20 women recreate the iconic scene from “When Harry Met Sally” in which Meg Ryan shows Billy Crystal how to fake an orgasm.
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