The Shmooze

Bibi's Matzo Deemed Kosher After All

By Julie Wiener

(JTA) — Was Benjamin Netanyahu’s handcrafted shmura matzah thrown out after he so publicly rolled it, patted it and put it in the oven this week?

That’s what several Israeli media outlets are claiming, with some speculating that the Kfar Chabad matzah bakery that hosted the prime minister’s videotaped baking spree trashed his unleavened bread because is not Orthodox.

Not true, say Chabad officials. A New York-based spokesman for Chabad told JTA that not only were Bibi’s matzahs not disposed of, but that they are perfectly kosher and are in a box bound for some lucky person’s seder table. (They’re unmarked, so don’t bother searching for it so you can auction it on eBay.) “One of the guys at the bakery told me, ‘I’d be happy to bring the matzah he baked into my home for Pesach,’” the spokesman, who did not want his name used, said.

The reason for the matzah misinformation?

According to Haaretz, one non-Chabad hared Orthodox media outlet, Kikar Shabat, wrote that “matzo is supposed to be made by people who follow the way of Torah.” That site, in writing about Bibi’s matzah factory visit, referred to him as “the architect of criminal sanctions,” a reference to his support for drafting haredi Orthodox Jews into the Israel Defense Forces.

Adding to the confusion is that according to the Chabad spokesman, some other matzahs from the batch made during Netanyahu’s visit did end up in the garbage can because, what with large number of journalists and photographers crowding around, not all the matzahs met the shmura matzah standard, which requires “that you could account for everything it came into contact with, from harvest to baking.”

That’s the way the matzah crumbles.


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The Israeli Barack Obama

By Julie Wiener

(JTA) — Israel is getting crowded with big-name residents.

In February a Jordanian named Yitzhak Rabin enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces. Now, an African American convert to Judaism in Jerusalem has officially changed his name to Barack Obama, the Times of Israel reports.

A special committee at the Interior Ministry approved Mark Hardie’s request to change his name, and Hardie/Obama’s lawyer is working to have the name legally changed in the United States as well. The newly minted Obama has decided to skip the president’s middle name “Hussein,” however, since it’s not so Jewish.

Hardie moved to Israel in 2000, three years after undergoing an Orthodox conversion, has served in the IDF as well as the U.S. military, and is hoping to become the first African-American Knesset member.

“I decided to go with Barack Obama. I respect the president and I felt like it could be good for Israel to have a Jewish Barack Obama,” he told the Times of Israel.

Who knows what name will turn up next in Israel — Vladimir Putin? Angela Merkel? King Abdullah? (Saddam Hussein is taken.)


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104-Year-Old Savior (Virtually) Drops In

By Masha Leon

A feisty 89-year old Hanna Slome had the 320 guests at the April 1 Museum of Jewish Heritage — a Living Memorial to the Holocaust Spring Luncheon at The Pierre — “ahhing” and laughing as she recounted her survival saga.

I had known Hanna for some forty years but it wasn’t until I spotted her in the 2013 documentary “Nicky’s Family” that I — and the rest of her friends — learned of her history, which she is now sharing with audiences around the country.

In his welcoming remarks, Museum director and CEO David Marwell dubbed the event “the most rewarding of the museum’s calendar.” Luncheon co-chair Patti Kenner launched the event, and to the delight of the guests co-chair Ann Oster informed: “I’ve lost 25 lbs., had my hair done and now have a new boyfriend.” On a somber note she said: “I am Second Generation [and] you are doing a mitzvah being a witness to a Holocaust survivor. You must remember your legacy.”

Following a clip from the film, “Nicky’s Family,” Hanna, who was born in Moravska Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, began: “I did not talk about it for 60 years.” She offered a breakneck speedy overview of the historic canvas of her prewar life. Her father was a lawyer; chairman of the local Maccabbi Sports Club, there was a housekeeper, a grand piano and ski vacations. The family arranged for her and her brother’s escape, but enroute to the U.S., her father and brother learned that Czechoslovakia had been invaded by the Nazis. Hanna stayed behind with her mother.

Karen Leon
Hanna Slome, 89.

“I was lucky to be on ‘Nicky’s List,’” she said. Without seeming to take a breath and getting more laughs than many a comedian, Hanna recounted her past: “I had little education…. I was a good wife and a good mother. When I arrived in London I could not speak English…but I got a badge for swimming the [breast] stroke… I was a good maid…I changed homes… I wanted to go to school…”

En route to America on a merchant marine ship she vowed: “I was not going to be seasick.” She accidentally left her bra on the pillow of a sailor…. who got in trouble. “I went to Jamaica High School. I flunked English and Algebra…. I decided to look for a husband…. He wanted a girl with money…. Took three years to marry me…. We went on a cruise — The Staten Island Ferry.” The audience ate it up!

A surprise bonus was a video greeting to Hanna from her rescuer 104(!) year old Sir Nicholas Winton — a.k.a. “Nicky.”

Among the guests: 102-year-old author/journalist Ruth Gruber, Ruth Westheimer, museum chairman Robert Morgenthau, event co-chair Ingeborg Rennert, Holocaust survivors and museum trustee Fanya Heller, former public advocate Betsy Gotbaum, and a model thin Tovah Feldshuh enroute to Washington, D.C. to reprise her stellar “Golda’s Balcony” role.

The funds raised by the luncheon will help fund free trips to the museum for students


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Regina Spektor Welcomes Baby Boy

By Jana Banin

(JTA) — Mazel tov to Regina Spektor on the birth of her son — on keeping the details and photo evidence away from the prying eyes of the media (although we have to admit we’re dying to see a shot of the munchkin).

The only public proof that the Jewish songstress and her musician husband Jack Dishel recently brought a life into this world is a cheery post from Spektor’s Facebook page.

“Hi everyone! I wanted to let you know that Jack and I have been happily hanging out with our new little son and that all is going great!” she wrote.

If you’re hoping for more info soon, you’ll be disappointed.

“As you may have noticed, we’re pretty private so we won’t be posting any pictures or updates about him….but we can report that he’s super CUTE!!!” she added.


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Making an Exodus Vacation

By Dan Friedman

I was taught that Passover was the time of the year when we lived unleavened lives, not puffed up with self-importance and luxury. “We were slaves in Egypt,” the Seder reminds us, and we should not commit the sin of hubris by forgetting our roots. Given the number of luxury Passover holidays with full “kosher for pesach” board, I guess I was wrong.

From the depths of Florida to the peace of California, the jungles of Costa Rica to the welcoming repatriative arms of Spain, everyone’s making their exodus for Passover. Maybe the intention is to spare the women of the house some cleaning chores but I doubt it. (I’m as feminist as the next person, but it’s the women cleaning the houses — either their own or as professional cleaners). I don’t have an image for the ad that offers “TRAVELING TO FLORIDA FOR PASSOVER? We will drive your Housekeeper there in a beautiful Mercedes Sprinter Passenger Van 2013” but that captures the tone. Here are a few of my favorite ads.


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Muppets and Bar Refaeli Too Racy for Israeli TV

By Jana Banin

(JTA) — A risqué ad featuring Bar Refaeli in bed with a purple, mustachioed Muppet has been banned from running before 10 p.m. in the holy land, Walla!, Israel news website reports. Per a governmental council called The Second Authority for Television and Radio, the ad for local fashion brand Hoodies has “too many sexual insinuations” to be seen during prime time.

The spot opens with a post-coital shot of the Israeli super model and her puppet friend, a guy named Red Orbach, with whom many Israelis are already familiar. For some background on the swarthy Muppet, we turn to The Hollywood Reporter:

The character Red Orbach emerged locally from an all-puppet classic rock group called Red Band and his stereotypical persona is that of an aging 1960s American rocker. This past year, Red Orbach co-hosted late-night The Red & Dvir Show with actor Dvir Benedek on Channel 2’s franchiser ReshetBroadcasting.

Anyway, the purple rocker/TV host/skilled lover goes on to imagine what it would be like to be dating not one, but THREE Refaelis. This involves sexy scenes from a car wash (referred to here as a “Bar wash”), a photo booth and a game of strip poker.

R-rated, weird or both? You decide.


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The JDate Haggadah

By Anne Cohen

Do you want your Seder to be “the talk of the town through the end of 5774?”

Of course you do. And JDate has your back (though you may have to cling to the thought that “all publicity is good publicity”).

For the second year in a row, the online answer to all Jewish mothers’ hopes and dreams has come up with its very own Passover haggadah, available on iTunes and as an iBook, compatible with smartphones and tablets, for the hip Jewish single on the go.

So, how is this haggadah different from all other haggadahs, you may ask? Well…

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Pat Robertson Says Jews Don't Mow Lawns

By Anne Cohen

Pat Robertson has succeeded where thousands of years of Elders of Zion-style conspiracy theorists have failed.

He’s figured out why Jews are all so darn successful.

It’s simple, the televangelist explained in a recent discussion with Rabbi Daniel Lapin, head of the American Alliance of Jews and Christians — Jews don’t tinker with their cars or mow their own lawns, which leaves them with all the time in the world to pursue their true passion: Polishing diamonds.

Whew. Glad we cleared that up. Now back to counting my gold dubloons.

[h/t Gawker]


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Sorry Guys, No Amy Winehouse Hologram Tour

By Jana Banin

(JTA) — If you thought rumors of a concert tour featuring a hologram version of the late Amy Winehouse seemed too good to be true — or perhaps creepy — you would be correct.

Last week, the UK newspaper The Sun reported that billionaire Alki David was planning to use 3-D computer technology plus an orchestra to bring the singer back to the stage.

The same high-tech method was used to resurrect murdered rapper Tupac Shakur for the Coachella festival in 2012. Unfortunately for Winehouse fans, her dad, Mitch, who controls her image, made it very clear on Twitter they won’t get to watch her perform “live” anytime soon.

Sorry, guys.


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Remembering Felix Fibich, Yiddish Choreographer-Dancer

By Masha Leon

Whenever Warsaw-born dancer, choreographer Felix Fibich — who died on March 20, at 96 — and I would meet, we’d discuss Jewish choreography and sometimes end up dancing together.

At the June 24, 2002 “Celebration of Stars” 67th anniversary of the Yiddish Artists & Friends Actors Club at Sutton Place Synagogue, club president Cory ‘G’daliah’ Breier touted Yiddish theater legends Morris Adler, Zyporah Spaisman and Felix Fibich and read greetings from then N.Y. Governor “George Pataki” — “a big fan of Yiddish culture.”

The orchestra launched into horas and — at Fibich’s request — a polka. Felix pulled me onto the floor and as the tempo changed from a polka to one that he said was a Mazurka, I, Warsaw-born Polish dance maven — insisted hat it was a Krakowiak and Fibich settled the dispute declaring it an Oberek.

Felix Fibich and Masha Leon // Photo by Karen Leon.

His lifelong passion and mission was Yiddish choreography and dance. He always spoke reverently of his wife —choreographer Judith Berg (who died in 1992) who had choreographed the Dance sequence in the 1937 classic Yiddish film, “Der Dybbuk” in which she dances the part of Death. The 1947 documentary film, “Mir Lebn Geblibene” (“We, the Living Remnant”) a documentary showcase of post war Jewish life in Poland, includes a dance sequence by — and featuring — Judith Berg and Felix Fibich.

Our last face-to-face conversation was during the reception at the Museum of Jewish Heritage — a Living Memorial to the Holocaust’s November 5, 2009 Generation-to-Generation dinner. We were savoring stuffed cabbage when Fibich suddenly rose out of his seat and — using his hands, arms and shoulders — announced he would “demonstrate the language of Yiddish dance.”

Looking younger than his 92 years, he explained: “My dance form is rooted in Jewish tradition. You praise the Lord with every part of your body…. men shoklen zikch (shake, shudder, side-to side). In the beginning I was told ‘You dance like a woman’ So I decided to observe how the Hassidim danced in their kapotes (long black coats). I observed the way Simchat Torah was celebrated….. I studied Russian dance in Turkomenia. (Judith and I) came to America in 1946. We knew no English…. We toured. But with dance you don’t need language.”

Fibish also starred in Joseph Papp’s production “Café Crown, “ film and TV appearances.

But it was in 2001, with the widely aired sidesplitting Cingular TV commercial, that Fibish got national visibility. Looking like a bald leprechaun in a black body-fitting leotard, he attempts to teach a group of 300 lb. football players how to perform plies (elegant balletic squats) and entrechats (a balletic feat that involves twice crossing your legs at the ankle in mid-air). He exhorts these gravity-bound Sumo size athletes “to strut- trut-strut like a peacock” to “walk like a camel in the desert” and “sway like a Redwood tree.”

Somewhere in himl (heaven) Fibich is no doubt teaching Yiddish-speaking malokhim (angels) how to flap their wings to a Hassidic cadence.


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This Is What Joan Rivers' Bedroom Looks Like

By Anne Cohen

Joan Rivers is the Queen of Mean. And we love her for it.

But for all of her “Fashion Police” style dos and don’ts, the snarky diva made one heck of a decor faux-pas when she designed this particular room.

Picture courtesy of Christie’s Images, Ltd. 2014.

Yikes.

On the off-chance that frothy pink upholstery is your thing, head on over to Chrisitie’s New York on April 1-2, where property from Rivers’ country house in Connecticut will be up for auction. This particular monstrosity can be yours for the low, low estimated price of $2,000-3,000.

[h/t Vanity Fair]


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PBS Station Loses Much-Maligned Yiddish Quiz

By Michael Kaplan

I may have gone too hard on my bubbe in a blog post last week. As it turns out, she may not have been at fault for my abysmal score on Thirteen-WNET’s Yiddish quiz, created in honor of Simon Schama’s five-part series, “Story of the Jews.”

In fact, my poor score may not even have been my fault.

According to the Yiddish mavens of the Internet, the quiz didn’t provide the best translations. And amidst a wave of complaints from Yiddish-speakers and fans, Thirteen looked to have dropped the quiz from its website.

One blogger said that the quiz — which she argued actually tested one’s ‘Yinglish’ as opposed to their Yiddish — was “mainly a quiz of how hard you can cringe through 15 mouse clicks.”

She points out that futz isn’t even a real Yiddish word. Shtik actually means a piece of something, but the quiz considered its Yinglish usage, instead translating it as “routine.”

Another blogger at Yedies similarly pointed out, “the quiz-taker is better advised to consult his knowledge of American popular culture than Jewish law.”

A spokesperson for the network blamed technical issues for the quiz’s disappearance. “It wasn’t taken down intentionally and they’re hoping to get it back up as soon as possible,” she said. The quiz was back up on the web site as of March 31.

For now, I’ll hold out hope that my embarrassingly low score of 8/15 can actually be attributed to the pure, high-standard Yiddish my bubbe taught me — not that Yinglish stuff.


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Julianna Margulies Can Really Lay on The 'Jew Guilt'

By Jana Banin

What to do when a key player on your hit series has one foot out the door? Invoke your bubbe at her most manipulative. At least that’s the route “The Good Wife” star Julianna Margulies took when trying to convince co-star and friend Josh Charles to stay on the show, Entertainment Weekly reports.

Last night at a Charlie Rose-moderated panel discussion, the conversation turned to Charles and his ”Good Wife” contract, which expired at the end of the fourth season. Charles was feeling “fried” and ready for something new. Well, that didn’t exactly sit well with Margulies.

“I called Josh, and I gave him terrible Jew guilt,” the Jewish actress said. “I knew he was about to get married and I said, ‘Josh, how about this? Fifteen episodes? Think about it. Money in the bank for 15 episodes. You’re about to get married. Do you know how expensive it is to have a baby in New York?’ I went right to the kid thing.”

And the school thing: “We were looking at kindergarten for our son at the time, and I was like, ‘Do you know how much private school is in New York?’ I went on this whole thing about kids and family, and he was like, ‘Well, 15? Let me think about that.’ And I said, ‘And two directing slots!’

It worked. Now Margulies can start pressuring her friends to make that baby.


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Lena Dunham Directed Her Boyfriend's New Music Video

By Anne Cohen

In “Girls” withdrawal after Sunday’s season finale? Here’s a little something to tide you over: Lena Dunham directed a video to go along with the first single by boyfriend Jack Antonoff’s new band, Bleachers.

In “I Wanna Get Better,” Antonoff plays a therapist listening to Hannah Horvath-esque patients talk about their problems (memorable lines include: “my parents gave me this dog so I’d get an abortion…he’s an abortion dog.”). As the name of the song suggests, they want to get better.

The song is so catchy, you probably will too.


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Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Wows With Brahms and Tchaikovsky

By Masha Leon

In past years the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra concert at Carnegie Hall opened with the IPO orchestra on their feet in a rousing rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” followed by “Hatikvah.” At this year’s March 20th concert — a welcome addition was Cantor Azi Schwartz of Park Avenue Synagogue, who led the standing audience in singing Israel’s national anthem.

During our chat as the stage was being set up, early arrival petite Dr. Ruth Westheimer — looking glamorous in a shimmering midnight blue satin jacket and colorful scarf — confided: “I could not come without getting my hair done for tonight!” Quick exchanges with IPO fans and supporters Morris Offit, Harvey Krueger, Rosalind Devon, Park Avenue Synagogue senior Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove, and Jewish Theological Seminary Chancellor, Arnold Eisen.

Maestro Zubin Mehta launched the evening with Hungarian-born Israeli composer Odon Partos (1920-1977) edgy Concertino for Strings which would have made a wonderful score for a film akin to Hitchcock’s “The Birds.”

Karen Leon
Dr. Ruth Westheimer

Adding visual spectacle to Johannes Brahms Concerto for Violin & Violoncello in A Minor, was world renowned South Africa-born, Canada-raised cellist Amanda Forsyth who launched her IPO debut by sweeping across the stage in a spectacular billowing lemon yellow organza gown with a black lace bodice. Seated on a platform — bracketed by phenomenal violinist Pinchas Zuckerman (her husband) to her right and conductor Mehta on her left — her undulating movements added a balletic component to her spectacular performance. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36 (aka known as “The Tchaik” by cognoscenti) concluded the printed program.

The finale was the Mehta led not-on-the-program tribute to the late Academy-Grammy- Emmy- and Tony Award winning composer Marvin Hamlisch—a medley that opened with “Memories” and included the iconic “One” from “A Chorus line” as well as excerpts from the film score “The Sting” –all of which was greeted by applause, hoots and hollers.

At the post-concert dinner at the Plaza, the black tie gowned guests included Benefit chair Melissa Manchester, AIFPO president David Hirsch and Rochelle Hirsch, Elaine Wolfensohn and Terre Blair Hamlisch. The concert was underwritten by Rita and Charles Bronfman and Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert whom David Hirsch thanked for being “active friends of the orchestra and their love of Israel and [unsurpassed] passion for classical music.”

In the concert program notes, Hirsch informs that the generous gifts help fund “the IPO’s numerous concert series…educational programs [and] brings the magical gift of classical music to over 29,000 school children annually.”


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H and M Drops Offensive Star of David T-Shirt

By Anne Cohen

Someone at H&M apparently came into work one day thinking: ‘I have a great idea for a shirt! Let’s design a Star of David, and place a skull smack in the middle of it! That’ll go huge!’

Obviously, they were mistaken. The European retailer has removed the tank top from their shelves, after several complaints that it gave off anti-Semitic vibes. As Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, rightly pointed out:

“While we may not know what the intentions of the designer might be, it is fair to also ask to those in the chain of command of this international company: Was there no one who upon seeing the shirt would have immediately understood what the negative impact of juxtaposing the skull and Magen David would be on an entire community?”

The offending item was posted to Twitter by Israeli blogger Eylon Aslan-Levy, who then wrote about it in the Times of Israel on Sunday.

“Please accept our most sincere apologies that this has caused offense,” a company spokesperson said. “We understand the criticism and in response to this have decided to remove the T-shirt from all stores with immediate effect.”

This isn’t H&M’s first offense. Last year, the company stopped selling a multicolored Native American-inspired headdress, after an Ojibwa-Mohawk woman complained.

Sensitivity training is a good investment, guys. Sounds like you need it.


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Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin Hit Splitsville

By Anne Cohen

Coldplay fans and expensive cleanse aficionados, brace yourselves: Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow are splitting up.

For real.

In a post published on GOOP (Paltrow’s wellness blog and purveyor of all things organic) titled “Conscious Uncoupling),” the pair officially announced their breakup to the world:

It is with hearts full of sadness that we have decided to separate. We have been working hard for well over a year, some of it together, some of it separated, to see what might have been possible between us, and we have come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much we will remain separate. We are, however, and always will be a family, and in many ways we are closer than we have ever been. We are parents first and foremost, to two incredibly wonderful children and we ask for their and our space and privacy to be respected at this difficult time. We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and coparent, we will be able to continue in the same manner.

Love, Gwyneth & Chris

Paltrow and Martin were married 10 years ago in a private ceremony in Santa Barbara, California. They have two kids, Apple, 9, and Moses, 7. Paltrow, whose father, Bruce Paltrow, descends from a long line of Eastern European rabbis, has previously said she wants to raise her children Jewish.

Side note: According to Jezebel, the news prompted overzealous fans to swarm the GOOP website, causing it to crash. Oy.


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Jerry Schatzberg — From Furs to Filmmaker to FIAF

By Masha Leon

Among the goodies at the French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF) and Kering March 14-15 premiere of Diane Pernets” “A Shaded View on Fashion Film Festival (ASVOFF) was a tribute to filmmaker Jerry Schatzberg.

It featured a screening of his 1971 Golden Globe-nominated film “Puzzle of a Downfall Child” starring Faye Dunaway as a disturbed fashion model as well as more than a dozen fashion-infused shorts by American and European filmmakers.

These included “She Said-She Said”— a 7 min. 2013 short by Stuart Blumberg starring Marisa Tomei and Elodie Buchez as a lesbian couple on the brink of a divorce dividing possessions through meditation, a 2 min. sexy sassy 2013 U .S. “Sister Act” by Ellen Von Unweth and the 7 min. 2013 “The Four Dreams of Miss X-Shadows” by Mike Figgis, U.K. which — according to the blurb —“is an astounding collaboration between designer lingerie house Agent Provocateur and Kate Moss— a beautiful woman’s private dream experiences.”

Jerry Schatzberg // Photo by Karen Leon.

The cosmopolitan audience — which was as interesting to watch as were the screen personalities — applauded with gusto.

During a post screening Q&A Schatzberg — whom FIAF press material describes as “one of the leaders of the earlier Hollywood Renaissance movement that touched critics and movie-goers alike”— informed that “the common theme of all my films are marginal people on edge, misfits, outsiders…. films that make me cry….I don’t think there are any rules involved in writing. Sometimes the script finds me.”

Recalling the making of “Panic in Needle Park” starring Al Pacino, who also starred in his 1973 film “Scarecrow” which won Schatzberg the Golden Palm at the Cannes Film Festival, he said, “We went to hospitals, seminars, learned about addicts…”

This being a fashion-fueled event, Schatzberg mused, “Films of the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s had more fashion than today —more dreamland, not realistic. The Beat Generation began to dress differently….I was lucky with costumes.” He recalled a young fashion designer on a film who had no union card. Edith Head — [eight Academy Awards costume design winner] who never saw the costumes — got the credit!”

“I am most pleased with my work of fifty years,” Bronx-born Schatzberg told me during our chat a few days after his FIAF appearance. “My father came here from Austria when he was three. My mother was born here. English was their home language — unless they didn’t want me to understand, so they spoke in Yiddish. I worked in my family ‘s fur business and didn’t start photography until I was seventeen. I have thousands of wonderful photographs which I call my friends…and I did not do my first film until forty.”

His favorite director? “I copy from them all…and they are reflective of the many great directors that made films before me…. I don’t think anybody has it easy. People who make little films want to make blockbusters. Those making blockbusters want to make little films.”


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Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher Are Expecting First Baby

By Anne Cohen

The Jewish celebrity baby news train keeps on rolling.

Newly engaged Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are expecting, E!Online reported.

Kunis, now the face of Jim Beam bourbon, was apparently seen attending a pre-natal yoga class in Hollywood.

Rumors of a Kutcher, 36/Kunis, 30, engagement surfaced in February, when the “Ted” star was spotted shopping with a rather large rock on her finger. The pair had been dating for two years. Kutcher’s divorce with actress Demi Moore was finalized in November.

RadarOnline reported](http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2013/11/mila-kunis-wants-kids-with-ashton-kutcher/) in December that the two planned on raising their prospective children in the Jewish tradition (Kunis is a Ukrainian Jew).

Ashton and Mila feel like they won the baby lottery,” a friend told OK magazine.

“It was a total shock for both of them, but they feel up for the challenge,” the friend said. “It didn’t seem like it was possible for them to fall any deeper in love, but the prospect of raising an insta-family together has solidified their commitment to each other.”

The happy couple was caught on the kiss cam on Saturday at Clippers basketball game in Los Angeles.

Mazel tov!


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Vice Trades in March Madness for Hitler

By Anne Cohen

Who’s more worthy of Hitler-comparison, Joseph Stalin or Saddam Hussein? Voldemort or Satan? Bashar Al-Assad or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?

These are the hard-hitting questions that Vice is setting out to answer. Forget March Madness. They’ve come up with Hitler Madness, the tournament to “officially determine the most Hitlerish person of all time.”

Per the rulebook:

Some who play the Hitler card are trying to be funny or controversial in order to get attention; others are just trying to say, “This person is very, very, very bad.” Usually, the comparison backfires horribly and the comparer inevitably has to issue a public statement that says something like, “That person who I said was like Hitler is very, very, very bad—but he or she is not Hitler-esque. I’m sorry.” A good rule of thumb is to never, ever call anyone Hitler, since you’ll end up apologizing and there are far more creative and specific ways to insult your enemies. (And anyway, Hitler is often just a generic term meant to connote ultimate evil rather than an accurate comparison with the real, historical German dictator.)

There are four categories competing, with eight contestants each: Dead People, Living Politicians, Not That Much Like Hitler and Non-Humans.

Who will take home the (not-so) grand prize? Make your picks here and find out.


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