The memory of Jerry Seinfeld’s legendary puffy shirt lives on in the unlikeliest of ways.
On November 16, the Bakersfield Condors, a minor league hockey team affiliated with the Edmonton Oilers, will celebrate “Seinfeld”’s 25th anniversary by wearing jerseys based on the iconic apparel.
If you live in some Bizarro World and missed it, these Seinfeld Puffy Shirt Jerseys happen Nov. 16 >> pic.twitter.com/3JyYHl6tAE— Bakersfield Condors (@Condors) September 4, 2014
Someone in Brooklyn is driving around in a car with a “HAMMAS” license plate.
The slightly misspelled nod to Hamas was spotted on black Dodge that was parked in Bay Ridge Wednesday and had a Palestinian flag spread across the windshield, NY1 reports.
Even more disturbing however, is the message that the owner opted to add under the garish yellow plate. “ALQASSM” can be seen spelled out in red letters, which we can only assume refers to the Al Quassam Brigades, Hamas’ military wing responsible for multiple attacks on Israeli civilians.
The Department of Motor Vehicles is in the process of revoking the license plate, which it admits should never have been issued.
“We are pulling this plate off the road as patently offensive,” Jackie McGinnis of the state DMV said in a statement. “The group represented by the name on the plate is also on the list of entities designated by the U.S. Government as a terrorist organization.”
In the world of brassy, chutzpadik funny ladies, nobody has done it better and longer than Joan Rivers. The lady is a legend, a trailblazer, who made way for the candid, feminist humor of women like Sarah Silverman and Amy Schumer and a whole generation of female comics who have the courage to get up on the stage and tell it like it is. As a woman, that is.
As we mourn Joan Rivers, we thought that it couldn’t hurt to revisit some classic moments in the comedian’s life. Because what better way is there to express our Joan love than to laugh at her jokes.
“The whole society is not for single girls. A man, he’s single, he’s so lucky. A boy on a date, all he has to be is clean and able to pick up a check and he is a winner.”
Watch out, Netanyahu. You’ve got company.
Mandy Patinkin, star of the hit TV series “Homeland,” announced Tuesday night that he wants to be Israel’s next prime minister. Patinkin delivered the news while promoting the new season of “Homeland” on the set of the “Colbert Report.”
“I am going to tear a page out of your book…and I’m going to enter myself to be possibly elected as the new prime minister of Israel,” Patinkin told host Stephen Colbert, who himself launched a failed bid for president in 2008. He said plans to run in order to “balance my participation in this world for however long I might have left to be in it.”
Patinkin, who is known for his dovish views on Israel, invited the ostensibly hawkish Colbert to become his security advisor. “The combination of the two might calm the region into, on occasion, laughing at itself,” said the man better known as revenge-obsessed Inigo Montoya.
Check it out for yourself here:
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Who says tech can’t look good?
Rebecca Minkoff sees no contradiction. The 33-year-old designer is reportedly set to debut wearable tech at her New York Fashion Week show on Friday. The accessories, developed in collaboration with Case-Mate, include a $120 bracelet that alerts you to incoming calls and messages (for when you’re out for drinks and need to discreetly check on that crucial text) and a $60 cuff that can double up as a mobile charger.
Minkoff isn’t the first to try her hand as fashion-first tech — as The Cut points out, Diane von Furstenberg (DVF), Ralph Lauren, and Tory Burch have already gone down that road. But Minkoff’s commitment to the digital space goes beyond cool accessories. Last year, the Jewish designer gave her fans unprecedented access to what goes on behind the scenes as a fashion show by using a streaming app called Keek. This year, she’s upping the ante, and giving budding fashionistas the chance to pick the looks that will make it onto the runway.
On September 2, Minkoff posted a picture of two looks on Instagram with the caption: “It’s up to you! Tell us which look from our Spring ‘15 collection should walk the runway at New York Fashion Week on Friday by voting “printed” or “indigo” in the comments section. Voting closes at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 3. Note: Only votes containing “printed” or “indigo” will be counted. Get to it and vote for your favorite look! #RMSPRING #nyfw”
If a look doesn’t get the votes, it’s out of the running (and the runway). To see the final picks, catch the show live on rebeccaminkoff.com on September 5 at 3 p.m. EST.
As for the wearable tech, mark your calendars: the bracelets, as well as new iPhone cases and other mobile knick knacks, should be available in stores this fall and around the holiday season.
Spouses, take note: These make the perfect Hannukah gift.
Adam Levine just proved he’s more than just your fantasy Jewish boyfriend.
In an appearance on “The Tonight Show,” the “Voice” coach and Maroon 5 lead singer played a round of “Wheel of Musical Impressions” with Jimmy Fallon.
The rules are as follows: Each participant must impersonate a singer interpreting a random song (not from their repertoire} — think Frank Sinatra singing “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.”
Fallon’s Bob Dylan singing “Rude” almost won our hearts but Adam Levine really takes the prize with his impression of Michael Jackson belting out the “Sesame Street” theme song.
Since no words can adequately describe the performance, check out the segment for yourself:
To my knowledge, there seem to be only two Hungarian films that address the plight of the country’s Jews during the Holocaust.
One is the 1983 gem “Revolt of Job.” Now, there’s the puzzling macabre “The Notebook” (“Le Grand Cahier”) which hints at Hungarian Jews’— one scene shows the Jewish population of a small rural town being taunted by their Hungarian neighbors, another, filmed by an overhead camera, shows men, women and children being herded through a narrow street passage — suggesting cattle being driven to slaughter.
With a cast of characters out of a Grand Guignol theatre piece, one of the few people in the film to show kindness to the film’s central characters — real life twin brothers Andras and Laszlo Gyemant — is the town’s Jewish shoemaker. Improbably another is a menshlich — and possibly a pedophile — Nazi officer.
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It’s WWII, and the boys have been brought by their loving, doting, cosmopolitan mother to their peasant grandmother for safekeeping. A huge grotesque apparition brilliantly acted by Piroska Molnar she singlehandedly manages a farm set on a bleak barren landscape. You recoil — yet can’t take your eyes off the screen — as in a modern day version of the Hansel & Gretel fairytale, the grandmother — aka “The Witch” — works the boys to within a breath of death. Still, the boys, as they had been joined in utero by an umbilical cord, continue to cling to one another training themselves to withstand the often hard-to-witness brutality at the hands of the townsfolk and others. Each day they write everything down in their notebook.
In a rare emotional display they exact brutal revenge for the murder of the Jewish shoemaker who had shown them kindness. Based on Agota Kristol’’s best- seller “The Notebook” (Le Grand Cahier) I was stunned by director Janos Szasz’s merciless j’accuse showcasing the brutality of his country and landsmen. Perhaps it is intended to validate what I have heard many a Hungarian survivor aver, “I will never again set foot in Hungary!”
In “Revolt of Job” it is a Christian child adopted from an orphanage by an elderly barren Jewish couple — in exchange for two cows —who, in the end, witnesses his adopted parents taken away by Hungarian authorities to what was understood to be their death. In “The Notebook” the ultimate cruel twist is the grotesque grandmother who wins the allegiance of the boys when their mother and later father — separately — –return to reclaim them, holding onto them for her own reasons.
Grippingly filmed by Christian Berger there is no resolution or answers at the end when the twins make an unexpected final decision about their post war future.
Lena Dunham has a word of advice on how to handle conversations around the nude celebrity photos leaked over the weekend: don’t blame the victim.
In an acid tweet, the “Girls” star compared remarks like “don’t take nude pics if you don’t want them online” to dismissive attitudes about rape.
The “don't take naked pics if you don't want them online” argument is the “she was wearing a short skirt” of the web. Ugh.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 1, 2014
On Sunday, a 4chan user posed revealing and nude photos supposedly hacked from the iCloud accounts of female celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and Lea Michele.
While some have wisely pointed out that this huge breach of privacy is akin to a sex crime, media outlets from People Magazine to CNN have referred to the incident as a “scandal,” a term which places responsibility squarely on the victims’ shoulders.
On Monday, Dunham sent out a slew of tweets denouncing the language used to describe the leak, and called on people to stop sharing the images:
Seriously, do not forget that the person who stole these pictures and leaked them is not a hacker: they're a sex offender.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 1, 2014
Remember, when you look at these pictures you are violating these women again and again. It's not okay.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 1, 2014
The way in which you share your body must be a CHOICE. Support these women and do not look at these pictures.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 1, 2014
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Melissa Rivers has confirmed that her mother and “Fashion Police” co-host Joan Rivers is still on life support.
“On behalf of my mother and our family, we are extremely grateful for all the love and support we’ve received. At this time, she does remain on life support,” Melissa Rivers said in a statement.
The 81-year-old lady of comedy was placed in a medically-induced coma at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York after she stopped breathing during a minor throat procedure on August 28. Though she remains on life support, she is apparently making some small but positive steps towards recovery.
“It’s a slow process, but she’s on the road to recovery,” a source told E! News. “She’s getting better. Don’t believe all this ridiculous speculation.”
Melissa Rivers, who flew to New York with her 13-year-old son Cooper, has thanked Rivers’ fans for their support during this difficult time.
“Thank you for your continued love and support,” she said in a statement released Sunday. “We are keeping our fingers crossed.”
“She is a rock. She is calmer than I’ve ever seen her,” the same source said of 46-year-old Melissa. “All these reports about doomsday are not true. She is her mother’s daughter and she’s tough as nails. She’s the person keeping everyone together.”
According to a friend, Joan was laughing about “going in for a little procedure” on the night before the operation.
What a fighter. Get better — we miss you.
Late night funnyman Jon Stewart did something unheard of last summer, he took three months off from America’s favorite fake news program, his insanely popular “The Daily Show,” to direct a movie he wrote in Egypt.
Here’s the first glimpse of “Rosewater,” a movie about the imprisonment of Iranian Canadian reporter Maziar Bahari during the 2009 Iranian elections.
The movie is scheduled to be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and will hit theaters on November 7.
Lady Gaga issued a short video in advance of her performance in Tel Aviv, greeting her fans with “Shalom.”
“Shalom, Israel,” the American pop star said in the 10-second video. “I’m so excited to perform my new tour in Tel Aviv.”
The performer’s manager announced Sunday that the Sept. 13 concert would go on as planned, despite cancellations by other high-profile performers due to the Gaza conflict and its aftermath.
The video, which reportedly has gone viral online elicited angry responses from some of her Arab fans, Al Arabiya News reported.
Fans in social media platforms called her “disgusting,” “devilish” and insensitive, in response to the video. The date for the concert in Yarkon Park, part of her “artRave: The ARTPOP Ball” international tour, is listed on Lady Gaga’s official website.
Tickets remain on sale and tens of thousands of Israeli fans are expected to attend.
Neil Young, The Backstreet Boys, America and Lana Del Rey are among the stars who canceled performances this summer due to Israel’s conflict with Gaza.
Lady Gaga performed in Tel Aviv in August 2009, despite of attempts by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement to have her cancel.
Sam Kass – the Obama family’s personal chef and President Barack Obama’s senior policy advisor – is a lucky man. When he gets married on Saturday to Alex Wagner, host of MSNBC’s “Now With Alex Wagner,” he will have some special guests: the president and the first lady.
Kass is a longtime friend of the Obamas who became their personal chef in 2005, when Barack Obama was a freshman senator in Illinois. Since then, he has become a Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy and the director of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” fitness campaign. He regularly appears on television and travels constantly to promote the “Let’s Move!” initiative.
The chef and health food advocate grew up in a Jewish family in Chicago and attended the University of Chicago. He trained in restaurants around the world, from Europe to Mexico, and began his own private cooking company.
Kass and Wagner got engaged last year and were named the political “it-couple” of the year by Vogue.
Oh Chelsea Handler, how everyone will miss you on E! Or, at least, what appeared to be half of Hollywood will miss you.
Last night, Chelsea hosted the last episode of her talk show, Chelsea Lately, which started seven years ago back in 2007. And of course she left with a bang (and a couple of laughs). She pulled out all the stops to bring dozens of big Hollywood names to her studio to offer their goodbyes.
Mary McCormack, Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock, who appeared on Chelsea’s first-ever episode of Chelsea Lately, all came back (with helpful name cards for anyone who has been living under a rock).
They each read her speeches in a mini Chelsea Handler roast (disguised as an intervention) where they criticized everything about Chelsea, from her poor personal hygiene to her lack of “cool.” Chelsea just sat there and took it all with a smile.
“Never once have you let your job get in the way of your drinking problem,” Mary said earnestly.
Jennifer bemoaned to Chelsea, “My security guard caught you douching with Listerine on camera!”
“I learned something important today. You’re not funny. You’re not cool,” Sandra said before she brought out Chelsea’s ex-fling, 50 Cent.
For the final segment, Chelsea brought together the likes of Gwen Stefani, Avril Lavigne, Gerard Butler, Tim Gunn, Josh Gad (of Frozen fame) and Fergie to sing her a farewell ballad.
Yes, even Tim Gunn sings.
The song is full of witty rhymes like, “There was that time when she tried to quit before/ but then Tiger Woods started texting all those whores!”
Among the non-singing celebrities, see if you can spot Alison Janney, Anna Farris, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus and Tim Allen.
Alanis Morissette sang, “She never held back her strong point of view/ She offended blacks, Asians and the Jews.”
Watch the whole song below:
Chelsea left E! to star in her own Netflix show, as of yet untitled, which you can watch in early 2016!
The international clothing chain Zara has apologized for offering for sale a blue and white striped shirt with a six –pointed yellow star on the chest.
The shirt, for toddler boys, is identified on the Zara Israel website as a “striped sheriff t-shirt,” but Israelis on social media have called it everything from poor taste to anti-Semitic.
The yellow star has the word sheriff cut out in small letters.
The company has removed the stock from its warehouses and plans to destroy it, according to the Israeli business daily Globes. The shirt also was available on Zara’s French, Albanian and Swedish websites.
“We express our sincere apologies for any hurt to our customers’ feelings,” the company said in a statement.
The shirt remained on the Zara Israel internet site as of early Wednesday afternoon.
In September 2007, Zara removed a handbag with swastikas embroidered in it. The handbags were manufactured in India and inspired by commonly used Hindu symbols, which include the swastika.
In 2009, the Spanish retailer removed Christmas trees from the windows of its stores in Israel after complaints from customers.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Anti-Defamation League made a statement about the shirt.
“The shirt emblazoned with the yellow star is in poor taste and is deeply offensive to Jews and Holocaust survivors. To anyone who knows their history, this kind of imagery should be off-limits. We welcome Zara’s recognition of the shirt’s potentially offensive imagery and removal from sale,” said ADL National Director and Holocaust survivor, Abe Foxman.
By now — or at least, if you caught the Emmys last night — you have probably realized that Bryan Cranston, a.k.a Walter White, is none other than Dr. Tim Whatley on “Seinfeld.”
Indeed — before he cooked the best blue meth this side of New Mexico as Heisenberg, Cranston played a dentist who converts to Judaism to get a free pass on Jewish jokes (“a schtickle of fluoride”), causing an angry Jerry to be labelled an “anti-Dentite.”
Cranston, on stage with “Seinfeld” alum Julia Louis-Dreyfus to announce the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, tried to remind the “Veep” actress that they once were co-stars. In true Elaine fashion, she scoffed and blew him off.
When Louis-Dreyfus won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Cranston gave her memory a little jog — with a mind blowing kiss.
Whoa there, Bryan. I think we all remember now. But just in case, here’s another (less fun) memory refresher:
Cranston went on to win Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for “Breaking Bad.”
Comedian Sarah Silverman broke out a Jewish joke as she took home a trophy at the 2014 Emmy Awards.
Silverman won the award for Best Writing for a Variety Show for her HBO comedy special “Sarah Silverman: We are Miracles.” Upon being announced as the winner, she dashed up onto the stage barefoot and thanked her agents, saying, “Thank you to my Jews at CAA.”
Prior to Monday night’s ceremony, Silverman set the internet abuzz when she announced in an interview on the red carpet that she had brought with her a vaporizer with liquid pot.
Another Jewish winner was actress Julianna Margulies, who took home an Emmy for her role as Alicia Florrick on CBS’s “The Good Wife.” The win marked the third Emmy victory for Margulies, who previously won once for “ER” and once for “The Good Wife.”
An Emmy for Outstanding TV Movie was also awarded to the HBO movie “The Normal Heart,” based on the 1985 play by Larry Kramer, a Jewish writer and AIDS activist. Kramer’s screenplay lost to Noah Hawley for “Fargo.”
The 66th Primetime Emmy awards, held at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live will air this evening on NBC. Hosted by Seth Meyers (no, not Jewish), you can except lots of laughs, almost Oscar-worthy red carpet glamour and many tears shed over the expected Robin Williams tribute.
Here are some of the Jewish nominees your should watch out for tonight. The ceremony kicks off at 8 p.m. EST (Red carpet at 7:30). Don’t be late!
Julianna Marguiles — as Alicia Florrick in “The Good Wife”
Lizzy Caplan — as Virginia Johnson in “Masters of Sex”
Mandy Patinkin — as Saul Berenson in “Homeland”
Josh Charles — as Will Gardner in “The Good Wife”
Lena Dunham — as Hannah Horvath in “Girls”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus — as Vice President Selina Meyer in “Veep”
Louis C.K. — as Louie in “Louie”
The August 12, 1952 murder of Soviet Yiddish writers was commemorated at this year’s August 12 memorial held at the Center for Jewish History.
Sponsored by The Congress of Jewish Culture under the baton of Shane Baker, it opened with a musical fanfare by acclaimed soprano Sofie Van Lier (Sovali) accompanied on the piano by Dimitri Dover.
Event chair Queens College Professor Thomas Bird — who though Welsh and fluent in several Slavic languages, launched the evening with geshmakn (delicious) Yiddish. In fervent mameloshn he set the stage “far dem ondenk far Yiddishe shraiber umgebrakht dem 12 Oygust 1952 in Moskver Lubianka” (in memory of the Yiddish writers executed on August 12 in Moscow’s [infamous] Lubianka prison).
Recapping the 1952 events Bird informed: “Using confessions extracted by beatings and torture, the judge announced their sentence determined by the Politburo of the Central Committee of the [Communist] Party that led to the prominent Jewish writers, poets and cultural leaders being shot in the basement of the KGB prison in Moscow…. These included distinguished figures in Yiddish letters …poets Itzik Fefer, Dovid Hofshteyn, Ley Kvitko, Peretz Markish and novelist Dovid Bergelson.
Bird disclosed that in 1943, six months after Hitler’s attack on the Soviet Union, “a committee of two — Shloyme Mikhoels and Itzik Fefer — came to the U.S. seeking moral and financial aid. They met with Albert Einstein, Charlie Chaplin, Yehudi Menuhin and other political and cultural leaders…participated in an anti-Nazi rally at Yankee Stadium… with their speeches widely covered by the Western press. Stalin interpreted their remarks in America as evidence that they were plotting [and] represented the Soviet Jewish community. On their return, they were accused of the crime of claiming for the Jewish people the right to be regarded as a nationality with a distinct cultural identity.” Bird underscored: “They were among the last dozens of important 20th century Jewish literati and activists who were eliminated by the Soviet state beginning in the 1930’s.”
“…Mikhoels,” informed Bird “was a renowned Shakespearean actor who was murdered in January 1948 in an ‘arranged’ hit and run accident. In November 1948 the ‘Einikeit’ paper was shut down. In 1949 the Yiddish Theater of Moscow was liquidated… all of these deaths and executions and repressions led up to the August 12, 1952 [executions]…. It was a clear, final statement of anti-Semitism that poisoned the life of Jews in the USSR and the Eastern Block countries…for decades to come… If, as Stalin decreed, it was a crime to value one’s Jewish heritage, a crime to treasure the language of the folk, a crime to care deeply about the continuity of Jewish identity and survival, then…. they were proudly guilty…Theirs was the voice of an ageless Yiddishkeit. Its memory deserves honor…”
Among the works performed by Sovali were selections from Shostakovich’s “From Jewish Folk Song “ and works by Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s (1919 Warsaw-1996 Moscow). Coincidentally, Weinberg’s opera “The Passenger” received its New York premiere at the Lincoln Center Festival and Park Avenue Armory co-presented at the Armory.
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It takes a certain set of skills to make it in New York, and when Eitan Baron moved to the Big Apple in 2000, he definitely didn’t have it.
Picking up a suitcase and moving from Azor, Israel, to try his luck at selling oil paintings in Florida was not quite what Baron wanted to do with his life. Also, not knowing English made him a terrible salesman. So he relocated up to New York to try his luck at moving furniture for local Israeli companies. He even worked for Moishe’s Moving & Storage for a few days. He was determined to make it.
Then a Judaism seminar organized by Orthodox Jews in Monsey, New York, turned his luck around. Baron, 36, went to yeshiva for 10 days in exchange for an opportunity to work for a construction company. He did everything from cleaning constructing sites to learning all there is to know about home improvement from Home Depot guidebooks.
One opportunity led to another, and before long Baron was buying up historic Brooklyn brownstones and renovating them with environmentally friendly materials and methods, paving the way for his development company, Greenstones. And the rest, as Baron says, is history.
The Forward’s Maia Efrem spoke with Baron about his humble beginnings and his long road toward the American dream.
Maia Efrem: Can you tell me about your entry into development and construction?
Eitan Baron: I got to America in the year 2000. I didn’t speak English and couldn’t find a job, so the quickest way to make money and find work was to use my hands. I was pretty handy, so I worked for someone in the construction industry for about six months, doing anything from cleaning to painting. Two years after that I met a person who was connected to large real estate developers who said let’s do something together. So in 2002 we opened a construction company together. Real estate was booming in New York.
I was living in Park Slope and I was into the environment, and I just saw a growing demand for family-friendly homes, and anyone who comes to Brooklyn hears about Brooklyn brownstones. And once you buy a brownstone, you realize it’s old with a lot of things to fix.
I saw Park Slope as a beautiful place to buy something small. I decided to turn one brownstone into three environmentally friendly units. So the name came: Greenstone.
Russell Brand wants you to know he’s not an anti-Semite.
In light of accusations made by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach in the New York Observer on Monday that Brand is an “Israel hater,” the British comedian has written an essay in the Huffington Post explaining his side of things.
Being Russell Brand, the piece opens with an anecdote about drugs — at a Passover Seder, no less.
The year is 1992, I am 16 years old. It is Pesach, the Jewish feast of Passover; I am in Frinton On Sea, Essex, with the Hirsch family at the evening meal. Wine is drunk, there are incantations and Torah readings, my mate Matt’s little sister is beautiful, the sense of family unity and tradition is also beautiful.
Me and Matt, now obediently sat in those little hats, kippahs they’re called, had dropped some acid earlier in the evening and the whole thing suddenly gets a bit too much. Matt’s dad is sort of singing in Hebrew, the old bloke they invite every year from down the street, is smiling with cardigan kindness, Matt’s sister is still beautiful, and of course, there’s the acid. I am overwhelmed by melancholy and, oddly guilt, at the holocaustal images that lysergically zip through my sad and lively mind and I, in front of everyone, begin to weep.
Brand continues: “I am at my first Pesach with a lovely family and feel personally responsible for the holocaust; I think that constitutes ‘a bad trip.’”
Check out the full piece here.