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After some fairly lean Oscar years, full or partial Members of the Tribe scored well at the 86th Academy Awards, though mainly in the less glamorous, behind-the-scenes categories.
Israeli-American producer Arnon Milchan, who is an acknowledged intelligence operative for Israel’s nuclear weapon program, shared in the celebration for best picture winner “12 Years a Slave” as one of the seven listed producers who won a golden statuette on Sunday night.
Woody Allen, a regular non-attending entry at the Oscars, failed to win the original screenplay trophy for his “Blue Jasmine.” However, the honor went to “Her” writer Spike Jonze, born Adam Spiegel and the son of a Jewish father.
Perhaps the most satisfying win of the evening, from a Jewish perspective, went to “The Lady in No. 6: Music Saved My Life.” The short documentary tells the story of 110-year old concert pianist and Holocaust survivor Alice Herz-Sommer, who died exactly one week before the award ceremony.
Mazel tov to Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher!
Rumors of the couple’s engagement went haywire on Thursday night after Kunis was spotted with a rather large rock on her finger.
An unnamed source finally confirmed the news to Us Weekly. “She is crazy about him!” the source added.
The couple, who met on the set of “That 70s Show” in 1998 (Kutcher was Kunis’ first on-set kiss), have been dating since 2011, shortly after Kutcher, 36, split with actress Demi Moore. Kunis, 30, was the longtime girlfriend of Macauley Caulkin.
While Kutcher himself isn’t Jewish (Kunis is a Ukrainian Jew), he is a known kaballah enthusiast. The couple recently attended the funeral of Rabbi Philip Berg, founder of the Los Angeles-based Kabbalah Center, in Safed.
May their future be filled with dates as cute as the one Kunis described in a recent Cosmopolitan interview: ” We have a thing called white T-shirt night and it’s when you wear jeans and a white T-shirt and you go on a date. Nothing fancy, it’s just something that you love to do… whether that’s bowling or dinner or going to a cheese shop.”
The Oscars are only two days away, and if you’re anything like us, you’re rooting for an “American Hustle” win in Costume Design.
This is the first Academy Award nomination for Australian costume designer Michael Wilkinson (whose credits include “Man of Steel,” “300,” “Watchmen,” and “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 & 2” ), and come Sunday night, he’ll face fierce competition from the likes of “The Great Gatsby” and “12 Years A Slave.”
Much has been written about the film’s knockout 70s wardrobe (and the hair, the hair), but it seems Wilkinson deserves an Oscar just for getting through the shoot.
According to Racked, there was more than one mishap to maneuver around. David O. Russell’s spontaneity on the set, often required Wilkinson to think on his feet. Racked reports that Wilkinson had 40 different outfit changes for Amy Adams and Christian Bale alone.
When it came to Bale, who plays Jewish scam artist Irving Rosenfeld, Wilkinson had a whole other set of problems. During a shoot for a wedding portrait of Bale and Jennifer Lawrence’s characters that was to be featured in their bedroom, Wilkinson realized he had completely forgotten to pack a yarmulke.
“The yarmulke was key for the wedding portrait so I ran to the bathroom, cut up some paper towels and worked with bobby pins,” he told Racked. “It always makes sense to make friends with the hair department.”
“American Hustle,” a comedy/drama based loosely on the ABSCAM FBI sting operation, is nominated for10 Academy Awards.
(JTA) — Mazel tov to Jason Biggs and his wife Jenny Mollen on the birth–and apparent circumcision–of their son Sid. On Tuesday Mollen posted shots to Instagram that seem to have been taken on or around the time of their newborn’s bris. “Today was not a good day to be Sid’s penis,” read one caption that bore the hash tags #babybiggs and #circumcision, while another shot showed Biggs and Mollen wrapped in a talit.
The news probably seems entirely unsurprising. This is Larry Bloom we’re talking about, after all–of course his kid would get snipped. But allow us to remind you that although Biggs has brought many a Jewey character to life, he is actually Roman Catholic. (Shocks every time–we know.)
While Mollen’s faith is currently unconfirmed, we’re banking on the fact that she’s a tribe member–especially since this isn’t the first Jewish rite of passage she’s shared on social media. In January Mollen posted shots of the couple’s dog Teet’s “bark mitzvah.” It’s all there on Instagram, but the Daily Mail summed it up quite nicely, so sit back and enjoy shots of yarmulke-clad pooch lighting a candle and munching on challah, plus fun puns like “Fur goodness sake!”
“Son of God” is the latest in a series of New Testament movies inspired by the life and death of Jesus Christ. But for once, Jewish leaders are positive about the film’s portrayal of Jews.
Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League told the Wrap that he hopes “Son of God” will be “the antidote to the poison that ‘Passion of the Christ’ became.”
“It’s almost a disservice to ‘Son of God’ to compare the two,” he said.
It’s been ten years (can you believe it?) since Mel Gibson’s Jesus epic opened in theaters. The movie was, and has since been criticized by Foxman and others for its negative and stereotypical portrayal of Jews. “Son of God,” on the other hand, is a big-screen-adapted version of the popular History channel miniseries “The Bible.”
“Gibson bloodied the Jews by portraying them as such villains,” said Foxman. But as the Wrap points out, Foxman doesn’t have the same attitude towards all depictions of the crucifixion.
“The story of the crucifixion and the way it has been used through the centuries has never been good for the Jews,” he said. “Having said that, ‘Son of God’ is the most sensitive, caring depiction of the story of Jesus that I have ever seen. The producers have done everything possible to put the events into historical, political and psychological context.”
According to Foxman, the ADL was met with “Son of God” creators Mark Burney and Roma Downey during the production process. The ADL is even sponsoring a dinner honoring the two on May 8.
But not everyone is as positive as Foxman. In his review of “Son of God” for the New York Post, Kyle Smith was not so enthusiastic about the film’s depiction of Jewish characters (or the movie in general).
Meanwhile, evil Jewish elders lurk in Jerusalem, fretting that Jesus’ antics will cause the Romans to cancel Passover. (As in many movies of this kind, the bad Jews look a lot more stereotypically Jewish than the good Jews.) The editing structure is: miracle, scheming villains, miracle, scheming villains. Though his followers call him “Rabbi,” Jesus here is more entertainer than teacher. Who wouldn’t follow a guy so agreeable, so ready to fix your troubles? “Son of God” is like one of those Good News Bibles that avoids words of more than two syllables.
“Son of God” opens nationwide on Friday. Watch the trailer here:
Seth Rogen took a trip down to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to testify at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing titled “The Rising Cost of Alzheimer’s in America.” The actor spoke about how the disease has impacted his own family. (WATCH the livestream here.)
The actor and director is a celebrity spokesman and fundraiser for the National Alzheimer’s Association, a role he took on after his mother-in-law was diagnosed in her 50s.
Rogen began his speech admitting his ignorance about the disease: “My impression of Alzheimer’s was probably what I assume most people’s impression is,” he said. “I thought it was something only like really, really old people got, and I thought the way the disease primarily showed itself was in the form of forgotten keys, wearing mismatched shoes and being asked the same question over and over.”
“After forgetting who she and her loved ones were, my mother-in-law, a teacher for 35 years, then forgot how to speak, feed herself, dress herself and go to the bathroom herself,” he continued. “All by the age of 60.”
Rogen ended the speech on a strong note, calling on the government to do more for those suffering from the debilitating disease. “Americans whisper the word ‘Alzheimer’s’ because their government whispers the word ‘Alzheimer’s,’” he said. “It needs to be yelled and screamed to the point that it finally gets the attention and the funding that it deserves and needs.”
Unfortunately for Rogen, there were very little people present to hear his rallying cry — only a handful of senators were present at the hearing.
Disappointed at the lack of interest for the cause, the actor didn’t pull any punches.
All those empty seats are senators who are not prioritizing Alzheimer's. Unless more noise is made, it won't change. pic.twitter.com/xDW6tlMHmH— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) February 26, 2014
Not sure why only two senators were at the hearing. Very symbolic of how the Government views Alzheimer's. Seems to be a low priority.— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) February 26, 2014
And our personal favorite:
.@SenatorKirk pleasure meeting you. Why did you leave before my speech? Just curious.— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) February 26, 2014
With Jana Banin, JTA.
Mark your calendars for March 8th!
Variety reports that Lena Dunham will be hosting Saturday Night Live. The writer and creator of “Girls” will appear alongside musical guests The National, also making their debut on the iconic show. (FYI: as Jewcy points out, Aaron Dessner once studied Jewish history at Columbia.)
The band’s most recent album, “Trouble Will Find Me,” was nominated for a Grammy this year and their documentary “Mistaken For Strangers” hits theaters in late March.
Can one squeal via Twitter? Because Lena Dunham just did.
Thank you for the SNL love. Dream come true. Can't wait to debut my character “girl who googled serial killers all night & has lots to say”!— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) February 25, 2014
Jimmy Fallon hosted his first lip sync battle on “The Tonight Show” on Tuesday. If you haven’t seen it, drop everything.
Paul Rudd, Jewish Mr. Nice Guy extraordinaire, gives us a glimpse of his true gift: not acting, but lip syncing — performing Tina Turner’s “Better Be Good To Me,” and Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now.” It’s a beautiful sight.
2014 may have been the year of the Nice Jewish Guys calendar, but 2015 promises something a little naughtier.
Calling all “Jewish men willing to pose shirtless, in underwear, or tastefully nude,” (chubby or hairy? that’s ok too) playwright Duncan Pflaster wants you for his Naughty Jewish Boys calendar.
The idea came as a reaction to the “emasculating,” nebbishy, Nice Guy version, Pflaster told Heeb. “Jewish men can be very sexy, and that’s too-often neglected in media. I’d like to be able to show that side, for those who desire more than ‘adorable’ from their men. I’d like to allow men to be sexy.”
The only requirements? “Be Jewish, be sexy, be willing to pose semi-clad in a studio for an hour. I’m especially interested in showcasing “natural” bodies; not everyone needs to be or should be thin and hairless. Previous modeling experience isn’t necessary. Would love some Orthodox guys with payess, but I suspect there will be fewer of them willing to pose.”
Pflaster says he’s already got two candidates lined up. If you think you’ve got what it takes, send your picture to email@example.com.
RIP Egon Spengler.
Jewish actor, writer and director Harold Ramis, known for “Ghostbusters,” and “Stripes,” and “Groundhog Day,”has died. He was 69 years old. News of his death rattled Hollywood, with many colleagues, friends and admirers taking to Twitter to share their shock and grief, and pay tribute to his work.
Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of my brilliant, gifted, funny friend, co-writer/performer and teacher Harold Ramis.— Dan Aykroyd (@dan_aykroyd) February 24, 2014
May he now get the answers he was always seeking.— Dan Aykroyd (@dan_aykroyd) February 24, 2014
Sad to hear my friend Harold Ramis passed away. A brilliant, funny, actor and director. A wonderful husband and dad. Big loss to us all. bc— Billy Crystal (@BillyCrystal) February 24, 2014
Devastated about Harold Ramis…Groundhog Day is my favorite movie of all time. He made people happy and influenced so many, including me.— Kat Dennings (@OfficialKat) February 24, 2014
Why all the good ones? Harold Ramis will be missed. Gonna curl up and watch Stripes tonight.— Alex Borstein (@AlexBorstein) February 24, 2014
If you're my age and got into comedy, Harold Ramis was one of the reasons. Life is fast and over too soon.— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) February 24, 2014
Stunned and saddened to hear of the death of Harold Ramis. A comedy hero…— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) February 24, 2014
No no not Harold Ramis. Worked for him years ago. He was the real deal. Growing up, his work changed my life. He will be missed.— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) February 24, 2014
Oh no, Harold Ramis died. One of my filmmaking heroes. Caddyshack , Stripes, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day… So sad.— Eli Roth (@eliroth) February 24, 2014
The New York Festival of Songs’ (NYFOS) February 18 “Warsaw Serenade” program at Kaufman Music Center’s Merkin Hall was right up my linguistic alley — a juxtaposition of “Songs by Polish Composers” plus “Seven Yiddish Songs Opus 13 (1943)” by Polish-Jewish composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919-1996).
The evening starred Moscow-born American soprano Dina Kuznetzova and Montreal-born tenor Joseph Kaiser who handled the articulation of dense consonant challenging Polish and geshmakn (delicious) Yiddish with finesse.
Seated on stage at two pianos, NYFOS co-founders Artistic Director Steven Blier and longtime friend Associate Artistic Director Michael Barrett launched the evening with an unexpected comedic Victor Borge moment when a swaying microphone refused to stay put for Blier who was about to introduce the program. Though there were meticulous English translations of Polish lyrics, none was needed when Kuznetsova launched her glass-shattering rendition of Grazyna Becewicz’s 1955 three-line repetitive opus “Boli Mnie Glowa” (I have such a headache! Oh! I have such a headache! Only I know how much I’m suffering!”) It was akin to an articulated version of Edvard Munch’s painting “The Scream.” The audience roared and loved it!
Following works by seven Polish composers –only two of whom — Karol Szymanowski (1882-1937) and Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941) — are well known, Blier informed: “We’ve heard from the Polish Catholics” then introduced Weinberg’s Seven Yiddish Songs Opus 13 (1943) — music set to the poetry of Yiddish literary giant Itzhak Leybush Peretz (1852-1815). Blier informed: “It was a grim time to be alive anywhere — and [Warsaw-born Weinberg} was then in Russia, the only survivor of his family which perished in the Nazi Trawnicki concentration camp. His father had been a composer and conductor of Warsaw’s Skala Theater. Dogged by anti-Semitism most of his life, Weinberg was arrested in 1953 for ‘Jewish bourgeois nationalism’ in Russia’… barely survived and was ignored by the Moscow music establishment.” As Blier informed: “Not until the end of his life was he honored by the government that had suppressed his music. ”
Informing that ”Weinberg first introduced Dmitri Shostakovich — an intimate friend — to the sweet-and-sour world of Yiddish song, ” Blier described Weinberg’s seven songs as portraying “childhood and family life [that] seem quite innocent and rosy. “Breitele” (little bread) is about eating. A boy wants to be a hunter (“Der Yeger”) and the mood shifts with no warning and he is suddenly an orphan (“Der Yesome’s Brivele”) — The Orphan’s Letter — like Weinberg was…You hear a nigun (theme) with a motif not unlike an inverted shofar with its signal that is either triumph or defeat.”
Finally gaining recognition, Weinberg’s 1968 opera “The Passenger” received its world stage premiere in 2010 at the Bregenz Festival and, a month ago, was remounted by the Houston Grand Opera in its first American production.
Special kudos to Joseph Kaiser for his crisp, clean articulation of Polish (which he told me was a new and challenging language for him) and his reverential tribute to Yiddish. Hopefully the Weinberg/Peretz repertoire will find a niche in the Yiddish Art Song arena in America.
(JTA) — Lena Dunham was trolling the Internet when she stumbled upon a shot of her boyfriend with his ex-girlfriend.
Relatable, right? Well, yeah, except for that her boyfriend, Jewish rock guitarist Jack Antonoff, used to date Scarlett Johansson.
It seems Dunham was perusing a little obsession of hers, a Tumblr blog called “Old Loves,” when she came across a photo of her beau (a Solomon Schechter alumnus) with the Sexiest Woman Alive and SodaStream spokesperson.
“The craziest thing that ever happen to me, was like, Old Loves is my passion, I check it, like, once a week. It’s how I kick back on a Friday night is to see what Old Loves has done,” “Girls” creator told Grantland Channel, according to The Daily Mail. “I saw my boyfriend and his girlfriend from high school. Scarlett Johansson.”
The two, it turns out, were together for a year when they were both 17 and attending the Professional Children’s School in New York City.
“She’s beautiful, he’s beautiful, but it was just so surreal to be looking through this blog that gives me so much pleasure and then there’s my boyfriend,” Dunham said. “And I was like, “My mind is going to explode.”
Good thing she’s not the jealous type, but even if she were, Dunham has nothing to worry about. Johansson is engaged to French journalist Romain Dauriac.
When news leaked that actor Andrew Garfield had been chosen to take on the role of Spider-Man, Jewish media responded with headlines like “‘Spider-Man’ is Jewish!”
But for some reason, Joel Kinnaman, AKA the new “RoboCop,” hasn’t enjoyed the same kind of exposure. Released last weekend, the reboot of the 1987 action classic made $25 million in its first 3 days.
Yanir Dekel sat down with the Swedish born actor a few days before “RoboCop“‘s release to talk about his role, his Jewish identity and his unique life story that spans America and Europe.
“When I’m in Sweden I feel like I have something that is not Swedish,” Kinnaman admitted. “And when I’m here I feel I have something that’s not American. I’d say I feel still more Swedish then American because I grew up there, but at the same time when I grew up I went to a public school that had English speaking classes, and when we played football in the breaks it was us against the Swedes.”
Joel’s father, Steve Kinnaman, is an American who left the United States in the 1950s. He immigrated to Sweden, where he met Joel’s mom, who is Jewish.
“The Jewish community in Sweden is an old community,” Joel says. “My family came from Ukraine in 1850. They’re very integrated, so it’s a silent presence. “
As for anti-Semitism? “We have a fascist party in our government, they’re very anti-Muslim, I don’t think that the Jewish community is affected by that. They wanna kick out all the immigrants. That is something that we’re dealing with in Sweden right now.”
Check out the full one-on-one interview below:
Photo credit: Getty Images.
It may have been raining outside, but the Philadelphia 76ers were in for a bright surprise.
Our favorite Miss Israel, Yityish “Titi” Aynaw, dropped in on their practice this week during her tour of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
The first woman of Ethiopian descent to win the competition in Israel is touring America on an ambassadorial trip that will include stops in New York, Washington D.C., Chicago and San Diego.
“I’m here as a representative of Israel, the Ethiopian community and of the Jewish people,” she told the Jewish Exponent.
The 22-year-old is apparently a huge basketball fan (but eat your heart out NBA, she supports Maccabi Tel Aviv) and was quick to crash the practice, showing off her moves and dribbling skills. “It’s so cool,” she said. “I want to play.”
While posing for a picture with the players, she joked: “I feel so short!” Aw.
At 6 feet tall, she has nothing to worry about.
(JTA) — James Franco has added yet another couple of lines to his epic resume. It seems the film actor, soap opera star, professor, muralist, and selfie-master is now also a New York Times contributer and defender of erratic celebrities—in this case actor Shia LeBeouf.
In an OP-ED piece titled “Why Actors Act Out,” Franco analyzes LeBeouf’s recent antics, which include alleged plagiarism, plagiarized apologies for the alleged plagiarism, a skywritten apology for the alleged plagiarism, wearing a bag over his head at a movie premiere, and wearing a bag over his head and staring at people at an art show (also possible plagiarism).
Is LeBeouf nuts? Maybe. But one thing’s for sure, per Franco: The guy is artsy.
“…I know that this idea has pretentious or just plain ridiculous overtones — that his actions are intended as a piece of performance art, one in which a young man in a very public profession tries to reclaim his public persona,” Franco says, before going on to list other examples of actors who fought back against the industry’s control over their images. Like Marlon Brando, Joaquin Pheonix, and of course, James Franco.
“At times I have felt the need to dissociate myself from my work and public image,” he writes. “In 2009, when I joined the soap opera “General Hospital” at the same time as I was working on films that would receive Oscar nominations and other critical acclaim, my decision was in part an effort to jar expectations of what a film actor does and to undermine the tacit — or not so tacit — hierarchy of entertainment.”
To Franco’s credit, the “General Hospital” stint was a pretty awesome way to stand up to the hierarchy of entertainment. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if LaBeouf pops up on mid-day TV sometime soon, too. Franco would surely be flattered. As he said himself, “I think Mr. LaBeouf’s project, if it is a project, is a worthy one.”
Photo credit: Getty Images.
The long-awaited “South Park” game has a little surprise for members of the tribe: you can play one.
A video preview of the game’s opening sequence, released on Friday, outlines the basic storyline. You, the player, are a new kid in the quiet little mountain town of South Park, Colorado. Your first quest? Make friends. To do that, you need to join the local kids in a Live Role Playing Game (LARP) (As Times of Israel points out, LARPing basically means engaging in a village-wide game of Renaissance Fair, costumes, characters and all.)
Once your first friend leads you (the player) to the main game headquarters, you are greeted by Cartman the Wizard — really just Cartman in a turquoise Dumbledore hat — who acts as a guide and explains the rules.
The mission is to find and control the mythical “Stick of Truth.” Each player must choose a character class to belong to: mage, fighter, thief or… Jew.
In the promotional video, the player chooses “Jew”. His costume? A tallit and yarmulke. His fearsome weapon? A shepherd’s crook and the “Sling of David,” which causes enemies to bleed Stars of David when struck (really it’s just an old sock).
“So, I guess we’ll never really be friends,” Cartman, also the show’s token anti-Semite (for satirical reasons, obviously), greets the new character. “Welcome to the KKK, Douchebag the Jew, who can probably also handle our finances.”
Overseen, written and voiced by the show’s creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the game stays true to the shows crude, satirical and yes, sometimes offensive, humor.Not for the faint of heart. Poseur “South Park” fans, beware.
The game will be released for Xbox 360 and Play Station 3 on March 4 in the U.S., and is rated for mature audiences only. But really, when has that ever stopped anyone? Get ready for some major LARPing, in a city near you.
Hey wait — is there an awards ceremony pegged to a Bette Midler performance on March 2nd?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Divine Miss M will be performing at the 86th Annual Academy Awards, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. Despite having been nominated twice, for her roles in”The Rose” (1979) and “For the Boys” (1991) , the actress and singer has never once performed during the telecast.
“We are thrilled to have Bette perform on the Oscars for the very first time,” Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement. “We believe she will make our Oscar telecast an especially moving evening.”
Midler, 68, tweeted out the news to her 533,000 followers on Wednesday:
Now that the news is out, what shall I sing at this years#Oscars? http://t.co/t1v4r0zOaR— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) February 19, 2014
It’s almost enough to make us want to sit through the award for Best Sound Mixing. Almost.
The man about to give us biblical knowledge of Russell Crowe (see what I did there) has another trick up his sleeve.
Darren Aronofsky has announced that he will curate a “Noah”-themed art show, to be launched in conjunction with his upcoming epic of the same name.
“Fountains of the Deep: Visions of Noah and the Flood,” will include “never-before-seen works by more than 50 contemporary artists as well as comic book and street artists,” Page Six reports. The show will run March 7 through March 29 in New York City.
“The story of Noah and the book of Genesis has inspired artists for thousands of years,” Aronofsky told Page Six. “I wanted to see what other artists would do [with the subject matter].”
Look to Twitter in the coming weeks for a preview of the art to come — Aronofsky will be releasing images of the work on his Twitter feed leading up to the show.
Catch “Noah” — which also stars Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson and Anthony Hopkins — on March 28. Don’t forget to bring a friend!
Photo credit: Getty Images.
Honored with the Good Heart Award at the 15th Annual “Power of Your Heart” Valentine Salon Luncheon, which benefits Westhampton’s East End Hospice’s Camp Good Grief, was Life Camp founder Erica Ford, recognized by President Obama, who appointed her to the President’s Task Force on gun violence in the wake of the Sandy Hook Massacre.
Addressing the 204 elegant women at 583 Park Avenue who braved a cold Manhattan day Ford said: “A Lot of people don’t have the tools that some of us have. They become victims of the tragedy by taking their lives, getting addicted to drugs, causing pain and anger to someone else. So Camp Good Grief is valuable to our future. Some of the parents could not make it because they were scared of the challenge to change. But when you are stuck on your fear and pain—you don’t see tomorrow…. We have the ability to let people see they can live past their pain…we can live past our tragedies.”
Erica Ford and Debra Halpert. // Photo by Karen Leon.
“I love what I do at ‘Hamptons Magazine,’” said its publisher, Valentine Salon honoree Debra Halpert. Accepting the award from event co-founder Jacalyn Weinstein. Halpert stated: “Nelson Mandela said ‘You should do things with passion and compassion.’ My for-profit life supports my non-profit life.” Echoeing EEH Board Member Ellen Lowey’s observations, she amplified: “This is a world-renowned bereavement program” and described the children served by the camp as “silent mourners“ who can share their grief “in a safe and comforting environment.” This year’s group of 150 campers encompassed 79 who experienced the death of a mother or father and included women who lost children to street violence.
Priscilla Ruffin, president and CEO of East End Hospice stressed: “They’re sad. They’re mad. They are scared and they come away [from camp] with the ability to self-soothe during troubled times, a greater understanding of who you are and a catalyst for change… I listen to parents talk about what we mean to them.” A wrenching example was a father, left with three little children — his wife died in childbirth. “Each night I give my children one kiss on one cheek for me and the other for their mom.” He left the camp empowered. His story left some in the room teary-eyed.
The Josh Schwartz wedding of your dreams has finally happened.
Adam Brody, 34, and Leighton Meester, 27, have tied the knot in a super-secret wedding ceremony, only three months after announcing their engagement, Us Weekly reports.
The couple, who starred in two Josh Schwartz-produced cult shows (Brody as Seth Cohen in “The O.C.” and Meester as Blair Waldof in “Gossip Girls”) first met on the set of “The Oranges,” in 2011. In February 2013, Us Weekly confirmed the rumors that the two were dating, though neither has commented on the romance in public.
We’re happy for them, but really, nothing can top this Josh Schwartz wedding scene: