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Aly Raisman Places Fourth in DWTS

By Chavie Lieber

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Olympian gymnast Aly Raisman won fourth place on last night’s season finale of Dancing with the Stars, alongside partner Mark Ballas.

Raisman and Ballas have been quite the pair, the Jewish Olympian proving her athletic demeanor she gained through gymnastics could get her far in the dancing world. The couple always scored high points, usually making them safe for the following competitions. Raisman originally placed third after Monday’s performance.

But all that came to an end last night in a cruel outcome when she was first to be booted off the show only 20 minutes into the episode. Sweeping first place is country singer Kellie Pickler and partner Derek Hough.

“I’m just sad it’s over,” Raisman told the Boston Herald after her loss. “This has been the best experience ever. I’m going to miss everyone so much.”

“It is what it is. I’m so happy for Kellie and Derek,” she went on. “The most important thing for me is that I had fun. I got fourth, and that’s OK.”

Fourth place ain’t bad, especially when Raisman has a shelf of gold medals from the 2012 Olympics. As for her next moves in the sports entertainment world, Raisman wouldn’t give any details, explaining that she likes to take things one day at a time.”

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Knesset Member Wants to Dance With the Stars

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Sometimes you’ve just gotta dance. At least that’s what Kadima MK Nino Abesadze says.

Abesadze is hoping to kick it up on Israel’s version of “Dancing With The Stars,” but her need to move to the beat is being stifled by Knesset legal advisor Eyal Yinon. He claims that Abesadze’s participation on the show could amount to a conflict of interest and set an undesirable precedent.

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Dancing with the Rabbis

By Katherine Clarke

While Orthodox Jews tend to shy away from mixed dancing, Conservative Jews seem increasingly keen to get moving.

Sunday April 3, five of Los Angeles’s most prominent Conservative rabbis will shake their stuff in an event hosted by the American Jewish University. “Dancing with the Rabbis,” called after the popular TV show “Dancing with the Stars,” will see the rabbis compete for the mirror-ball trophy and a donation to their chosen charity.

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, occupant of the Abner and Roslyn Goldstine chair of the Zieger School of Rabbinic Studies, will dance the foxtrot. The reformed mobster and official teacher at Beit T’Shuvah, Rabbi Mark Borovitz, will cha-cha-cha. Swing dance is the order of the day for Rabbi Elliot Dorff, chairman of the Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards. Rabbi Nina Feinstein, the second female ordained by the Conservative movement will hustle, and Rabbi Zoe Klein of Los Angeles’s Temple Isaiah will tango.

The event will also feature performances by Karina Smirnoff and Louis Van Amstel of “Dancing with the Stars”.

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Pamela Anderson's New Israeli Dancing Gig

By Nathan Burstein

Pamela Anderson is set to become TV’s biggest prime-time star — in Israel.

The former “Baywatch” actress has signed on to serve as a guest judge and dancer on “Rokdim Im Kochavim,” Israel’s version of “Dancing With the Stars.” According to an October 4 report in the country’s Yediot Aharonot newspaper, the former model and Playboy cover girl will appear on the series’s judging panel for an undisclosed number of episodes, offering feedback to competitors and taking a spin of her own on the dance floor. The gig follows Anderson’s appearance earlier this year on the American edition of “Dancing With the Stars,” in which the 43-year-old took sixth place ahead of rivals including Buzz Aldrin and Shannen Doherty.

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