In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review June 3, 2013 / 25 Sivan, 5773

Jewz in the Newz

By Nate Bloom

Jewish Contestant on 'The Voice'; Will Smith's 'Jewish movie family'; Bravo Gives Long Island Jews the Jersey Shore Treatment; Magicians and More

JewishWorldReview.com | "THE VOICE" MICHELLE CHAMUEL is a contestant on the hit NBC talent program, "The Voice." On May 28, Chamuel garnered enough votes from the TV audience to be "saved" and didn't have to sweat-out the judges' decision whether she would be one of the two (of eight remaining) contestants to be eliminated. As I write this, Chamuel, 23, has a great chance of surviving "the round of six" (results on June 4) and making the final rounds in which four contestants compete for the title. The last two rounds will air Monday, June 10/17 at 8PM and Tuesday, June 11/18 at 8PM.

Born and raised in Amherst, Mass., she lived until recently in Ann Arbor, Michigan where she was a University student and the powerful lead singer (2007-2011) of a locally popular band. She manages to be charming as she acknowledges that she looks "nerdy."

I managed to find out that Michelle and her mother, a doctor, attended an Amherst egalitarian synagogue for at least several years (her parents are long divorced). Her father is a businessman, engineer, and violinist. I believe he's Jewish, too. But I haven't confirmed that.

AT THE MOVIES SOPHIE OKONEDO, 44, and ZOE KRAVITZ, 24, co-star, respectively, as Will Smith's wife and daughter in the sci-fi adventure "After Earth." An apocalyptic event causes most people to evacuate Earth for a distant planet. A thousand years later, Smith and his son (played by his real-life son, Jaden) crash land on Earth and have to deal with all sorts of dangerous stuff.

The Oscar-nominated Okonedo ("Hotel Rwanda") is the daughter of a Nigerian father and an English Jewish mother and was raised Jewish by her single mom. Kravitz is the daughter of actress LISA BONET, 45, and famous rock musician Lenny Kravitz, 48. Bonet's mother is Jewish and her father is African-American. Lenny's father was Jewish and his mother was African-American.

Long in demand as a fashion model, Zoe has growing list of increasingly better film and TV roles. She defines herself as a secular Jew, unlike her father, who calls himself a Christian.

"Now You See Me" is sort of a Robin Hood story. Four of the of the world's greatest magicians steal from corrupt business leaders and then shower their stolen profits on members of their magic show audiences (via their bank accounts). An elite FBI/Interpol squad tries to catch them. The magicians are played by JESSE EISENBERG, 29, ISLA FISHER, 37, DAVE FRANCO, 27, and Woody Harrelson. Mark Ruffalo and MELANIE LAURENT, 30 ("Inglorious Basterds"), play the lead agents after them.

Eisenberg, who says he had little interest in magic before making this film, spent months with an expert to learn sleight-of-hand tricks. He says he has largely retained his hard-won ability to do tricks like making a coin emerge suddenly from the top of his hand.


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Franco, like his more-famous brother, actor JAMES FRANCO, is the secular son of a Jewish mother and a non-Jewish father.

NEW ON THE TUBE Many Italian-Americans were livid when a group of crude and often drunk young Italian Americans were featured in the MTV series, "Jersey Shore." Now, Jews have a chance to be equally upset. The Long Island paper, Newsday, began its review of the new Bravo series, "Long Island Princesses" (starts Sunday, June 2, at 9PM), this way: "Oy vey. This doesn't look good for Jews or Long Island…Bravo appears to have jammed every cliche about six (mostly) Jewish women of a certain age (late '20s) and provenance [living with their parents in fancy neighborhoods] into a TV blender and hit the 'high' button."

Based on names, it appears that four of the six women are Jewish. One, CHANEL "Coco" OMARI, says on her website bio that she comes from an Orthodox Jewish family. Her best friend is blonde bombshell Casey Cohen, who I assume is Jewish, too.

Bravo's official publicity describes a serious series about fairly accomplished women (in terms of career/education). But reviews of the first episode describe a much more vulgar show and that's understandable: high ratings flow from conflict and outrageousness (sometimes manipulated). For example, when one of the women greets another with "Shabbat Shalom," she gets an ugly expletive as a reply.

The new ABC Family drama, "The Fosters," is about a bi-racial, lesbian couple, played by Teri Polo and Sherri Saum, who are raising a biological child as well as several adoptive children. Polo's character is a police officer who was formerly married to another police officer, played by DANNY NUCCI, 44, and they have a teenage son together. (Starts Monday, June 3, at 9PM). Nucci, an Italian Jew, is still best known for playing Leonardo DiCaprio's buddy in "Titanic."

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Memorial Day: Jews Serving and KIA in War on Terror; Liberace Bio-Pic; Jew Wins "Survivor"; Shalom, Dr. Brothers; More

Jews Inducted into Rock Hall of Fame; Anton Yelchin co-stars in New "Trek" film; Kutcher (but not Kunis) visits Israel; Jewish TV Star Praises Jewish Rap Star

The Great Gatsby's Jewish Ties; Jews in the "Time 100 list" List; People's Most Beautiful Women

Iron Man's Jewish Connections; Marc Maron's New TV Show; Martin Landau Grows Up with Israel; Shalom, Allan Arbus

Jewish Major Leaguers, 2013; New Movies and Comedy Show; Shalom, 'Lumpy' (Leave it to Beaver)

Teen actor Jonah Bobo in New Flick: Hunky James Wolk on Mad Men; Erich Segal's Daughter Writes Prize-Winning Jewish Novel

Jackie Robinson's Friend, Hank Greenberg; CNN's Jake Tapper; Texas County in the News is named for 19thC. Jewish soldier and Congressman

The Back Story of the Ten Commandments (the film)--including Funny Stuff; Brit TV Dramas with a Jewish Connection

Paul Rudd and Nat Wolff co-star in New Comedy; Al Pacino Plays Phil Spector; Tribe Heavy "Girls"; An Oscar Winner's Orthodox Son

Bonnie Franklin, Valerie Harper; LA mayor's race; Albert Brooks on going to Shul

The Land of Oz's Many Hebrews; Mila Kunis & a "Menschy" Company; Aly Raisman Dances & Jewish Figure Skaters at World Championship

New on the Big Screen, Tube

The Oscars: The Jewish Connection

Jews in the National Hockey League; Possible Start of a Blockbuster Film Series; Star Wars Keep on Comin', Special TV Showing of Schindler's List

© 2013, Nate Bloom