Paula Abdul Is Going to Have a Bat Mitzvah in Israel

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Did you know that Paula Abdul is Jewish? Paula is the former judge of American Idol and star of one of the greatest crash-and-burn reality shows ever (that would be Hey Paula), and now she's in Israel touring the country as an official guest of the country's board of tourism.Paula is visiting religious sites, going to museums, and even hanging out with the country's president, Shimon Peres. (Fun fact: Peres is the first cousin of Lauren Bacall. I guess that makes it hard for him to get … [Read more...]

Ashton and Mila Go to Kabbalah Rabbi’s Funeral in Israel

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Rabbi Philip Berg, who founded the celebrity-beloved Kabbalah Centre in LA, died last weekend. A funeral was held for him in Safed, Israel, a town known for its mystic roots and connection to Kabbalah (the Jewish kind, not the pop-culture kind).Among the white-clad attendees was Ashton Kutcher, who was there with girlfriend Mila Kunis. Mila is Jewish, but I have no idea if she considers herself a Kabbalist. Ashton, however, is one of the celebrities most committed to the religious group. He … [Read more...]

The New Romcom ‘Jewtopia’ Appears to Have One or Two Actual Jews In It

There's a new romantic comedy coming out called Jewtopia. As far as I can tell from the trailer, it's about two best friends, one who is Jewish and marries a Jewish woman and one who's not Jewish but desperate to marry a Jewish woman so that "he never has to make decisions again" (charming). Jamie-Lynn Sigler (who is actually Jewish) and Jennifer Love Hewitt (who is not) play the respective female leads. I didn't laugh once during the trailer, but I'll consider putting it on my Netflix list if … [Read more...]

Kathie Lee Gifford Wants to Be a Rabbi

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Yesterday was Kathie Lee Gifford's sixtieth birthday, and she spent most of her hour of The Today Show talking about other things she'd like to accomplish in her life. The topic of going back to school came up, and Kathie - who happens to be an evangelical Christian - admitted that she wanted to go to Yeshiva University and become a rabbi.Well, other than the fact that an Orthodox Jewish institution wouldn't ordain a female rabbi and that Kathie would technically have to go to Stern … [Read more...]

Vampire Weekend’s New Single Asserts That Zion Doesn’t Love You

I think of Vampire Weekend as a disaffected art rock band, but do they have a spiritual side? Their latest single, "Ya Hey" (a pun on one of the Jewish names for G-d, Yahweh) contains quite a few spiritual lyrics, like "Zion doesn't love you/and Babylon don't love you," and refers to whoever "you" is as a "saint."The video is deliberately oblique, just showing people (mostly wearing muslin wraps that look like togas, or standing in front of the Chrysler Building) opening bottles of … [Read more...]

When Judaism Met Omar from ‘The Wire’

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The period between the Jewish holidays of Passover and Shavuot is known as the omer. Religious Jews will count down these 49 days, aka "counting the omer." But the omer just became way more fun thanks to a new Tumblr called Counting the Omar, which posts a different picture of Omar Little from the TV show The Wire every day. I mean, who doesn't appreciate a little extra Michael K. Williams in life? … [Read more...]

This Picture from Mauricio Umansky’s Bar Mitzvah Is My Everything

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Mauricio Umansky, real estate agent to the stars and husband of Kyle Richards, is one of my favorite Real Housewives husbands. And this photo, of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star at his bar mitzvah in his native Mexico City, is entertaining beyond words. Can't you just hear him saying "And today I am a man"? … [Read more...]


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