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In Hollywood, Israeli actresses are stealing the show. No fewer than three Israeli starlets will be appearing in major American studio releases over the next month, while others are scooping up roles on television shows and in theater productions. Ayelet Zurer plays the female lead in the forthcoming “Da Vinci Code” sequel, “Angels & Demons,” while Noa Tishby has a smaller part in the romantic comedy “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.” A former Miss Israel, Gal Gadot, is appearing in the fourth installment of Vin Diesel’s cars and babes franchise, “Fast & Furious,” and onstage, Meital Dohan, known for her role in the Showtime series “Weeds,” recently appeared in the Los Angeles run of the play “Stitching.”
A fundraising letter that was distributed by JTA and seemed to disparage bloggers and other online commentators has prompted quick backpedaling from JTA officials, demonstrating anew the perils of offending the Jewish blogosphere.
The Jewish community’s most vocal proponent of stricter immigration policies is accusing a national Jewish group of leading a “McCarthyite effort” to silence him.
At a recent fashion show hosted by Brooklyn College Hillel, all eyes were focused on designs by Igor Rozenblyum, a self-taught 24-year-old who immigrated to the United States from Ukraine with his family 10 years ago. A sort of modern-day Nudie Cohen — the late celebrity designer responsible for the over-the-top, blingy suits worn by the likes of Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and Elvis Presley — Rozenblyum designs custom menswear, under his label Rozenblyum Couture, that is Euro-chic (think Moscow nightclub) and carefully detailed. But while Cohen, who was also a Ukrainian Jew, drew inspiration from Mexican art and the American Old West, Rozenblyum incorporates themes into his work that are closer to home. Stars of David accentuate hoodies, hamsas adorn the back pockets of jeans and Hebrew phrases are displayed over bejeweled T-shirts.
Typically, Jews and professional basketball don’t mix — not unless you’re talking about the early days of the game, when Jews were a dominating force. But one of basketball’s present-day greats, Cleveland Cavalier forward LeBron James, is merging the two in an unexpected way.