(JTA) — Kim Kardashian joined the drive to find a bone marrow donor for a 31-year-old Jewish father in Los Angeles, calling for help on her highly trafficked social media channels.
Adam Krief, a father of three from Israel, was diagnosed recently with primary myelofibrosis, a rare form of blood cancer that is likely fatal if he does not find a blood transplant match.
His story has been highly publicized over the past month, and a donor match drive is set to take place in Israel on Wednesday. Dozens of locations across the country will be holding saliva swab tests in the hope of finding someone with Krief’s rare blood type.
Kardashian, star of the reality show “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and husband of rapper Kanye West, wrote on Facebook Monday night that her friend’s daughter goes to school with Krief’s son Joel.
“My best friend Allison’s 2 year old son is in school with a little boy called Joel, and his dad Adam needs our help! He is 31 and a father of three who was recently diagnosed with an aggressive blood cancer called primary myelofibrosis. He is desperately searching for a bone marrow match to survive, and you could be that match!!” Kardashian wrote.
The post urges: “Go to Hope4Adam.com now to find out how you can help!!”
Kardashian’s Facebook page has over 29 million likes and she has over 48 million Twitter followers.
Go to https://t.co/NEh8CLCwRD now to find out how you can help!! Xo — Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) September 27, 2016
Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem and the Maavak Lehayim (Struggle for Life) organization hope to raise approximately $1 million to pay for the swab tests.
A year ago, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West were the talk of Israel when they baptized their daughter, North, in the Armenian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem.
Today, Scott Disick, Kourtney Kardashian’s Jewish ex-boyfriend, was the one looking for a religious experience in the city.
The “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star arrived for a short visit to the Holy Land on Tuesday night with Kardashian sister and teen-queen Kylie Jenner. Disick took in the sights in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, where he is [rumored to be in talks to buy a $6 million Luxury penthouse.
Always very vocal about his Jewishness, Disick has three children with the eldest Kardashian sister. He has also been public about his struggle with alcohol and substance abuse and his efforts to stay sober following several stints in rehab.
The 33 year old shared a photo of himself being blessed by a rabbi at the Western Wall. Fittingly, as the king of one-liners on KUWK, Disck captioned the photo “Blessings on blessing on blessings on blessings.”
And he found “Hashem is everywhere.”
Of course, no visit to Tel Aviv would be complete without a piping hot shakshuka, and Lord Disick certainly enjoyed the dish.
But whatever reaction Disick has garnered on the streets of Israel is nothing compared to the attention Jenner will get the moment she so much as looks out her hotel window.
Has Kanye West hijacked Kim Kardashian West’s Twitter account?
That’s what Bette Midler fans are thinking this morning after Kardashian unleashed some scathing late-night tweets at the Jewish diva.
The social media exchange started late Sunday when Kardashian Tweeted yet another nude selfie, to which Midler replied:
The First Family of Internet drama was not going to take that lying down.
Taking inspiration from her husband’s well-publicized Twitter feuds, Kardashian shot back several strongly worded tweets:
Midler responded in kind:
While some on the Internet critiqued Midler for what they saw as an anti-feminist comment, others cheered on, including actress Chloë Grace Moretz, Emmy Rossum and Pierce Morgan, who wrote a column in response.
Remember that prank Amy Schumer pulled on Kanye West and Kim Kardashian? When she fell straight on her face on the red carpet in front of them at the Time 100 Gala?
Now that moment, and a few other great moments of this past year, have been immortalized thanks to our favorite Jewish doll and the self-proclaimed “Swedish Geppetto” - who makes these amazing scenes for their instagram “adollworldafterall”:
But let’s face it, this wasn’t just the year Amy fell for Kimye. It was the year we fell for her! So much so, that she made it to the Top 5 of our Forward 50!
Ok, so this crazy moment takes us all the way back to the Oscars on November 2014 at the Oscars, but in 2015 Shia Labouef proved he really wasn’t famous anymore. He spent his time chilling with fans and watching all his movies with his many fans and talking to his fans on a special hotline at his art installation #TOUCHMYSOUL.
Yes, Star Wars the Force Awakens was definitely a Jewish highlight of the year. In case you were not aware, the film has an extensive secret Jewish history, it’s kind of America’s talmud and rumor has it that even junior Jedis sometimes turn into rabbis. Also, Carrie Fisher is all kinds of amazing in it.
This year was a great year for Jews at the Golden Globes, from Juliana Marguiles kvelling about BFF George Clooney, to Maggie Gyllenhaal winning a Golden Globe for portraying Nessa Stein in “The Honorable Woman” and let’s not forget the cries for social justice from Forward 50’s Jeffrey Tambor and Jill Soloway.
And the dirty panty business was not the only thing we cared about this year on “Orange in the New Black”. The great Kosher meal debate hit Lichtfield penitentiary this year. Even our own Anne Cohen had to ask: “Is Orange the new Black anti-Semitic?”
We hope 2016 is just as action packed! Happy new year everyone!
After Kanye West performed in Israel on Wednesday night, he presumably had to sleep in a bed that he didn’t own. The declared presidential candidate may not have to suffer that indignity on his next trip to the Holy Land.
The Kardashian family, into which he is married, is among a number of non-Jewish American celebrities reportedly shopping for real estate in the Holy Land. Others include Madonna, Ashton Kutcher and Mariah Carey.
What does Israel have to offer these stars? The answer, it seems, varies from spirituality to family and friendship to money-making opportunities.
The Kardashian sisters, of reality TV fame, reportedly entered talks in January to buy two apartments for $30 million in a beachfront building in Tel Aviv. A spokesman for Kim Kardashian denied that report, but entertainment news website E!Online later reported that Kourtney Kardashian’s husband Scott Disick was in fact ready to buy a $5-6 million penthouse in Tel Aviv as a real estate investment.
Just three months later, Kim Kardashian and husband, West, visited Jerusalem for the baptism of their daughter, North, in the Cathedral of St. James, located in the Armenian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem.
Also this year, pop legend Madonna entered negotiations to buy a $20 million penthouse under construction on Tel Aviv’s trendy Rothschild Boulevard, according to Hollywood celebrity gossip website TMZ. The project developer later said that the negotiations fell through.
Still, the Material Girl has been visiting Israel on semi-regular trips for over a decade to get spiritual guidance from her teachers in the Jewish mystical tradition of kabbalah.
Madonna clearly has an affinity for Jewish-Israeli culture. In her 2005 kabbalah-infused club song “Isaac,” she sampled a rabbi chanting the Hebrew poem “Im Ninalu” – written by 17th-century Yemenite rabbi Shalom Shabazi and made famous by Israeli singer Ofra Haza.
And in 2012, she launched her MDNA global concert tour in Israel.
Madonna isn’t the only kabbalah-curious Hollywood celebrity thinking of putting down roots in Israel. Actor Ashton Kutcher reportedly spent part of a business trip two years ago looking for office space on Rothschild Boulevard.
He’s also an investor in Israeli companies focused on developing new communications technology. Having consulted with Yossi Vardi about investing in Silicon Wadi, he appeared with the noted Israeli venture capitalist at a local high-tech event in 2013
Pop singer Mariah Carey and her billionaire Australian boyfriend, James Packer, aren’t known to be investors in Start Up Nation. But they’re pals with its first family, the Netanyahus. The Australian press reported in August that Packer was renovating a multimillion-dollar home he purchased last year next-door to the Netanyahu family’s private residence in the Israeli town of Caesarea.
The Israeli press has reported extensively on Sarah Netanyahu’s troubles with the help, but she apparently got along famously with the pop diva when they met backstage after Carey’s August show in Israel. Carey shrugged off efforts to boycott Israel at the time, saying, “I do what I want to do … I don’t care what other people’s political agendas are.”
Basketball fans and anyone who saw the recent hit Amy Schumer movie, “Trainwreck,” are sure to be familiar with Miami Heat power forward Amar’e Stoudemire. But few probably know that he is also part-owner of Jerusalem Hapoel and has openly mulled playing for the Israeli team after retiring from the NBA — which would seem to require that he buy a home in the country.
Then-Israeli President Shimon reportedly even asked Stoudemire to play for the Israeli national team in 2013.
Stoudemire has said that his mother was a Black Hebrew, an African-American religious group that claims descent from the biblical Israelites. Some of the members of the religious group have lived in Israel since 1969 and were the subject of 2014 documentary “The Village of Peace,” executive produced by Stoudemire.
Is all this celebrity investment good for Israel’s already overheated housing market? That’s unclear. But at least Kanye West can now claim Middle East experience in his 2020 presidential campaign.
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