Just another day at the Western Wall.
Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler, who is in Israel to play a concert, ran into the new U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman at the holy site on Monday.
The grizzled rocker and the white-haired diplomat were quite the odd couple — which made for an interesting photo op.
Aerosmith is readying to play Wednesday at Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park — the band’s first performance in the Jewish state in 22 years. Tyler reportedly requested a slew of specific healthy foods to show up in his room: organic goat milk, organic almonds and cashews, washed blueberries, Pink Lady apples and flavored seltzer.
Friedman arrived in Israel on Monday — visiting the Western Wall was clearly a top priority — and presented his credentials to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday. He will busy from the get-go, as President Trump is scheduled to visit the Jewish state next week.
No word if Friedman is crazy for Aerosmith.
Jeremy Piven is a bar mitzvah boy — again. Last week, at a private ceremony overlooking the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Piven — star of “Entourage” and “Mr. Selfridge” — celebrated his second bar mitzvah, surrounded by his friends Omri Casspi and Amar’e Stoudemire. He posted a picture to his Instagram account, writing, “Today I became a man (again)”:
Piven told the Forward in 2006 that at his first bar mitzvah — when he was thirteen — he really looked the part.
“It was the best bar mitzvah ever,” he said. “I was like any other bar mitzvah boy. I had braces, a very chubby face, and a mullet. I thought I was more John Travolta does ‘Saturday Night Fever’ than Bar Mitzvah Boy. I was Bar Mitzvah Boy, that was for sure.”
At this latest bar mitzvah, at age 51, Piven received a new talit, or prayer shawl, said the blessings over the talit and the Torah and sang “Siman tov v’mazal tov” with Stoudemire and Casspi.
Casspi, a small forward for the Sacramento Kings, invited Piven to come to Israel with several other celebrities and basketball players, including fellow Kings player DeMarcus Cousins, poker champion Maria Ho and UFC star Georges St. Pierre. The Omri Casspi Foundation, which promotes youth basketball programs in Israel and helps boost Israel’s profile among celebrities and athletes, organized the trip.
Casspi’s guests flew in a private jet provided by Sheldon Adelson from Las Vegas to Tel Aviv. While in Israel, the group has taken a helicopter tour of the country, partied at a Tel Aviv night club and visited Yad Vashem.
Here’s an insta of the plane the group took to Israel.
While most of us can only hope for one bar or bat mitzvah in our life, we are happy for Piven that he can celebrate a second simcha, or happy occasion..
As a member of Piven’s own entourage said during the ceremony, “You’re killin’ it, Jer!”
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.
Justin Timberlake landed in Israel and went straight to the Western Wall a day before his scheduled Tel Aviv concert.
Timberlake avoided most of the paparazzi, landing at 3 a.m. on Tuesday and heading straight to the wall with his wife, actress Jessica Biel, and his parents. He posted a photo of himself at the site on Instagram.
“The Holy Land… What an experience. I will never forget this day. #Israel,” he tweeted.
Timberlake is scheduled to perform Wednesday night at Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park as part of his 20/20 Experience World Tour.
The Christmas-release underdog this year — in the ring with “American Hustle” and “Wolf of Wall Street” — is “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” in which Ben Stiller plays a man with a vivid imagination who embarks on the adventure of a lifetime.
In an interview with Parade to promote the movie, Stiller dished about a real-life adventure he took with dad Jerry Stiller as a teenager:
“My dad and I took a father-son bonding trip to Israel when I was about 16. We got a car and drove across the country. We went to Jerusalem and Masada. I’ve always loved history, so it was great exploring that part of the world.”
In between scuba diving in the Red Sea and watching Jerry rocket around on a Jet Ski going 40 mph, Ben admitted to engaging in some naughty business — behind the Kotel.
“I met a girl on that trip and we had a whirlwind romance,” he said. “Is it blasphemous to say we ended up making out near the Western Wall? It might be. But we did.”
Apparently, Jerry was supportive. Of course he was.
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