Happy birthday Magna Carta! The iconic document was signed 800 years ago today — on June 15, 1215, — when the nobles forced King John of England to guarantee human and economic rights. Three clauses out of the historic document’s total 63 pertained to Jews. By this time, Jews had been settled in England for more than a hundred years. In honor of the big day, here are 8 Jewish facts about the Magna Carta:
In a true “life imitates art” moment, it seems Natalie Portman and Ruth Bader Ginsberg had a little chat about women’s rights.
Kulturfest brands itself as the “first international festival of Jewish performing arts,” and on the festival’s first day, Sunday, it lived up to its billing with a grand opening concert featuring dozens of artists representing at least five continents and a panoply of musical styles.
Last week, the news surfaced that “Queen of Porn” Jenna Jameson may be converting to Judaism. Jameson, who has been married twice before, is engaged to Israeli Lior Bitton (who works in L.A.’s diamond business and has been charged with stealing merchandise from his stores).
Greeting the more than 100 champagne-sipping guests at their Park Avenue home for the June 5 “Save the Pit Bulls” Kick Off Party — in advance of the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation July 18 th “Unconditional Love Dinner Dance” — were Martin Shafiroff and event co-chairs Jean Shafiroff and Patrick McMullen. Guests were also made welcome by daughter Elizabeth Shafiroff and the the two super friendly — once scheduled-to-be- euthanized — pit bulls Bella and Daisy whom she rescued.