Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.
The Schmooze

Natalie Portman’s Husband To Perform in Tel Aviv — Will She Join Him?

Well well well well well well well.

via GIPHY

All things must eventually wash up on the shores of Zion, and Natalie Portman’s French ballerina trophy husband is certainly not an exception.

Benjamin Millepied and the dance troupe he founded will travel to Israel this Fall to give three performances in the Tel Aviv neighborhood of Neve Tzedek, the Jerusalem Post reported. Millepied and his group L.A. Dance will showcase Millepied’s choreography as well as the work of Martha Graham.

But enough about high art crossing cultures and oceans and blah blah blah — the question is, will Natalie, Israel’s prodigal-ish son, be returning to the Holy Land?

Portman, once Hashem’s favorite angel, fell from grace (emphatically stepped down from grace?) when she refused to accept the Genesis Prize, an award that would have required to appear at an event alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Though Portman made it clear that she loves Israel and does not believe in BDS but simply did not want to support the Netanyahu government, the pro-Israel community (which the Schmooze counts itself very much a part of!) is not known for its understanding of nuance.

Millepied’s performance in Israel would be a fun opportunity for Portman to visit Israel to demonstrate that she is not engaging in a cultural boycott and show the older generation (and a lot of the younger generation) that using ones platform to hold systems of power accountable can be a great pastime! On the other hand, she may be busy that weekend with raising her two children and being one of the most bankable and successful actresses in the world. On the third hand … nu? Would it hurt her to just drop by?

Jenny Singer is the deputy lifestyle editor for the Forward. You can reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny

I hope you appreciated this article. Before you go, I’d like to ask you to please support the Forward’s award-winning, nonprofit journalism during this critical time.

Now more than ever, American Jews need independent news they can trust, with reporting driven by truth, not ideology. We serve you, not any ideological agenda.

At a time when other newsrooms are closing or cutting back, the Forward has removed its paywall and invested additional resources to report on the ground from Israel and around the U.S. on the impact of the war, rising antisemitism and the protests on college campuses.

Readers like you make it all possible. Support our work by becoming a Forward Member and connect with our journalism and your community.

Make a gift of any size and become a Forward member today. You’ll support our mission to tell the American Jewish story fully and fairly. 

— Rachel Fishman Feddersen, Publisher and CEO

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.