Pregnant Natalie Portman's Jewish superstitions

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2011

The Academy Award winning actress Natalie Portman has revealed that she will not find out the sex of her baby before she gives birth later this year, because of Jewish superstition.

Ms Portman, 29, who is expecting her first child with her Black Swan choreographer boyfriend Benjamin Millepied, told US Weekly magazine that she did not want to know before the due date.


Hall of Fame: Justin Bieber (part 2)

April 12, 2011

"Amazing place...I’m in the holy land and I am grateful for that.

"I just want to have the same personal experience that others have here."


High-steaks drama at New York kosher restaurant

By Jennifer Lipman, April 8, 2011

A fashionable kosher steak restaurant in Manhattan has found itself at the centre of a broiges after residents complained diners were disturbing the peace.

The Upper West Side Prime KO eatery has hosted guests from Lindsay Lohan to Sopranos star Jamie Lynn Sigler — and even Israel’s chief rabbi, Yona Metzger.


Gwyneth Paltrow's cookbook tribute to father

By Libby Galvin, April 7, 2011

Oscar winner and Glee guest star Gwyneth Paltrow has released her first cookbook.

The book is a collection of the recipes of her late father, Jewish film producer Bruce Paltrow.


Jake Gyllenhaal looks for the Afikoman source code

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2011
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Jewish actor Jake Gyllenhaal goes back to his childhood on a matzah hunt.


Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Source Code

By Jennifer Lipman, April 1, 2011
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The actor stars as a time-travelling helicopter pilot in a race against time in the thriller, directed by Duncan Jones.


Stacey Solomon named celeb mum of the year

By Jennifer Lipman, March 29, 2011

Stacey Solomon has been voted Celebrity Mum of the Year.

The I'm as Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here winner, mother of toddler Zachary, was chosen by voters over fellow Jewish singer Rachel Stevens.

Queen Elizabeth II, Samantha Cameron and Miriam Clegg were also in the running in the Foxy Bingo contest.


Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton arrive in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, March 25, 2011
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Elizabeth Taylor, who died this week, and her then-husband Richard Burton visited Israel in 1975. The couple stayed at the King David Hotel in Jersualem during their visit.


No shiva, but Jewish burial for Elizabeth Taylor

By Jennifer Lipman, March 25, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor kept within the faith she adopted, even at the end of her life. The actress, who died on Wednesday at the age of 79, was buried the next day in accordance with Jewish tradition.

The service was presided over by Rabbi Jerry Cutler, who also presided over the funerals of Shelley Winters and Walter Matthau.


Actress Elizabeth Taylor dies at 79

By Jennifer Lipman, March 23, 2011

Actress Elizabeth Taylor has died at the age of 79.

The Hollywood star, who had seven husbands, was married to Jewish actor Eddie Fisher for five years and previously to Mike Todd, a theatre producer whose original name was Avrom Goldbogen and whose grandfather was a rabbi.