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Jewish star joins Strictly Come Dancing

By Jennifer Lipman, September 8, 2010

Actress Felicity Kendal has been named as one of 14 celebrities competing in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Ms Kendal, who converted to Judaism after marrying theatre director Michael Rudman, is perhaps best known for her three year stint as Barbara in The Good Life.

She has since starred in television drama Rosemary & Thyme and recently appeared on stage in the George Bernard Shaw play Mrs Warren’s Profession.

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Howard Jacobson on Man Booker shortlist

By Jennifer Lipman, September 6, 2010

Howard Jacobson has made the shortlist for Man Booker Prize for Fiction for the first time.

His novel The Finkler Question was announced as one of six from the original longlist of 13 vying for the 2010 prize.

The book, Mr Jacobson’s 15th, follows three friends as they reminisce about their life experiences.

It has received rave reviews, with The Independent praising it for balancing "bleak moralising with life-affirming humour".

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Hollywood joins West Bank protest

By Jennifer Lipman, September 6, 2010

More than 150 Hollywood stars have voiced their support for Israeli artists refusing to perform in the West Bank.

Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon, along with playwright Tony Kushner and British actress and well-known activist Vanessa Redgrave, have all signed a letter drafted by an American organisation known as the Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP).

In August a group of Israeli artists, actors and academics announced that they would boycott performances at the Ariel cultural centre in the West Bank as a symbol of their opposition to the settlements.

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Lanvin designer's H&M project

By Jennifer Lipman, September 5, 2010

An Israeli fashion designer whose dresses are red carpet staples is to develop a clothing collection for H&M.

Alber Elbaz, the artistic director of the Lanvin fashion house since 2000, will be on sale in 200 H&M stores around the world, including Israel.

“Lanvin for H&M” will be unveiled on November 2 and be in store by the end of the month.

Mr Elbaz, a former IDF soldier, will collaborate on the line with Lucas Ossendrijver, Lanvin's men's clothing designer.

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Hall of Fame: Katy Perry

September 3, 2010


"So I pray for a favour like Esther…I need your strength to handle the pressure.”






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Esti Ginzburg: IDF soldier, model, Bond girl?

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2010

Jewish filmmaker Joel Schumacher has tipped the Israeli star of his latest film to be a future Bond girl.

Esti Ginzburg, a model who is currently serving in the Israeli army, plays the lead in Mr Schumacher’s new film “Twelve”.

The drama about drug users in New York also stars rapper 50 Cent and Chace Crawford, the Gossip Girl actor with whom she has been romantically linked.

Mr Schumacher, 71, told Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth that the Israeli actress would “get far in life”.

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Esti Ginzburg stars in Joel Schumacher's 'Twelve'

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2010
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Israeli soldier, model and now actress Esti Ginzburg stars in Joel Schumacher's new film Twelve alongside Emma Roberts and Chace Crawford.

Esti Ginzburg: IDF soldier, model, Bond girl?

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LCD Soundsystem defies calls to boycott Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2010

An American musician has performed in Israel despite a campaign mounted by pro-Palestinian activists encouraging him to boycott the gig.

American dance act LCD Soundsystem, the stage name of producer James Murphy, played to both Israeli and Arab fans at a concert in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.

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Dita Von Teese sues for antisemitism

By Jennifer Lipman, August 31, 2010

Burlesque artist Dita Von Teese has filed a lawsuit against her former landlord for making antisemitic remarks - despite the fact that she is not Jewish.

Ms Von Teese said the comments came after she told her landlord she was leaving the property and wanted her £3,200 deposit back.

According to court documents filed in Los Angeles, the landlord "went on Mel Gibson-like antisemitic tangents, personally attacking [Ms Von Teese’s] Jewish managers and business managers.”

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Glee's Lea Michele: 'too ethnic'

By Jennifer Lipman, August 27, 2010

Lea Michele has revealed that she was told she was “too ethnic” when she went to auditions.

The Jewish star, who plays the lead in Glee, also said casting directors told her she was not pretty enough.

But the 23-year-old said it was her admiration of another Jewish singer that helped win her the part of Rachel Berry.

“I met Ryan [Murphy, Glee’s creator] and we just had a great night talking about Barbra Streisand and our shared love for her.”

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