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Pamela Anderson fighting Israel's religious fur trade

By Jennifer Lipman, November 4, 2010

Baywatch star Pamela Anderson has written to an Orthodox Israeli politician asking him to back a proposal to ban the trade of fur in Israel.

The Canadian-American actress and animal rights activist is also planning to go to a Knesset meeting to appeal for more politicians to support proposed legislation preventing religious men from wearing shtreimels (hats) trimmed with fur.

In a letter to Yakov Margi, Israel’s Minister of Religious Services, Ms Anderson said that the fur trade goes against Jewish laws about the treatment on animals.

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On this day: Winona Ryder is born

By Jennifer Lipman, October 29, 2010

Winona Horowitz, perhaps better known as Ryder, was one of the most-sought after Hollywood actresses of the late 1990s.

The daughter of a Jewish author and publisher Michael Horowitz, she grew up on a commune with no electricity and was homeschooled for a period of time.

While still a teenager, she appeared in Tim Burton’s dark comedy Beetlejuice, a year later she challenged expectations of high school films with the cult favourite Heathers.

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The north needs to attract more celebrities.

By Angela Epstein, October 29, 2010

It’s a gloomy midweek evening in north Manchester. A thin wind whips through the damp air and The Apprentice is on the telly. Who on earth would venture out on such a night?

It’s a question I ask myself as I pull into the car park of a local shul hall, where I’m star-billing as guest speaker at a small event for the local branch of the League of Jewish Women. Good job I had no Mariah Carey-esque dressing-room requests, such as fresh flowers or chilled pomegranate juice — though there is the promise of a plate of kichels after I’ve finished.

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Interview: Joan Rivers

October 29, 2010

Joan Rivers stands on-stage in a concert hall in the wilds of Wisconsin, regaling a packed audience with her trademark brand of edgy humour. Suddenly a man complains in a loud voice about a gag she has made on the subject of deafness. He announces he is walking out. Rivers, visibly shaken, subjects him to a volley of invective as he leaves the auditorium.

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Wanted: Jewish family for reality TV show

By Jessica Elgot and Jonathan Kalmus, October 28, 2010

Wanted: an exhibitionist Jewish family to let a Channel Four camera crew into their lives - from grandma's kalooki nights to the teenage hormone-fuelled drama of the FZY ball.

Producers are seeking a Jewish family who have room for a few more round the Friday night dinner table.

There could be up to 28 cameras recording every kvetch and kvell for 24 hours a day for the fourth season of the BAFTA-nominated series, The Family.

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Jewish Eastenders star orc slays his way to Hobbit film

By Jennifer Lipman, October 26, 2010

British Jewish actor Robert Kazinsky is on his way to Middle Earth.

Mr Kazinsky, better known to Eastenders fans as Sean Slater, has been named as one of the cast members for the upcoming film of The Hobbit.

Peter Jackson, who directed the Lord of the Rings trilogy, has signed up Mr Kazinsky for two films based on the classic J.R.R. Tolkien novel.

While the other films were made in New Zealand, the prequels are to be shot at a film studio in Watford.

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On this day: Jeff Goldblum is born

By Jennifer Lipman, October 22, 2010

Actor Jeffrey Lynn Goldblum grew up in Jewish home in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia. His mother was a radio broadcaster, his father a doctor.

At 17 he moved to New York to become an actor, working in small stage shows until his Broadway breakout in the Tony Award-winning musical Two Gentlemen of Verona.

In 1974 he made his first film, cast as the enviable “freak number one”, and has never looked back.

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I spy - Israel gets spooked

By Simon Rocker, October 22, 2010

It's hard to find much optimism about the Middle East peace talks but at least it provides some entertaining hokum for the BBC's spy drama Spooks.

This week's episode featured some clandestine parleying between Israelis and Palestinians in London and an outlandish plot to bump off the American president who was flying in to join them.

Actor Paul Freeman wrestled manfully with his lines in Ivrit as chief Israeli negotiator, the super-semitically named Levi Cohen. But I don't think he will be picked to run a Spiro Ark ulpan.

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Israel's Strictly Come Dancing same-sex partners

By Jessica Elgot, October 21, 2010

Israel’s version of Strictly Come Dancing is to feature a same-sex dancing couple, the first in 35 versions of the show around the world.

The Israeli version of the BBC dance show will feature Gili Shem Tov, a gay female TV sports personality.

She will dance with professional dancer Dorit Milman – who is straight - on the Channel 2 show, with the women sharing who takes the role of the male lead in the dance steps.

Producers said it had been Ms Tov’s decision to dance with another woman.

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