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Hall of Fame: Justin Bieber

September 17, 2010


"Justin prays the Shema before each show. First he says a Christian prayer, then he says the Shema.


"Justin heard me pray, he gets why I do it and now he does the same prayer every time before he goes on the stage.”








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Neil Sedaka's special Israel song

By Jennifer Lipman, September 16, 2010

Neil Sedaka has promised he will serenade his Israeli fans in Hebrew when he performs in Tel Aviv next month.

The American Jewish singer-songwriter told The Jerusalem Post that he had already recorded some of hits in Hebrew.

The 71–year-old said: “I’m going to attempt to sing two songs in Hebrew – Oh, Carole and You Mean Everything To Me.”

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On this day: Lauren Bacall is born

By Jennifer Lipman, September 16, 2010

At the age of 86 Lauren Bacall remains one of Hollywood’s leading ladies. Born in New York to European immigrants, her father left the family when she was five.

At 19 she appeared on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar and caught the attention of director Howard Hawks, who cast her in To Have and Have Not.

Like many Jewish actors of the time, she changed her name as she launched her career. Ms Perske became the less-overtly Jewish Ms Bacall, star of How to Marry a Millionaire and The Big Sleep.

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Glee for Lea Michele's fashion picks

By Jennifer Lipman, September 16, 2010

Glee’s Jewish star has been named one of the world’s most fashionable women.

Lea Michele was voted fourth in People magazine’s annual "Best Dressed List".

According to the magazine, the actress is “hitting all the right notes with her red carpet choices, including glamorous gowns from Zac Posen and Malandrino.”

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Spielberg's rabbi in adultery storm

By Paul Berger, September 16, 2010

Last year, Tobi Rubinstein-Schneier bought her husband Rabbi Marc Schneier an endangered Asian lion as a 50th birthday present.

This year, it is the high-flying, 51-year-old rabbi's career that is endangered as his wife files for divorce in a bitter lawsuit.

Rabbi Schneier is being accused of an affair with a woman in her thirties, which resulted in her pregnancy. As a result of the allegations, the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA), the world's largest Orthodox rabbinical group, is now considering expelling him from their organisation.

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Whoopi at the wedding

By Simon Rocker, September 16, 2010

Suzy and Justin Kennedy enjoyed unexpected celebrity congratulations at their recent marriage.

American actress Whoopi Goldberg, who is starring in the West End musical Sister Act, had just returned to her London hotel, Claridge's, when she ran into the newlyweds on their way to the reception.

"She said she was sure she would not be the only Goldberg at the wedding," said Justin.

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Angelina Jolie's dad criticises 'antisemitic' Time magazine

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2010

Hollywood star Jon Voight has accused Time magazine of being “antisemitic” for its recent cover story on "Why Israel Doesn’t Care About Peace."

The actor, father of Angelina Jolie and star of the film Midnight Cowboy, suggested readers should boycott the magazine. He made the comments in an interview with former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who also criticised the Time story.

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Mel Gibson Jewish rant officer in court

By Jennifer Lipman, September 13, 2010

The Jewish police officer who was at the receiving end of Mel Gibson’s antisemitic slurs has sued his department for harassment.

After the Hollywood star was arrested for drunk driving in 2006 Mr Gibson reportedly said: "The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world".

Deputy James Mee, who made the arrest, has claimed that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department asked him to remove the comments from the arrest report because of friendship between the actor and Sheriff Lee Baca.

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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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