Friday, August 31, 2012

Profile: Ernst Chain

Suggestions by Robbie from New York and John from Australia.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Profile: Paul Giamatti

So, yes, today our website turns six years old. And yes, we actually forgot our fifth birthday last year (never again!). And yes, Giamatti has been in our queue for at least five years. He's been our internal joke for the last four. I'll guess we'll give to find a new one...

Also suggested by Miriam from Burbank, Jairo from Brazil, Caleb from California, Conrad from Perth, and David from Chicago.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Profile: Hurricane Isaac

Apparently, not the first Hurricane Isaac... Why do they keep recycling names?

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Monday, August 27, 2012

Profile: Philippe Kahn

Kahn was suggested by that TV ad that shows a bunch of Internet/mobile pioneers. The ad is for... I don't remember. So much for it being an effective ad.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Profile: Roy Cohn

Suggestions by Jason from Vancouver and Jones from California.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Profile: Tim and Nina Zagat

This profile "pretty much wrote itself"  though some people might argue "the K score is way too high" we're still "happy to have the Zagats on the team."

Monday, August 20, 2012

Profile: Keri Russell

Suggestions from Michael from Hartford, Freda from Canada, and Zev from California, who writes "she is hot". Okay then!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Profile: Iser Kuperman

What's this? A Saturday profile? Yes, to make up for the one we lost Monday.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Profile: Fred Neulander

This profile, and actually several others both upcoming and since past, came from this very interesting tome. I read the book because I'm a James fan and I find such things interesting, but it turned out to be a fantastic source for all things Jew-y.

Anyway, in case you're concerned, James actually believes Neulander is innocent. Or, at the very least, that the evidence against the Rabbi is both slim and circumstantial (both the motive and the one witness are flimsy as all get out)—and therefore hard to justify giving someone a life sentence over.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Profile: Harvey Milk

We're probably not doing Milk justice, but he's been in our queue for the longest time. Suggestions by Rob from Seattle, Mats from Norway, Bruce from Cambdirge, IL, Kevin from Michigan, Jenny from San Francisco, and Esther from Canada.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

What happened to the Jared Gillman profile?

Yesterday, we published the Jared Gillman profile. The youngster starred in Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom"; we enjoyed the movie and his performance, and thought he would make a good profile.

Today, we received three emails:

Please remove Jared Gilman from your site immediately. He is a minor, and legal action will be taken if you do not comply.

Jared Gilman is a minor. Please remove his information from your site. If you do not remove it immediately, there will be legal action taken.

Is there any way to remove this from your website? Jared's family does not appreciate having their son's religion exploited online. Please let me know if you would consider removing Jared. He is only a child and we are all worried about this type of material. Thank you.

Now, we're not ones to give in to Internet bullies, but since that last email did ask nicely, we removed the profile. It's not like his potential Jewishness is hard to verify...

Profile: Freddie Prinze Jr.

So it looks like Freddie Prinze's father, Freddie Prinze Sr., was not exactly Jewish...

Suggestions from Miriam from Burbank and Bradley from Ohio.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Jews in the News: Silver for Jessica Fox

We missed Australian Jessica Fox from our initial list of Jewish Olympians, but she definitely is. Her mother, French Jew Myriam Fox-Jerusalmi, won a medal herself in Atlanta. Jessica took the silver in K-1 Canoe. Here's more on her Jewishness here.

Thanks to reader Matt and his Jewocity blog, who mentions us in today's article!

Profile: Jared Gilman

Thanks to Michael from Hartford, who has really been helpful with research lately, for the suggestion.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Profile: Jo Aleh

Today, Aleh took the gold in Women's 470!

Thanks for everyone for their support during Olympic Fortnight!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Profile: Steven Solomon

Steven (as well as the man he deposed from the race) is part of the Australian 4x400 relay team, with semifinals today and the final tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Profile: Sarunas Jasikevicius

Olympic Fortnight goes on! No, Jasikevicius is not exactly Jewish. But we are Jew or Not Jew, after all.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Jews in the News: RIP Marvin Hamlisch

Composer Marvin Hamlisch, one of the few people to win an Oscar, Emmy, Tony, and Grammy, passed away today. He was 68.

Jews in the News: Two more medals for Ali

Aly Raisman raised her medal total to three, with a bronze on the beam and a gold on the floor. Congrats, Aly!

Profile: Rebecca Soni

Big big thanks to Zoli from Hungary for all the hard work he did in helping research this.

Also suggested by Chad from Kansas City.

Monday, August 6, 2012

JONJ on... stage?

If you are in or around New York City in August, make sure to check out SHIKSAPPEAL: Getting the Chosen to Choose Me? starring Katherine Williams. The premiere is already sold out!

And why should you? Well, the creator emailed us, and, supposedly, our little website is mentioned in the play. We're beyond flattered!

Profile: Sean Rosenthal

By popular demand, Olympic Week has been extended! A lot of people were asking about Sean Rosenthal. The quick answer is "Not a Jew", the slow answer is "maybe quarter Jewish... maybe". Thanks to Michael from Hartford for his always-helpful research.

Suggestions by Jordan from Silver Spring, MD, Barbara from Los Angeles, Stacie from Corona, CA, Phil from New Jersey, Jason from Charlotte, Wayne from San Diego, and John from Walnut Creek, CA.

Jews in the News: Rebecca Soni!

Yes, six-time Olympic medalist (3 in Beijing, 3 in London) Rebecca Soni is Jewish. Any doubt has been erased by this article (English translation). She is Jewish on her father's side. Her grandparents are Auschwitz survivors...

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Jews in the News: Steve Solomon makes the final

They just flashed the qualifiers for the 400 meter final, highlighting that no American made it... But an Australian Jew, Steve Solomon, did. He's a good candidate for the extended Olympics Week... Oh oh, I've said too much.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Profile: Merrill Moses

And we conclude our Olympic Week. But you never know, we might have more Olympians soon enough! (Especially if Jews WIN something...)

Jews(?) in the News: A gold for Nathan Cohen

We're not sure exactly how Jewish New Zealand rower Nathan Cohen (on the right) is (hell, Michelle Obama has a Cohen on her bloodline, but that's another story altogether), but he is listed on this list of Olympic Jews and lauded here (among other places). Yesterday, Cohen won the gold in double sculls.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Help needed: Rebecca Soni

We got an email from Hungary, claiming that this is the grave of Rebecca Soni's Jewish grandfather (note the stones):
We can't find anything to confirm or deny her Jewishness. However, as it notes above, Pal Soni worked at the University of Babes-Bolyai. That is located in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, from where Soni's Hungarian family emigrated to the US.

Soni is the US swimmer who today broke her own world record in the 200 meter breaststroke. She has five medals total.

Confirmed... Jewish paternal grandparents. Auschwitz survivors...

Profile: Julie Zetlin

She might be going fourth, but Julie was our last selection for Olympic Week. Congrats, Julie! For all that's worth...

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Profile: Zohar Zemiro

Olympic Week continues with our first non-American...