Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Profile: Jordan Belfort


Suggestions by Tobyann from Culver City, CA and Daniel from New York.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Profile: Don Adams


Suggestions by Steve from Connecticut and Barbara from California.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Profile: Marty Glickman


Suggestions by Richard from Florida, Paul from Aventura, FL, and David from Highland Park, IL.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Profile: Joseph Segel


Suggestion by me after watching QVC's Lori Greiner on "Shark Tank".

Friday, December 20, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Profile: Tony Roberts


Roberts' father changed his name from Saul Trochman to Ken Roberts. Saul to Ken?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Profile: HAIM


Suggestion by Bruce from Cambridge, IL.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

Profile: Fred Trueman


Suggestion by... absolutely no one. Jews don't really care about cricket...

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Profile: Francine Frensky


Suggestion by Lilah and her niece from Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Profile: Vitaly Ginzburg


Shared his Nobel with the delightfully named Alexei Abrikosov, Jew.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Friday, December 6, 2013

Profile: Eli Wallach


Suggestions by Obviam from Russia, Jacob from Ft. Myers, FL, Yaakov from Jerusalem, and Harry from California.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Monday, December 2, 2013

Profile: Otto Loewi


Suggested, indirectly, by a certain five-year-old.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Profile: Edith Head


Suggestion by Miriam from Burbank and Muse from Connecticut.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

Profile: Benoit Mandelbrot


Suggestions by Natalie from Florida and Don from Arizona.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Profile: Maya Plisetskaya


Suggestions by Mila from Alexandria, Mark from Tennessee, and Bill from Brooklyn.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Profile: Emmy Noether


Suggestions by Galyna from Ohio, Erwin from New Mexico, Dean from Israel, and Jim from Princeton.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Profile: Jon Favreau


Suggestions by Ben from London and Kern from California.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Profile: Jorge Sampaio


Sampaio was suggested by... someone a while back. Sorry, can't find the email.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Profile: Isaac Berger


Although the Palestine-born Berger competed for the US, he truly could be called Israel's first medalist...

Monday, November 11, 2013

Profile: Val Kilmer


Suggestions by Levi from Texas and Paul from Minnesota.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Profile: Frank Zappa


Suggestion by Alan from Pennsylvania, Shulum from Georgia, Albert from California, and Clay from Texas.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Monday, November 4, 2013

Jews in the News: Ausmus Gets His Aliyah on the Major League Bima

It was announced over the weekend that the Detroit Tigers, former home of Hank Greenberg, decided to up their JQ and hire former bat-less wonder Brad Ausmus as their new manager.

And what were Ausmus qualifications to be the new Tiger top man?

Well....he, ummm, played baseball. And he managed the Israeli National Baseball team for a few months. And people tend to think of him as a good catcher (which, per Bill James, only proves that Ausmus could not hit).

And that's about it, actually.

Thus continues a long baseball tradition of hiring people based on a sole qualification (a professional playing career) that only reinforces the candidates lack of quantifiable qualities.

In the NFL, the currently most respected head coach is Bill Belichick. He never played professionally. The head coach of the (at this writing) undefeated NFL Chiefs is Andy Reid. He never played in the NFL, either.

In the NBA, the two managers from last year's finals were Erik Spoelstra and Greg Popovich. Number of professional basketball games between them? Zero.

And while there are certainly plenty of former pros managing teams (the Super Harbaugh Bros, recent Stanley Cup winning coach Joel Quenneville, zen master Phil Jackson) all of them spent time in the ranks as either assistants or college coaches (or both) before being brought up to manage the major league club.

In MLB? Nah. That guy's got grit.

So are we happy that a Jewish guy (and a proud one at that) got hired to manage the Tigers? Sure.

But as baseball fans, honestly, we'd rather they'd have picked another goy who actually might be able to do the job competently (unlike, say, Robin Ventura, Ron Washington, Joe Girardi, Dusty Baker...)

Profile: Murray Gell-Mann


Suggested by the recent rush of Nobel Jewish laureates.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Profile: Amy Irving


Suggestions by Michael from Hartford, Neal from Sarasota, and Miriam from Burbank.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Profile: Sophie Marceau


To follow up the Roxanne Hart profile... And, to make that one even more convoluted, in real life, Marceau is with Highlander star Christopher Lambert.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Monday, October 28, 2013

Sunday, October 27, 2013

RIP Lou Reed

Just a perfect day, drink sangria in the park...

Lou Reed passed away today. He was 71.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Profile: Cecil Hart


That's it for Jewish Harts, we promise (for we already profiled Mary Hart...)