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...)

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Profile: Lorenz Hart

Back-to-back Harts?

Suggestion by Matt from San Francisco and Daniel from Wisconsin.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Profile: Mickey Hart

Suggestion by Ricky from Boynton Beach, FL and Josh from Pennsylvania.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Profile: Anthony Bourdain

Suggestions by Michael from Hartford, Elizabeth from Orlando, Kevin from Michigan, Marcia from NY, Jose from Crowley, TX, Felix from Jersey, and WF from Florida.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Profile: Eric Garcetti

Suggestions by Jim from Tampa, Miriam from Burbank, and Peter from De Pere, WI.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Profile: Paul Feig

Suggestions by Michael from Hartford and Cara from NJ.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Profile: Jonathan Abrams

In a parallel universe, it is Abrams who is worth billions...

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013

Friday, October 11, 2013

Profile: Wallace Shawn

Yes, more Princess Bride Jews! Who haven't we profiled yet... Carol Kane?

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Profile: Helen Slater

Suggestions by Jason from Vancouver and Ben from Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Jews in the News: One Nobel, THREE Jews

Wow. This one will be hard to top. The Chemistry Nobel is out today, and all three winners are Jewish: Israeli Arieh Warshel, Austrian / American Martin Karplus, and South African / British / Israeli Michael Levitt.

Profile: Leonid Hurwicz

RIP, Hurwicz's eyebrows.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Jews in the News: Another Nobel, another Jew

The Physics Nobel is announced... once again, a Jew gets it, Belgium's Francois Englert, shared with England's Peter Higgs. Englert is a Holocaust survivor and "has had close research ties with Tel Aviv University".

Jews In the News: The Historical Accuracy of Shiksappeal

[I was gonna put a pic here of a clearly goyishe woman but—wow—holy NSFW, Internet]

From the old grey mamaleh comes a story about the origins of Ashkenazic Jews. Long thought to be emigres from the near east, new data suggests that this group was actually probably descended directly from the Jews in the Roman Empire.

Now here's the fun part: The genetic record suggests these Jews were single men (who probably came to Eastern Europe to trade) and settled down there, marrying the local women and then converting them to Judaism. 

Three thoughts:

1. Shiksappeal for the win!

2. Big boost for that whole Judaism is a race, not just a religion.

3. Ummmm, doesn't that screw up CENTURIES of arguments (ones we've railed against) that the mother is the only determinant of a child's Judaism at birth? 

This one is especially tasty considering it suggests that the people who have been the most vehement defenders of matrilineal inheritance would not actually be Jewish themselves by the same law.

Anyway, good article. Highly recommend.

JONJ on Shalom Life!

Hey there supporters and possible would be supporters, This is just a quick note to let you know about what's going with the Kickstarter and 50 States—50 Jews. We're a little over two weeks into our campaign, and while we've had a promising start, we still have a good ways to go. Still, we're optimistic about our chances and, in the meantime, have begun the process of putting together and publishing the book. Excitingly, we've also gotten some news coverage over at It's a fun little article where we talk about, our plans for the book, why we chose the Kickstarter, etc. Stop on by and check it out!

Profile: Murder, Inc.

The Purple Gang from Detroit probably deserves profiling as well.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Jews in the News: One Nobel, two Jews

It's Nobel time, which means... Jews! Americans James Rothman and Randy Schekman shared the Medicine Nobel with a goyishe German, Thomas Sudhof.

Profile: Rachel Bilson

Suggestions by Ethan from Roslyn, NY, Rachel from Maryland, Steve from Southampton, PA, Kaitlin from Detroit, and Jesse from Michigan.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Profile: Joyce Hyser

Thanks to Michael from Hartford for clearing this one up.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Profile: Nikki Finke

HBO almost made a show about a fictional version of Finke... starring Diane Keaton.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Profile: Leon Blum

Suggestions by Mark from Bellingham, WA, Robert from Italy, Johan from Santa Monica, and Viktor from Paris.