Jewish Journal

  • Padma Lakshmi’s baby daddy a Jew?

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 29, 2010 | 1:22 pm

    According to The New York Post, “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi’s baby daddy could be billionaire techie Michael Dell’s older brother, Adam who is—you guessed it—Jewish.

    The Dells were born into a family which “liberally practiced Judaism,” according to Wikipedia.

    Lakshmi, 39, is an... read on

  • Live at Sundance:  The Fabulous Joan Rivers

    By Larry Mark

    January 28, 2010 | 11:20 pm

    Maybe it is the recession, or the new focus on Sundance’s rebellious roots, but there is a distinctive lack of popular swag in Park City in 2010.  But who needs a pair of boots, apparel, or trinkets, when a truly fabulous gem is in town: Joan Rivers.

    One of the hottest tickets at... read on

  • Sean Penn volunteers with Israeli soldiers in Haiti

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 28, 2010 | 4:43 pm

    Joe Shalmoni, a Los Angeles resident responded to the crisis in Haiti by signing up to volunteer at the IDF field hospital in Port Au Prince. Shalmoni, who comes from a devout pro-Israel family (his sister is StandWithUs director Roz Rothstein) volunteered through the Los Angeles... read on

  • Should the Jews boycott Mel Gibson’s new movie?

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 27, 2010 | 8:37 pm

    Having his 2006 DUI arrest erased from record has apparently given Mel Gibson license to deny he ever dissed the Jews.

    At least that was the position he took in a recent KTLA interview about his new film, “Edge of Darkness” when reporter Sam Rubin questioned him about his past:

    ... read on
  • Live at Sundance:  Jesse Eisenberg as a Hasidic drug mule

    By Larry Mark

    January 27, 2010 | 5:39 pm

    The Ecstasy Without The Agony
    Bad Boy, Watcha Gonna Do When They Pray For You?

    Monday was like Rosh Hashana at the Sundance Film Festival.  Two of the most highly anticipated Jewish films had their world premieres to sold out audiences and standing ovations.  “Holy Rollers,”... read on

  • TV show ‘Damages’ co-opts Madoff story for Season 3

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 25, 2010 | 12:13 pm

    The Bernie Madoff scandal always seemed like prime fodder for Hollywood.

    From the very beginning, it was one of those juicy (Jewish) stories so outrageously sinister, it was considered implausible. Only, it wasn’t; it actually happened. Which is all the more reason it will make for... read on

  • Live at Sundance:  A Douchbag and a Mensh

    By Larry Mark

    January 24, 2010 | 6:25 pm

    While waiting for screenings of the Jewish-themed flicks “Hesher” and “Holy Rollers,” I took in two sweeter and quieter films – one the story of a Douchebag (which also happens to be the title of the film), and another involving a mensh who changed a child’s life in “A... read on

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