August 20, 2009
Jamie Lynn Sigler dishes on birthright: VIDEO
Meadow Soprano—known in real life as Jamie Lynn Sigler—appeared on the “Chelsea Lately” show to discuss her new recurring role on “Entourage.” Chelsea got her to gab about the usual late night talking points, who she’s dating (Jerry Ferrara who plays “Turtle” on Entourage), whether or not we can look forward to a Sopranos movie (maybe) and then in an unlikely twist, Birthright Israel.
Sigler said she attended birthright last summer and signed up as “Jamie Sigler” so she could attend like a “normal person.” But then she admits she upgraded to first class.
Jacob Berkman writing for JTA’s The Fundermentalist Blog praised Sigler for the birthright shout-out but noted she had one or two really important facts wrong:
Berkman also suggests that birthright funder Michael Steinhardt, who makes no secret of his desire for Jews to marry Jews, may have been weeping somewhere whilst Sigler discussed his beloved birthright and her non-Jewish boyfriend in the same segment. But Steinhardt really ought to give her a break—she’s getting birthright prime time PR and on national television, she made Israel sound good.