December 14, 2009
Yes, alleged Tiger Woods mistress Rachel Uchitel Is Jewish [VIDEO]
Yes, Rachel Uchitel is Jewish.
It was the news of Uchitel’s alleged affair with Tiger Woods that set in motion the unending revelations about Woods’, um, complicated personal life. Uchitel, 34, is the granddaughter of Maurice Uchitel, a Jewish immigrant from Ukraine who parlayed a successful business in women’s shoulder pads into ownership of the Eden Roc Hotel in Miami and the El Morocco nightclub, Manhattan’s society hotspot in the 1930 and 1950s.
(Uchitel is a not uncommon Eastern European Jewish surname. The esteemed business writer for the New York Times is Louis Uchitelle—no relation, as far as we know).
This from The New York Times obit for Maurice, when he died in 2000 at age 88:
Rachel Uchitel is one of those grandchildren. She grew up in Manhattan and was a bat mitzvah there, according to a Journal source.
In an interview with BlackBook before the Woods scandal broke, Uchitel said her dream is to recreate the kind of nightclub Maurice owned:
“My grandparents owned and operated El Morocco supperclub in the 1960s; famous people from President John F. Kennedy to Cary Grant frequented the place on a regular basis. I’ve held on to my family’s memorabilia, and my dream is to re-create, own, and operate a modern-day El Morocco. Where am I a year from now? Standing over design renderings of my new club with a fabulous investor, still yet to be found.”
Before she met Woods, Uchitel was in the news following the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Her then fiancé Andy O’Grady, a managing director for investment bank Sandler O’Neill, died after the second plane slammed into the south tower of the World Trade Center.
Uchitel is being represented by attorney Gloria Allred.
“I’m not a “home wrecker, gold digger, tramp, whore ... I’m not those things,” she reportedly OK Magazine. “I have very good qualities. When you’re judged by the nation, it’s really difficult. It’s horrible.”