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  • Celebs, hotels, humanitarism, a billion dollar deal and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 24, 2014 | 12:03 pm

    Viber? Sold!

    Japanese Internet services company, Rakuten, has acquired the Israeli app Viber for $900 million. The Israeli-founded video and voice communications app allows users to make free phone and video calls within its network, and has over 200 million users all over the...

  • Winter Olympics, Bar Refaeli’s guilty pleasure, A Guiness record and more - This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 10, 2014 | 8:13 am

    President Peres enters Guiness Book of World Records

    After making history in so many ways, Israeli President Shimon Peres will now take his place in the Guiness Book of World Records as the lecturer with the biggest civics class in history. On Thursday, Peres, via video, gave a...

  • Natalie Portman joins Israeli initiative to help Syrian refugees

    February 4, 2014 | 9:22 am

    We didn’t think it was humanly possible, but Natalie Portman has gone and inspired us yet again. This time, The Times of Israel reports, the actress, director, and  adorable mom has donated money and clothing to Syrian refugees via Operation Human Warmth.

    The initiative is the...

  • Natalie Portman’s husband says he is converting

    January 29, 2014 | 2:33 pm

    French choreographer Benjamin Millepied, the husband of Jewish actress Natalie Portman, told an Israeli newspaper that he is converting to Judaism.

    Millepied told the Hebrew-language Yediot Acharonot in an article published Wednesday that he is “in the middle of the conversion...

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  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 7, 2013 | 12:05 pm

    Back to Turkey

    Antalya and other Turkish cities have always been a favorite vacation destination for Israelis. In the past year or so, there has been a significant reducing in Israeli tourism to Turkey, do to some unfortunate diplomatic incidents between the two countries and a...

  • Parler Français? Natalie Portman wants to become a French citizen

    September 10, 2013 | 5:32 pm

    Natalie Portman is dying to become a citizen of France–or at least that’s how everyone is deconstructing a comment she made in the French magazine Madame Figaro.

    “I don’t have the French nationality, but I would be love to get it. But I don’t know if it’s possible because I...

  • Marion Cotillard replaces Natalie Portman as Lady Macbeth

    August 21, 2013 | 9:56 am

    Our condolences to all those who had their hearts set on seeing Natalie Portman rocking the Shakespeare thing in the upcoming adaptation of “Macbeth.”

    The Israeli-born actress, who was initially on board to play Lady Macbeth opposite Michael Fassbender, has just been replaced by Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

    At least there’s still “Thor.”

  • ‘Natalie Portman’ seeks Shabbat dinner dates via Craigslist

    August 15, 2013 | 10:27 am

    What does a beautiful, successful, and, uh, married actress like Natalie Portman need to do to find men willing to come over for Shabbat dinner? Turn to Craigslist, naturally!

    Okay, so the Washington, D.C. woman who is looking for nice Jewish boys to break challah with probably...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 29, 2013 | 12:38 pm

    A Nazi themed café. In 2013

    The Soldaten Kaffee ("The Soldiers' Café"), named after the popular hangout for soldiers in Germany and occupied Paris during World War II, is all Nazi-themed. From waiters wearing shirts with swastikas, to a Hitler wax figure, the small café sparked...

  • The ambition of Natalie Portman

    July 25, 2013 | 2:23 pm

    Natalie Portman, once named Natalie Hershlag, is no stranger to ambition. She played her first critically lauded role at the tender age of 13, and just ascended from there (OK, true, her role in the Star War Trilogy was abysmal, but the whole endeavor was as well) culminating in an...

  • Noah Emmerich of ‘The Americans:’  Emmy Awards watch

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 29, 2013 | 6:18 pm

    Actor Noah Emmerich folded his lanky body into a chair at L’Ermitage Hotel and pretended to clandestinely scan the lobby. “Those guys over there could be suspicious,” he quipped, and then added, “You don’t have a poison pen, do you?”

    The affable actor was joking, of course --...

  • Calendar Picks and Clicks: Sep. 1-7, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    August 29, 2012 | 3:51 pm

    SAT | SEPT 1

    NEIL COMESS-DANIELS
    A folksy singer-songwriter (and rabbi of congregation Beth Shir Shalom), Daniels appears live at the Skirball to perform children’s music that carries a universal message. Come dance and sing along in Skirball’s scenic outdoor amphitheater. All...

  • Natalie Portman married in Jewish ceremony

    August 6, 2012 | 10:28 am

    Actress Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied reportedly were married in a Jewish ceremony.

    The wedding took place Saturday night at a private home in Big Sur, Calif., People magazine reported.

    The couple have a 14-month-old son named Aleph and have been engaged for two years. They met on the set of the 2010 movie “Black Swan,” for which Portman won an Academy Award for best actress.

  • Natalie Portman ponders coming out of maternity leave

    By Lauren Bottner

    August 25, 2011 | 12:45 pm

    Oscar winning actress Natalie Portman is considering returning to the big screen for the indie movie Adaline, which would be her first since giving birth to her son, Aleph, this past June, reports Hollywoodnews.com. Portman, 30, has reportedly been offered the lead role in the film about a woman who stops aging after an accident. Eternal youth makes for a compelling fairy tale, but in this one, it is love that tempts Portman’s character to surrender her immortality. Read more at People.com.

  • The new Jewess: A rising generation of actresses overturns old tropes

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 10, 2011 | 1:16 pm

    The year is 1950. The setting is a dimly lit movie studio backlot. It’s the middle of the night, and an attractive young woman named Betty Schaefer is explaining to her screenwriting partner why she became a writer instead of what she really wanted to be — an actress. The movie...

  • Zuckerberg, Bibi head list of Top 50 Jews

    July 26, 2011 | 10:30 am

    Mark Zuckerberg and Benjamin Netanyahu head The Jerusalem Post’s second annual list of the world’s 50 Top Jews.

    Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, adds his No. 1 finish in the Post survey to his Person of the Year award from Time magazine. He is followed by Netanyahu, Israel’s prime...

  • Portman baby’s name reportedly is Aleph

    July 7, 2011 | 10:48 am

    The baby boy born last month to Jewish actress Natalie Portman and her fiance Benjamin Millepied reportedly was named Aleph.

    The name was reported Wednesday by People magazine, citing an unnamed source. Portman’s representatives have not confirmed the name.

    Aleph is the first...

  • Natalie Portman names son ‘Alef’ according to Israeli media

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 7, 2011 | 9:22 am

    There is a strange competition among famous people over who can come up with the most original baby names.

    According to a rumor swirling in the media, the Jerusalem-born Natalie Portman has named her son Alef, according to a report published in the Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom,...

  • ON TRIAL: John Galliano’s sloshed defense over anti-Semitic remarks

    June 22, 2011 | 4:31 pm

    If he walks like an anti-Semite, rants like an anti-Semite, looks like an anti-Semite, then maybe…

    John Galliano, former Dior Fashion Designer, went on trial in Paris today for anti-Semitic and racist remarks to local café patrons earlier this spring. Charged with “public...

  • It’s a Boy! for Natalie Portman

    By Hollywood Jew

    June 15, 2011 | 3:06 pm

    The Oscar winning actress and her fiancé Benjamin Millepied are now the proud parents of a baby boy. Born Wed. morning, that’s pretty much all we know for sure.  The famously private actress is keeping tight-lipped about the baby’s name and place of birth, and has not released...

  • Natalie Portman delivers baby boy

    June 15, 2011 | 10:51 am

    Actress Natalie Portman has given birth to a baby boy, her first child.

    People magazine was the first to report Tuesday that Portman gave birth; the report did not say when the baby was born or where the birth took place. Portman’s publicist had not confirmed the birth as of...

  • Spencer Susser’s “Hesher,” Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 10, 2011 | 4:31 pm

    Thirteen was a key age for writer-director Spencer Susser.

    It was the year he became fascinated by the kind of classmate who would inspire the antihero of his debut feature film, “Hesher,” staring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, which opens on May 13: “They were guys with long, greasy...

  • Dark Fairy Tale ‘Hesher’ Tackles Aftermath of Loss

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 3, 2011 | 6:56 pm

    Thirteen was a key age for writer-director Spencer Susser. 

    It was the year he became fascinated by the kind of classmate who would inspire the antihero of his debut feature film, “Hesher,” which opens on May 13: “They were guys with long, greasy hair, smoking cigarettes, who...

  • Top 30 Hottest Jewish Women for your viewing pleasure

    By Lauren Bottner

    April 4, 2011 | 3:14 pm

    Warning: not suitable for the faint-hearted in need of a self-esteem boost.

    For those secure in their own hotness and/or know beauty lies within, the Top 30 Hottest Jewish Women Under 40 are now available for drooling and envy.  In a comedic flavor, Ranker.com posts this list of...

  • Charlie Sheen, John Galliano and the Jews

    March 8, 2011 | 11:55 am

    Expressions of anti-Semitism by public figures generally follow a certain script in the media.

    The politician/actor/public figure says something construed as offensive/hostile/insensitive to Jews. Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, issues a...

  • Portman’s bold attack on an anti-Semite and Huckabee’s untimely critique

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    March 7, 2011 | 12:06 pm

    Just as I was about to write a column praising Natalie Portman for attacking racist John Galliano, along comes Mike Huckabee to attack her as a unmarried-and-pregnant-negative-role-model. There’s a time for everything, Mike. And this was the wrong time. But before I respond to Mr....

  • Charlie Sheen and John Galliano—both Jewish?!?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 6, 2011 | 2:26 pm

    In the aftermath of Charlie Sheen’s anti-Semitic rants last week, the actor told Access Hollywood that he is MOT.  Replied the show’s host:  “You’re getting accused of anti-Semitic remarks; you might want to say, ‘By the way, I’m Jewish!’”  “I know, I know — stupid...

  • Mike Huckabee and Natalie Portman [UPDATE-AUDIO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 4, 2011 | 5:37 pm

    Poor Natalie Portman—who has suffered more than her share of fools this past week—courtesy of Dior’s ex-chief designer John Galliano, and now former Arkansas governor and probable 2012 presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee. 

    First there were the alleged anti-Semitic remarks by...

  • Natalie Portman Vs. Dior Ex-Designer’s Anti-Semitism [UPDATE] [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 1, 2011 | 1:08 pm

    The Oscar-winning, Jerusalem-born Natalie Portman has slammed the anti-Semitic remarks Dior’s just-axed chief designer John “I Love Hitler” Galliano allegedly made after assaulting a couple in Paris last week, as caught on video.  The Miss Dior Cherie spokesperson/model—who pointedly...

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