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Yuval Rotem Replaces Dore Gold as Foreign Ministry Director

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Thursday that Yuval Rotem has replaced former Director-General Dore Gold as leader of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Rotem, 57, is a career diplomat who has previously served as Israel’s ambassador to Australia and to New Zealand, and as the Consul-General in Los Angeles.

He has also served as chief of staff at the Foreign Ministry as well.

Hana Levi Julian

Hollywood Movie Star Carrie Fisher in ICU After Massive Heart Attack

Sunday, December 25th, 2016

“Star Wars” actress Carrie Fisher, 60, was rushed to UCLA Medical Center on a respirator after suffering a massive heart attack Friday, just 15 minutes before arrival at LAX, on a United flight from London to Los Angeles.

United Airlines released a statement that was obtained by Variety, saying: “Medical personnel met United flight 935 from London to Los Angeles upon arrival today after the crew reported that a passenger was unresponsive,” the statement reads. “Our thoughts are with our customer at this time, and any requests for additional information should be directed to local authorities.”

A doctor and nurse who were on the flight immediately went into action, according to writer and actress Anna Akana, who was also on board the flight and who described what happened in a series of tweets. “Don’t know how else to process this but Carrie Fisher stopped breathing on the flight ho me. Hope’ she’s gonna be OK,” she wrote. “So many thanks to the United flight crew who jumped into action, and the awesome doctor and nurse passengers who helped… “

Actor Harrison Ford, who has co-starred with Fisher, also sent well wishes: “I’m shocked and saddened to hear the news about my dear friend. Our thoughts are with Carrie, her family and friends.”

Countless others tweeted well wishes as well.

The daughter of movie star Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher, Carrie Fisher herself has been a Hollywood staple from her youth. But it wasn’t all roses: the actress has given interviews through the years in which she has discuss her diagnosis of bipolar disorder, ECT treatment (electroconvulsive therapy), which is sometimes used when medication has not proved helpful for depression or bipolar disorder, and her struggle with addiction to cocaine and prescription drugs.

Fisher is known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, which has become a cultural phenomenon and which spawned a series of spin-offs since the release of the first trio of films from 1977-1983.

“As if 2016 couldn’t get any worse… sending all our love to @carrieffisher” tweeted Mark Hamill, who plays her on-screen twin Luke Skywalker in the “Star Wars” saga.

Her brother, Todd Fisher, told Variety Magazine that his sister has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit, and later added on ABC7 Eyewitness News that she was getting “the best care she can receive. She’s obviously a very tough girl who’s survived many things,” he said. “I encourage everyone to pray for her.”

Fisher had just completed filming the third season of ‘Catastrophe’ – a comedy television series set in London, which airs on Amazon.

Hana Levi Julian

Happy 100th Birthday, Mr. Issur Danielovitch, We Loved You in ‘Cast a Giant Shadow’

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Kirk Douglas, born Issur Danielovitch in Amsterdam, Montgomery County, NY, on December 9, 1916, will be 100 on Friday. He grew up in poverty with his immigrant (Belarus) parents Bryna “Bertha” and Herschel “Harry” Danielovitch, and six sisters. The family spoke Yiddish at home. The family adopted the name Demsky, so Kirk grew up as Izzy Demsky, and changed his name to Kirk Douglas before enlisting in the Navy in World War II.

In his 1988 autobiography, The Ragman’s Son, Douglas wrote: “My father, who had been a horse trader in Russia, got himself a horse and a small wagon, and became a ragman, buying old rags, pieces of metal, and junk for pennies, nickels, and dimes. […] Even on Eagle Street, in the poorest section of town, where all the families were struggling, the ragman was on the lowest rung on the ladder. And I was the ragman’s son.”

Besides his stellar career, making close to 100 films and being number 17 on the American Film Institute’s list of the greatest male screen legends of classic Hollywood cinema – he’s the highest ranked living male screen legend – Douglas is also credited with  being on the side of the angels in the effort to end the Hollywood Blacklist.

Douglas had a complicated relationship with his Jewish identity. In 1999, at age 83, he celebrated his second bar mitzvah, telling the congregation at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, “Today I am a man.” He then did it again in 2012, when he was 96, maybe to make sure it sticks. But between his first and second bar mitzvahs Douglas was living well outside his Jewish faith.

In an interview he gave Aish.com in 2000, Douglas explained: “Judaism and I parted ways a long time ago, when I was a poor kid growing up in Amsterdam, NY. Back then, I was pretty good in cheder, so the Jews of our community thought they would do a wonderful thing and collect enough money to send me to a yeshiva to become a rabbi. Holy Moses! That scared the hell out of me. I didn’t want to be a rabbi. I wanted to be an actor. Believe me, the members of the Sons of Israel were persistent. I had nightmares – wearing long payos and a black hat. I had to work very hard to get out of it. But it took me a long time to learn that you don’t have to be a rabbi to be a Jew.”

All his children were born to non-Jewish mothers, but Douglas insists they were “aware culturally” of his “deep convictions,” and he never tried to influence their own religious decisions. In 2004, Douglas’s wife Anne converted to Judaism.

Douglas told Author Deborah Moore in 1994 that the underlying theme of some of his films – The Juggler (1953), Cast a Giant Shadow (1966), and Remembrance of Love (1982) – were about “a Jew who doesn’t think of himself as one, and eventually finds his Jewishness.” The Juggler was the first Hollywood feature filmed in the state of Israel.

Cast a Giant Shadow was a big-budget action film based on the life of Colonel David “Mickey” Marcus, a Jewish-American military officer who commanded IDF units during the 1948 Israeli War of Independence. Kirk Douglas starred as Marcus, alongside Senta Berger (as Haganah fighter Magda Simon), Yul Brynner (Haganah commander Asher), John Wayne (Marcus’s commanding officer in the Second World War), Frank Sinatra (Vince Talmadge, an expatriate American pilot) and Angie Dickinson  (Marcus’s wife). Melville Shavelson adapted, produced and directed.

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Protester Attacks Ashton Kutcher, Airbnb, for Listing Judea and Samaria Homes [video]

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

Ariel Gold, from the group Code Pink on Saturday stormed the stage of an Airbnb event in Los Angeles with celebrity investor Ashton Kutcher and company CEO Brian Chesky, to roll open a banner saying “Airbnb out of Settlements,” Page Six reported.

Airbnb is a peer-to-peer online marketplace and homestay network that enables people to list or rent short-term lodging in residential properties. It has more than 2,000,000 listings in 34,000 cities and 191 countries. Code Pink, which is associated with a group called The Stolen Homes Coalition, which describes itself as “women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement.”

Gold protested Airbnb’s inclusion of homes owned by Judea and Samaria Jews.

Kutcher, known for his roles in the TV series “Two and a Half Men” and movies such as “What Happens in Vegas,” was an early investor in Airbnb. He told the protester that she did not have the stage, adding: “We all can belong in a world together without borders. I can appreciate that this doesn’t happen seamlessly. I can appreciate that it does not happen easily. I can appreciate that where there is change, there will be a fringe case that feels objectified. But this company is about bringing people together.”

Inte3restingly, out of a list of Airbnb destination that includes countries where women are treated as second class citizens, if not worse, such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Libya, to name only three, Gold and her women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement focused on Israeli Jews for spreading peace and social justice.

David Israel

Tel Aviv is #3 in Top 10 Startup Ecosystems, 2nd Year in a Row

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

Tel Aviv has again won third place among the Top 10 Startup Ecosystems in the World, for the second year in a row, announced SparkLabs Global Ventures, the creator of the San Francisco-based VentureBeat tech news site which holds the competition.

Only Silicon Valley and Stockholm preceded the White City, which was followed by New York and Los Angeles, and then Beijing, Seoul, Boston, London and Berlin.

The Israeli city earned four “unicorns,” according to the site, defined as having a private company valuation of a billion dollars or more, a private company acquired for a billion dollars or more, and IPO’ed during 2010 to the present, with a current market capitalization of a billion dollars or more.

“To find this top 10, we looked at eight factors,” the judges noted. “Funding Ecosystem & Exits, Engineering Talent, Active Mentoring, Technical Infrastructure, Startup Culture, Legal & Policy Infrastructure, Economic Foundation, and Government Policies & Programs.”

Hana Levi Julian

Gene Wilder, Iconic Jewish Comedian and Actor, Dead at 83

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

An era has ended. Iconic Jewish comedian, actor and author Gene Wilder has passed away at the age of 83, his family said in a statement Monday.

The actor died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease at his home in Stamford, Connecticut. Although he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1989, he managed to beat the disease several years later with chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant.

“We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this situation presented we have been among the lucky ones — this illness-pirate, unlike in so many cases, never stole his ability to recognize those that were closest to him, nor took command of his central-gentle-life affirming core personality,” his nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman said in a statement.

“The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him “there’s Willy Wonka,” would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to worry, disappointment or confusion. He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.

“He continued to enjoy art, music, and kissing with his leading lady of the last twenty-five years, Karen. He danced down a church aisle at a wedding as parent of the groom and ring bearer, held countless afternoon movie western marathons and delighted in the the company of beloved ones.”

Born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee to a Russian emigre father and a mother of Polish descent, both Jewish, Wilder began to study acting at age 12 — an occupation he took on after his mother’s heart attack, and the doctor told the young eight-year-old never to argue with her, but rather to try and make his mother laugh. He later earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 1955. One year later he was drafted into the U.S. Armed Forces and served for the next three years as a paramedic at Valley Forge Army Hospital in Phoenixville, PA. He was accepted into the Actors Studio following his discharge in 1958, taking the stage name, Gene Wilder at age 26.

He cared for his third wife, acclaimed comedienne Gilda Radner, as she slowly wasted away from ovarian cancer and then for several years worked only sporadically after her death in 1989, deeply depressed. He last acted in 2003, winning an Emmy for his role as Mr. Stein on the TV sitcom “Will & Grace.”

Wilder helped found the Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Detection Center in Los Angeles, and Gilda’s Club support network, and with his wife Karen quietly donated to families whose were affected by the Sept. 11, 2001 Al Qaeda attacks on the United States.

He wrote a number of books, including a painfully detailed autobiography, but Wilder is best known for his work with Jewish director-producer-writer Mel Brooks and actor Richard Pryor. The actor brought tears of laughter to audiences with his performances in hit films like “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” and “Stir Crazy.”

He is survived by his fourth wife, Karen Boyer, whom he married in 1991, and his nephew.

Baruch Dayan HoEmes.

Hana Levi Julian

Parents of Russian-Jewish Star Trek Actor Sue Fiat Chrysler for Son’s Death

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

The family of 27-year-old Russian-Jewish actor Anton Yelchin has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV over the death of their loved one, according to Business Insider.

Yelchin’s parents are charging the company with negligence and product liability after their son’s Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled backwards and killed the actor on June 19, crushing him to death against a brick wall and fence at his home in Los Angeles.

The vehicle was covered under a recall in April of more than 1.1 million cars and SUVs by the company, in the wake of at least 68 injuries, 266 crashes and 308 reports of property damage. The recall applies to the 2014-2015 model years of the Jeep Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicle and 2012-2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans.

A recall letter sent to Anton Yelchin but it was received seven days after his death, according to Gary Dordick, the attorney representing Irina and Victor Yelchin (the actor’s parents).

“Your vehicle may roll away, striking and injuring you, your passengers, or bystanders, if the vehicle’s engine is left running, the parking brake is not engaged, and the transmission is not in the “PARK” position before exiting the vehicle,” the letter stated in part.

Irina and Victor Yelchin were renowned skaters in the former Soviet Union. Their son Anton most recently played the role of the young navigator Chekov on the starship Enterprise in the newest ‘Star Trek’ movie, ‘Beyond.’

Hana Levi Julian

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