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October 16, 2012

8:54 am

About 1000 women of the LGBT community arrived on Saturday for the 5th annual ‘Lethal Lesbian Festival’ in Tel Aviv, an Israeli film festival dedicated entirely to lesbian content and promoting lesbian filmmakers in any genre, from comedy and drama to video art and documentaries [A Wider Bridge]

October 15, 2012

4:59 pm

U.S.-Israeli media magnate Haim Saban has reached an understanding with the controlling shareholder of Partner Communications for the acquisition of 35-40 percent of Partner for $400-$450 million, the Calcalist financial newspaper reported on Sunday. [Reuters]

3:26 pm

The 2012 Tel-Aviv International Festival for Science-Fiction, Imagination and the Future (IconTLV), aka Israel's International Fantastic Film Festival has announced their winners. Along with prizes in their International Competition for two fest favorites, the festival also awarded a Special Project Short Film Production Grant of  $37,500 to theshort film project Nostalgia. Congrats to all. [Twich]

1:47 pm

Adam Lambert, who's currently on tour in New Zealand to promote his #1 album, talked in a Kiwi morning show about equality and about wanting the right to get married to his boyfriend  (even though he's not planning to) [A Wider Bridge]

12:24 pm

Amid his fourth album and fall tour, reggae artist Matisyahu will stop by Syracuse University on Oct. 9 for the One World Concert featuring His Holiness the Dalai Lama at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. The Jewish, beat-boxing, reggae-spitting singer spoke about how he touches the world with his music, faith and thoughts on peace. [The Daily Orange]

11:25 am

Jeremy Piven is happy he has so much in common with sports star David Beckham. "I think it helps that I didn't grow up watching him and so don't think of him as a national hero," Piven told UK Marie Claire magazine Otherwise I would probably embarrass myself." [Belfast Daily Telegraph]

10:15 am

Famous talent agent and co-CEO of William Morris Endeavor (WME) Ari Emanuel posted and article on his Linked-in profile, where he lists down six life lessons, according to which he lives by. Emanuel writes that he tends to serround himself with people smarter than he is, that he doesn't mind failing often, but in the end- what really counts is having good ideas.

9:07 am

A MUST SEE PAPARAZZI PHOTO: The charming Goldie Hawn was stripped of all Hollywood glamour as she braved a make-up free face to check out the building site of her new Los Angeles home on Friday. Goldie will celebrate her 67th birthday next month. [The Daily Mail]

8:20 am

Promoting his new movie The Oranges, Adam Brody, who's now being dubbed as a 'Nerdy Sex Symbol,' reveales that all of his life he wanted to be a surfer, but then he moved to Hollywood and changed his mind, just because he grew up Jewish and " [In Hollywood] there are so many Jews and I immediately liked the camaraderie with people who had the same heritage." [Examiner]

7:15 am

CONGRATULATIONS! Olympic swimmer Anthony Ervin has successfully raised more than $10,000 through his indigogo campaign, therefore he's going to take a part in the World Cup Tour. Ervin had past the $10K mark 19 days before his campain was over [Swimmers Daily]

6:08 am

Joan Rivers is being brought back to the all-star edition of The Celebrity Apprentice, not as a player but as an advisor! Donald Trump revealed all the details about the upcoming 13th season on the Today Show, just before the weekend. [The Celebrity Cafe]

October 12, 2012

2:22 pm

Chanukah came a bit early for folks in Brooklyn, after hip-hop prodigy Jay-Z borrowed a menorah from a Jewish fan Amit Wehle, and lit a candle on the menorah for each of the eight nights he performed at the new Barclay center. [6 Degrees No Bacon]

2:04 pm

Recent mother Tori Spelling reveals that she nearly died during her last pregnancy. “"I was getting a massage at home and I felt wetness. I looked down and saw blood. My heart dropped. I started screaming for [my husband] Dean [McDermott] and told him, 'I just had a miscarriage.' But the next day I went to the hospital and the doctor said everything was fine." [Jspace]

1:11 pm

Long Island fan favorite Cletus Seldin, AKA 'The Hebrew Hammer,"  returns to the squared circle this Saturday night, October 13 in the eight round co-main event at Star Boxing's "Westbury Wars", a sensational evening of world class professional boxing at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury. [Pro-Boxing Fans]

12:02 pm

Jack Black stars in the incredibly short music video for heavy metal band OFF!’s song  Wrong, which premiered over on Funny Or Die yesterday.

11:31 am

Joseph Gordon Levitt gets all “serious” smoking, pumping gas and talking about the difference between mainstream Hollywood movies (like The Dark Knight Rises) and indie films (like Mysterious Skin) in a video segment produced to promote his Flaunt magazine cover story [Sinuous Magazine]

10:25 am

Voice recognition, cloning from DNA samples and video calls are among "wierd technologies" that Woody Allen predicted for the future in his 1973 sience-fiction movie Sleeper. Turns out that they are not so wierd today! [Dvice]

9:47 am

Meet Yenta. It’s a new Jewish dating service (could you guess?) that brings a little something different to the online dating scene.  Somewhat similar to the gay application Grindr, the free mobile dating service uses GPS technology to allow users to peruse the profiles of nearby Jews. [Jewcy]

9:00 am

First photo of Noa Tishby's new Israel Tourism campaign was relaesed, with more details of the campaign, entitled "Invite a Friend"

8:33 am

We told you that Sacha Baron Cohen is taking singing lessons, now he's the confirmation: A Freddie Mercury biopic will be released in early 2014 and Baron Cohen is still in line to play the late singer, Queen guitarist Brian May has confirmed. [LondonNet]


October 12, 2012 07:12 am

WEST POINT: Alison Levine was born with a life-threatening heart condition, Wolf-Parkinson-White Syndrome, that prevented her... read more

October 5, 2012 01:30 pm

MARYLAND: The Maryland/Israel Development Center (MIDC) will showcase some of its best work at an event next week, In Our Own... read more

October 2, 2012 07:08 am

SOUTH CAROLINA- After discovering and admiring the art form of Micrography in Israel a few years ago, Rae Antonoff returned to... read more

September 20, 2012 12:27 pm

CHICAGO: Establishing an important new presence in the center of the country, American Friends of Tel Aviv University has... read more

September 17, 2012 04:44 pm

Here's a video and a short explanation that you can send to your non-Jewish friends about Rosh Hashanah.  The Jewish New... read more


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