Politicians don't usually show up in the Schmooze, but we'll make an exception
for this well-timed picture of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Or should we
call him Ben? Netanyahu sprained his ankle playing soccer with Arab and Jewish
children almost a month ago, and reporters have been saying that the prime
minister is using the injury as an excuse to, well, hide from them. This week,
Buzzfeed uncovered a photo of Boston high school student Ben Netanyahu's
"dexterous ball-handling," probably without even realizing the irony. It turns
out that the prime minister can play soccer without falling.
Last month, Edon Pinchot, the "Jewish Justin Bieber" debuted on "America's Got
Talent," and since then, he's made it through the show's ranks. This week, he
performed David Guetta and Sia, to an impressed panel of judges who, as the
Schmooze has mentioned before, are all Jewish – Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne,
and Howard Stern. "Jew are terrific," Mandel quipped. "Did you receive a
standing ovation at your Bar Mitzva?"
One of this year's most beloved new TV
characters was the very very Jewish Schmidt of "New Girl," played by the
hilarious Max Greenfield. Of course, now that we're in the throes of summer
reruns, you probably miss Schmidt – but have no fear! Greenfield showed up in
this month's Glamour magazine in a very Schmidt-like photoshoot. Can you just
imagine the roommates making fun of him for calling dark red "Oxblood?" Or
trying to convince Cece to wear matching outfits? Only two more months until
"New Girl" comes back. Sigh.
Another hilarious Jew on TV – if not the
hilarious Jew on TV – turned 65 this week. No one seems to have documented how
Larry David celebrated, and if "Curb Your Enthusiasm" is any indication, he
probably doesn't know how anyway. However, a paparazzo caught the legendary
"Seinfeld" creator-writer-producer on his birthday, and rapped for him. David
was not impressed.
Finally, we have two
people with an uncanny resemblance: Dr. Ruth Westheimer and "That 70s Show" mom
Debra Jo Rupp. It's trange, but true. Rupp portrays Dr. Ruth in a new one-woman
show "Dr. Ruth All the Way," about the legendary sex therapist and former
The Weekly Schmooze collects the hottest Jewish culture news from around the world. Ranging from celebrities to philanthropy to quirky communities, we're here to schmooze about Jews. If you have any news to share with The Weekly Schmooze, write to:firstname.lastname@example.org