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September has come to a close, and with it, the High Holidays. It's been a busy few weeks for the Jewish people – let's see what some of the tribe have been up to.
Actor Jeremy Piven, best known for portraying Ari Gold, the obnoxious talent agent on HBO's "Entourage" tweeted a picture of himself and his mother walking out of their Chicago synagogue after Yom Kippur. "End of temple! Now we EAT!" was the caption Piven attached to a photo showing him in a tallit, holding a machzor.
Want to know where Manhattan's hottest Jewish couple spent their Yom Kippur? Actually, Jared Kushner
and recent Orthodox convert Ivanka Trump
did not spend the high holidays in New York at all – they went to the Jersey Shore! No, J-vanka, as the tabloids call them, didn't
visit Snooki and The Situation; they prayed at Congregation Brothers of Israel in Elberon, NJ.
The Kushner family has a summer home near the seaside synagogue, and even donated property to be used for a "satellite minyan" during the crowded Jersey Shore summers. Now, it seems that they've inspired Donald Trump
to follow in their path. Trump owns a country club not far from the synagogue, and donated use of its golf course to the synagogue's school, Yeshiva at the Jersey Shore. The fundraiser was a massive success, and rumor has it that Trump will volunteer the golf course AND the tennis courts for next year's event.
Speaking of extremely wealthy people, the Forbes 400
list came out over Succot, and 30 Jewish people made the top 100. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg
is at the top, reaching number 10, and is followed by Google founders Larry Page
and Sergey Brin
A few of the top 100 are of special interest in Israel. Sheldon Adelson
(13) is a major supporter of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
and owns popular newspaper Israel Hayom, while George Soros
(14) was revealed as a major donor to J Street shortly after the Forbes list was published. Number 58, Ira Rennert
, donates to many religious institutions in Israel. The only Israeli in the top 100 is television tycoon Haim Saban
, at number 90.
On the other side of the Atlantic, Marks & Spencer
waves recently in the Jewish community of Edgware, London. The
department store put a billboard showing a model in underwear and a robe
right above a temporary "Sukkah Mart," causing many of the succah
store's customers to complain. The Jewish Chronicle contacted Marks & Spencer
, who replaced the advertisement with something less offensive to local consumers.
Last but not least, meet Esther Petrack
. This is Esther's facebook profile
As you can see, she's a nice 18-year-old, Modern Orthodox girl who
graduated from Boston's Maimonides School…and just might be America's
Next Top Model. Esther, who was born in Jerusalem, auditioned for the
15th season of Tyra's model search, and made headlines in the Jewish and
non-Jewish press. Tablet Magazine was concerned
Esther's flouting of Jewish law after calling herself Modern Orthodox.
Other sources were more concerned with her, ahem, assets. As one YouTube
commenter wrote: "Wow. I think the US is about to be a whole lot more
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