WATCH: Top 10 Jewish showbiz moments of 5773

From Seth MacFarlane's not-so-kosher Jewish joke at the Oscars to the Princesses of Long Island downing shots of arak, here are this year's most memorable entertainment moments.

By JTA
September 1, 2013 13:20
3 minute read.
Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis 379. (photo credit: REUTERS)

10. ‘House of Cards’ takes on the ADL

The Anti-Defamation league

Mila Kunis, the Ukraine-born Jewish actress, was named the British magazine


Rabbi Yaakov Rosenblatt, an Orthodox rabbi, decided to let Sarah Silverman know just what he thought of her career: Mostly that as an unmarried, childless woman, she was wasting her time and neglecting “the most basic desire of the feminine soul.” Naturally the letter infuriated plenty of people — notably Silverman’s dad, Donald,
who made it clear just what he thought of Rosenblatt’s aggressively trumpeted Jewish values.

3. Seth MacFarlane makes a not-so-kosher Jewish joke at the Oscars


Using a talking teddy bear, Oscars host Seth MacFarlane irked the Anti-Defamation League and the Simon Wiesenthal Center with a joke about Jews controlling Hollywood. JTA’s Ami Eden has some helpful tips for MacFarlane and other aspiring Oscars hosts.



2. Ginsberg and the Manischewitz account, ‘Mad Men’ (Season 6, Episode 10)



Louis Ginsberg, the hapless, complex Jewish adman played by Ben Feldman, has lots to contend with. Last season saw the revelation of his dark origins — he was born in a concentration camp. In this episode, Ginsberg struggles with anxiety about his profession as he works to create material for the Manischewitz account. “They’re good people, they’re your people,” says new guy Bob, who’s been called in to soothe Ginsberg. “They sell wine for religious people of all faiths.”

1. ‘Princesses: Long Island’


Bravo’s new reality show followed six young Jewish women living at home with their parents as they quest to find the perfect nice Jewish boys to marry. With episode titles like “Shabbocalypse Now,” the show draws heavily on the Princesses’ Jewish roots — including this memorable scene, where Team Manischewitz and Team Verklempt battle it out in a Jewish trivia game. The stakes? Shots of arak imported from Israel.


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