Gerri Miller writes and reports from Los Angeles about celebrities, entertainment and lifestyle for MNN.com, The Jewish Journal, Brain World, Lupus Now, and others.
A New York native, she spent a summer working at Kibbutz Giv'at Brenner in Israel and attends High Holy Day services at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood every year.
The film […] SXSW 2013 Film Review complete coverage of the SXSW Film Festival 2013 Spring Breakers Director/Screenwriter: Harmony Korine Four college girls who land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation find themselves bailed out by a drug and arms dealer who wants them to do some dirty work.
This season on , has a background as varied as his roles: His father is of Portuguese and Swedish descent and Christian and his mother is Russian-Jewish (her family name was originally Verovitz, changed to Verne in the 1940s).
Franco had a secular upbringing and said in an interview in , in which he plays Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner opposite Amanda Seyfried in the title porn star role. Los Angeles is the very definition of a melting pot, and its new mayor reflects that diversity in his ethnicity and religion.
Eric Garcetti’s mother is of Russian-Jewish heritage, and his father’s ancestry is multi-ethnic: Mexican, Italian, Native American and Spanish.
Neither parent practiced their religion, but their cultures were influential.
“I always felt myself to be Jewish and Latino very comfortably,” Garcetti told L. “Weekends were both filled with bowls of menudo and lots of bagels.” Garcetti celebrated Hanukkah and Passover and went to Jewish camp in his youth, and connected with Judaism even more at Columbia University.
He now attends High Holy Days and occasional Shabbat services at a progressive synagogue.
Kudrow, who is Jewish and had a bat mitzvah even though her family wasn’t particularly religious, married Frenchman Michael Stern in May 1995, and they’re raising their son Julian, now 15, Jewish.
Three years ago on , Kudrow traced her own Jewish roots to Belarus and sadly discovered that her paternal great-grandmother, Mera Mordejovich, had been slaughtered by the Nazis with 900 other Jews in her town.
When a girl comes of age, she is officially a bat mitzvah and considered an adult.
The term is commonly used as a short-hand for the bat mitzvah's coming-of-age ceremony and/or celebration.
But as an outsider to Mars’ world of Neptune, CA, I was struck more by the film’s observance on […] The ever-so-intense Michael Shannon plays true life hitman Richard Kuklinski in The Iceman, a bloody drama about the family man who claimed to have murdered over 100 people for the mafia.