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Jimmy Kimmel Interviews Ex Sarah Silverman

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Seeing an ex in public after your breakup is always an awkward experience. One of you could be doing amazingly well, with a new significant other, a hot new look and a great new job, while the other has done nothing since your breakup besides adopt a few cats and gain 30 pounds.

Even if you’re both perfectly happy with your lives it can still be an uncomfortable situation…as exes Sarah Silverman and Jimmy Kimmel found out during an on-air interview.

Silverman and Kimmel dated for five years and broke up in 2008, and while they’ve seen each other since, a TV interview is a whole ‘nother story.

Silverman was on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” promoting her new HBO comedy special and decided to bring her ex a box of his old stuff.

“It’s like I never left, only you’re married,” Silverman said to her former beau as she held a box marked “Jimmy’s Stuff.”

“I loved you,” she said as she took a pair of Kimmel’s old socks from the box along with a phone charger and jeans from before he slimmed down. In true Sarah Silverman form, the bit also contained a fake love-child.

“Isn’t this like weird, but good weird? This is human nature. This is the way life is,” said Silverman. “People break up, and exes are gonna bump into each other. They’re gonna cross paths. They’re gonna be on each other’s talk shows, you know? It’s the cycle of life.”

Despite Kimmel’s and Silverman’s best efforts to make the interview lighthearted and funny, there was still a distinct air of awkwardness. Better luck next time!

Sarah Silverman’s comedy special”We Are Miracles” premieres Nov. 23 at 10 pm on HBO.

J-Connection: Sarah Silverman is Jewish.


Israeli Doctors Deliver Baby in Makeshift Philippines Hospital

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A baby has been born in a makeshift hospital set up in the storm-ravaged Philippines by the Israeli Defense Forces.

The parents of the new baby boy were so grateful to the Israeli medics that treated the early-delivery mother, they named their young son Israel.

The news was announced Friday after baby Israel was successfully delivered early in the morning. He was born in an IDF field hospital set up in the city of Bogo, created to help the rescue and recovery efforts after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the area.

The IDF sent a rescue team last week immediately upon learning of the far-reaching effects the storm would have. The Bogo unit transported medical equipment to the city at the request of Philippines. The island the small city is located on has been suffering from crippling power outages.

An IDF spokesperson also revealed the birth on Twitter along with photos, writing, “Moments after the dramatic birth of baby #Israel. #IDFinIsrael.”

Documentary Following Oldest Holocaust Survivor on Shortlist for Oscars

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A documentary following the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor is on the shortlist for an Oscar nomination.

The film, “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life,” tells the story of Alice Herz-Sommer. At 109, not only is the English resident the oldest Shoah survivor, but also the world’s oldest active pianist.

Herz-Somer was 39 years old when she was sent to Theresienstadt concentration camp, also known as Terezin. The camp was unique in that its prisoners were mainly artisans and the cultural elite—musicians, actors, artists, even athletes, anyone the Nazis thought could bring positive attention to their crusade.

The Terezin prisoners were used to make propaganda videos of how well the Jews were being treated in Nazi Europe.

Today, Herz-Somer remembers how the ability to play music through the Holocaust gave her hope and optimism to survive. That outlook is charted in “Number 6,” which is now one of eight candidates being considered for the Academy Award in documentary.

Watch a clip from the film below, and go here to wish Herz-Somer a happy 110th birthday by November 26.

Israeli President Reiterates 'Deep' Friendship with US

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Israeli President Shimon Peres reiterated the close relationship between the Jewish state and the US, despite pressures from the state department on issues like Iran and the Palestinian peace process.

“Our relationship with the USA is fundamental, not simple, not to be taken for granted,” Peres said Thursday evening.

“The relations between us have a deep history, President Truman recognized Israel 11 minutes after the declaration of independence. The support of the United States for Israel is unique. We are fortunate that America was, and remains, our friend and ally.”

The comments came in an address Peres made at the David Ben Gurion Award ceremony last week.

“There has not been an Israeli request which the Obama administration has not responded to, including casting a veto over the UN Security Council resolution on settlements despite the fact that the US does not consider the settlements legal.

“Nearly all our security requests were responded to positively. My friends, we must not underestimate the importance of this friendship. There can be disagreements, but they must be conducted with a view to the true depth of the situation. If we have disagreements we should voice them but we should remember that the Americans also know a thing or two, we are not the only ones.”

The remarks come after a week of media speculation that a rift bight be brewing between America and its strongest ally in the Middle East. Secretary of State John Kerry left Israel late last week after failing to sway Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a sanctions deal with Iran to contain its nuclear proliferation.

Canadian Jewish Hospital to Fight Bill Banning Religious Symbols

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A Jewish hospital in Canada says it plans to disregard a new bill banning religious symbols from public sites.

The Jewish General Hospital is set to defy its city’s new Charter of Secular Values, a motion proposed recently that is expected to pass. The proposed law would ban any conspicuous and overt religious symbols in the public sector, including items like kippot.

“This bill is flawed and contrary to Quebec’s spirit of inclusiveness and tolerance,” said the hospital’s executive director, Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg.

“For nearly 80 years, the JGH has prided itself on the fact that its staff, representing a wide diversity of faiths, with many employees wearing conspicuous items of clothing with religious symbols, has provided care of superior quality to Quebecers of all backgrounds.”

“Since the bill is inherently prejudicial, there is no point in taking advantage of any clause that would grant us temporary, short-term relief,” Rosenberg added.

“This offensive legislation would make it extremely difficult for the JGH to function as an exemplary member of Quebec’s public healthcare system.”

Some governments already have similar legislation on the books, though the laws typically refer to those working under government positions. Last summer, a German police officer was censured after donning a kippah while in uniform.

UN Interpreter Calls Out Anti-Israel Bias on Hot Mic

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United Nations interpreters aren’t typically newsmakers, but one such translator made headlines last week after unintentionally drawing attention to the UN’s alleged anti-Israel bias.

At a General Assembly meeting Thursday, at which the GA adopted nine anti-Israel resolutions, an interpreter for the plenum spoke into a microphone she thought was turned off.

“I think when you have… like a total of ten resolutions on Israel and Palestine, there’s got to be something, c’est un peu trop, non? [It’s a bit much, no?] I mean I know… There’s other really bad shit happening, but no one says anything about the other stuff.”

Laughter filled the hall, and upon realizing her mistake, the translator spoke once more, saying, “The interpreter apologizes.”

The nine resolutions adopted by the UN Thursday included pieces condemning Israel for violating Palestinian human rights, as well as its treatment of Syrian refugees.

Meanwhile, no resolution on how the Syrian government has treated its refugees has been passed. In fact, for the 2013 year, the UNGA has adopted a total of 26 resolutions condemning various governments, 22 of which have been against Israel.

Israel's Agriculture Ministry Called to Task for Neglecting Animal Rights

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On Tuesday, Education, Culture and Sport Committee chairman Amram Mitzna announced plans to call the Agricultural Ministry in front of the Knesset to answer charges that the agency has neglected animal abuse issues in Israel’s food supply.

The summons comes after a Channel 10 expose revealed another case of livestock maltreatment in the Soglowek slaughterhouse.

“There is insufficient enthusiasm and will on the part of the Agriculture Ministry to take this subject as seriously as it deserves to be taken,” Mitzna said, insisting that Agricultural Ministry heads answer for their neglect in front of the lawmakers.

“We will not compromise on following the law and won’t allow people to abuse animals for no reason before they reach the end of their lives,” Mitzna added. “We will all join the effort to take care of these problems and promote normative values.”

In response to Mitzna’s demands that the Agricultural Ministry be held accountable, the ministry stated that it planned on undertaking “extensive and continuous activity ensuring the welfare of animals in all the slaughterhouses throughout the year through supervision and law enforcement to stop animal abuse and by passing laws and regulations that promote reforms to improve animal welfare.”

Responding directly to accusations that a Soglowek tape reveals ministry neglect, the Agricultural Ministry stressed it was not entirely culpable for the horrific abuses including chickens being stuck in the machines and chased with hooks.

“The [Soglowek] slaughterhouse has its own supervision system, including a veterinarian and clear instructions to examine and report all shortcomings,” the ministry said, adding that it “cannot be everywhere all the time.”

Dr. Nadav Gal-on, of the Agriculture Ministry Veterinary Service, further stated that, in his opinion, the lawmakers and others drawing attention to the animal abuses have an unrealistic expectation of what it means to raise livestock for consumption.

“Raising animals for slaughter and to be eaten doesn’t look as great as the cute dog in your living room,” he said.

Scholastic Apologizes for Map Omitting Israel in Children's Book

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Scholastic Inc. has apologized for publishing a map of the Middle East that omits Israel in a popular children’s series.

On Wednesday, just hours after news broke about the Israel omission in “Thea Stilton and the Blue Scarab Hunt,” Scholastic released a statement on its website saying that it was stopping shipment of the title immediately, revising the map and reprinting the book.

The book, part of Scholastic’s “Geronimo Stilton” series, was published originally in June 2012. It tells of a journalist mouse who travels to Egypt to participate in an archaeological excavation.

“We regret the omission, which was in the original version of the book published in Italy and was translated by our company for English language distribution,” the statement said.

As of Thursday night, several booksellers’ websites were still allowing the purchase of the book, new or used.

Pro-Israel Activist Honord by Dutch Premier

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Ronny Naftaniel, the former leader of Holland’s main pro-Israel lobby, was honored by the Dutch prime minister and hundreds of others.

“I grew up observing you,” Premier Mark Rutte told Naftaniel last week at a speech at Naftaniel’s retirement party at the Hague’s Royal Theater. “Your optimism is unparalleled and as long as you maintain that courage, so shall we.”

Naftaniel led the Center for Information and Documentation on Israel, or CIDI, for approximately 40 years. In addition to pro-Israel work, under Naftaniel the center became the country’s leading watchdog on anti-Semitism.

Also in attendance were former foreign minister Maxime Verhagen and Frits Bolkestein, an ex-European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services.

Established in the wake of the 1973 Arab oil boycott, the Hague-based center has a staff of about 10 and is considered one of Western Europe’s most active pro-Israel groups. Along with its youth division, CIDI sends dozens of Dutch and Belgian journalists, teachers and politicians on fact-finding mission to Israel annually.

Haim Divon, Israel’s ambassador to the Netherlands, said at the ceremony, “You are the voice of the Dutch Jewry and saying ‘thank you’ doesn’t begin to cover it.”

In interviews with Dutch media, Naftaniel said that because of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic tendencies, CIDI’s work “is unfortunately more relevant now than ever.” He added, “I found the turnout extremely impressive. Friends of Israel from all corners of the Netherlands and beyond came especially for this event and I hope it shows something about what my work has meant for the community.”

In addition to his work for Israel and against anti-Semitism, Naftaniel also had a key role in restitution talks with the Dutch government for Holocaust-era property, which yielded $500 million in compensation in the years 2000-2002.

Three Hollywood Jews Star in 'Tar'

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Three of our favorite Hollywood Jews, plus Jessica Chastain are starring in a film together. What could be better?

James Franco, Mila Kunis and Zach Braff are the stars of the upcoming indie “Tar.” The movie is based on a collection of poems and was written and directed by a dozen NYU students, so of course James Franco would be starring in it, as he is Hollywood’s reigning commercial-auteur crossover prince.

The Los Angeles Times has a bit more detail about the film:

“The independently produced ‘Tar’ is based on the 1983 book of the same name by poet C.K. Williams. Williams, who recently retired from Princeton, has won just about every poetry award possible: A Pulitzer, a National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and an L.A. Times Book Prize among them. To that list of accolades he can add a film starring James Franco.”

Quite cheeky, Times! The paper continues:

While ‘Tar’ was a poetry collection described by the Poetry Foundation as employing an ‘expansive line which allows for philosophical investigation and qualification,’ the film takes the form of biography, moving through Williams’ life from the 1940s to the 1980s. Several different actors play the poet, including Franco. When the movie screened at the Rome Film Festival in 2012, Williams himself appeared in the film (although he’s not in this official trailer).

The movie co-stars Mila Kunis as Williams’ wife, with Zach Braff as a friend. It includes appearances by Bruce Campbell and Jessica Chastain who, as a 1940s mother shot against gorgeous sun flares, seems to be reprising her role from Terrence Malik’s ‘Tree of Life.’

This all sounds fantastic. When you combine three of the best Jewish actors in Hollywood, poetry and Jessica Chastain, how could we resist? A trailer has just been released for the film, and it looks amazing.

J-Connection: James Franco! Zach Braff and Mila Kunis are all Jewish. Jessica Chastain is not, but we like her anyway.

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