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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 1, 2013 6 degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup By 6NoBacon Staff Galliano is back NEW YORK--Nearly two years after his infamous anti- Semitic rant, designer John Galliano is back. Galliano, who was sent packing from his position as creative director for Christian Dior after being filmed saying that he "loves Hitler," was invited by designer Oscar de la Renta to spend time at his New York studio over the next three weeks. And the Anti- Defamation League over the weekend applauded Galliano's efforts to make amends. "I am an alcoholic," Gal- llano said. "I have been in recovery for the past two years. Several years prior to my sobriety, I descended into the madness of the disease. I said and did things which hurt others, especially members of the Jewish community." The Anti-Defamation League released a statement over the weekend saying that it believed Galliano had changed his ways. "We believe that individuals can change their hearts and minds as long as they dem- onstrate true contrition," the ADL said. "Mr. Galliano has worked arduously in changing his worldview and dedicated a significant amount of time to researching, reading and learning about the evils of anti-Semitism and bigotry. In response to the ADL, Galliano said that he "remains committed to making amends to those I have hurt." What's the deal with rap music? The hip-hop world is going to get quite funnier soon, as Jerry Seinfeld is preparing to Wale Jerry Seinfeld and DJ Omega discuss the production of Wale's 'Seinfeld' rap album. originally wanted to create a rap album with Sean Combs, the tapper and entrepreneur better known as Did@, but since the latter didn't like the idea, Seinfeld decidedto work with Wale. Stern apologizes to Dun- hm Two weeks ago, Howard Stern chose to "congratulate" Lena Dunham forwinning the best actress and best comedy Golden Globe by saying that she is a"little fat girl who kinda looks like Jonah Hill, and she keeps-taking her clothes off, and it kind of feels like rape." Following some angry responses from fans, Stern decided to apologize and actu- ally complimented Dunham by saying, "I realize not only am I addicte[, but I totally get you. I'm in love with you and your character." Dunham accepted the apol- ogy and said, "'I'm a big fan of your particular brand of free speech." Dunham also corn- appear in a new rap album by Wale. Four years ago, Wale made an album titled "The Mixtape About Nothing," which was inspired by the classic '90s sitcom "Seinfeld" and fea- tured samples from the hit show's episodes. The album even featured Julia Louis- Dreyfus, who played Elaine on the show. Now Seinfeid himself is joining the second album, in collaborationwith DJ Omega.' "Wale, wanted me to do something with him and I didn't understand it," Seinfeld said, "but he did, and I kinda liked the guy, I dug the guy, I liked his music, so I said all right, I'll do it, even though I didn't know what I was gonna d6." In a recently published video about the collabora- tion, Seinfeld claims he's a rapper, too, because "hip-hop is words, and I do words." According to Spin, Seinfeld 'Gathen'ng the Fragments' donated them to Yad Vashem. International Holocaust Memorial Day was com- memorated around the world on Jan. 27, which was chosen because it was the date that Soviet forces liberated the Auschwitz-Birkenau con- centration camp. The United Nations marks the day as an international day of commemoration "to remem- ber the victims and urges member states to develop educational programs to spread information about the Holocaust. "In the perspective of the" almost 75 years that have passed Since the Holocaust, what has not changed is the desire to annihilate the Jews. What has changed is the ability of the Jews to defend themselves," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netan- yahu said in remarks to his cabinet. "Anti-Semitism has not disappeared and to our regret, neither has the desire to destroy a considerable part of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. They exist and they are strong." There are an estimated 500,000 Holocaust survi- vors worldwide, 200,000 of whom live in Israel. At 80, Ilana Kargiel, is one of the younger ones. She was only 6 years of age when Germany invaded Poland and her fam- ily fled.. "Soon, I won't be here," she said philosophically. "And it's important for me to share what happened with as many people as possible." By Linda Gradstein The Media Line Seventy years ago, Ilana Karniel's brother gave her a gift for her 10th birthday. It was a hand-drawn map of the long road they had traveled from their home in Warsaw, through Siberia and Samarkand, then to Israel via Tehran. Underneath the map, Emil had written birthday wishes in Polish to his little sister. "Learn Hebrew," he advised her, "Hopefully we will see Mother again soon." But that vas not to happen. Both parents died en route. Upon arrival in Palestine in 1943, Ilana and Emil joined a kibbutz. Six years later, while fighting with the Pal- strike-force of the early Israeli army--in the War of Independence, Emil was killed. Ilana built a life in Israel, marrying and raising three children. Today she has nine grandchildren. "That's the good part of my life," she told The Media Line with a smile. Ilana donated the map to Yad Vashern, Israel's Holo- caust Memorial and Docu-. mentation Center, which has opened an exhibition called "Gathering the Frag- ments: Behind the Scenes of the Campaign to Rescue Personal Items from the Holocaust." "For many years, the map was rolled up in a drawer in my house," liana, 80, said. ""But I decided that Yad Vashem could preserve it bet- ter than I could. I also wanted to share it with the world." The map is only one of some 71,000 artifacts that the documentation center has gathered over the past two years. The exhibit was launched as part of Interna- tional Holocaust Remem- brance Day and comes as the number of Holocaust survi- vors still alive is shrinking. "This is an 11th hour push because we know the clock is ticking," said Yad Vashem spokeswoman Estee Yaari. "Interest in the Holocaust is growing but the witnesses are leaving us." The exhibit also includes artwork and Jewish ritual ob- jects, including tefillin (set of two leather boxes containing Jewish scripture that devout Jewish men wear on head and arm while praying) that belonged to Meir Muhlbaum, who today lives in the Israeli coastal town of Herzliya. Muhlbaum celebrated his bar mitzvah in a secret service in the Westerbork transit camp in northeastern Holland where Dutch Jews waited to be sent to concen- tration and death camps. The next day, while some of the camp's residents were being deported to places like Auschwitz, one of the prison- ers put the set of tefiilin in Muhlbaum's hands, saying he did not need them anymore. Muhlbaum never used the tefillin, but said he felt he had to keep them. Now he has mented on her own weight in her special way. "I'm not super thin," she said. "But I'm thin for, like, Detroit." Stern said that Dunham isn't "obese or anything," to which Dunham replied, "How- ard Stern says I'm 'not obese or anything'... I appreciate it and I appreciate your effort, but whether you'd done that or not, I'd have remained an enthusiast." Norris for Netanyahu Just days before the elec- tions in Israel, Chuck Norris endorsed Israeli Prime Min- ister Benjamin Netanyahu. In a video produced by Johnny Daniels, a Jewish public relations guru and strategic adviser (he also was behind Donald Trump's endorsement of Netanyahu a few days ago), publicity shots from Norris films are interspersedwith foot- age of Israel while Norris' voice intones Netanyahu's virtues. Shira rocks 'Idol' Move over, Edon! The PAGE 13A next great Jewish singer is things will be right in the Shira Gavrielov, who made it through the audition stages of the first episode of this year's "American Idol" and will next try her luck in the Hollywood training camp later in the season. Gavrielov, daughter of the famed Israeli singer Miki Gavrielov, moved from Israel to Brooklyn recently "because oftheAmerican dream" and to "have a bite of the Big Apple." In Israel, a cover version she made of the song "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley rose to the top of the Israeli charts. When Gavrielov stood be- fore the judges atthe NewYork auditions, Mariah Carey told her "shalom" and "Shanah Tovah," as expected. Gavrielov receved high praise from the panel for her rendition of the Amy Winehouse song "Valery." Nicki Minaj called her a"superstar," adding that she loved the song choice and that it worked great with her tone. Bialik recovering from rough year Mayim Bialik is still trying to get over a very difficult 2012. First it was a car accident in August, in which the "Big Bang Theory" star and mother nearly lost part of her right hand. Then it was the public separation from her husband of nine years, Michael Stone. The Emmy-nominated Bialik, 37, is still recovering from both events, she told, and believes that "things can only get better." "I'm a person of deep religious faith," Bialik told People. "I really believe that universe. Things are hard, but I've really been taught in my tradition that the harder things are, the greater the potential reward. I really believe that." In addition, Bialik i's plan- ning to take on the challenges of the new year in a special way--by climbing a moun- tain. Bialik is planning to climb"a large mountain" with a friend who is a professional climber. "I don't want to say every- thing happens for a reason, but every day is lined up right next to the other one for a reason," she said, "The best you can do is do each day well with kindness and as a good person." Franco's inauguration poem James Franco, the man who does everything, found some time over last weekend to write a poem for President Obama2 The result is uninten. tionally hilarious. The poem, titled"Obamain Ashville," doesn't rhyme and isn't particularly clever, but it features lines like, "Finally, I got to shake his hand, he knew me from Spider-Man" and "I went to class and then the little burrito place where they know me." A video of Franco reciting his poem on the Internet shows him rambling on in a dull voice. Franco, who has a new book of poetry due next year, was commissioned by Yahoo! News to write the poem. For more Jewish entertain- ment news, visit 6nobacon. corn, the illegitimate child of JTA. Lifestyles Issue February 22, 2013 House and home, real estate, travel, food and din- ing, cars, fashion,jewelry, Judaica, entertainment, books, sports, games, music, art, crafts, hobbies and leisure, clubs and organizations, volunteering. Advertising Deadline: February 13, 2013 For More Information, Call: 407-834-8787