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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 10, 2013 6 degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup Amy Winehouse Street NEWYORK (6NoBacon) Amy Winehouse's name may live on in the streets of her hometown--literally. Residents near the late singer's old London neigh- borhood have been asked .to brainstorm names for roads in an area being redeveloped for housing. Winehouse fans are voting for Winehouse Street, reports the Sun. Her family is understand- ably psyched. . "To think that our surname would be indelibly linked with London through the naming of a street after Amy is re- markable," said Mitch Wine- house, Amy's dad. "Weh;e a London family through and through, and it would be a tremendous honor if we do become a literal part of the fabric of this great city. Beastie Boys writing memoir Michael Diamond (Mike D.) and Adam Horovitz (Ad- Rock), the two surviving. Beastie Boys, have signed a dealwith Spiegel & Grau, an imprint ot: Random House, to write a book about their careers. According to The New York Times, the Jewish rappers plan on being as out of the box in their writing as they were with their music. "The firsl words out of Mike's mouth were, 'I don't want to do a straight mem- oir,'" said Luke Janklow, the group's agent. Instead-the book will be "a multidimensional expe- rience," said Julie Grau of Spiegel & Grau. "There is a Festival Eurockenne/Creative Commons Singer Amy Winehouse, who died'in 20"11, could soon have a street named after her in London. ence, and it asks a reader to keep hp.,, The book, which will be edited by hip-hop journalist Sacha Jenkins and is slated for the fall of 2015, will include images as well as passages by other writers. Per Grau and Janklow, fans can expect something similar in style to Grand Royal, the irrever- ent magazine put out by the Beasties in the '90s. Adam Yauch" (MCA), the third member of the group, died last year at age 47 of cancer of the salivary gland. Jason Segel's Jason Collins connection Jason Collins, who made history by being the first ac- tive NBA player to come out as gay, had a very funny, very Jewish teammate at Harvard- Westlake High in Southern California. That would be Jason Segel. In the flurry of reporting that followed the breaking of the Collins story, Sports Il- lustrated dug up a 1996 team photo inwhich the "How I Met Your Mother" actor is stand- Wizards center and his twin brother, Jarron. While Segel wasn't the Wolverines' big- gest talent, 'he was known for his humor and theatrics.. His big personality was even documented in a 1996 Los Angeles Times story about the squad. "During Harvard's two- week East Coast trip in December, Segel wowed a Florida crowd with a two- handed slam made with the front of his jersey pulled over his head," the L.A. Times wrote. "Before the dunk, Segel stood poised, calling for silence with outstretched arms. After the dunk, he dove headfirst into the stands." In more Segel news, The New York Times reported that he will be writing a series of books for middle schoolers for Random House. "Ultimately, it's a story about learning that we can accomplish anything, as long as we are brave enough to try," Segel said of the "Nightmares!" adventure series, which will center on their neighborhood from fear. "JNell, not quite the literary version of"Freks and Geeks" we were hoping for, but still "sounds interesting. Gwyneth Paltrow is most beautiful woman Hollywood's most hated celebrity is also the most beautiful woman in the world, which when you think about it sort of makes sense. People tapped Gwyneth Paltrow--the golden-haired descendant of rabbis--as mostbeautiful in this month's issue. She graces the cover and inside the magazine talks about how at home she's just a regular mom and wife, and not the polarizing figure that others alternately adore and despig. (Don't believe us? Check out this New York Post headline: "Is this pompous film star really the world's most beautiful woman?") "Around the house, I'm in jeans and a T-shirt. I don't really wear makeup. That's what they're used to," Paltrow said of her kids Apple, 8, and Moses, 7. What about her husband, Chris Martin? "He'll make a joke about it. If I've gotten fully dressed up, he'll be like, 'Oh, wow! You're Gwyneth PaltrowI' Because he's used to seeing me in like baggy shorts and frizzy hair, Celebrity chef Jamie Geller's Israel show Can't imagine packing up your five kids and moving to a foreign country where you can barely speak the language? In her new online series "The Joy of Israel," kosher Jamie Geller shows us what it's like while also high- lighting some of the Holy Land's sights and flavors. The webisodes are a follow-up to the "Joy of Aliyah," which depicted the Geller family's initial transition to Israel. In the premiere, which de- buted last month, the Gellers visit the Golan, where they ride chairlifts and horses. They also cook up a stew that the woman who has been called the "Kosher Rachael Ray" dubs "cowboy cholent." The travel scenes are great, but equally engaging are the small moments, like when Geller can't help her 8-year- old daughter with her math homework without the help of her Google Lranslator app. Geller may be new to Israel, but she's very familiar with putting together a Show. She was formerly a producer and marketing executive for HBO shows such as "The Sopranos," "Entourage" and "The Wire." Sarah Jessica Parker to star in play The New York Daily News reports that Blythe Danner and Sarah Jessica Parker will play mother and daughter in "Commons of Pensacola," written by film and TV actress Amanda Peet. In the comedy Danner-- not technically Jewish but wife of the late Bruce Paltrow, who was Jewish, and mother of Gwyneth--flees her fancy life in New York after her Wall Street husband is involved in a scandal. Things become tense when Becca, played by Parker, a member of the PAGE 13). City," visits Mom in her new one-bedroom Florida condo. New York, Wall Street, Florida, characters named Becca and Judith ... it's no "Yentl," but Peet's first play sounds pretty Jewish to us. Second child for Ian Zier- ing Ian Ziering of "Beverly Hills, 90210 and his wife, Erin, had their second child two weeks ago. Penna Mae is two years younger to the day than big sister Mia Loren. Per Parents.corn, the sweet yet unusual name is Latin for feather and a nickname for Pennsylvania. We can't help but wonder if Ziering, a Jewish actor and now Chip- pendales dancer, was at all inspired by his heritage. Perhaps Penna = Penina? First HBO special for Silverman Let's face it, fellow Sarah Silverman fans: While her Twitter feed is wildly enter- taining, it's just not enough. Which is why we were thrilled to learn that in the fall, HBO will air the comedy special "Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles." While the comedian has an impressive, eponymous body of work, including "The Sarah Silverman program" and her film"Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic," it will be her first HBO special. The network is not known for its censorship, so we assume it'll be more along the lines of the afore- mentioned projects and less like "Wreck-It Ralph." For more Jewish entertain- ment news, visit 6nobacon. corn, the illegitimate child kaleidoscopic frame of refer- ing right by the Washington a bunch of kids out to rescue cook and'best-selling author tribe and star of"Sex and the of JTA. Mother's Day flowers from Jewish Women International By Debra Rubin As the director of a shel- ter for victims of domestic abuse, Naomi Taffet sees a lot of women in tears. But once a year, for Mother's Day, she has a chance to witness what she calls "happy tears." That takes place when Taffet, executive director of CHANA- Counseling, Helpline & Aid Network for Abused Women in Baltimore, delivers a large bouquet of Mother's Day flowers, courtesy of Jewish Women International (JWI), to the CHANA safe house. Through its Mother's Day Flower Project, which for 15 years has been sending bou- quets to shelters for battered women, JWI aims not just to brighten the day for these women, but also to increase awareness about domestic abuse and raise money for its yearlong activities, which include setting up and sup- porting children's libraries in battered women's and homeless shelters, advocacy efforts such as support for the Violence Against Women Act, and educational programs. More than 1 in 3 women and more than 1 in_4 men in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetimes, according to the Centers for Disease Control National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey. "For us, every woman who raise spirits, awareness Jewish Women International An inspirational poster that accompanied Mother's Day flowers sent to shelters for battered women in 2012 by Jewish Women International. buys a card and every man who buys a card and every woman who receives a card is one more person we can bring into consciousness" about domestic violence, Loft Weinstein, JWI's executive director, says. "That is an added benefit. We've raised the numbers of people who are engaging in this issue." The flower project is a simple one. For a $25 contribu- tion, a donor designates her mother--or another woman of her choice--to receive a specially designed card. While this year's card was created in-house, Is- raeli and American Jewish female artists donated their artworks for previous years' cards, according to Weinstein. Donors also have the oppor- tunity to submit a message to be sent to the shelters. These are included on an in- spirational poster sent along with the flowers. Last year's poster, for example, featured a Yiddish poem, "Mother," in translation, in addition to such messages as "Don't give upl I was in your shoes 20 years ago and I never gave up. My life is great now..., and "Your courage is inspiring." For the past five years, OPI Products has been contribut- ing makeup and toiletries to be delivered along with the flowers, which go to 200 shelters nationwide, the majority of them not Jewish. In addition, other groups-- synagogues, Hillel chapters, Sigma Delta Tau sorority and Moishe Houses--have signed on as partners for the project and publicize the effort. "I have always believed that through color I can make a dif- ference in the lives of women," Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI's executive vice president and a former JWI honoree, says. "Tzedakah is part of my life and who I am. Making mothers feel good on Moth- ers Day is such a privilege." "Everyyearwe getscores of let- ter from shelter directors, resi- dents of shelters just thanking us for thinking of women who are struggling to be the best mothers they can on a holiday that is very difficult for them," JWI's Weinstein says. Taffet recalls one woman telling her she never had re- ceived flowes and the floral arrangement made her feel like a "queen for the day." "The mothers are always so touched by the thought that it's one of those good deeds, one of those mitzvot, that one giving an- other person a gift, but it's anonymous," says Taffet, whose shelter accommodates just one woman (and some- times her children) at a time. AtWomanspace in Lawrencev- file, N J, which accommodates up to eight women and 17 children, the flowers are dis- played in a diniflg area. "To know that someone is think- ing about them is important," says Reyna Carothers, direc- tor of emergency services at Womanspace, which also holds a Mother's Day tea party. "It'svery healing," Lori Butter- field, director of development fortheClevelandDomesticVio- lence and Child Advocacy Cen- ter, says about the JWI project. "I think one of the most im- portant things for a woman is that it validates that someone .appreciates she is a parent," Butterfield says. "When a woman is in an abusive situ- ation, sometime hers skill as a mother is questioned by the batterer. For them to receive such a wonderful gift, especially those women living in a shelter and taking steps to take care of their children, it reallyvalidates that they're doing the right thing." 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