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PAGE 10A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 17, 2013 By Six Degrees (No Bacon) Staff Park named for Beastie Boys' Yauch NEW YORK (JTA) New York City honored the late rapper Adam Vauch, MCA of the Beastie Boys, by bestowing his name on a Brooklyn play- ground. The park, formerly called Palmetto Playground, is just a couple of blocks from where the musician grew up. At the recent dedication ~eremony, speakers included bandmate Adam Horovitz (a.k.a. Ad-Rock); Vauch's parents, Frances and Noel, and Borough President Marty Markowitz, who rapped his own version of the Beas- tie Boys' "Open Letter to NYC," according to USAToday. Kutcher to Israel Israel this week was to welcome its first big-name American visitor since Barack Obama. OK, so this time it's the star of "Two And A Half Men" and not the ruler of the free world, but Ashton Kutcher equals pretty excit- ing stuff. The Kabbalah-practicing actor will bring his Jewish girlfriend, actress Mila Kunis, a.k.a, the Sexiest Woman in the World (see next item), ac- cording to the Times of Israel. Kutcher has visited the Holy Land before, the last time in 2010 with then-wife and fellow Kabbalah devotee Demi Moore. In Israel, rather than ex- ploring mysticism, Kutcher will be promoting high-tech initiatives that actually sounds about as opaque and ): Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Noel and Frances Yauch, second from left, and former Beastie Boys member Adam Horovitz and wife Rachael, with New York City and Brooklyn officials May 3 stand by a plaque marking Adam Yauch Park in Brooklyn. vague. FHM magazine: Kunis is world's sexiest woman FHM magazine put Mila Kunis at the top of its annual 100 Sexiest Women in the World list. The super classy publication (tagline: "It's great to be a man") praises herwork on "That'70s Show," "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and Black Swan," in which, we are reminded, Kunis "played tonsil-hockey" with Natalie Portman. Surely Ashton Kutcher would agree with the editors, who call the Ukrainian Jewish star the "Dream Girlfriend." Other chosen ladieswho made the arbitrary cut: Scarlett Jo- hannson at No. 49 and Alison Brie, No. 57. 'Hangover' Jews Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis were not on most people's radar back in 2007. That's probably why the casting folks for "The Hangover" were initially try- ing for more famous stars-- and coincidentally, more Jewish for the lead roles. The first actor associated with the project was Jack Black, who dropped out early on, director Todd Phillips told The Hollywood Reporter. Paul Rudd also passed on the film. It's not hard to imagine Black and Rudd blacking out in Vegas, but Jake Gyllenhaal in the part ultimately played by Galifianakis? Not so much, although Gyllenhaal had been on the wish list for the first version of the character, which originally was a younger brother rather than an older one still living at home. Bynes melts down on Twitter Just a day after tweeting lingerie-clad selfies, former Nickelodeon star Amanda Bynes posted an even louder cry for attention (and help?): topless photos of herself. It's not just the nudity that indicates a depressing rock bottomness to her downward spiral. It's seeing her all alone in her bathroom, her tweaked- out expressions, her photo captions ("Rawr!'). Eek. And just when you think it can't get worse, Bynes goes off on actress and author Jenny McCarthy, who shared over Twitter that the police were at Bynes' house and that hope- fully the troubled 27-year-old would now get the help she needs. "@JennyMcCarthy I need help? What are u talking about?" Bynes ranted. "Aren't u 50 years old? I'm 27, u look 80 compared to me! Why are you talking about me?" And: "@JennyMcCarthy you're ugly! Police weren't at my house old lady! Shut the f**k up!" For once Bynes seemed somewhat aware of her ma- nia, eventually removing the tweets and apologizing. "You're beautiful! I was lying!" Lena Dunham's expensive digs It's often hard to figure out how much of the real-life Lena Dunham makes it into the character she plays on her HBO series "Girls." It's certain, though, that Han- nah Horvath would never have gone with a real estate agent to see the apartment Dunham checked out over the weekend. The three-bedroom pad in the hip Williamsburg section of Brooklyn features twin walk-in closets, a giant liv- ing room-kitchen area and a 1,900-square-foot wrap- around terrace with views of the Manhattan skyline and the Williamsburg Bridge, according to the New York Daily News. For more Jewish entertain- ment news, visit 6nobacon. corn, the illegitimate child of JTA. Scouts standing at attention By Gil Shefler NEW YORK (JTA)--Jewish Scouting leaders are taking a vocal role in efforts to pass a historic resolution thatwould partially lift a ban on gays in the Boy Scouts of America. In a meeting of the National Jewish Committee on Scout- ing in February, members voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution lifting the BSA's longstanding ban on gay members. Now the Jewish Scouting group is working to shore up support for a resolu- tion to be voted on at the Boy Scouts of America's annual convention in Dallas later this month thatwould prevent the Scouts from denying mem- bership to anyone younger than 18 on the basis of sexual orientation. The resolution would not change the BSA's ban on gay adult leaders. "I am advocating for com- plete change and inclusive- ness," NJCOS Chairman A.J. Kreimer told JTA last week. "I'm speaking with other peo- ple and as an area president, one of 26 in the country, I have advocated for fellow Scouters to do the same." The struggle over the BSA's position on gays has divided the national youth organiza- tion at a time when public opinion has grown markedly more accepting of homosexu- ality. Most recent public opinion polls show a majority of Americans supporting the right of gays to marry--a right the U.S. Supreme Court could grant as early as this summer. Meanwhile, the Sandi Mako/ShutterStock during a Boy Scouts of America Memorial Day ceremony. number of states recogniz- ing such unions has grown to 11--Delaware became the most recent on May 7--along with the District of Columbia. As in the wider debate, BSA religious groups, which make up about 70 percent of Scouting units, are bitterly divided. Southern Baptist and evangelical churches are adamantly opposed to chang- ing the organization's policy, while Presbyterian, Lutheran and Jewish Scouting leaders have come out in support of gay inclusion. The Mormon and Catholic churches both officially de- nounce homosexuality, yet their Scouting branches-- the largest and third largest within the BSA, respective- ly--have signaled a willing- ness to endorse the current proposal lifting the ban on gay youths only. Kreimer said the proposed compromise is a deeply flawed one. The notion that a gay Scout would be expelled upon turning 18, or that a gay rabbi might be barred from host- ing a Scouting unit at his synagogue, is "untenable," he said. Still, Kreimer said most Jewish delegates would back the resolution as a temporary compromise. "We are going to hold our nose andvote for itbecause it's the bestwe can do today," said John Lenrow, BSA's Northeast Region executive vice presi- dent and a former chairman of the NJCOS. "But it doesn't mean the fighting is over." Jews have a long history in American Scouting. One of the group's first vice presi- dents was Mortimer Schiff, a German-Jewish financierwho joined with Andrew Carnegie and John Rockefeller to help found the BSA in 1910. With 7,000 teen Scouts meeting at synagogues, Jew- ish community centers and B'nai B'rith lodges across the country, NJCOS is tiny compared to other religious Scouting groups. The Church of Latter-Day Saints, the BSA's largest chartered organiza- tion, counts 420,000 Scouts under its aegis. NJCOS does not even represent a majority of Jewish Scouts. "Most are not registered with Jewish organizations and belong to units that are public, nonreligious or are organized by churches," Kreimer said. Still, as one of the oldest BSA charters and the sole representative of a major religion, the NJCOS, which was founded in 1926,has been forced to rebuff opponents of gay inclusion who try to sway the Jewish Scouts by quoting biblical passages. "I respond by saying until you tell me you keep kosher, don't try to tell me you read the Bible in its entirety and do everything it says," Len- row said. Kreimer said the vote on gay inclusionwas too tight to call. But whichever way it goes, he said it would certainly have a long-term impact on the Boy Scouts of America. "It's a defining moment for Scouting," Kreimer said, "and a test for the character and future of the movement."