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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 18, 2012 I Salute to 12 Jewish moms PAGE 13A Amalia Freud By Uriel Heilman NEW YORK (JTA)--What do Golda Meir. Natalie Port- man and Aviva Shalit have in common? They're all on JTA's Top Jewish Moms list for 2012. With Mother's Day last Sunday, we present our select group (in alphabetical order but for our final choice): Bella Abzug The first Jewish woman elected to Con- gress, who had two daughters, once famously said, "This woman's place is in the house: the House of Representa- tives." Abzug was a congres- sional star, but she also was a staunch Zionist, a pioneer in the synagogue and a one-time Jewish Theological Seminary student. What a role model: aot to mention those hats. Robert Edwards He's not Jewish or a woman, but the British scientist pioneered the process of in-vitro fertiliza- tion, which is used at a higher rate in Israel than in any other country. Arguably, Edwards has birthed tens of thousands of Jewish children. Just don't ask him to name them. Amalie Freud--Knowing what we know now about Sigmund Freud, the mother Mila Kunis the hero NEW YORK 16NoBacon) Mila Kunis played the hero for real in a scene May 7 at her Los Angeles home, saving the life of a choking workman. The 50-year-old man had swallowed his toffgue and started choking. Kunis quickly rushed to the scene, urging a friend to call 911 and turning the man's head sideways to make sure he wouldn't choke. Paramedics arrived and rushed him to the hospital, where he made a full recovery. Good job. Mila! Chelsea Handler vs. Ange- lina Jolie Some folks still aren't over the Jennifer Aniston-Brad Pitt break-up, even though it happened more than seven years ago. No, it's not Jenor Brad. but rather late-night talk-show host Chelsea Handler. The comedian, who is known to be one of Aniston's closest friends, t61d More magazine that she would probably never be friends with Angelina Jolie because she wouldn't be able to trust her. Amar'e Stoudemire vs. the fire extinguisher Knicks star Amar'e Stou- demire took a second-game Natalie Portman of the father of psychoanalysis must have been one crazy Jewish mother. "Mrs. Goldberg" (as played byGertrude Berg) Inher de- fining role as the irrepressible Mrs. Goldberg, Berg brought a lovable matriarch with a sing- song Brooklyn accent to radio. TV. film and Broadway. She paved the way for other Jewish domestic divas that followed. including Rhoda Morgenstern (played by Valerie Harper) and the Nanny (Fran Drescher), who proved that even a couple of WASP-y kids on Manhat- tan's Upper East Side can use a Jewish morn. Bessie Hillman--When Hillman (then Abramow- itz) arrived in Chicago as a teenager in 1905 to escape an arranged marriage back in Russia, she wasn't going to be just another button sewer earning 5 cents an hour. She started organizing and quickly became a union leader. While she eventually would have two daughters with husband and fellow activist Sidney H!llman, her establishment of the Amal- gamated Clothing Workers of America in 1914 earned her the distinction of being the Dr. Ruth Westheimer Mother of American Labor. Golda Meir OK. so she wasn't Israel's greatest prime minister. But this mother of two who led Israel for five of Israel's most challeng- ing years remains a favorite among American Jews. Why? One, because they don't know much about her actual record. and two. because they just love the idea of a skirt-wearing, Milwaukee-raised Russian Jew making tea for global diplomats in her modest Israeli kitchen, plotting out the future of the Jewish state. and giving the Mossad the order to hunt down and kill the terrorists responsible for the 1972 Olympics massacre in Munich. We're not sure what kind of mom she was to her kids. but she feels like a mother to the Jewish people. Joan NathanPerhaps nothing is more central to being a Yiddishe mama than knowing how to make a good bowl of chicken soup not to mention brisket, blintzes and borscht (just to name a few b's). By this measure, Nathan is the tops. Natalie Portman--This starlet, who seems to be on everyone's list of favorite Jews, CBS Television Gertrude Berg as Molly Goldberg has a new baby, Aleph Port- man-Millepied. Who wouldn't want a talented, unabashedly Jewish, gorgeous, smart, Hol- lywood star for a mom? (Plus, her fictional children. Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia of "Star Wars," were key to defeating the Evil Empire.) Aviva Shalit After her Israeli soldier son Gilad was taken captive by Palestinian militants in a cross-border at- tack near Gaza in 2006. Aviva and Noam Shalit vowed to do everything in their power to bring him home. With strong parallels to the experiences of Ron Arad and Nachshon Wachsman--Israeli soldiers who never made it out of Arab captivity there was plenty of reason for skepticism, es- pecially as "the years passed. But Aviva and Noam never flagged, mounting a relent- less campaign for their son's release. Last October. their persistence was rewarded when Gilad was returned home (albeit at a very heavy cost to I'sraell. Jewish mother to the rescue! RuthWestheimer--Soyou thinkyour mother makes you uncomfortable? Try having Dr. ]Ruth as a morn. Still, you Museu Nacional de Belas Artes Yocheved as depicted in Pedro Amrico's 1884 painting 'Moses and Yocheved." know it's good advice. Nu. when are you going to get married, already? Yocbeved She braved Egyptian decree for three months to save her son from certain death, then orches- trated it so he'd be raised in a royal household. And it all paid off: Her boy Moses went on to become the greatest Jewish leader of all time. The Unsung HeroineEv- ery day and for thousands of years, Jewish mothers have been making sacrifices large and small to ensure the suc- cess of their children and their families, from manag- ing households to raising kids with Jewish values and sensibilities, to giving us the security we need to go out into the world and make something of ourselves. They are not famous because they thought only of us, not them- selves. We cannot namethem because thee are too many. But without them. the Jew- ish people would be lost. We salute you, Jewish mothers of the world! Deborah Fineblum Raub, consulting communications manager at the Jewish Wom- en's Archive, contributed to this report. For more infor- mation on these and other women, please visit the Jewish Women's Archive Encyclope- dia at 6degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup . Cpl. Johnny Merkley, U.S. larines Mila Kunis, shown here with Sgt. Scott Moore during the 2011 Marine Ball, save d the life of a man who is working at her house in Los Angeles On May 7. ] ! playoffloss to the Miami Heat Stoudemire's well-known avoid the sweep in thebest- pretty hard. Also taking the affinity for all things Jewish, of-seven series, breaking the loss hard was a fire extin quipped: "You would think team's 11-yearsti;eakwithout that with Amare Stoudemire being Jewish he would know that you're supposed to break glass in celebration." Stoudemire had to miss Game 3 of the series, another Knicks loss. but he came back from his injury in the next game to help the Knicks a playoffwin. Dianna Agron leaving 'Glee'? Is Dianna AgrOn done with "Glee"? J,ane Lynch seems to think so, Although no an- nouncement has been made of Agron or her character Quinn leaving the Fox show, guisher in Miami's American Airlines Arena--Stoudemire punched it. While the New York bailer was taken to the hospital with serious cuts to his hand. Twitter users had fun with the story. One of them. @ ColossalEgo, playing off of Lynch let the news slip out in an interview. Lynch, who plays the school's anti-glee club coach Sue Syl'vester, told "E! News" how emotional it was to do her last scene with Agron. And so. following in the footsteps of Lea Michele. anotheyoung Jewish woman may be leaving the hit prim e - time show. Josh" Gad's White House comedyl Josh Gad, the quirky actor known for his role as Elder Cunningham in the Broadway hit "Book of Mormon." writ- ten by "South Park" creators Matt Sone and Trey Parker, is behind a new comedy called" "1600 Penn,"which was picked up by NBC for the 2012-i3 season. The comedy, co- written by Gad, JasonWiner of "Modern Family" and former White House speechwriter Jon Lovett. will focuson tlae dys- functional presidential family. Gad als0 will play a recurring role and be the Show's execu- tive producer. Delta pulls 'Daily Show' ads A fewwee, ks agowe reported that Jon Stewart's "vagina manger" joke had angered the *Catholic League, which launched a boycott campaign m response. Now Delta Air- lines is pulling its ads from "The Daily Show." Delta insists there is no connection between Stewart's gag which, yes, involved a manger scene and a va- gina and its decision to stop advertising. 4 But that hasn t stopped the CathOlic League's president. Bill Donohue. from taking credit. Donohue congratu- lated Delta on the Catholic League's website, saying "I encourage everyone to choose Delta the next time they fly. We need to support advertisers who act responsibly." Donohue promised to con- tinue the campaign and now will focus on convincing the cereal giant Kellogg's to follow Delta in quitting Stewart. Saying goodbye to Adam and Maurice These have been a sad few days with the loss of two talented Jewish artists: May 4. Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys passed away from cancer. and on May 8 we lost Maurice Sendak. author and illustrator of "Where the Wild Things " h Are, w o died as a result of a complications from a stroke. May they both rest in peace. For more Jewish celebrity news, visit www.6nobacon. corn, the illegitimate child of JTA.