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PAGE 8A By 6 degrees (no Bacon) staff HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 7, 2013 6 degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup 'Kitchen (and PR) night. mares' NEW YORK (JTA)--An un- savory appearance on Gordon Ramsay's "Kitchen Night- mares" turned out to be a PR nightmare for Samy Bouzaglo, the owner of Amy's Baking Co. in Scottsdale, Ariz. But the Morocco-born Israeli appears to have bigger problems than sassing a reality show host and becoming entertainingly unhinged on Facebook (and then blaming the crazy posts on hackers). Bouzaglo, who runs Amy's with his wife, Amy, could be Security number to apply for facing deportation--to Israel. a $15,000 bank loan. He Was in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement proceedings recently, but his lawyer wouldn't comment on the case, telling the media it had nothing to do with the show. David Asser, a Scotts- dale attorney, told the website azcentral two weeks ago that the case began two years ago. Bouzaglo it seems served jail time before his arrival in the United States 13 years ago. And Amy, formerly known as Amanda Bossingham, had spent a year in prison for us- ing another person's Social Facebook Samy and Amy Bouzaglo, owners of Amy's Baking Com- pany in Scottsdale, Ariz., had their problems on "Kitchen Nightmares' and afterward. By Hillel Kuttler Amy's had its "grand re- opening" two seeks ago; post- "Kitchen Nightmares," but it looks like the Bouzaglos'. time may have been better spent doing some market research: Tel Aviv could probably use another restaurant, albeit ap- parently subpar. Refaeli hosting Israeli 'X Factor' Israeli viewers love their re- ality TV- The country's highest- rated shows are "Survivor," "Big Brother," "Master Chef" and "The Voice." Facing tough competition, new contenders need to bring their A game--and "The X- Factor" did just that by signing Bar Refaeli as host. The Israeli supermodel will earn about $227,000 for looking good and talking to the competitors showing off their talent to the judges--famous musicians in Israel, none of whom are being paid as much as Refaeli, accord- ing to the Hollywood Reporter. Promotion ads for the new show are running in Israel featuring the show creator's, Simon Cowell. Braff intros Woody to crowd- sourcing Indic film directors during interviews inevitably bring up something they have learned from Woody Allen. So it was refreshing to hear fromVulture that the young Jewish film- maker Zach Braff taught his veteran counterpart a thing or two about how the kids are raising money these days to fund their projects. Braff happens to be an expert on the subject, having raised nearly $3 million on Kickstarter for "Wish I Was Here," his follow to "Garden State." Braff was in a meeting with Allen discussing a future project the same day the "Wish I Was Here" campaign launched, Braff said on Sirius XM's "Unmasked with Ron Bennington," and explained the concept of crowdsourcing to a curious Allen. "A couple of days ago, his assistant emailed me about something, and I said to her, 'PS: I'll always remember that I'm the one that explained crowd-funding to Woody Al- len,' " said Braff, who worked with Allen previously on "Man- hattan Murder Mystery." "She wrote back, 'PS: You explained it too well. He won't stop talking alYout it.'" Crystal back on TV Looks like FX is going to be injecting ome humor into its Seeking kin: lineup. Billy Crystal will star in the network's new half- hour series, "The Comedians," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The veteran Jewish comedian will play a veteran (Jewish?) comedian forced to work with a younger, edgier comedian on a late-night come@ sketch show. As if Crystal alone weren't enough to give us faith the show will be funny, "The Comedians" has some other comedic heavyweights behin d it. Producing and writing the series are Larry Charles of "Seinfeid" fame and Ben Wexler from "Community" and "Ar- rested Development." Crystal was a regular on "Saturday Night Live" for a season and on the ABC seris "Soap." "The Comedians" is sched- uled to air this summer. For FX, more humor's not a bad idea after many seasons of the awe- some yet darkseries"Justified" or "Sons of Anarchy." Cynthia Nixon's true to T'ruah Cynthia Nixon may not be Jewish, but the "Sex and the City" star tells 6nobacon that her kids are and she's very connected to the Jewish com- munity. "My daughter was bat mitz- vahed at B'nai Jeshurun on the Upper West Side, and my 10-year-old son will eventually be bar mitzvahed at the LGBT synagogue we go to now," said Nixon, who has two children from a previous relationship with Danny Mozes and one with wife Christine Marinoni. So when Rabbi Ellen Lippmann, her friend and the leader of a progressive Brook- lyn synagogue, approached the Emmy- and Tony-winning actress about hosting a party for T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights, she didn't hesitate to say yes. "It's an amazing organiza- tion," Nixon said of T'ruah, a group of interdenominational rabbis who advocate for human rights. "Too often we think of religiosity asbeing the territory of the right wing. We in the left wing are spiritual, too, and we shouldn't cede that territory." The bash in honor of the organization's 10th anni- versary will also feature a performance by Y-Love, the African-American Orthodox Jewish gay rapper. Rabbis, Orthodox hip-hop artists - not exactly the kind of event you'd find Nixon's "Sex and the City" character Miranda, or any of her fictional friends -- in a good way. Finding one relative in Israel00looking for more Schwartzbard relatives meant Poland. The mother of the thatFaynberghadinadvertently household was Malvina, nick- BALTIMORE (JTA)--Sabina Faynberg decided recently to visit the grave of her cousin Sha- lom Schwartzbard on a moshav near the Israeli city of Netanya. Going online to find direc- tions, the Jerusalem woman stumbled upon a "Seeking Kin" column that discussed Schwartzbard, who had mur- dered Semyon Petliura on a Paris street in 1926. Many Jews of the time had held Petliura responsible for instigating po- groms in Ukraine that killed thousands of their relatives and thus believed the killing was justifiable. Shwartzbard, Faynberg knew, was a first cousin of her paternal grandfather, Shmuel Tzvi "Herman" Schwartzbard. The column's focus on Tamar Dagan's search for her own discovered another cousin-- someone she never heard of but who lives in a bordering neighborhood. So Faynberg contacted "Seeking Kin," and the column connected Faynberg and Dagan. The two spoke by phone two weeks ago and they said they hope to meet soon. "Itwas an amazing surprise," Faynberg said about realizing, while reading the column, that Dagan is related to her. "For me, it's very exciting to find my relatives, especially relatives of such a great man, Shalom Schwartzbard." Faynbergtookthe opportuni- ty to tell of her own search--for cousins related to her father's mother. In the late 1950s, the cousins moved to Israel from Stettin, BUYER O Daniel Montesi 407-831-8544 HANDYMAN SERVICE Handy man & General Maintenance Air Conditioning Carpentry Electrical Plumbing Formerly handled maintenance at JCC References available STEVE'S SERVICES Call Steve Doyle at (386) 668-8960 named Manya. She was married and had at least three children, of whom one was known to be a boy and one a girl. Faynberg doesn't know Manya's married name, her husband's first name, the children's names or where in Israel they settled. She is sure only that Manya's maiden name was Kern and that Manya's mother was Leah (nee Uran). Faynberg never met Manya, but she remembers Manya's brother, Karol or Karl, known as Lolek. In the late 1950s, Lolek and his wife, Pesta, visited the Moscow home of Sabina and her parents, Yakov and Asya Schwartzbard. The Kerns had stopped off on their way to visit Manya in Israel--and later would settle there, too. On the back of the photo- graph that shows her and her children (the one accompanying this column), Manya had noted thatthe image was taken in 1956 in Stettin. Faynberg surmises that the picture was made as a keepsake just before the family left for Israel. According to a family history that Yakov wrote for Faynberg's son, Moshe, the Kerns lived in Stanislavov (now known as IvanoFrankivsk, in western Ukraine), as did the entire Uran and Schwartzbard clans. Dur- ing World War II, Lolek, Manya and their parents escaped to Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The siblings' brother, Saleh (per- haps a diminutive of Solomon, Faynberg thinks), remained in Stanislavov and was killed in the Holocaust. So, too, were Faynberg's paternal grand- parents, Herman and Sabina Schwartzbard. Sabina Uran Schwartzbard, Faynberg said, had five siblings: three sisters and two brothers. Besides Leah, they included Samuel, who moved to Switzer- land and died, childless, before World War II; Pinya, perhaps short for Pinhas, who was a Courtesy Sabina Faynberg Sabina Faynberg hopes to find the descendants of her father's first cousin, known as Manya--shown at left with her two children and at right with her husband and daughter-- who moved to Israel in the Stanislavov businessman and lived in a big house; and two sisters whose names Faynberg does not know. One sister had a son, Haim Frish, who moved to Sao Paolo, Brazil. As happened with Dagan, Faynberg is hoping the names and places will spark a connec- tion in the minds ofreaderswho are long-lost kin and will help reunite her with them. Faynberg and her husband, Vladimir, have Moshe and his wife and four children living nearby in Jerusalem. Moshe makingaliyah in 2002 from New York, where the family lived in the Bayside section of Queens after emigrating from Moscow, spurred Vladimir and Sabina to move to Israel, too. Whether or not Moshe has more children, Faynbergwould like to add more people to her family tree. "[don't have many relatives, especially on my father's side," she said. Another who fortuitously came upon a recent "Seeking Kin" column is Joseph Long, a retiree from Cleveland now living on St. Simon's Island in Georgia. Long wants to get the word out about a reunion of Polish children who were sheltered 1950s. during part of World War II in the estate of a maharajah in India. A"Seeking Kin" column last summer told of one .of the 12 Jewish children from Poland known to have been relocated temporarily to the estate, known as Balachadi. Francis Pluta, Longs great- uncle, was the priest who was in charge of the children sheltered there. Reunions of the overwhelm- ingly Catholic group are held every two years in Poland. Next year's reunion likelywill be held in London, since a good number of the children--many of them orphaned during the war-- would later settle in England. At one of the recent reunions, participants decided to make the 2014 London gathering their last because of the age and infirmity of many of their number. Some of those sheltered at the India estate--Long isn't sure how many--now live in North America. That's why Long, who is not Jewish, decided to arrange a reunion. He came across the column and asked for the help of "Seeking Kin" in spreading the news about the Aug. 3-4 event at the Orchard Lake Seminary, near Detroit, where he hopes the names can be recited of those children who have since died or are unable to attend. Long is organizing the gath- ering because he feels a personal connection to the children's group because of Pluta, the brother of Long's maternal grandfather. "I think that if he were to be asked,wouldyouwant a reunion to be organized of these orphans at the twilight of their lives, he would want that," Long said of Pluta, who died in Ontario in 1990. "It's wonderful that in those terribletimes,when itwas [vital] to get those kids out of harm's way, Father.Pluta and everyone else didn't care about religion. They just wanted to save kids." Please email Hillel Kuttler at if you know of Balachadi orphans who might wish to attend this summer's reunion. If you would like "Seeking Kin " to write about your search for long-lost rela- tives and friends, please include the principal facts and your contact information in a brief email. "Seeking Kin" is spon- sored by Bryna Shuchat and Joshua Landes and family in loving memory of their mother and grandmother, Miriam Shuchat, a lifelong uniter of the Jewish people.