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PAGE 8A By Cnaan Liphshiz PARIS (JTA)--Using two iPhones, Marc Fischel was overseeing the shipping of tons of vegetables two weeks ago at the hectic Rungis wholesale market, where thousands of Frenchmen ship mountains of fresh perish- ables across Europe. The director of export at one of the market stalls, 40-year- old Fichel fits in easily with the multitudes of Asians, Arabs and Africans who work at Rungis. It's easy to forget the French Jew is an up-and- comer on the country's indie pop scene, with a debut album recently released and some 20 sold-out concerts to his credit. "I think part of the fasci- nation with me owes to my double life: my musical career and my job at the market," Fichel told JTA. Indeed, French media have published a flurry of flattering articles about the singer. Le Figaro music critic Pierre De Boishue compared Fichel's emotional singing and simple piano melodies to those of the late pop legend Michel Berger, also a Parisian Jew. "Itwas ahuge, huge compli- ment," Fichel said. Yet beyond Fichel's musi- By 6 Degrees (No Bacon) Staff HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 21,2013 Jewish exporter from Paris becoming hot on French music scene Cnaan Liphshiz Marc Fichel at his stall May 29 at the Rungis wholesale market in.Paris. "I always played for and with friends until they kind of forced me a few years ago to make a video and put it online," Fichel said. The video was for "The Blackberry Blues,"a love song cal talent, his story also is seen as an example of how Working-class Muslims and Jews can get along in a city where tensions between the groups often run high. His. musical partners comprise a multicultural vichyssoise that includes guitarist Zizou Sadki, the son of a Muslim Moroccan immigrant, and Nourith, an Israeli army vet- eran who performs at Jewish community events. Despite the apparent con- trast between his celebrity status and day job moving vegetables, Fichel says the two professions have one thing in common: the irrelevance of politics and religion. "Here there's no religion and no race, only business," Fichel said. "And with music there is only harmony." One of Fichel's most suc- cessful songs, "My Life in the Market," is about his work at Rungis, which also serves as backdrop for the video and features Fichers market col- leagues. The clip has received more than I million views on YouTube. Fiehel is a natural schmooz- er, with a warm smile and a knack for sound bites. During an interview at the market restaurant, he leaps for his cellphone. Produced on a shoestring budget, it drew the attention of Daniele Molko, now Fichel's manager, and earned a half-million views online. Fichel may get along well with Paris' diverse communi- ties, but'he also calls himself "a proud Jew" and a Zionist. Earlier this month, he gave his first major international concert in Tel Aviv, an expe rience he calls "the proudest moment of my life." "You are from my family," Fichel said in Hebrew to a crowd of approximately 500 who filled Tel Aviv's Tzavta concert hall to capacity on May 20. Performing in Israel "was a very special moment, an amazing spiritual experi- ence," Fichel said. "Israel is not just another place for me. I'm not religious, but it's where my roots lie." He also said his pro-Israel attitudes are not an issue at Rungis, where many of the workers and clients are Arab. "Politics is politics, business is business and musicis music," he told the Israeli daily Maariv. "I have many Muslim friends here and they introduce me to artistswhosinginArabic, sowe can perform together." u*p repeatedly to hug, kiss or horse aroundwith passing co- workers. His father, a dentist, taught him to play the piano, and it was his friends that persuaded him to pursue a musical career. Far from being embar- rassed when market friends taunt him for giving inter- views on his lunch break, Fichel asks Francois, the owner of the L'Etoile restau- rant, to play "My Life in the Market" on the stereo. But leading a dual life is taking its toll on Fichel, who says he has been working 19-hour days since his musical career began to take off. "I'm crazy about music," he said, "but I dont know how long I can keep this up." Yet Fichel, a bachelor who says he "loves women too much to get married," does not want to leave his day job, which he has held for 10 years. "You don't get up every day at 3 a.m. for this unless you're passionate about it," he said. Fichel says the fast pace and time-is-money directness at Rungis fulfills a need that kept him "looking for excitement and getting into trouble" dur- ing his sheltered childhood in suburban Paris. But Gerard, a friend from the market, says he understands ifFichel leaves to focus on his music. "He's one of us 'cause he never thinks he's better than anyone," Gerard said. "I just hope he remembers our nameswhen he's real famous." 6 degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup Kardashian buys kibbutz stone NEW YORK--Reality star Kim Kardashian has done her part for a kibbutz in Is- rael. Take a deep breath--she hasn't actually performed any manual labor or even visited the place (do they make high- heel Naots?). Her contribution is of the wallet-opening kind. Kardashian settled on Cae- sarstone brand quartz coun- tertops, made in Kibbutz Sdot Yam, for the renovation of her Beverly Hills mansion, Tablet reports. Trend-setter that she is, it wasn't long before her neighbors were using it, too. Not exactly a bad thing for an already growing company. Caesarstone Sdot Yam Ltd. is now worth a billion dollars. The booming business has just opened a New York factory, where it will produce inventory for another place that Kanye West's wife-to- be will probably never visit: IKEA. Pyongyang Express You loved them in "Pine- apple Express." You're fairly certain you're going to love them in "This Is The End." And now, James Franco and Seth Rogen are teaming up again, for "The Interview," in which they will play reporters who try to assassinate the president of North Korea. "It's Kim Jong-un," Rogen told Eonline at the June 10 premiere of "This Is The End." "Literally Kim Jong-un in the movie. We figured it's North Korea, you mightaswell make it Kim Jong-un." Worried they'll be putting themselves in harm's way by traveling to the communist nation, thereby jeopardizing any further collaborations? you can relax. "We're going to the foreign land of Vancouver, Canada," said the actors' friend and "Interview" producer, Evan Goldberg. Rogen and Goldberg 'Jew it up' Before the North Korea project, Rogen and Goldberg. are focusing on promoting "This is the End." In what may be the most satisfying stop on their promotional tour for the film, Rogen and Goldberg sat down recently with Marc Maron for an (extra Jewy) episode of his WTF podcast. Maron always ends up ask- ing his Jewish guests about their roots, but this time he dove right in with an enthu- siastic, "Let's Jew it up!" The creative partners, who grew up together in Vancou- ver, happily indulged Mamn's questions, and their answers left us more convinced than ever that they were definitely the sweetest, most hilarious guys at sleepaway camp (and that they haven't changed much since). Our three favorite Jewish moments from the interview: They're still super con- nected to their childhood :i  R U Looking for the 3 R's in Your Religious School? Reading Ruach Rabbi Reach Out to Temple Israel's Meitin Religious School www.tiflorida.org/education.htm friends. In fact, they brought 30 of them down to Los Angeles for the "This Is The End" premiere. "The Jewish population in Canada just dipped to zero," Rogen joked. Rogen on his dad's "Far- rakhan" yarmulke: "I think it was his way of grappling with baldness." When the three funny men realize they all made their Hebrew school teach- ers cry. Goldberg to Rogen: "Didn't you do that to Shira's mom?" Definitely worth a listen. Old Israeli Spice Old Spice guy Isaiah Mus- tafa has taken his act to Israel ... again. Two months after sporting a suit and tie for a Maccabee beer ad, the actor has gone shirtless again for Old Spice with an ad called "Israeli men." The minimalist ad features Mustafa posing in front of a shower donning a towel around the waist, peppering his homage to the Israeli manly man, or "gever gever," with Hebrew slang. "They eat manly food like shwarma, matbucha and gefiite fish," he deadpans to the camera? Lena Dunham tattoo A "Girls" fan reportedly is inking herself permanently with Lena Dunham's hand- writing. While she could have gone the easy way out and chosen Dunham's already publicwed- ding dress sketch, superfan Tina Wargo had sdrnething else in mind, and she tweeted her request straight to the "Girls" creator. Here's how it went down: Wargo: I need helpI I want "All adventurous women do" tattooed on me. Help me get a 'lvitpic of it written in @ lenadunham's handwriting! Dunham: If you areserious 50 South Moss Road ,/Inter Spdnss. FL,32708 407-647-3055 officeOtiflodcla.orll www.tiflorlda.orll Jamie M.cCarthy/Getty/JTA Kim Kardashian, shown here with boyfriend Kanye West at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on May 6, purchased Kibbutz Sdot Yam's Caesarstone brand quartz countertops for her renovated home. I will obviously do thatl I will instagram it tomorrow morn- ing when I locate a penI Yes, this is certainly an over-the-top expressioff of Lena Love, but at least it's on the cooler end of the HBO-inspired body art spectrum. Definite!y cooler than the Shoshanna emoti- con tattoo. Jerry Lewis' Yiddish rap Usually when you think of keeping the Yiddish language alive, you think theater and literature, not freestyle rap. Especially not freestyle rap performed by a legendary comic like Jerry Lewis. Yet thanks to TMZ, the world now has grainy smart- phone footage of the 87-year- old Lewis on the set of his new movie, "Max Rose," engaging in a rap battle with Chris La Vrar of "America's Got Tal- ent" fame. It's unclear what La Vrar was doing there or how the rhyming got started--or if Lewis' rhymes are in fact ac- tually Yiddish. Either way, it's pretty endearingwhen Lewis, after getting rapped at by La Vrar, shoots back with, "Very good. Very, very good .... I want to do one now in Jewish." For the latest Jewish celeb- rity news, visit JTA 's 6Degrees (No Bacon) blog.