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PAGE IOA By 6 Degrees (No Bacon) Staff HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 19, 2013 6 degrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup ravo A friend of reality TV show "Princesses: Long Island" cast member Amanda Bertoncini is shown kissing the statue of a fallen 9/11 firefighter from Great Neck. Barclays Center. Now she is of- fering a critique of the rapper extraordinaire's new album, "Magna Carta Holy Grail." MTV News contacted Gross- man, a Brooklyn native, for the review gig after her subway en- counter with Jay-Z was featured in the documentary"Jay-Z's Life and Times: Where I'm From." The unlikely critic analyzes a few of the rapper's rhymes and metaphors honing in on the trials and tribulations of his rise to fame. "It sounds like he's really go- ing deep into his heart and into fatherhood and even the mean- ing of fame," Grossman said. "[He's saying] that the money's nice, butthere's life beyond that, that he's exploring. I picked that up from the papers, but I felt it in the man, too, when I met him, that he had a depth to him." On one of the 16 tracks, Jay-Z shows love to his Jewish fans-- his lawyers in particular--with the song "Somewhereinamer- ica." The first line of the first verse reads, "Shout out to old Jews and old rules." It's not the first time Jay-Z has mused on Jews in his lyrics. "This Can't Be Life," from his fifth album, "Roc La Familia: The Dynasty," gives us "flow tight like I was born Jewish." Jay-Z has used "Jewish" as an adjective to describe those that are smart or conservative with money. work's rep said. Amanda also has issued her own statement of apology, pro- claiming she was unaware of the statue's"sentimentalvalue." "I never meant to hurt or of- fend anyone when I was doing my photo shoot for the Drink Hanky," she said. Because there's never a bad time to plug your line of 'beverage couture.'" Comedian Sarah Silver- mantweetedaboutthe incident, "Finally, away to blame the Jews for 9/11." Ellen Grossman reviews Jay- Z's 'Magna Carta' Visual artist Ellen Gross- man made headlines last year when she failed to recognize Jay-Z on the R train to Brooklyn's 'Princesses' rile 9/11 families NEWYORK--So remember that thing in our most recent "Princesses: Long Island" recap about Amanda Bertoncini's ridiculous Drink Hanky photo shoot? You know, the one in which a model, toting a beer bottle clad in one of Arnanda's high-fashion signature Drink Hankies, poses with a statue of a firefighter? Well, it turns out we missed something. This wasn't just any statue of a firefighter but a memorial statue of a fallen 9/1 lfirefighter from Great Neck named Jonathon Ieipi. Amanda apparently made the same mistake. During the shoot, Amanda and her friend Ilton encourage the model to kiss the statue and put her beer to his mouth. It was difficult to watch without understanding the context. Needless to say, people are less than thrilled. "It was a slap to the people of Great Neck," Lee Ieipi, father of the 29-year-old New York City firefighter, told the New York Daily News. "It was a slap to the fire department of Great Neck and it was a slap to all of the people that were lost on 9/11." Bravo has agreed to remove all the footage from any future airings."We are extremely sorry for any distress we caused the family of Jonathan Ielpi and other firefighters," the net- In "What More Can I say?" from "The Black Album," he refers tohimselfas"The Martha Stewart that's far from Jewish" due to his savviness about finance. Dunham's friendly advice Lena Dunham has added one more line to her ever-growing resume: relationship advice specialist. The "Girls" creator is par- ticipating in MirandaJuly's"We Think Alone" project in which stars share their private emails. For a recent installment, partici- pants were asked to contribute "an email that gives advice." Dunham's wise words are directed at her friend "K," who appears to be in a troubled relationship. "You did nothing wrong. He is NOT NICE. He says not nice things in a nice voice so they seem nice but they are not," she wrote. "He isn't kind or careful with you, he wants to suck the kindness out of you, and if he's like this after 10 years of group therapy then G-d help us all. He's not for you bc he's not for anyone. Do you hear me? Good. I understand SO much the appeal, but he's not worth your energy and someone like art guy may not be perfect or right but he's starting on a good foot by offering some of himself to you and wanting to give you pleasureful times." Not exactly the kind of thing you'd hear self-involved Hannah Horvath telling Marnie, is it? And what's with the G-d spell- ing? Did Lena go to yeshiva or something? Amy Winehouse exhibit The late, great Amy Wine- house is being honored with an exhibit at The Jewish Museum in London tailored to her private life and Jewish roots. "Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait," which was designed by her brother, Alex, and his curator wife, Liz Selby, features a mixture of Amy's most prized possessions and never-seen photographs. Some of the items include Hunter S. Thompson's "Kingdom of Fear" and 30 years of collected letters between Vladimir Nabokov and Edmund Wilson, aswell as her CD collec- tion and clothes. Alex Winehouse said in a statement that Amy was "in- credibly proud of her Jewish- London roots." He added, "We weren't religious, but we were traditional. I hope, in this most fitting of places, that the world gets to see this other side not just to Amy but to our typical Jewish family." The exhibit's captions were written by Alex, who was close with the "Back to Black" singer even through her darkest days. Amy died of alcohol poisoning at the age of 27. "We wanted to show Amy in a slightly different light to how she has been perceived in the media," Selby told the Guardian. "Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait" is at the London mu- seum through Sept. 15. For the latest Jewish celebrity news, visit JTA's 6 degrees (no Bacon) blog. Seeking Kin: Israeli reconnects with American cousin, searches for another By Hillel Kuttler BALTIMORE (JTA)--In May, Tel Aviv resident Baruch Axelrod sent a letter to his first cousin, who lives in New Jersey. The letter returned unopened to Axelrod's home because the cousin, Gary Hyman, had moved, his new address unknown. The branches of their fami- lies had not been in contact for more than 20 years, when Axelrod's sister Chana Pavlow- itz visited the United States. Axelrod had never even met Hyman, but he well remem- bered Hyman's parents, Aaron and Bela. Aaron was the sister of Axelrod's brother, Yehudit, nicknamed Yennie. Aaron, Axelrod remembered, had come to Israel to attend his bar mitzvah and was "a good uncle." Aaron and Yehudit had remained close, despite the distance. They'd grown up in Frankfurt, Germany, but both left after Hitler's rise to power--Yehudit in 1935 for prestate Israel, where she abandoned her Yiddish name, Yenta; and Aaron in 1938 for the United States. In his search to find Hyman, Axelrod, a 70-year-old retired chemical engineer, looked online and found many New Jerseyans with the name. Which was the right one? He decided to broadcast his search on the Israeli radio program "Hamador L'chipus Krovim" (Searching for Rela- tives Bureau). Within two weeks of the mid-June broadcast, a listener had located Hyman's account- ing practice in Freehold, N.J, and passed on the information. Courtesy Baruch Axelrod Israeli and American cousins hope they can find another cousin Nadia, seen here. Axelrod sent Hyman an email, and in the ensuing two weeks they have exchanged near- daily messages. "I was very excited to hear from him. I was kind of shocked that he was able to locate us," Hyman said. "I'm hoping we can continue to stay in touch. If we go to Israel or they come to the United States, I would love to get together." The reconnection, they hope, might maximize their efforts to find another first cousin, Nadia--the daughter of Moshe, a brother of Aaron and Yehudit. Moshe, too, had left Frankfurt as a young man, settling in England and work- ing as a librarian. Whatever connection Aaron and Yehudit had with Moshe wasn't spoken about much, probably because Moshe died young, possibly of tuberculosis. Axelrod remem- bered only that his mother lit a yahrzeit candle each year in Moshe's memory. But in the box of photo- graphs Yehudit had kept, Axel- rod recently noticed one image that showed a husband, wife and little girl--Moshe's family. On the back, someone--Yehu- dit, apparently--wrote that Moshe had died on March 23, 1955, in Ilford, Essex. Pavlowitz, Axelrod's older sister, said she remembered that both Moshe Hyman and his wife, whose name she did not know, had diedwhile Nadia was a child, and that one of Nadia's maternal cousins took in the girl. Gary Hyman told Axelrod that he remembers Nadia moving to Washington, D.C., but he doesn't know where she is now or her married name. "I really long to find her," Axelrod said of Nadia. "It was a small mystery to find [Gary Hyman], but to find her is a big mystery." While Axelrod, fresh from reuniting with Hyman, hadn't expected to launch right into another search, Zvi Halevy found someone for whom he wasn't even looking. A"Seeking Kin" column last month told of Halevy's search for the gravesite of Moshe Zarchi, his Belz Talmud Torah elementary school classmate from early-1960s Tel Aviv. "Seeking Kin" had alerted Halevy that Zarchi was bur- ied in Beit Shemesh, just 50 miles from Halevy's home in Netanya. That was a pleasant surprise to Halevy, who figured his friend was laid to rest in the United States, where Zarchi had moved. On July 7, Halevy called to report that he had visited the Eretz HaChaim Cemetery that morning and recited Psalms at Zarchi's grave. As he did so, the experiences he and Zarchi had shared as children"passed before my eyes," Halevy said. "I spoke to him personally," Halevy continued, adding rue- fully, "To meet a friend who's under a gravestone is a difficult feeling. For me, the circle is closed." He began thanking "Seek- ing Kin" and the "Hamador L'chipus Krovim" program for leading him to that spot--then suddenly stopped in mid- sentence. "Just as I got out of the car at the cemetery, a man called out to me. His name was Sh- lomo Groman," Halevy said. Courtesy Zvi Halevy Zvi Halevy, right, unexpectedly reunites this month with former classmate Shmuel Groman in the cemetery where another childhood friend is buried. "We'd studied together at the Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva, in Bnei Brak. That's where I at- tended right after Belz Talmud Torah, until I got married." Groman lives in Jerusalem and has worked for many years for the cemetery's chevra kadi- sha (burial society), Halevy re- lated. How Groman recognized him so quickly, Halevy does not know. The two men spoke for an hour and exchanged phone numbers. "The ways of the Holy One, blessed be He," Halevy exclaimed. "For 43 years I hadn't seen [Groman]. I went to see Moshe Zarchi, may his memory be for a blessing, and I found Shlomo Groman. It's because of the merit of Moshe Zarchi that I found someone who's still alive." Please email Hillel Kut- tler at if you know the whereabouts of Nadia, the England-raised cousin ofBaruch Axelrod and Gary Hyman. If you would like "Seeking Kin" to write about your search for long-lost relatives and friends, please include the principal facts and your contact information in a brief email. "Seeking Kin" is sponsored by Bryna Shuchat and Joshua Landes and fam- ily in loving memory of their mother and grandmother, Miriam Shuchat, a lifelong uniter of the Jewish people.