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PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 9, 2013 Schoolteacher Stefan Serie says his appearance on "Prin- cesses: Long Island" has cost him his job and he's fighting to get it back. Princesses' gig a teacher's nightmare NEW YORK (6NoBacon. corn)When Stefan Serie ap- peared as an extra on Bravo's "Princesses: Long Island," he did what the female stars on the show do practically every episode prance around a partywearing minimal cloth- ing. The difference between Serie and the ladies (one of the differences, anyway) is he actually had something to lose: a job. The 30-year-old health teacher in Merrick showed up shirtless on the series premiere at Erica's bash in the Hamptons, his abs glistening in the sun. While he wasn't do- ing anything he "would tell his students not to do," Serie told the New York Daily News, the whole thing didn't go over too well with the school officials in Merrick. About a week after the episode aired, Serie received a letter asking him to report to the school district office. Upon his arrival, he said. adminis- trators told him his tenure offer would be rescinded and pressed him to resign. "It was a coerced resigna- tion," said Serie, a teacher for eight years. "I want my job and tenure back. I think I deserve it." So do his students' parents: Supporters at a rally called for his reinstatement. We'll keep you posted on the drama, which is slightly more exciting than what's happening on the show. Drake cutting lyrics, apolo- gizes Like many rappers. Drake's songs feature lyrics that can be deemed offensive. In"Jode- ci Freestyle," a collaboratio.n with J. Cole, Drake decided to take action: The Canadian Jewish rapper will remove a controversial lyric by J. Cole. USA Today reported. "I'm artistic" while others are "autistic, retarded." Cole rapped in "Jodeci Freestyle." Many found the lyric offensive, including the powerhouse o 'ganization Autism Speaks. Cole was the first to apolo, gize in a blog that was picked up by the Autism Speaks website. "I realized right away that what I said was wrong," he wrote. "I was instantly embarrassed that I would be ignorant enough [to] say something so hurtful:What makes the crime worse is that I should have known better. Cole did begin the post by saying he "resents" thatwhen tappers say offensive things, they are "attacked for it in the media and pressured to apologize," but added later, "This apology IS necessary." In his blog, Drake wrote, "I share responsibility and offer my sincerest apologies for the pain this has caused. "Individuals with autism have Shutterstock Drake arriving at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, February 2013. brilliant and creative minds, and their gifts should not be disparaged or discounted. This was a learning lesson for both of us, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to try to right this wrong. J. Cole and I believe that it is the right. responsible~ and respectful decision to- remove the lyric from the song." Tom Jones playing Tel Aviv The latest big-name musi- cian to commit to a concert in Israel is Tom Jones, according to The Times of Israel. The Welsh pop legend, 73, is slated to hit Tel Aviv's Nokia Arena on Oct. 26. Audiences can lookforward to hearing classics like "It's Not Unusual." "Love Me To- night" and "Kiss." Jones is joining an im- pressive list of artists who have played the Holy Land recently, including Barbra Streisand. Cliff Richard, the Pet Shop Boys, Alicia Keys and Rihanna. -" More 'Maron' IFC has just ordered anoth- er season of the Marc Maron comedy"Maron," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show will return in 2014 with 13 half-hour episodes. The series is based on the comedian's life, which involves running a popular podcast out of his garage, dealing with his kooky dad (Judd Hirsch) and dating a much younger woman (Nora Zehetner). Avid "WTF" listeners who tuned in for the first season of "Maron" likely noticed that many of the stars he has interviewed on the podcast appeared on screen as well. including Mark Duplass, Dave Foley, Gina Gershon, JeffGar- lin and Ken Jeong. (Although he did refrain from getting "Jewey" with any of them, as he tends to do in real life.) "In many ways, Marc is a perfect representation of IFC and our approach to comedy," said Jennifer Caserta, presi- dent and general manager of IFC, in a statement annotmc- ing the news Tuesday. "He also seems to be in need of a less dysfunctional family, so we're happy he's returning to ours for an expanded second season." New roles for Paltrow, Garfield? Another week. another small but worthy batch of talented semites (possibly) attaching themselves to new projects. Gwyneth Paltrow is in talks to join the cast of. "Mortdecai," a thriller based on Kyril BOnfiglioli's book "The Great Mortdecai Mous- tache Mystery," Variety reports. The Jewish actress would join Johnny. Depp, who is set to star as Charles Mortdecai, an art dealer hunting for a Nazi treasure. Also rumored to be signing on is Ewan McGregor. On the indie frontwe've got Andrew Garfield. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he will play a man who loses his house to foreclosure in the film "99 homes." The twist: Garfield's character ends up working for the broker who took his house, helping the guy evict other homeowners and embezzle government funds. Not exactly the kind of be- havior Spidey would approve of. now is it. For the latest Jewish celeb- rity news, visit JTA's 6Degrees (No Bacon) blog. tP By Ben Sales TELAVIV (JTA)The sho~b was supposed to be a celebra- tion of glamour and glitz. but in the second episode it dropped a bombshell: One of the pro.tagonists' husbands died of cardiac arrest. The five stars of"Meusha- rot," Israel's version "of the "Real Housewives" reality series, handled the news in their own ways~ One grappled with her feelings about death. Another baked a cake to bring to the shiva. est. She began in a bright pink bathrobe, but soon moved to a couch where she posed wearing nothing but half-rim glasses, a sheet and her bare arms covering her. "We need to take every day like it's our last day," she told the camera, explaining that her self-indulgent response to sudden death was an effort to deal with her past, when she was "a fat girl and the ugliest in the world." Snukal, 38~ is the only American*on "Meusharot" (Hebrew for "rich women"), Jennifer Snukal tried a dif- now in its second season on ferent approach, arranging a Israel's Channel 10. Bold and sexy photo shoot that aimed loud with long blond hair toproduceanim~geofherself and radiaflt eyes, she's eas- that was both sexy and mod- ily the most energetic of the at ify a e/ Lily Abigail Israel, daughter- of Caryn and Mark Israel of Winter Park, Fla., will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at Congregation Ohev Shalom in Orlando. Lily is in the eighth grade at Trinity Prepara- tory School where she is a member of the varsity golf" team and the track team. She enjoys sports, being with her close-knit grouP of friends and her family. She is also president of Kadima Youth Group at COS. Sharing in the family's simcha will be Lily's brother Brandon; grandmother Myra Martin; grandfather Sy Israel and his wife Debra; and friends and family from around the country. five, gesticulating, smiling Wide and always ready to use Israeli slang. "I believe my kids are proud of me and old enough to understand what the show is about," Snukal told JTA in an interview near the boutique she runs in Rishon Lezion, south of Tel Aviv. "They heard from all the kids in school, 'Oh, your morn filmed naked? I let them wa[ch the scene.'~ Her co-stars, who live ex- travagantly in and around Tel Aviv, are beset by first-world problems with an Israeli twist. One was unable to find a suitable house in Israel's richest suburb, quipping that even Gazans wouldn't want to live in some of the properties she considered. Another came close to crash- ing her new luxury SUV as she maneuvered through Tel Channel 10 The five protagonists of"Meusharot," Israel's version of the "Real Housewives" franchise, from left to right: Iris Zander Jennifer Snukal, Nicole Raidman, Leah Shnirer and Yael Gal. She recently opened her first fashion boutique, Sassy, and plans to expand with franchises in Tel Aviv and Aviv's narrow streets, Athird near the northern city of Haifa. She is also an "image designer" for nhusicians and has launcheda website that she hopes will bring online shopping to Israel. Snukal moved from Cal- gary to Los Angeles at age 18. By 23 she was a millionaire thanks to a roofing company she opened with,her Israeli poorTelAvivneighborhoodof (now ex) husband. The couple have remained friendly busi- ness partners despite divorc- ing soon after moving to Israel six years ago. Snukalcomes off as a high- powered, take-no-prisoners ' Israeli businesswoman. When decidingwhether totakeon an emerging Israeli singer, Liron Ramati, as a client, she drives a hard bargain in his contract and won't yield when criticiz- ing his appearance.. "Iwas married to an Israeli, so I learned the mentality quickly before I moved here," she said. "If you don't learn the survival skills, you'll be eaten up for lunch and stomped on." But Snukal at times still seems like a newbie. She constantly alternates between English and Hebrew, often in the Same sentence. In one recent episode, Ramati takes her to a Sephardic diner in the era. "Not everything is rosy. She should see the people, our people." ,. Snukal light, s up when talk- ing about her children. One is her "boss." Another has "the biggest heart?' A third is "the dream kid." Two of them, she says, are just like her. "This. is Disneyland for confronted her feelings about divorce while lounging at a Jewish ritual bath that looked more like a spa. For Snukal, though, every scene is an adventure. She visits a psychic in Jaffa, sips wine on an awkward date and lounges by the pool with her five children from two mar- riages that have both ended in divorce. "I'm a different kind of per- son than all the other women," Snukal said. "... I don't take everything seriously. I try to find the good in' everyone. I can be best friends with a tree. I'm a peacemaker." Snukal is an odd fit for the "Real Housewives" franchise. For one thing, she's not a wife. For another, she's hardly homebound. his youth. Glancing around uneasily at first, she relaxes as she dips into the "so tasty" hummus. She tenses Up again when the waiter brings her soup with Cooked cow leg, a traditional Yemenite dish. Snukal gags, refuses and pretends to vomit. Finally she swallows a bite, drawing applause from the men sitting around her. "I wanted her to meet other people," Ramati tells the cam- kids," she says of life in Israel. "They have much" more free- dora and warmth." Snukal says she dreams of living in an Israeli agricul- tural village where it's quiet and her kids can run around freely, but she's not ready yet to relinquish the spotlight. She may be returning for the third season of "Meusharot," and she'd like to try her hand at acting or hosting a show about cooking and travel. "It's not easy to be a celeb," she said. "It's hard for me to go on the street. People jump on me and take pictures. And I love it."