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PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, AUGUST 17, 2012 6 degrees Cn , Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup Portman's Jewish wedding NEW YORK (6NoBacon)-- Mazel tov to Natalie Portman! The Oscarwinning Jewish "starlet tied the knot Aug. 4 with Benjamin Millepied, whom she met while rehearsing for the blockbuster "Black Swan." In a small ceremony that took place on the California coast under the stars, the two exchanged vows as theywere bothwrapped in tallits under a chupah. That Millepied is not Jewish did not stop him from breaking the glass, to everyone's collective Widow of Yemenite victim of anti-Semitic attack makes aUyah JERUSALEM (JTA)--The widow of a Hebrew teacher who was killed in an anti-Semitic at- tack in Yemen has made aliyah.- Louza al-Nahari, the widow of Moshe al-Nahari, arrived in Israel on Sunday. Upon landing Nahari, amotherofnine,was re- united with five of her children who had made aliyah following the 2008 murder andwhom she had not seen for years. Moshe al-Nahari was a ritual slaughtererand Hebrew teacher in the town of Raydah in the Amran Governorate of north- western Yemen. In December 2008, at the age of 35, he was shot dead by an Islamist extremist who reportedly had demanded that he convert to cheer of "Mazel tov!" Despite the late hour, the newlyweds' 14-month-old son, Aleph, was in attendance--along with famous guests including Diane Sawyer, Ivanka Trump and Macaulay Culkin. The wedding was completely vegan, per Port- man's current diet, and there wasn't even awedding cake, just French macaroons, to honor Millepied's home country. To add to the Jewish-French theme, the guests enjoyed a 20-minute hora dance where the bride and groom were lifted on their chairs, and guests later received wildflower seeds in a bag with the French writing, "Merci." Lollapalooza is coming to Israel The popular music festival Lollapalooza will make its next international stop at the Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv next summer. Founder Perry Farrell, of the popular'90s band"Jane'sAddic- tion," said in a statement that Tel Aviv was chosen because on a recent visit there he found an "international music commu- nity that listens to everything we all listen to, but the artists weren't traveling there so it was an opportunity." Farrell created the festival in 1991 as a farewell tour for his band; it has been held in various locations throughout North America, with the festival now being held regularly in Chicago. In addition, an international expansion brought the festival this year to Santiago, Chile and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Farrell described Tel Aviv as a "sexy city," adding: "Talk about the after party!" Kravitz says 'Shalom' Another musician making his way to Tel Aviv is Lenny Kravitz, who will perform there in October. To promote the concert, Kravitz, born to a Jewish father, reached out to Israeli fanswith avideo, in which he used the oldest trick in the book--proclaiming a Hebrew Word, which not surprisingly was "Shalom." Dr. Ruth does her thing with Olympic tweets Famed sexologist Dr. Ruth Westheimer offered her own Week y r undup of world briefs from JTA Islam. He was buried in Yemen. After the murder, five of his children made aliyah, while Louza and the other four children stayed behind. The attacker was caught and found guilty of murder, but has never been sentenced. Following the mtlrder, Yeme- ni Jews started making aliyah en masse and from 2009 until the present, some 100 people have gone to Israel, according to The Jewish Agency, which assisted in their aliyah. The Jewish community of Yemen now numbers some 130,with 50 living in the capital Sana'a in a compound secured by the government, and the remainder i n Raydah. Israel testing missile warn- ing texting system JERUSALEM (JTA)--Israel's B'nai Mitzvah Carly Danielle Zeffren, daughter of Bernie and Lisa Zeffren of Longwood, will be called to the To- rah as a bat mitzvah on Saturday, Aug. 25 at Con- gregation Ohev Shalom in Maitland. Cariy is entering the eighth grade at Rock Lake Middle School where she is a member of Advanced Band, Jazz Band, Beta Club, and the girls' lacrosse team. Her hobbies and interests include: music, sports, reading, movies, and spending time with family and friends. She is also a member of Kadima where she serves on the board. - Sharing in the family's simcha will be her sister, Hannah; brother, Joshua; grandparents, Cindy and Barry Muchnick of St. Louis, and Jo and Jerry Zeffren of Dallas. Also extended family from Missouri, Florida, Illinois, Nebraska, California, New Jersey, Oregon, Mas- sachusetts and Ohio. ---'I'l'al faI'I'l'3012 l"eg6rfeI • Brian Harrison Ziegler, son of Felecia and Brent Ziegler of Orlando, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Aug. 25 at Congregation of Re- form Judaism in Orlando. Brian is in the seventh grade at Lake Highland Preparatory School where he is a member of Boy Scout Troop 148, Legacy Singers and 901 North Singers. His hobbies and interests include playing guitar, attending Camp Coleman, and hanging with his brother and friends. He i also a member of Braveheart Lacrosse. Sharing in the family's simcha will be his brothel Eli; grandparents, Susan and David Newman of Maitland, Barbara and Paul Grossman of Longwood, Bobbi and Ronald Ziegler of Wellington, Fla., Myrna Ziegler and Joseph Shapiro of Hollywood, Fla., and family and friends from South Florida, New York and California. Home Front Command is con- ducting a nationwide test of a text-message warning system for missile attacks. Incoming missile alert mes- sages will be sent to cell phone users. The testing will last all week, Ynet reported. Hundreds of thousands of Israeliswill receive the text mes- sage, sent in Hebrew, Arabic, English and Russian, in the SMS, orShortMessage System. Ex-lsraeli soldier sentenced in Gaza war crime JERUSALEM (JTA)--A for- mer Israelisoldierwasconvicted under a plea bargain for a crime highlighted in the Goldstone report on the Gaza war. Under the plea bargain, which was approved Sunday by the Jaffa military court, the unnamed Givati Brigade soldier will be jailed for 45 days. The charges for the soldier, known as Staff-Sgt. S, were reduced from manslaughter to illegal use of a weapon. Staff-Sgt S. was convicted in 2010 for shooting and killing a Palestinianwoman, 64, and her daughter, 35, who were part of a groupofPalestinians approach- ing himwavingawhite flag. His superiors had not ordered him to shoot. Th e incidentwas highlighted in the Goldstone report on the monthlong 2008-09 Gaza war. The controversial report, written by a United Nations- appointed committee led by former South African judge Richard Goldstone, accused both Israel and Hamas fighters in Gaza of war crimes. Actor Patrick Stewart arrives in Israel to appear in film JERUSALEM (JTA)--British actor Patrick Stewart arrived in Israel to appear in a film by Israeli director Reshef Levi. Stewart, aShakespeareanac= tor known for his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard on "Star Trek: The Next Generation," arrived Aug. 9 in Israel and will spend about three weeks in the Jew- ish state. Stewart will play a dis- graced, eccentric British lord in the heist come@ "Hunting Elephants," in which three Israeli senior citizens help a 12-year-old boy hatch a plan to rob a bank in order to save his family home. He will replace British actor John Cleese, who reportedly withdrew from the project due to heart trouble. Florida woman sues El Al for gender discrimination (JTA)--A Florida woman reportedly is suing El Al for gender discrimination after she was forced to change seats to accommodate a haredi Or- thodox man. Debra Ryder charged that a flight steward moved her to a seat in the back without her prior consent, Israeli media reported. The haredi Orthodox man had refused to sit next to her and then moved into her aisle seat. Ryder reportedly filed a lawsuit on Aug. 9 seeking some $12,500 in compensa- tion, including for distress. She had obtained an aisle seat for medical reasons, she told Israel Army Radio. Netanyahu rebukes Ban for planned Iran visit WASHINGTON (JTA)--Is- raeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu berated U.N. Sec- retary-General Ban Ki-moon for agreeing to attend a Non- Aligned Movement summit in Iran. "Even if it is not your in- tention, your visit will grant legitimacy to a regime that is the greatest threat to world peace and security," Netan- yahu's office quoted the prime minister as saying last Friday in a conversation with the secre- tary general. "Not only does it threaten countries throughout the Middle East, not only is it the greatest terrorism exporter in the world, but it is impossible to exaggerate the danger it presents to Israel." Netanyahu, who praised Ban in the phone call for his otherwige "fair" treatment of Israel, noted Iran's alleged role in recent terrorist attacks as well as its suspected nuclear weapons program. Iran is set to host the next Non-Aligned Movement trien- nial summit on Aug. 30-31. U.S. Jewish groups, including the American Jewish Com- mittee and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish •Organizations, have called on Ban and other non- aligned nations notto attend. Aly aaisman heading to Israel (JTA)--Gold medal-winning gymnast Aly Raisman has ac- cepted an invitatiordrom Israel Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein for her andher family to make their firstvisit to Israel. Raisman, who performs floor routines to the melody of"Hava Nagila," won an individual gold medal in her floor exercise last week and a bronze on the bal- ance beamafter helpingthe U.S. women's team take the gold. The Jerusalem Post reported that Edelstein wrote an impas- sioned letter congratulating Raisman and invited not only the 18-year-old gymnast but also her parents, Lynn and Rick, and her younger siblings, Brett, Chloe and Madison, to be his guests. She accepted last Friday after a telephone conversation facili- tated by Dan Shapiro, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, according to the Post. "For me personally, as the minister in charge of relations with Diaspora Jewry, hearing why you chose the song made me realize that the concept of Kol Israel Arevim Zeh Lazeh [All Jews are responsible for one another] still holds true and that the Jewish people remain united no matter how far apart we may live. I was impressed that someone so young made such a monumental, ethicaldecisfon," Edelsteinwrote to Raisman, the Post reported. There were no details on the timing or length of the visit. Israel allows Egypt to use 'terror-fighting' gufiships in Sinai JERUSALEM (JTA)--Israel's Cabinet reportedly has agreed to allow Egypt to use gunships in the Sinai peninsula. The Israeli Broadcasting Authority said last Friday that the Egyptian government had asked Israel for its agreement to introduce attack helicopters to "fight terrorists" who carried out an attack earlier this week that left 16 Egyptian soldiers dead, The attackers attempted an infiltration, apparently targeting a kibbutz in Israel, but were stopped by Israeli air force attacks. The 1979 Camp David peace accords stipulate that Sinai is to remain demilitarized, although in recentyears Israel has agreed to exceptions in an effort to prevent terrorist attacks and stop cross-border infiltrations. Pro-Palestinian website pub- lishes details, photos of 100 Israeli Air Force pilots (JTA)--A pro-Palestinian website has published the names and photos of 100 Israeli Air Force pilots said to be on active duty. The list appears on the website of the Free Palestine Movement. It also provides dates of birth and identity numbers of the pilots. Names and photos of Israel air force pilots are subject to militarY censorship in Israel. In parallel moves, the Hez- bollah-affiliated news site almo- was hacked Aug. 9. It briefly featured pictures of Israeli flags and a text calling Imad Mughniyah a "scumbag." Mughniyah, asenior Hezbol- lah commander, was killed in an explosion in Damascus in 2008. Earlier lastweek, an Internet group called Remember Emad released what it said was a col- lection of credit card records, Facebook passwords, images of bank checks and email ad- dresses belongiug to Israelis. Israeli-American basketball coach leads Russians to Olympic bronze (JTA)--The Russian Olympic men's basketball team, coached by Israeli-American David Blatt, took the brolaze medal at the London Games. The Russians defeated Ar- gentina, 81-77, on Sunday for third place. The United States outlasted Spain, 107-100, for the gold medal. brand of commentary to the Olympic fenzy. In a series of • tweets, Dr. Ruth urged followers to take advantage of the Games for, well, you know. "Olympics is all about young perfect bodies exercising in skimpy outfits. It should turn you on!" she exclaimed in one tweet. In an- other, she wrote: "The original ' Olympicswere performedin the nude sowhy notwatchthem the old-fashioned way, naket." For more Jewish celebrity news, visit, the illegitimate child of JTA. Another Jewish gold medal went to New Zealand sailor Jo Aleh, who, with partner Polly Powrie, won the women's 470 regatta. Canada to release Wallen- berg stamp TORONTO (JTA)--Canada will honor Swedish Holocaust hero Raoul Wallenberg with a postage stamp. The stamp will be released on Jan. 17 to coincide with the 68th anniversary of Wallen- berg's arrest by Soviet troops in Budapest during the dying days of World War II. Wallenberg was made Can- ada's first Honorary Citizen on Jan. 17, 1985, and the govern- ment declared the date as the annual Raoul Wallenberg Day in the country. It is the first time that Canada is paying tribute to one of its five hon- orary citizens with a postage stamp. Wallenberg, who would have turned 100 on Aug. 4, is credited with rescuing an estimated 100,000 Hungarian Jews from death during the Nazi occupation of Budapest. Rakoff, humorist of pes- simism and Jewishness, dies at 47 WASHINGTON (JTA)--Da- vid Rakoff, a humorist who often wrote about American Jewish culture, has died. Rakoff, 47, died Aug. 9 in Manhattan of cancer, a disease he has battled since he was 22, according to media reports. A frequent, contributor to National Public Radio's "This American Life," Rakoff, a Montreal native, embraced his misfortunes with a cheerful negativity. A book of his essays was named "Half Empty." "Optimism is not for every- body," he told Tablet magazine in a 2010 podeast. "There are a lot of people who are simply going to feel anxious no matter what, it predates conscious- ness almost, it's pre-verbal, it's the way you are and ultimately it's as value neutral as having brown eyes." Far-right Hungarian politi- cian plans Auschwitz trip (JTA)--Following recent revelations that he has Jewish ancestors, a far-right Hungar- ian politician reportedly will visit Auschwitz. Rabbi Shlomo Koves told JTA that he had met with Csanad Szegedi, in Budapest on Aug. 3, and thatthe Job- bik Party member had said he would take the trip. Szegedi apologized for any comments he had made against the Jewish community, according to the Hungarian daily Nepszabadsag. The pa- per also reported Szegedi is planning to set up his own political party. Szegedi could not be reached for comment.