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PAGE 10A 6 Wikipedia Joseph Gordon-Levitt Italians rip Gordon-Levitt NEWYORK (JTA)--Appar- ently lots and lots of sex isn't the most potentially offensive thing about Joseph Gordon- Levitt's latest film, "Don Jon." The Italian American One Voice Coalition has accused the Jewish actor-director of promoting "racist stereo- types" in the movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Here we go again with the same shop-worn, racist ste- reotypes of Italian Americans in movies," said organization founder Emanuele "Manny" Alfano. "It never ends. Levitt, himselfthesonofproudparents who once founded the Jewish Progressive Alliance and fought for social justice causes, should be ashamed of himself for the negative portrayal of Italians and Jews in his movie." In "Don Jon," Gordon- Levitt plays Jon Martello, a "Jersey Shore"-esque porn ad- dictwho falls for a Jewish (and HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 11, 2013 00)egrees (no Bacon): Jewish celebrity roundup "The trio looked off for an important lunch or perhaps a meeting with her father, Don- ald Trump, who is known for dressing up daily in grey suits and pink ties," the story said. Perhaps, but we have an- other theory: The glam fam was shul-bound! We don't have confirmation, but the evidence is strong. It was Shemini Atzeret, so it seems highly likely the Upper East Side dwellers were going to Kehilath Jeshurun on East 85th Street, where Trump converted prior to the couple's wedding. Plus, it isn't the first time the Trump-Kushners have been photographed on their way to synagogue. If we're correct, surely Trump's hat, which the Daily Mail called a " '60s era fash- ion statement that looks like something Holly Golightly would have worn," is not merely a fashion statement but a hair-covering device, too. Funny--we pegged her as a doily wearer. Drake's new gig: Reinvent- ing the Raptors The NBA's Toronto Raptors are gearing up for a makeover from none other than Drake, the city's very own Jewish rap sensation. We know, you're probably wondering if you can infuse cool into a losing team with a tougher, redder Barney for a mascot. But according to the Toronto Star, the execs behind it all are modeling the rebranding on another very successful rapper-basketball joint venture: Jay-Z and the Brooklyn Nets. Ivanka Trump also very Jersey-fled) chick named Barbara Sugarman, played by Scarlett Johansson, who really is Jewish. As no specific scenes were cited and we haven't seen the film ourselves, at this time we at 6NoBacon will abstain from weighing in. But we're guessing it probably can't be much worse stereotype-wise than the upcoming Jewish rom-com "Jewtopia," right? Ivanka Trump walking to synagogue (we're pretty sure) A photo taken last week of "Apprentice" judge Ivanka Trump wearing a "skirted power suit" and a hat was de- constructed by the Daily Mail, in a piece about her maternity style. Guesses were made as to where Trump, who is eight months pregnant, was headed as she walked the streets of Manhattan with hubbie Jared Kushner and their 2-year-old daughter, Arabella Rose. "Hip hop's cool uncle took an (incredibly tiny) owner- ship position in exchange for polishing the shield," the Toronto Star says of Jay-Z. "He didn't have to do much. Switch from Yankees to Nets ball-caps. Show up to a few games. Whisper in the ears of a few guys who grew up on The Blueprint. The result is an almost instant contender, the sort of marquee brand future hall of famers want to be associated with." Now it's Drake's turn. The self-described "Raptors fan to the death" will launch a team-based clothing line and consult on the redesign of the Raptors image for the 20th anniversary of the franchise in the 2014-2015 season. The hope is that Toronto, which will host the 2016 NBA All-Star game, will soon become a go-to city for the league's players. And that Drake does something with that dinosaur. Sebastian Thoen's slur on French TV Jews in France are riled up over an inflammatory comment made by Sebastian Thoen, a humorist on French TV, earlier this month, The Algemeiner reports. On the prime-time "Le Grand Journal" show, Thoen was introducing the popu- lar Jewish comedian Elie Semoun, who was promoting his new book. "You never embarked into communitarianism [...] You could have also appeared in the streets selling jeans and diamonds from the back of a car saying 'Israel is always right, f*** Palestine woualala.., but you did not... One can be Jewish and not be completely disgusting. No offense to some!" Thoen said, according to a translation provided to the AIgemeiner. Was something lost in translation, or was the "joke" really as horrifying as it sounds? French speakers can watch and see for themselves. We'll take the Representative Coun- cil of French Jewish Institu- tions' word for it, though, and chalk this one up to an example of the "trivialization of anti-Semitism." For the latest Jewish celeb- rity news, visit JTA 's 6Degrees (No Bacon) biog. Seeking Kin: new generation rekindles enduring bonds By Hillel Kuttler The "Seeking Kin" column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. BALTIMORE (JTA)--Teen- agers Mark Matsuki and Leon Feldman came to study in the Boston area this summer as strangers and left as friends, unintentionally regrafting family-like branches of a tree that first took root four gen- erations ago. In Leningrad in 1932, Dora Belinsky, Julia Kritchevski and Natasha Gershovich met as first-graders and estab- lished what would become lifelong bonds. The parents of the girls became friends, too, and the families vacationed together following the ninth- grade term. They were returning to Leningrad as the German attack on the Russian city began on June 22, 1941. They reached the city by foot and would survive its siege. For the rest of their lives, the three girls rarely spoke about the deprivations and trauma "they experienced. They all married in the 1940s and raised families nearwhere they grew up, in the city's center. Gershovich became a pedia- trician; her patients included the children of Belinsky and Kritchevski. The next genera- tion became friends, too. Soon after the Iron Cur- tain fell in 1989, Kritchevski and her family immigrated to Germany, and Belinsky and her clan to the United States. Gershovich remained in Leningrad, since renamed St. Petersburg, and often visits Kritchevski in Germany. But when Belinsky died about a decade ago, the connections between the descendants frayed. Still, Kritchevski's granddaughter, Maria, remembered that Be- linsky's granddaughter Dina had married a Japanese man. So when Feldman, Maria Kritchevski's 15-year-old son, called home a few months ago from Brandeis University, where he was attending the Genesis program for Jewish high-schoolers, she asked about his experiences and the friends he had made. Leon mentioned Matsuki, a boy living near Indianapolis. Kritchevski asked whether courtesy Dina Belinsky Mark Matsuki, left, and Leon Feldman at a Brandeis Uni- versity program re-established a family connection begun in 1932 by their great-grandmothers. courtesy Dina Belinsky Dora Belinsky, center, and Julia Kritchevski--with the latter's husband, Roman Lanzmanmestablished an enduring bond after meeting as first-graders. Mark's mother was named Dina; the answer was yes. Upon receiving the news,"I was crying all night long be- cause it was so unbelievable," Kritchevski said recently from Berlin, where she works as a radio broadcaster. "My grandmother was Dina's grandmother's best friend. Their husbands were also friends. My grandmother kept in touch with Dina's grandmother all the time after [the latter] moved to the United States. And all these years later, my son went to the U.S. and met Mark!" Similar reconnections have occurred occasionally over the years at Genesis, a month-long program based at Brandeis that draws students from around the world. Dina Belinsky said she remembers Maria as her classmate at Elementary and Middle School No. 207, near Nevsky Prospekt, Leningrad's commercial center. As had their own mothers and grand- mothers when they were girls, Dina and Maria visited one another's homes, went to the park and"did what you do with your best friends," she said. So their sons discovering one another is "almost like finding a long-lost relative," she said. To Maria Kritchvski, the reconnection is "very impor- tant because the chain was a little bit broken" due to the emigrations of more than 20 years ago. "Dina and I knew about each other by the stories our Seeking kin on page 15A