The Future King Goes to Yeshiva & Other Orthodox Jews in the News
Actress Mayim Bialik looked gorgeous at this week’s SAG Awards, which she attributed to Miri Couture, a modern Orthodox designer. Noting the dress’ options for sleeve and other modifications, the actress talked politics as well as fashion.
Joyce Azria isn’t your average fashion empire heiress: the Orthodox Jewish designer joined BCBG straight out of college as a swimwear designer, and later took over as creative director for BCBGeneration. Now, she has her own line in Avec les Filles, combining trendy high-low styling and boutique experiences with clothes, shoes, accessories and fine jewelry at Forever 21 prices.
The Prince of Wales joked about whether food was Kosher while visiting an Orthodox Jewish school to learn about the work the students do in the community. Yavneh College has been recognized for its outstanding work in the community by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, who invited HRH Prince Charles to visit the school.
Netanel Paley, a 21-year-old Orthodox Jewish Yeshiva University (YU) junior majoring in biology with a minor in music, said it was precisely the “academically rigorous environment” at Jewish institutions — where “everyone has to adapt to a dual religious-secular curriculum” — that gave him the tools to compete in this year’s “College Championship” of the hit TV trivia quiz show “Jeopardy!” The Teaneck native is competing against 14 other contenders from across the US for a grand prize of $100,000.
From the close-fitting black skullcap perched atop his head to the full, free-flowing beard flecked with grey, Shneur Odze, Ukip’s candidate for Manchester Mayor, wears his Orthodox Judaism with pride. A close confidante of both former Ukip leader Nigel Farage and new leader Paul Nuttall, Odze is running against the firm Labour favourite, Andy Burnham, for the Manchester metro mayor.
A chef from Thailand has converted his 3-year-old restaurant, Nikuya Sushi Thai, to a kosher version under the name Kosha in Boca Raton. His new partners are an orthodox Jewish couple who were inspired to launch a kosher Thai venture after their trip to Thailand.
Hip-hop artist Lil Wayne suggested on Monday that his fans treat their significant others to a glass of kosher wine on Valentine’s Day. DJ Khaled drank from a bottle of Bartenura in his music video, and Jewish-Canadian rapper Drake sang about sipping “a glass of Moscato” in his 2015 song, “Do It Now.”