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12-Year-Old Kosher Keeper is Teen Chopped's Champion & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

12-Year-Old Kosher Keeper is Teen Chopped’s Champion & Other Orthodox Jews in the News


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Are Ultra-Orthodox Headscarves Trending For Fall 2018?
With the high holidays soon approaching, high fashion has been on our minds and in our shopping carts. We’ve seen the maxi skirt and the turtleneck make a comeback, but never have we seen the head covering trend thrown into this chic modest mix. Everyone from Gucci to Valentino, to even low-brow high street fashion mecca Zara, have seemingly sourced inspiration for their Fall 2018 collections from the Ultra-Orthodox — and we’re all for it.

Roseanne Barr Plans On Moving To Israel When ABC Airs ‘The Conners’, Will Not “Curse Or Bless” Spinoff
Roseanne Barr made another visit to Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s podcast to share her thoughts about ABC’s Roseanne spinoff The Conners, saying that she isn’t planning on watching (for obvious reasons), but instead, she plans on taking a trip to Israel. “I have an opportunity to go to Israel for a few months and study with my favorite teachers over there, and that’s where I’m going to go and probably move somewhere there and study with my favorite teachers.” She said that she is going to go and study “with any rabbi that I can ask to teach me. It’s my great joy and privilege to be a Jewish woman.”

Batsheva Hay Rethinks the Traditions of Feminine Dress
The term “Orthodox Judaism” describes a great range of traditions, customs, and forms of devotion, but no single mode of presentation. There are few rules for how Modern Orthodox—as opposed to “black-hat” Orthodox—women ought to dress. A Batsheva dress may not be a typical look for an Orthodox woman—or for any woman—but it is clear that Hay’s interest and immersion in Orthodox life have influenced her dressmaking. For Hay and Alexei, the question of how to negotiate their faiths within their marriage is an ongoing discussion.

Former Eagle to Share Journey From Football to Faith
Legendary all-star Rose Bowl running back Calvin Murray played football for the Philadelphia Eagles in the early ’80s. Yet he says his greatest touchdown was converting to Orthodox Judaism five years ago, and with his wife, Emunah, preparing to make aliyah.

LI Teen Table Tennis Star Aims for Tokyo Olympics
A 17-year-old table tennis star from West Hempstead is setting her sights on the Olympics. Estee Ackerman has showcased her skills in the U.S. Open and in the 2016 Rio Olympic trials. Her passion has had some challenges: Ackerman is the only Orthodox Jewish competitor in the U.S. Tennis Table Association. Religious observances prevent her from playing on a national stage on Saturdays.

ComScore Taps 360i’s Sarah Hofstetter As President
ComScore Inc. has tapped Sarah Hofstetter as president, as the company’s new chief executive, Bryan Wiener, works to rejuvenate the troubled media measurement business. The appointment reunites the two executives, longtime colleagues and friends who worked together for nearly two decades, most recently at 360i, a large digital ad and media agency. Ms. Hofstetter will be responsible for the company’s commercial strategy, including marketing and sales, as well as the movies reporting and analytics group that measures box office sales.

Orthodox Jewish Teen Becomes First ‘Chopped’ Champion Who Keeps Kosher
A 12-year-old from Staten Island, NY, became the first Orthodox Jew to win the Food Network cooking competition “Chopped” in an episode that aired on Tuesday night. Rachel Goldzal, who took home the grand prize of $10,000, is the first “Chopped” winner who keeps kosher. From the start, the seventh-grader wowed the judges on the hit show, where contestants are forced to use four random ingredients in their recipes, and have 20-30 minutes each round to create an appetizer, a main course and a dessert.

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Sara Levine

A former Hollywood script editor, Jerusalem event planner, non-profit fundraiser and professional blogger, Sara Levine is an accomplished writer and editor. After graduating from USC's School of Cinematic Arts, her first screenplay was well-received by story executives at major studios. As a journalist, her articles have been published internationally in popular magazines and websites. With over 18 years experience as a story consultant, her notes and critiques on novels and scripts have been used to select and improve material by top studios, networks, agencies and writers in Hollywood and beyond. She is currently at work on her first novel.