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SJ Super 7

by: Leslie Bunder and Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2004-09-22

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker

The seven most amazing things you will discover in Jewish life and culture.  This week: Jews rule TV as Sarah Jessica Parker wins an Emmy, William Shatner stars in cereal advert, Golem return with a brilliant album and Val Kilmer delivers the Ten Commandments…

1. It's Jew-tastic – Jews win telly awards: It was a great night for Jewish writers and performers at the prestigious Emmy awards, which recognise achievements in TV. Not only did our Sarah Jessica Parker win Best Comedy Actress for Sex and The City, but William Shatner picked up the award for Best Guest appearance in a drama series (and went on to present an award with the non-kosher Sharon Stone).

Meanwhile, TV sitcom Arrested Development scooped a trio of awards including Best Comedy and Best Writing. The show, due to begin on the BBC very soon, follows the fortunes of the Bluth family – whose father is sent to prison and rediscovers his Judaism while behind bars.

What's more, the whole shebang was hosted by Garry Shandling, aka Larry Sanders. Only major disappointment of the evening was a lack of recognition for Curb Your Enthusiasm, which is SJ's favourite US sitcom of the last decade. Quite how Larry David was overlooked is beyond us.

Maybe the Jews who run Hollywood took offence to the episode in which he is accused of being a self-hating Jew for whistling Wagner. Meanwhile, Emmy winner Sarah Jessica Parker can currently be seen in a series of adverts for clothing company Gap alongside fellow Semite superstar Lenny Kravitz.

2. Golem still rocks: SJ has had a chance to hear the new album from New York klezmer combo Golem – and it's a great follow-up to their debut Libeshmertzn. Homesick Songs takes a musical journey through the towns and shtetls of Eastern Europe, including Odessa. To find out more, check out the band's website: www.golemrocks.com

3. RIP Marvin: Divorce laywer to the stars Marvin Mitchelson has died at the age of 76. Mitchelson was renowned for taking on the high-profile divorce cases of a string of celebrities, including Joan Collins, Bob Dylan, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Mike Tyson – and will remain best known as the man who coined the term palimony, to describe the division of assets among unmarried couples who broke up. His own marriage lasted 45 years. But it wasn't all plain sailing for Mitchelson – he was jailed for tax evasion in 1996. He was released the following year and regained his law licence in 2000

4. Heavy metal Jews: SJ's new favourite Jewish band are The Makkabees, a group given to doing heavy metal versions of Jewish standards. Their thrashy version of Hava Nagila has to be heard to be believed – and they've given similar treatment to Oseh Shalom, Hinei Matov, Od Yeshoma and a string of other tracks on their debut album Vol. Aleph. Find out more at: www.makkabees.com

5. Madonna in Israel: The Queen of Pop, now known as Esther, has done what many couldn't do – showed that it's as safe to travel to Israel as crossing the road. Madge visited the Holy Land for Rosh Hashanah as part of an international Kabbalah gathering. 2,000 other Kabbalists joined her in the Promised Land.

6. More Shatner: The man formerly known as Captain Kirk and TJ Hooker is now back on the small screen – albeit in an advert. Shatner is currently appearing in commercials for All Bran. The ad shows Shatner extolling the virtues of the popular British cereal and how it can change your life. As every Jewish mother knows, All Bran works best with prunes. Let's hope it keeps Shatner regular.

7. Val does Moses: Former Batman actor Val Kilmer is currently starring as Moses in a new musical based on The Ten Commandments, which recently opened in Los Angeles. The non-Jewish actor, who recently lost a dispute over a tax refund, has been preparing for the role by immersing himself in all things Jewish including taking part in Shabbat dinners. SJ can't wait for it to come to London.