SJ Super 7
by: Leslie Buncder and Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2004-02-12
Alicia Silverstone in Miss Match
The seven most amazing things you will discover in Jewish life and culture. This week: Alicia Silverstones new TV show comes to the UK, Leeds goes kosher, buy a wedding present for Tori Spelling and pets get to dress up for Purim.
1 Alicias back: nearly a decade after she charmed cinemagoers in Clueless, Alicia Silverstone is making it big on the small screen in the comedy drama Miss Match, starring as a lawyer with a nice sideline in bringing couples together. The good news is that UK viewers now have a chance to see the show for themselves; digital/cable channel have just started screening it.
2. Springtime for Berlin: Germany may well become the next country to play host to a production of Mel Brooks Broadway hit The Producers. According to the veteran director, a group of German tourists will fly to New York next month to see the show, and if they give Springtime For Hitler the thumbs-up, then the rest of Berlin will also have the chance to see the show.
3. Its a dogs life: this year the family pet can also take part in Purim festivities thanks to the folks at Buycostumes.com. The Pup Shalom range comprises a blue tallit and matching head covering and comes in either small (to fit Jack Russell, Beagle and other similarly-sized dogs) or large (ideal for Rottweilers, Dalmatians or similar). Whatever next? Cat Tzitzit? Check it out at: www.buycostumes.com
4. Perfect Spelling: Former Beverly Hills 90210 star Tori Spelling is getting married in August. And for those who want to buy her a present, her wedding list is available online at: www.williamssonoma.com. SJ is torn between the Asian cookbook, the citrus trumpet and the cow-shaped cream jug - but has drawn the line at an espresso maker costing a whopping $1799.
5. Its kosher up north: Restaurateurs Shimon and Kay Maiara look set to open a kosher Chinese restaurant in Leeds after their Manchester eaterie Pagoda proved a hit with the Leeds Jewish population (with over 100 diners a week making the journey down to Manchester to eat there) At the moment, the city has a kosher bakery but no kosher restaurant.
6. Sporting triumph: Israeli tennis junior Shahar Peer has won the girls singles at this years Australian Open. The 16-year-old, from Maccabim near Mod'im, beat Czech player Nicole Vaidisova 6-1, 6-4 to become the first Israeli to take the title since Anna Smashnova in 1991.
7. Comeback of the week: recognise that actor playing Diane Keatons ex-husband in the new comedy Somethings Gotta Give? Of course you do its none other than Starsky himself, aka Paul Michael Glaser. True, he only shows up in a couple of scenes but given its his first major film appearance for nearly 20 years, its still significant.