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SJ Super 7

by: Leslie Buncder and Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2004-02-12

Alicia Silverstone in Miss Match

Alicia Silverstone in Miss Match

The seven most amazing things you will discover in Jewish life and culture.  This week: Alicia Silverstone’s 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 Alicia’s 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. It’s a dog’s life: this year the family pet can also take part in Purim festivities thanks to the folks at 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:


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: 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. It’s 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 year’s 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 Keaton’s ex-husband in the new comedy Something’s Gotta Give? Of course you do – it’s none other than Starsky himself, aka Paul Michael Glaser. True, he only shows up in a couple of scenes – but given it’s his first major film appearance for nearly 20 years, it’s still significant.