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SJ Super 7

by: Leslie Bunder and Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2004-02-29

Ben Stiller as Starksy

Ben Stiller as Starsky

The seven most amazing things you will discover in Jewish life and culture.  This week: Ben Stiller takes on Starsky, Malcolm Rifkind makes his political comeback and Hebrew National enter the Mezuzah market.


1 Stiller turns to Starsky: Something Jewish has had a sneak preview of Ben Stiller’s next film, a big-screen version of the 70s cop show Starsky and Hutch – and it’s one of the coolest, funniest movies you’re likely to see all year. Ben takes over where Paul Michael Glaser left off as Starsky, complete with dodgy wardrobe and perm – while the big Bat Mitzvah sequence (and when was the last time you saw one of those in a movie?) is worth the admission price alone. It opens in the UK on March 19.


2. Let there be light: a new invention in the US is set to end the problem of not being able to turn the lights on and off on Shabbat. Kosherlamp consists of a pair of cylinders with a fluorescent lamp inside, which is revealed when the outer cylinder is twisted. The device has already received full rabbinic approval and, according to its website, means you can “finally read in bed on Shabbat.” Find out more at:


3. Not Messing Around: hot on the heels of Tori Spelling’s online wedding lists comes one for actress Debra Messing’s forthcoming baby shower. If you want to buy the Will And Grace star a gift to celebrate the happy event, pay a visit to: where you can choose from a selection of Babygros, bibs, kimonos and even an electronic play gym.


4. Politically Correct: former Foreign and Scottish Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind is set to make a political comeback after becoming the next Tory candidate for the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The former Cabinet Minister lost his last parliamentary seat in Edinburgh Pentlands in 1997.


5.Kosher hot dogs: looking for a new Mezuzah? Why not buy one in the shape of a mustard covered hot dog, courtesy of the folks at Hebrew National? It costs $25 and doesn’t include parchment, but according to the official website is “unique”. Check out Hebrew National to see for yourself.


6. Green movies: former Carlton Chairman Michael Green has launched a bid to buy the UCI cinema chain reportedly making an opening offer of £319m for the multiplexes. The news comes just days before Suzie Gold, produced by his daughter Rebecca, opens in cinemas.


7. Not so little: A special service has taken place at the smallest shul in the UK to celebrate it becoming bigger. Newport Hebrew Congregation, which was founded in 1998 in a hall next to the local Jewish cemetery, now has a ladies’ gallery, as well as a brand new cloakroom and kitchen.