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A guilt-free recipe for a Shavuot treat to beat the heat

Tuesday June 3, 2014
For the lactose intolerant looking for a cool creamy treat in the summer heat this Shavuot, here is a vegan alternative for an ice cream you can make in roughly five minutes with one main ingredient.

You can then dress up your dish with toppings galore.

Click here for the recipe.

A holiday parody of a different sort

Tuesday June 3, 2014
While we at Heebonics often showcase the latest holiday-themed parodies of popular music and Hollywood movies, here's a quick overview of the significance of the holiday of Shavuot.

It'll take 60 seconds to watch, the same amount of time it will take to scarf down some of the traditional dairy foods.

Chag Samyach.

BAC2Fashion breaks records in its sixth year

Thursday May 29, 2014
UJA Community Connect’s sixth annual BAC2Fashion event, a young adult initiative showcasing the hottest fashions of Toronto's top clothing providers, took over The Warehouse in Downsview Park in Toronto May 28.

Funds raised from the 2014 gala continue to support social, recreational, educational, cultural, and health programs for seniors. While a finally tally has not yet been reached at the time of this posting, the event amassed just over $55,000. Aside from the eye-catching fashions, attendees to the event were treated to musical performances before and during the outstanding event.

From a hip hop violinist to the rising Canadian chanteuse Daniella Watters, the visual and audible arts in all forms were very much on display. Here's just a glimpse of what you might have missed and be sure to check out Daniella's music video for Missing My Love below.



Justin Timberlake prays at the Kotel

Wednesday May 28, 2014

Timbelake posted this photo of him praying.Pop superstar Justin Timberlake landed in Israel and went straight to the Western Wall, a day before his scheduled Tel Aviv concert.
Timberlake avoided most of the paparazzi, landing at 3 a.m. on May 27 and heading straight to the wall with his wife, actress Jessica Biel, and his parents. He posted a photo of himself at the site on Instagram.
“The Holy Land… What an experience. I will never forget this day. #Israel,” he tweeted.
Timberlake is scheduled to perform May 28 at Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park as part of his 20/20 Experience World Tour.

Indianapolis dad, 38, wins big on NBC's The Voice

Thursday May 22, 2014
Thirty-eight-year-old Jewish soul singer Josh Kaufman won Season 6 of NBC's The Voice singing competition May 20 with a show-stopping version of Stevie Wonder's Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

The Florida-born Kaufman, whose father is Jewish, now lives in Indianapolis with his wife and three children and supports himself with local music gigs and SAT tutoring.

The bespectacled, fedora-wearing Kaufman was part of Team Usher on The Voice, having been stolen away from Team Adam, led by Adam Levine, lead vocalist of  the pop rock group Maroon 5.

Beating out challengers Jake Worthington and Chrsitina Grimmie in the final, he became the first "stolen" contestant to win the reality competition.

Below is a video of Kaufman singing Get Her Back with mega-pop star Robin Thicke.

Jay Leno visits Israel

Thursday May 22, 2014
The successor to late-night legend Johnny Carson and the now former host of The Tonight Show, comedian Jay Leno arrived in Israel on Tuesday visiting the country for his first time to host the Genesis Prize ceremony today in Jerusalem honouring former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.

After touching down in the holy land, Leno said he was “deeply honoured” to have been given the opportunity to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

 In the video you, can her Netanyahu thanking the comedian for “many long [and] funny nights" during his long run on the NBC late night talk show.

Magic keeps it classy with Donald Sterling

Thursday May 15, 2014
Magic Johnson said Donald Sterling’s diminishing comments in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper earlier this week of his charitable efforts in the African-American community would not harm relations between the Jewish and black communities.

“One thing great about the African-American and Jewish communities is that they have worked well together over years, and we will continue to work with the Jewish community,” Johnson, the former Los Angeles Lakers star, said in an interview May 13 with gossip website TMZ.

The basketball Hall of Famer spoke to TMZ in the wake of the latest controversial statements by Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers who was banned last month from the National Basketball Association following a racist rant captured on audio.

“I think his strategy is to attack me and then also pit both communities against each other, but it’s not going to work,” said Johnson, who is a co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.

In his first interview since the leaking of a taped conversation with a girlfriend in which he slanders blacks, Sterling told Cooper May 12 that he should be credited for his charitable work.

“Jews, when they get successful, they will help their people,” Sterling said. “And some of the African-Americans – maybe I’ll get in trouble again – they don’t want to help anybody.”

In what was intended to be an effort to apologize and rehabilitate his image, Sterling instead went on to attack Johnson for his past promiscuousness.

His rant in the original conversation with his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, was prompted by Stiviano appearing in an Instagram photo with Johnson.

Johnson, who is HIV positive, has done considerable work to raise awareness about AIDS, including in Israel.

With files from JTA

A trend to come: the drive-by bar mitzvah?

Thursday May 15, 2014
As The CJN continues to investigate the cost of eating Kosher in Canada, we'd be remiss if we didn't report on the a new way to avoid going all out in spending on a costly bar mitzvah in Hollywood.

Lisa Kudrow, the kooky Phoebe on the popular NBC sitcom Friends, sat down with late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien to tell the tale of how her son, now 16, found himself bar mitzvahed by Chabadniks at an L.A. mall.

Kudrow referred to the quick service, which happened during a routine shopping trip, jokingly as a "drive-by bar mitzvah" and told Conan that when her family found out about him "becoming a man," they showered him with traditional gifts.

For celebrities and friends of celebrities, that apparently means lot and lots of money!

RealView Imaging’s 3D tech featured on Grey's Anatomy

Thursday May 8, 2014
Tikkun olam, repairing the world, starts with repairing ourselves, and an Israeli medical technology company is showing top doctors how to do just that.
RealView Imaging's futuristic 3D holographic system is similar to CGI-rendered versions seen recently on film, such as in all three Iron Man movies,  but, the practical uses for such systems are now being demonstrated beyond the realm of science fiction and being applied to life-saving situations.

In a recent episode of ABC's Grey's Anatomy, viewers of the show saw how RealView Imaging, based in the small northern Israeli city of Yokneam, is making it possible for surgeons to use three-dimensional holography in planning the steps of delicate and complex procedures.

The unique display and interface system projects hyper-realistic, dynamic 3D holographic images “floating in the air” without the need for special eyeglasses or even a conventional 2D screen.

Physicians can literally touch and intimately interact with the image —  giving surgeons an unprecedented opportunity for guidance before taking a knife to a patient.


The future of technology is wondrous and if used for the right purposes, can do a world of good.

Mandy Patinkin: staunch advocate for peace

Thursday May 8, 2014
Mandy Patinkin and Homeland co-star Claire Danes A peace activist in both his professional and everyday life, Mandy Patinkin, the veteran stage, screen and TV actor who currently stars as Saul Berenson on the Showtime hit Homeland, recently accepted the Yitzhak Rabin Peace Award from Americans for Peace Now.

Patinkin – who sits on the board of the NGO, which is the sister organization to Shalom Achshav, Israel's pre-eminent peace group – works to ensure Israel's future by mobilizing support for policies that Peace Now believes will lead to a long-lasting peace for the state and its neighbours.

In a statement during the ceremony directed at the writers of his beloved series, Patinkin proposed that if the peace process doesn't advance, Homeland should do a season (or a spin-off) about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Perhaps in Hollywood fiction, at least, the dream can become a reality.

Patinkin, who is also known for his singing,  wrapped up his acceptance speech by leading the audience in a sing-along of the popular peace anthem by Sheva founder Moshe Ben-Ari Od Yavo Shalom Aleinu.

Listen below.

Actor and director Assi Dayan, son of Israeli icon Moshe Dayan, dead at 68

Thursday May 1, 2014
Sad news out of Israel today as filmmaker and actor Assi Dayan, the son of the late IDF general and former defence minister Moshe Dayan, was found dead in Tel Aviv.

He was 68 and had reportedly suffered from serious health problems.

The younger Dayan appeared in some 50 Israeli films and television series, and directed at least 16 films, including some considered Israeli classics.

In recent years, he starred in the popular TV drama B’Tipul or In Treatment, which was adapted for U.S. television.

He began his acting career in the 1967 film He Walked Through the Fields. Among the films he directed were Halfon Hill Doesn’t Answer, Life According to Agfa, and An Electric Blanket Named Moshe.

He received a lifetime achievement award at the Jerusalem International Film Festival in 1998.

NASA honours original Captain Kirk

Thursday May 1, 2014
Canadian William Shatner, best known as Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise on the classic sci-fi TV series Star Trek, received a distinguished public service medal earlier this week from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Shatner was presented with the space agency's highest civilian honour at his annual Hollywood Charity Horse Show, which raises money for children in need.

He was recognized "for outstanding generosity and dedication to inspiring new generations of explorers around the world, and for unwavering support for NASA and its missions of discovery," NASA said.

"William has been so generous with his time and energy in encouraging students to study science and math, and for inspiring generations of explorers, including many of the astronauts and engineers who are a part of NASA today," NASA spokesman David Weaver said on stage at Shatner's event. "He's most deserving of this prestigious award."

The venerable actor has had a longstanding relationship with NASA and its programs, stretching back to when the original Star Trek aired in the 1960s. In the last three years, Shatner has voiced the introductions to, and hosted, a series of NASA video productions.

Shatner was deeply moved by the honour and tweeted his appreciation thusly:




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