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Heebonics is a division of The Canadian Jewish News bringing news and views to Jews in their 20's and 30's interested in Jewish culture, including music, film, travel, business, social activism, and more.
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Sarah Silverman tweets support for Meretz

Thursday March 12, 2015
In The Canadian Jewish News this week, experts weigh in on whom they believe Israelis will choose as their next prime minister March 17.

American comedian Sarah Silverman, meanwhile, took to her Twitter account yesterday and tweeted to her followers that if any of them are Meretz supporters, Israel's left-wing social democratic party, they must get out to their local voting station next week to keep the party afloat in the Knesset.

Founded in 1992, Meretz won 12 seats in the election that year to establish itself as the third-largest party in the country, joining the coalition led by then-prime minister Yitzhak Rabin. In the years since, the party has struggled to hold on to its presence in Israel's Parliament, winning only three seats in 2008, but doubling its representation to six two years ago.

Silverman's tweet reads as follows "ISRAEL! If you are a Meretz supporter you NEED to VOTE MARCH 17. Every vote counts. If you don’t vote, you can’t complain.”

Though Silverman is known for her liberal politics, another reason behind her social media outcry may be the fact her sister, Rabbi Susan Silverman, is a Meretz candidate, albeit a bit of a long shot, as she's No. 20 on the party list, and with Meretz's electoral track record, it seems rather unlikely she'll be voted in.

The party needs a minimum of 3.25 per cent of the vote (or approximately four seats) to gain representation in the next Knesset, making its future uncertain.

Drake track showcases our heritage

Thursday March 12, 2015
If you grew up watching TV or movies in the 1990s and early 2000s, you've likely been exposed to Heritage Minutes.

A bilingual Canadian legacy project and the brainchild of philanthropist Charles Bronfman, the 60-second short films honoured significant Canadian figures, events or stories that have shaped the country's history, and they became an iconic part of Canadian TV and cinema. While the dramatizations may not necessarily be completely factual, they have broadened our collective understanding of Canada's culture and identity.

In past years, the Heritage Minutes have been parodied on CBC programs such as This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Royal Canadian Air Farce, and the Rick Mercer Report.

But until now, there has never been an internet meme on this side of the border quite like this.

Appropriately titled A Part OVO Heritage this 60-second video fuses the track Started from the Bottom by Drake – a.k.a. Aubrey Graham, Canada's hottest selling hip hop & R&B rapper – to some of the most memorable clips from the most popular Heritage Minutes.

While Drake has not yet commented on the tribute, we believe it would be something along the lines of "O Canada..." :-)

Leonard Nimoy's lasting legacy: "Remember!"

Thursday March 5, 2015
American actor, film director, poet, singer-songwriter and photographer Leonard Nimoy was beloved by many for his role as Spock, the Vulcan and Starfleet science officer on the U.S.S. Enterprise.

Many believe Spock was the moral compass that steered the starship, first under the command of Capt. Christopher Pike in the original Star Trek pilot The Cage in 1965 and then, of course, serving with Capt. James T. Kirk, portrayed by Nimoy's good friend William Shatner, from 1966 to 1969 on TV, followed by six feature films that featured the 1960s cast.

Last week, as we all know, the world lost perhaps the most influential "alien" in pop culture. Nimoy succumbed to complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) at the age of 83.

To honour his legacy, we're looking back at two of the most humorous commercials we could find in which he parodied aspects of his character.

In the first clip, which coincided with J.J. Abrams franchise reboot in 2009, Nimoy prepares to take to the stage at a convention and can't seem to form his his famous Vulcan hand gesture, which accompanies his signature line, "Live long and prosper," so he's advised to take the pain medication Aleve.

In the second clip, Nimoy and actor Zachary Quinto, who assumed the mantle of the green-blooded Vulcan in the rebooted film franchise, get together in The Challenge, an Audi campaign commercial just two short years ago. The older, wiser Nimoy and the younger actor play a round of golf and go on a "friendly" lunch outing. Their chemistry together, both in and out of character, was truly outstanding.

While Shatner could not attend the funeral of his dear friend in person as Nimoy was laid to rest last Sunday, his dedication stands the test of time, from the end of Star Trek The Wrath of Khan to when he first learned the news of Nimoy's real-life passing, "Of my friend, I can only say this: Of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most… human."

 Leonard Simon Nimoy – R.I.P.

The CSA fan favourite award goes to...

Tuesday March 3, 2015
From left: Anna Silk, Zoie Palmer, Rachel Skarsten and Kris Holden-ReidAfter following Anna Silk and her hit show Lost Girl since its very beginning, we here at Heebonics want to wish her and the entire cast a heartfelt congratulations for being recognized as a fan favourite by Canadian viewers.

In a special category containing three new Canadian Screen Awards that were handed out during the 2015 gala in Toronto on March 1, a fan favourite award was bestowed on Silk, the show's lead actress and protagonist.

While the show is presently on hiatus having completed the first half of its final season, it is scheduled to return this fall with a satisfying and epic conclusion that will not disappoint its multi-faceted audience.

We'll be watching. How about you?

Iconic Israeli snack may curb peanut allergies

Thursday February 26, 2015
According to a paper published Feb. 23 in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers at King's College London found that keeping U.K. babies thought to be prone to hereditary peanut allergies away from the otherwise healthy nut may in fact be more likely to develop the allergy by not being exposed to the legume when compared to Israeli infants who are fed the popular peanut-flavoured snack Bamba.

We found these two articles from Size Doesn't Matter and ynet to be particularly informative about the study's results.

Take a look.

UberX app now serving Tel Aviv

Thursday February 26, 2015
Uber has received a lot of publicity in the last 18 months or so for significantly disrupting the way we think about grabbing a ride around the cities we live in or the cities we travel to.

The for-hire-vehicle service, which started in Paris in 2008, has benefited city-dwellers with a lower-cost alternative to traditional taxis and has unnerved mainstream industry operators.

Known as the black cab alternative, Uber has just released its UberX app in Tel Aviv.

There are in fact four categories of Uber. UberX is the least expensive in the line of services as drivers use their own everyday vehicles to accommodate a maximum of four travellers. UberXL offers up to six seats in a private SUV or minivan, while UberPlus is for groups of five to seven, and Uber Black Car functions as its executive service.

Those who call on UberX to get around Israel's hippest city will be charged just a small fee for gas.

Have you used Uber where you live? Share with us your experiences using the service.

To every generation a new parody

Thursday February 19, 2015
We are coming around to that time again, when holiday storytelling combines with Top 40 chart-topping hits from today's most popular music artists.

From generations to congregations and all manner of Jewish organizations in between, some of the parodies are quite impressive.

While we are still two weeks away from Purim, Shushan Funk, a riff on Bruno Mars' and Mark Ronson's groovin' Uptown Funk single, will have you bopping along in your seat.

Check it out!

Star Trek's original Capt. Kirk to land in Haven

Thursday February 19, 2015

After the November announcement that one our most blogged-about celebrities, William Shatner, will be joining Haven for a much-anticipated four-episode arc, here's hoping that we're getting closer to the TV series' return and the second half of its final season.

For those unfamiliar with the supernatural series, it's loosely based on the Stephen King novel The Colorado Kid. Strange events occur in a fictional seaside town in Maine where former FBI agent Audrey Parker, local detective Nathan Wuornos and smuggler Duke Crocker – portrayed, respectively, by Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant and Eric Balfour – struggle to protect the town from, and help its residents with, their supernatural afflictions, known as "troubles."

As the series progressed over the course of 4-1/2 seasons, Audrey has learned more about the mysteries of both Haven and her connection to the small, "troubled" town.

While it's still unknown what his exact role will be, Shatner's character will reportedly be pivotal as the series races to its conclusion, forever impacting the fate of the town of Haven and its people.

After the successful run Haven has had and the loyal fan-base it has amassed, when Stephen King approached networks with the idea for Under the Dome, CBS jumped at the chance to air it in the summer of 2013. Here's a look at how King and Haven have continued to keep viewers hooked since it began.

Haven  airs on Syfy in the United States and on Showcase in Canada. Return air dates have yet to be announced.

Zach Braff stirs the pot on Twitter

Thursday February 12, 2015
Former Scrubs actor turned director and producer Zach Braff took flak from many on Twitter after singer, songwriter and fashion designer Pharrell took to the Grammy stage last Sunday.

In Braff's opinion, Pharrell's bellboy-like attire seemed eerily similar to that of Braff's animated alter ego of a flying monkey in Oz The Great and Powerful, which hit theatres in 2013.

While some of Braff's fans attempted to defend the actor's tweet, in the wake of Charlie Hebdo and increased scrutiny on free speech, the Twittersphere erupted over the glib comment, which was taken as both an intentional and unintentional racist remark.

Looking at Pharrell's performance garb, would you have commented any differently?

The Kutchers are all-in when caring for Wyatt

Thursday February 12, 2015
While many in Hollywood have often opted to hire nannies to care for their celebrity newborns while they work long hours in studio or on set, the standard practice seems to be making a 180 among parental newbies like Ashton Kutcher and it-girl Mila Kunis.

Kutcher told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres in December the two had decided to go nanny-free (at least for now), choosing to care for their now-four-month-old daughter Wyatt strictly on their own.

“We just want to know our kid,” said Kutcher, quite pleased that he has the freedom to choose. “We want to be the people that know what to do when the baby’s crying to make the baby not cry anymore. We want to know, like, when she makes a little face or something, we want to be emotionally in touch with her. And I think the only way to do that is by being the one who’s there.”

For those who have watched his character Walden Schmidt on the CBS hit comedy Two and a Half Men, which is coming to an end of its run in two weeks, life either seems to be imitating art or vice versa: the character just adopted a young boy.

Israeli start-up Glide makes a splash at CES 2015

Thursday February 5, 2015
Like the Canadian International Auto Show, which rolls into Toronto next week from Feb. 13 to 22 and whose attendance rises each year, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last month drew more than 100,000 people.

Those who flock to the show are treated to amazing technological concepts by companies seeking distribution and additional funding sources to bring their innovations to market.

Israeli start-up and app-maker Glide believes it is at the forefront of replacing texting as the most popular form of instant messaging. While Samsung and Apple vie for dominance and wide adoption of their wearable technology, Glide founder and CTO Jonathan Caras' prototype Shenzen smart watch is showing off what could be the next big thing.

The application, available on Apple's IOS and Google's Android operating systems, differs from current industry leaders WhatsApp and iMessage by streaming videos to the intended recipients the moment recording begins. Video messages sent using iMessage and WhatsApp require uploads to a server and downloads that take much longer to process. Even Skype and FaceTime are burdensome in Caras' mind in terms of time commitment.

With Glide, all video is stored in the cloud, which means your device's memory is left uncluttered and the recordings are easily shareable en masse.

The company, founded three years ago, reports having more than 10 million U.S. users who have sent more than 500 million videos. While much of the technology world is scrutinizing the need for increased privacy measures and usage guidelines for photo, video and social applications, there are presently no restrictions on Glide. Anything can be transmitted via the app, something the company will likely have to refine before it can truly go mainstream.  

Nick Jonas causes a fan frenzy at a bat mitzvah

Thursday February 5, 2015
It would seem pop star Nick Jonas is making quite the business out of bar and bat mitzvah performances.

While not as scandalous as his gig in November at the Kirkorian bar mitzvah at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles – where co-headliner Iggy Azalea's pants split, revealing more than she had planned –  Jillian Glasgow's Paris-themed celebration in New York City this week is a Jewish life-cycle event that she, too, won't soon forget.

Without Glasgow's prior knowledge, Jonas took to the stage for a three-song set. He was reportedly paid $100,000 for the 30-minute solo-performance.

Thrilled as Glasgow was to have one of her favourite performers serenade her and her guests, seen here in this video, another young fan steals a precious moment of her own by running onto the stage to embrace the hit-maker and sing along on the bat mitzvah's microphone mid-song.

Top music artists making surprise appearances like this are a cultural trend that is clearly showing no signs of ending any time soon.

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