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Jewish Celebrity Roundup

Andy Cohen makes a deal with Bravo

Nobody puts Andy Cohen in a corner! And by “corner,” we mean the corporate offices of Bravo.

The Watch What Happens Live host has made a two-year deal with the network in which he will relinquish his position as executive vice president for talent and development, allowing him to spend more time focusing on his popular show, The New York Times reports.

Cohen will stay on as an executive producer on the Real Housewives franchise, and via his new production company, Most Talkative, he will continue to create programming for Bravo. “This is sort of freeing Andy from the corporate shackles,” Bravo President Frances Berwick said.

In other words, we can all now rest assured that the man who brought us Fashion Queens, Shahs of Sunset and, presumably, Princesses: Long Island, will not be stuck in the board room when he could be generating more cultural contributions and then subsequently deconstructing the contributions on WWHL”

Joshua Malina Joshua Malina Somebody deserves a Mazel of the Week, we think.

Joshua Malina on being Jewish in Hollywood

Some actors get typecast as villains, some as goofballs and some, like Scandal actor Joshua Malina, as “smart Jews in suits.” His words, not ours, spoken last week at Cornell University, as reported by The Cornell Daily Sun.

Malina, who also has starred in The West Wing and Sports Night, was at the Ivy League school delivering a talk titled “How to Make it in Hollywood and Remain a Mensch.” If that strikes you as vaguely annoying, you should know he opened by declaring that he’s not exactly sure he’s made it, or that he’s a mensch. “[They are] both unproven, merely selfproclaimed – but if you grant me the points it will go more smoothly,” Malina said, making the audience laugh and moving himself into bona fide mensch territory.

More evidence Malina might have actually done what the title claims: He thanked his parents for being so awesome and teaching him about Jewish values like charity through their own actions. “I grew up in a household that honored the Jewish tradition and instilled me with Jewish pride, something that I’m trying to pass on to my kids,” he said.

Malina as a teenager sort of knew Aaron Sorkin and, at the urging of his mother, reached out to the renowned producer/writer as an adult. Then Malina saved Sorkin’s life when Sorkin was choking on a burger. “In a perhaps not unrelated note, I’ve gone on to appear in almost anything he has written since then,” Malina said. His advice to aspiring actors: “Heimlich someone who’s more talented than you are.”

While he believes it’s completely OK to be critical of Israel, Malina, who spoke about his experience being the entertainment industry’s sole representative at a rally for Israel’s right to exist, doesn’t understand why the country doesn’t have more celebrity backing. “It can be lonely work trying to support Israel in Hollywood,” he said.

Sascha Seinfeld’s bat mitzvah bash

Mazel tov to Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld on the bat mitzvah of their daughter, Sascha. Of course, a congrats from the likes of us is sad and meaningless in comparison to well wishes from the king of mazel himself, Andy Cohen, who looked absolutely giddy (and squinty) in a party pic posted to Instagram by proud mom Jessica. The Bravo powerhouse was pictured alongside George Stephanopoulos, Jerry and the Seinfelds’ son, Shepherd.

A couple of things we learned about the bat mitzvah from said Instagram account:

1. She has inherited at least some of her dad’s sense of humor. A photo posted recently shows Sascha guzzling a bottle of (virgin) apple cider. The caption: “Gettin’ faded, pre-Bat Mitzvah.”

2. Sascha turned 13 a couple of weeks before the big event, as documented in an adorable, bespectacled shot of her blowing out the candles on her cake. Can she rock nerd glasses or what?

What we really want to know, though, is who was invited up for the candle-lighting ceremony? What were the party favors? And did Julia Louis-Dreyfus show up and do the Elaine dance?

Adam Levine is ‘Sexiest Man’

It’s been a big year for ridiculously attractive Jewish celebrities. Mila Kunis was named “Sexiest Woman in the World” by FHM, Scarlett Johansson nabbed Esquire’s “Sexiest Woman Alive” award, and now there’s the undeniably hot Adam Levine. The Maroon 5 frontman and judge on The Voice has been named People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” for 2013.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Levine is the first Jewish man to receive the title. Mazel tov!

Adam Levine is NOT the first

Adam Levine is NOT the first Jewish man picked Sexiest Man Alive. Harrison Ford (1998) was. Ford's mother was 100% Jewish. Levine's isn't.

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