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Amanda Peet Penning Children’s Book About Being Jewish
Random House Children’s Books announced Tuesday that it will release “Dear Santa, Love Rachel Rosenstein,” a picture book that the actress-playwright collaborated on with her friend Andrea Troyer.

The story revolves around a young Jewish girl who wonders why Santa doesn’t visit her house. According to a statement Peet issued through Random House, she was inspired by her two children, who asked why the family didn’t have a Christmas tree or holiday lights. Peet says she wanted to write about the feeling of being “left out.”

Peet was born in New York City, the daughter of Penny (née Levy), a social worker, and Charles D. Peet, Jr., a corporate lawyer. Peet’s father is a Quaker and Peet’s mother is Jewish. Peet attended Friends Seminary, then studied history at and graduated from Columbia University.

Zach Braff to Star in His Own Kickstarter-Funded Film

Zach Braff is back again with a comedy-drama featuring the character Aidan Bloom (Braff), who at 35 seems to have the perfect life in “Wish I was Here.” But, as always, things aren’t as great as they look. Braff’s character does a bit of soul searching after learning that his father’s cancer has returned.

On top of that, it turns out that Bloom aspires to be an actor, but as it is an unstable profession, he ends up not having enough money to send his kids to a private school. He does what any loving father would,he decides to home school his kids and learns a lot about his family in the process. The movie already a success at 2014 Sundance Film Festival will have a wide release beginning July 18.

Braff was born in South Orange, New Jersey. His father, Harold Irwin “Hal” Braff, is a trial attorney and sociology professor, and his mother, Anne Brodzinsky, worked as a clinical psychologist. Braff’s father was born into a Jewish family, and Braff’s mother, originally a Protestant, converted to Judaism before marrying his father. Braff has said that he had a “very strong Conservative/Orthodox upbringing;”; he became a Bar Mitzvah at Oheb Shalom Congregation, N.J.