Jews Making News: Israel’s Odeya Rush Lands ‘Goosebumps’

Odeya Rush

Israeli actress, 16-year-old Odeya Rush has been cast alongside Jack Black as the young female lead in Sony’s adaptation of the “Goosebumps” series. Rush will play Black’s yet-to-be-named niece, based off R.L. Stine’s phenomenally popular works.

The young actress is best known for her role in Disney’s “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” and just finished filming “The Giver,” with Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep.

In addition, the news recently surfaced that
Rush had signed on to star as none other than Mary in “Mary, Mother of Christ.” The biblical film is set for release in late 2014.

Born in Haifa, Israel, Rush moved to the U.S. at the age of 9. She attended N.E. Miles Jewish Day School in Birmingham, Ala., before the family made another move to New Jersey. Rush is one of seven siblings, with six brothers.

 

 

 

Jews Making News: Josh Gad Wins, Announces Baby

Josh Gad

Actor Josh Gad, of Disney’s “Frozen” fame, was recently honored at the 2014 Annie Awards, which highlights accomplishments in animation. Gad received the award for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production for his role as Olaf the Snowman.

“Frozen” has proved to be quite the success for Gad and co., grossing over $900 million worldwide. Cast mate Idina is even set to perform her track from the film, “Let It Go” at this year’s Academy Awards.

Besides his professional victories, Gad also had the good fortune of announcing the arrival of a new baby girl. This is his second child with wife Ida Darvish.

Gad was born in Hollywood, Florida and raised in a Jewish household. He went on to win the National Forensics League National Tournament Championship for Original Oratory and Humorous Interpretation. Gad graduated from Carnegie Mellon College of Fine Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama.