Jews Making News: Amrany, Fox

Jews Making News: Amrany, Fox


Actor Michael J Fox returning to the small screen.
Actor Michael J Fox returning to the small screen.

Michael J Fox returns to Television

After years of guest performances, Michael J Fox is coming home, returning to the tube to star in the new “The Michael J Fox Show.”

He will be playing the role of Mike Henry, a news reporter who left his job after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Sound familiar. It should!

Fox was diagnosed with the disease decades ago and is now a leading spokesman for the organization funding research into the treatment and cure of the disease.

The show is focused on the life and times of Mike Henry – how Parkinson’s affects both him and his family, and how he balances his work-related responsibilities with his home life.

The new show, considered a “family comedy,” is growing in popularity, even though its only aired once. That said, the show’s trailer has gotten over 2 million views.

In his early days as an actor, Fox starred in “Teen Wolf,” “High School USA,” “Poison Ivy,” and the “Back to the Future” film franchise.

Fox, who isn’t Jewish, is married to a Jew. His Judaism, however, extends well past his relationship with his wife. The couple is raising their four children as Jews and Fox, so the rumor goes, attends Temple in Manhattan on a fairly regular basis.

All we can say is Mazel Tov!

Sculptor Omri Amrany Selected to honor Yankee Pitching Ace

Omri Amrany was drafted when something special was needed to honor Mariano Rivera, the Yankee celeb and ace pitcher, who is retiring this year.

Amrany, an Israeli sculptor, came up with a special tribute: a broken bat. It’s meant to symbolize the lightning-fast speed and strength of Rivera’s pitches.

Amrany is known for his artistic efforts, especially in the world of sports. He’s been creating special and lasting images in honor of sports stars for years. His big break came in the early 1990s when he was commissioned to do a piece recognizing the talent of basketball legend Michael Jordan.

Over the years he’s sculpted a number of iconic pieces in honor of football coaches, baseball and hockey players and, well, more basketball stars, including Kareem Abdul-Jabar. Now that’s a tall order.

Amrany grew up in Israel, on Kibbutz Ashdot Yaakov, near the Galilee. He expressed interest in art at an early age and was sent to Italy to study sculpting. His career has taken him around the world and today he lives in Highland, Ill. with his wife and their son.


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