Jews Making News: Schreiber and Menzel

Jews Making News: Schreiber and Menzel

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JMN - Leiv Schreiber (1)Schreiber’s Golden Globe, Charity Honor Liev Schreiber, of Showtime’s “Ray Donavon,” was recently honored at Chabad’s Children of Chernobyl (CCOC) event Children at Heart Gala benefit and celebrity fantasy auction.

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Hosted by co-star Jon Voight, the gala marked the 27th anniversary of Ukraine’s Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster.

CCOC’s current goal is to relocate children of Chernobyl to Israel in order to provide them with sufficient care.

Schreiber also recently offered his time and narrating talents to two documentaries premiering at the Jewish Partisan Education Foundation’s (JPEF) Tribute Dinner.

In addition to acknowledgment of his charitable works, Schreiber received a Golden Globe nomination in the category of Best Actor in TV drama for “Ray Donavon.” The show has become Showtime’s highest-rated freshman series thus far.

Schreiber, birth name Isaac Liev Schreiber, is the son of Heather Milgram and Tell Carroll Shcreiber. His mother raised him in the Jewish faith as a single parent.

Graduating from the Yale School of Drama, Schreiber went on to write and direct the film adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel, “Everything Is Illuminated.”
JMN - Idina MenzelMenzel’s Golden Globe, Broadway Return

Broadway star, Idina Menzel’s performance of “Let It Go,” from the latest Disney release, “Frozen,” has been nominated by the Golden Globes for Best Original Song.

Menzel plays princess Elsa in the animated musical, nominated for Best Animated Feature.

Last month, Menzel returned to the stage during previews of her upcoming Broadway production, “If/Then.” The musical premiered at the National Theater in Washington, D.C., kicking off a run of “out-of-town” shows before opening on Broadway in early 2014.

Menzel’s best-known Broadway roles include Elphaba in “Wicked” and Maureen in the original “Rent” production.

Upon achieving her own success, Menzel created the A BroaderWay Foundation in 2010 with then-husband Taye Diggs. The foundation is dedicated to offering arts-centered programs to young women in urban communities.

Menzel was born to Helene and Stuart Mentzel of Syosset, New York, both of whom were Jewish. Her grandparents immigrated to the United States from Russia and across Eastern Europe.

The actress began working at age 15 as a wedding and bar mitzvah singer and continued doing so into her college years. As an adult, she changed the spelling of her name from Mentzel to Menzel, partially to reflect its American pronunciation.



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