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Top 50 Hottest Jewish Women of 2013 (50-41)

Join Shalom Life in celebrating the 50 most talented, intelligent, funny, and beautiful Jewish women of the year.

By: Ashley Baylen
Published: July 16th, 2013 in Culture » Society » News
(clockwise) Olivia Thirlby, Ashley Tisdale, Chelsea Handler, Rachel Weisz

Welcome to Shalom Life’s 2nd annual JILF list. Over the next 5 days, we will take the time to embrace (not literally, unfortunately) the 50 most beautiful Jewish women in the world.

We understand that beauty is oft times indescribable, inexpressible, and ineffable, and always in the eye of the beholder. Some people focus entirely on physical attractiveness, while others delve a little deeper, finding attraction in intellect, talent, personality, and a certain “je ne sais quoi”. Therefore, selecting 50 women that perfectly encapsulate all that is considered beautiful might seem like a daunting challenge. Fortunately, there are countless Jewish women that fit the description, making it nearly impossible to narrow it down, but after a lot of consideration, we think we nailed it.

Allow us to present 2013’s JILF list, starting with #50-41.


#50- ZOSIA MAMET

Age: 25

Hometown: Randolph, Vermont

Known for: Mad Men, United States of Tara, Girls, and being David Mamet’s daughter.

Why she's a JILF: For someone that was restricted from watching television as a child, Zosia has grown up to become a fan favorite on a number of hit shows. Whether she’s a progressive lesbian activist with a little crush on Peggy on AMC’s ‘Mad Men’ or the infectiously adorable Jewish New Yorker, Shoshanna, on HBO’s ‘Girls’, Zosia has an undeniable charisma and talent that makes you addicted to watching her. Her mother, actress Lindsay Crouse is a Buddhist, while her father, famous American playwright David Mamet is Jewish. Going against tradition, Zosia has chosen her dad’s religion, proudly identifying with the Tribe.

#49- CHELSEA HANDLER

Age: 38

Hometown: Livingston, New Jersey

Known for: E!’s Chelsea Lately, After Lately, and Are You There Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea?

Why she's a JILF: Chelsea was born to make people laugh. The youngest of six children to a Mormon mother and Jewish father, Chelsea was raised in a suburban Jewish community in New Jersey. As a child, she felt like an outsider, joking that she “lived in this nice Jewish neighborhood… everyone had Mercedes’ and Jaguars, and I was going to school in a Pinto.” After graduating high school, Chelsea moved to L.A to pursue an acting career, but soon decided stand-up comedy was more up her alley after a class of fellow offenders found her DUI story hilarious. Chelsea started performing in the L.A area at comedy and nightclubs, and soon landed a gig on Oxygen’s Girls Behaving Badly. Since then, Chelsea has released 4 best-selling books, hosted the popular late night show Chelsea Lately, and created two other TV shows After Lately and Are You There Chelsea? She was named one of Time’s Most Influential People, has starred in Hollywood films including Fun Size and This Means Wars, and is set to release a spoof of the popular book series 50 Shades of Grey called 50 Shades of Chartreuse: This Time It’s Personal.


#48- LENA DUNHAM

Age: 27

Hometown: New York, New York

Known for: Tiny Furniture, Girls, Pro-Obama ad ‘My First Time’

Why she's a JILF: Born and raised in New York City, Lena is the daughter of pop art painter, Carroll Dunham, and photographer/artist Laurie Simmons. Raised in a creative and progressive-minded household, Lena was always encouraged to express her opinions artistically. Always utilizing her unique ability to combine humour, sarcasm, and wit with important social and political issues, the Girls creator has encouraged a dialogue among her generation and beyond. Through Tiny Furniture, Girls, her active Twitter account, and upcoming book entitled ‘Not That Kind of Girl’, Lena exposes and normalizes issues often considered taboo such as body image, mental illness, and female sexuality. In just a few years, Lena has proven that she truly is a “voice of her generation”.


#47- AMANDA BYNES

Age: 27

Hometown: Thousand Oaks, California

Known for: The Amanda Show, What a Girl Wants, She’s The Man, Easy A

Why she's a JILF: Many people reading this might think that Amanda Bynes is a strange choice considering her current situation. She has accumulated several arrests, is considered by many to be losing her mind, and has retired as an actress to become a judgmental Twitter personality, spending her days calling public figures “ugly”. All this may be true, but underneath it all, we like to remember and celebrate the Amanda that made us all laugh and beam ear to ear in Hairspray, She’s The Man, and Easy A. Putting aside the current predicament she’s found herself in, Amanda has impeccable comedic timing (which she mastered at comedy camp at age 7) and a sincere charm that cannot be faked. Let’s put gossip aside for one day, and hope that 2013 becomes the year that Amanda rediscovers her artistic roots, even if it is through her upcoming Waka Flocka Flame-produced rap album.


#46- OLIVIA THIRLBY

Age: 26

Hometown: New York, New York

Known for: Juno, The Wackness, Dredd 3D, Nobody Walks

Why she's a JILF:Born and raised in New York, Olivia has impressed both critics and fans with her rare combination of Shakespearean theatre training and modern, if not avant-garde, sensibilities. Her big break came in the mega indie hit, Juno, where she starred as Ellen Page’s quirky best friend, Leah. Over the last 5 years, she has gone on to appear in over a dozen films including The Wackness, No Strings Attached, Nobody Walks and Dredd 3D. Beyond her remarkable acting chops, Olivia recently participated in iO Tillett Wright’s Self-Evident Truths Project, a photography project that focuses on people who consider themselves “anything but 100 percent straight.”

Continue on to page for #45-41 on our JILF list!

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