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Top 50 Hottest Jewish Women of 2013 (40-31)

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

By: Ashley Baylen
Published: July 17th, 2013 in Culture » Society » News
(clockwise) Noa Tishby, Shiri Appleby, Sarah Silverman, Esti Ginzburg

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. Here’s #40-31. If you missed #50-41, click here.


#40- JENNIFER CONNELLY

Age: 42

Hometown: Cairo, New York

Known for: Labyrinth, A Beautiful Mind, Requiem For a Dream, Hulk

Why she's a JILF: Born in the Catskill Mountains to a Roman Catholic father and a yeshiva-educated Jewish mother, Jennifer accidentally fell into a childhood career after a family friend suggested she begin modeling at the age of 10. As they say, “the rest is history.” She got an agent almost immediately, covered national magazines and print ads, and even recorded a few Japanese pop songs. Jennifer gained widespread recognition as Sarah in Jim Henson’s cult-hit Labyrinth. That was almost 30 years ago. The gorgeous brunette and human rights advocate continues to wow audiences by tackling a wide variety of roles. From Marion in Requiem for a Dream to Alicia in A Beautiful Mind to Kathy in Little Children, Jennifer has demonstrated impressive versatility, strength, and emotional authenticity. Look out for her in 2014’s Noah.

#39- DANIELLA KERTESZ

Age: 24

Hometown: Jerusalem, Israel

Known for: Israeli TV series (Adumot, Screenz, Mishmoret), World War Z

Why she's a JILF: Daniella is being described as one of the luckiest women in the world. Within what seems like minutes, she was catapulted onto the Hollywood stage from seemingly humble beginnings on Israeli TV. But we don’t chalk her recent rise to fame up to mere luck… Daniella has untapped, raw talent. Brad Pitt saw it, World War Z audiences saw it, and now rumor has it that the Academy might acknowledge it as well. Be sure to catch her as Segen, a young IDF lieutenant assigned to protect Brad Pitt’s character in World War Z, and then wait in anticipation for this Israeli beauty to take over international cinema, starting with the upcoming horror flick AfterDeath.

#38- NOA TISHBY

Age: 38

Hometown: Ramat Aviv, Israel

Known for: Acting, modeling, and being solely responsible for the entertainment bridge built between Hollywood and Israel

Why she's a JILF: In Israel, Noa’s name is synonymous with fame. In essence… she is the Jerry Bruckheimer or Steven Spielberg of the Holy Land, only a little more attractive. Noa began her career as an actress in Israeli soap operas and films, but soon discovered the influence she could have internationally, and the subsequent impact she could make in her native country. She was the first singer to release an English-speaking album in Israel, and with her production company (Noa’s Arc) sold Israeli show BeTipul to HBO, which became the highly lauded In Treatment. Noa continues to produce and sell adaptations of Israeli shows to an American market, is a member of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and a co-founder of the digital activism group Act For Israel.

#37- ZOE KRAVITZ

Age: 24

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Known for: X-Men: First Class, Californication, After Earth, being the daughter of Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet

Why she's a JILF: At only 24, Zoe has proven that she’s far more than the product of a Hollywood romance. Landing her first acting role while in high school, playing a baby sitter to Catherine Zeta-Jones’ character in No Reservations, Zoe has since appeared in over a dozen films including X-Men: First Class, Beware the Gonzo, and After Earth. Like her famous father, Zoe does not limit herself to one entertainment field. She has modeled for Vera Wang and Alexander Wang, and been featured in fashion magazines including Venus Zine and Elle. Not only is she a successful actress and model, she also fronts the New York band, Elevator Fight. Check her out next in the indie drama The Road Within and the highly anticipated film adaptation of young adult novel Divergent.


#36- CHAVA MOND

Age: 29

Hometown: Safed, Israel

Known for: Being the first shomer Shabbos and shomer kashrut model.

Why she's a JILF: Born and raised in a religious family in Israel, Chava attended a Jewish all-girl’s school and dreamed of one day becoming an attorney. Her natural beauty attracted an agent while 16-year old Chava was traveling to London, who offered her a modeling contract. She initially refused the offer, explaining that she was religious and wanted to complete high school. The agency loved her so much that they agreed to wait until she turned 18 and completed her Sherut Leumi (IDF service). Chava could have become an international success a la fellow Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli, but she refuses to work on Shabbat or pose in swimsuits due to her belief system. That being said, Chava has no regrets. She has worked for huge fashion houses including Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Chanel, and Yves Saint Laurent, and most importantly, has managed to earn a living while maintaining her faith and integrity.

The second half of today's list is on page 2!

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