Shalom Life | June 10, 2014

Top 50 Hottest Jewish Women of 2013 (20-11)

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

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: July 19th, 2013 in Culture » Society » News

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. Catch up on #50-41, #40-31, #30-21 and then check out #20-11 below.


#20- KAT DENNINGS

Age: 27

Hometown: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Known for: Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Thor, 2 Broke Girls

Why she's a JILF: Raised in Philly by Jewish parents, Kat was home schooled and graduated from high school early at the age of 14. Kat began her acting career in commercials, but her breakthrough role was on an episode of HBO’s Sex and City, playing a 13-year old who hires Samantha to be her publicist for her Bat Mitzvah. Kat continued to guest star on various TV shows, and made her feature film debut in Hilary Duff’s Raise Your Voice. Kat went on to become an indie darling, starring in Charlie Bartlett, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and Daydream Nation. She currently stars in the hit sit-com 2 Broke Girls, and will reprise her role of Darcy in Thor: The Dark World.

#19- NIKKI REED

Age: 25

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Known for: Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown, The Twilight series

Why she's a JILF: Nikki was raised without religion, but considers herself Jewish. Her father is Jewish, while her mother is Cherokee and Italian, giving Nikki that unique exotic beauty. Nikki moved out at 14 years old, residing in various apartments throughout L.A. During this time, she co-wrote the indie hit ‘Thirteen’ co-starring Evan Rachel Wood. Nikki dropped out of high school, citing mothers sneaking into her school to confront and harass her about the film as the reason. She eventually graduated through home schooling. After the success of Thirteen, Nikki landed several large roles including Lords of Dogtown, The O.C, and eventually The Twilight Series. Nikki and her husband Paul McDonald have co-written and recorded several hit songs. Look out for Nikki in upcoming features Pawn, Snap, and Empire State.


#18- ILIZA SHLESINGER

Age: 30

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Known for: Winner of Last Comic Standing, Host of Excused

Why she's a JILF: Iliza was born and raised in a Jewish household in Dallas. Her passion for comedy and inherent sensibilities were discovered at a young age. Iliza participated on her high school’s Improv Team, performed with ComedySportz in Dallas, and was a member of Emerson College’s campus comedy sketch group called Jimmy’s Traveling All Stars. After graduating with a film degree, Iliza moved to Los Angeles to pursue comedy full-time. She quickly gained popularity as a member of the Whiteboy Comedy group, won MySpace’s So You Think You’re Funny contest in 2007, but didn’t gain national fame until beating out all the guys in season six of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, making her not only the first female to win, but also the youngest contestant. She is currently the host of the reality dating show, Excused.

Check out our exclusive interview with Iliza here.

#17- ALISON BRIE

Age: 30

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Known for: Community, Mad Men, The Five-Year Engagement

Why she's a JILF: Alison was raised in Hollywood by divorced parents, a father who attended a “Christian-Hindu hybrid church” and Jewish mother. Alison’s mom “would always make sure we knew we were Jewish,” and in fact, Alison began acting onstage at the Southern California Jewish Community Center. After graduating from the California Institute of the Arts, Alison pursued a professional acting career. Before landing her first TV gig as a minor role on Hannah Montana, Alison worked as a clown at birthday parties, which helped to perfect facial expressions and comedic timing. The world starting noticing Alison as Trudy Campbell on AMC’s Mad Men, but she didn’t attain the insane fan base she currently boasts until snagging the role of Annie on Community. Listen for her next as the Mermaid in 2014’s The Lego Movie.

#16- LEA MICHELE

Age: 26

Hometown: New York, New York

Known for: Spring Awakening, Les Miserables, Glee

Why she's a JILF: Lea was born in the Bronx to an Italian Roman Catholic nurse and Spanish-Sephardic Jewish deli owner. Lea began acting on Broadway at the age of 9 as Young Cosette in Les Miserables. She went on to star in other Broadway hits including Ragtime, Fiddler on the Roof, and Spring Awakening. Lea gained international success when she was cast as Rachel Berry in Fox’s Glee. Her role as Rachel has won her countless awards, Billboard hit singles, and the chance to sing ‘America the Beautiful’ at the Super Bowl. Listen for Lea’s beautiful singing voice is the upcoming 3D animated film Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return as the lead role of Dorothy.

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