Shalom Life | May 05, 2014

Jewish Top 10s: Celebrity Couples

Welcome to our Valentine's Day edition of Jewish Top 10s! Today, we thought we’d look at Jewish Couples in Hollywood and celebrate their Jewish love for each other.

By: Zak Edwards

Published: February 14th, 2014 in Culture » Society » News

Today is of course Valentine’s Day, a day filled with couples expressing how much they love each other. For most women, that means dressing up, getting a thoughtful gift, and finally getting treated the way they should. For men, it means desperately running into a bookstore and telling the clerk you want a popular book that girls like and adding overpriced flowers. Well, some guys are like that, not me.

Hollywood is filled with Jewish stars and some have such a deep and lasting love with their partner that they have decided to convert for them. Others are simply testaments to successful interfaith marriages. Today, we thought we’d look at the Top Ten Jewish Couples in Hollywood and celebrate their Jewish love for each other.


10. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner

Where They Met: Through mutual friends

How Long They’ve been Together: 4+ years

She may be the daughter of The Donald, but Ivanka Trump is a financial powerhouse in her own right. Now, with her marriage to Jared Kushner, the man who bought The Observer for $10 million when he was just 25, they are set to take over the world. The couple met through mutual friends and married in 2009. She converted to Judaism before the ceremony, studying under Rabbi Elie Weinstock at the Modern Orthodox Ramaz School. She took the name Yael after her conversion. Together, the couple has a daughter, Arabella Rose, and a son, Joseph Frederick.


9. Ewan McGregor and Eve Mavrakis

Where They Met: on the set of Kavanagh QC

How Long They’ve been Together: 19 years

Ewan McGregor is one of the world’s hottest actors, snatching up awards for his roles in Roman Polanski’s The Ghost Writer, Moulin Rouge!, and many others. He’s also travelled the world on his motorcycle with fellow Scot Charley Boorman. His wife, Eve Mavrakis, is a set designer and together they have four girls.

McGregor and Mavrakis raise their children Jewish, something that is so important to them that they have made multiple trips to Israel. On the subject, he has said, “My family is Jewish and we went there because of that.”


8. Lena Dunham and Jack Antonoff

Where They Met: A mystery!

How Long They’ve been Together: 2 years

Girls is one of HBO’s most talked about and critically successful shows and Lena Dunham, at 27, has been its showrunner, writer, director, and star. Born in a Jewish household, Dunham has quickly risen to fame for her unique sense of humour. Her boyfriend, Jack Antonoff, also comes from a Jewish household and spent most of his childhood in private Jewish schools. He is currently the lead guitarist of Fun, a Grammy award-winning rock group probably most famous for their single “We Are Young.”

The couple is truly adorable and Dunham recently posted a letter she wrote Antonoff as part of Miranda July’s “We Think Alone” project. In it she says “I literally want to know everything you have ever seen and what you felt like while you were seeing it. And I will be so much better my whole life for knowing those things.” Pretty cute.


7. Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman

Where They Met: Her first day of college

How Long They’ve been Together: 21 years

Elizabeth Banks met her husband, Max Handelman on her first day at the University of Pennsylvania and they have stayed together through their entire careers.

Banks has been steadily climbing the fame ladder with her acting, producing, and soon to be directing. Starting out in television and a few memorable film roles, including Betty Brant in the original Spider-Man movies, she has been literally everywhere, from 30 Rock to last week’s brilliant The Lego Movie. She is also set to make her directorial debut in Pitch Perfect 2, the sequel to the comedy she produced in 2012. Max Handelman launched Fox Sports’ fantasy football division after becoming a director at News Corporation.

Banks converted to Judaism before the couple wed in 2003 but never got her mikveh. She says that "Frankly, because I'm already doing everything, I feel like I'm as Jewish as I'm ever going to be."


6. Jessica Sklar and Jerry Seinfeld

Where They Met: The Reebok Sports Club

How Long They’ve been Together: 15 years

He’s the brains behind and star of the world’s most popular and acclaimed sitcom, she’s the author of two bestselling cookbooks and the founder of Baby Buggy, a charity to help new parents get the supplies and materials they need to raise healthy children. The couple met in 1998 and married in 1999 in a private double-ring Jewish ceremony in Greenwich village. Comedian George Wallace was the best man and Sklar wore a dress from her boss, Tommy Hilfiger.

The Seinfelds have three children and Jessica frequently posts pictures of delectable Jewish dishes on her Instagram feed.

Check out our Top 5 Celebrity Jewish Couples on the next page!

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