Hollywood star Mila Kunis, a Jewish Ukrainian by birth, has spoken out against the violence and unrest in Ukraine. In a Twitter conversation with The Times of Israel, Kunis discussed her thoughts on the situation and her loved ones affected by it:
“Today I read ‘just because it’s happening not here, doesn’t mean it’s not happening.’ Truly heartbreaking. I pray for change … My family moved to America when I was 7, however my extended family remains in the Ukraine.”
We at 4Zion pray, too, for peace in Ukraine and protection for the Jewish community and all Ukrainians who are endangered by the current crisis.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the AIPAC conference in Washington, D.C, this morning.
Netanyahu spoke at length on Iran and its nuclear aspirations, saying, “The only thing that Iran sends abroad are rockets, terrorists and missiles to murder, maim, and menace the innocent.”
He then quoted the head of Hezbollah, who said the terror organization would win because “Iran and Hezbollah love death and Israel loves life.” But Netanyahu was quick to point out that Israel would be victorious because “It’s precisely because we love life that Israel shall…
As has been shown before, we here at 4Zion are fans of good music. Last week, one of our favorite singers and pianists, Nina Simone, would have turned 81. In honor of Nina’s birthday, our friends at Jewcy reminded us that the jazz legend had the classic Hebrew tune “Eretz Zavat Chalav” (“The Land of Milk and Honey”) in her repertoire:
Simone incorporated the song into her repertoire to help showcase the talents of Brooklyn percussionist Montego Joe. She performed the song on CBS program Camera Three in the fall of 1962, at Carnegie Hall in Spring 1963, and later that year in the nationally syndicated folk-music television program, Hootenanny.
While we love Israel, Natalie Portman – who was born there – has taken her support to a whole new level. She’s filming her next movie there, and calls it the “project of her life.” Directing the film adaptation of the Israeli novel, A Tale of Love and Darkness, Portman is able to take advantage of Israel’s capital city and its beauty and history:
“Israel just captures my imagination in a way, that’s where I wanted to tell my first filmic story … I don’t know another place that’s so visually interesting and obviously dense with stories, so I’m really, really excited.”
We here at 4Zion are excited to see the end result!
Just last week, we brought you the story of the world’s oldest-known Holocaust survivor and her infectious optimism.
Sadly, Alice Herz-Sommer passed away yesterday at the age of 110. Ms. Herz-Sommer is the subject of a short documentary up for an Oscar at this weekend’s Academy Awards ceremonies, a film that tells the story of a life of faith, courage, and love of music:
Herz-Sommer’s devotion to the piano and to her son sustained her through two years in a Nazi prison camp, and a film about her has been nominated for best short documentary at next week’s Academy Awards.
While we will be cheering for this inspiring woman’s story during the Oscar telecast this Sunday, let’s also remember a life lived bravely, faithfully, and well.