Celebrity Updates: Ivanka and Gwyneth

Despite the frequency with which I blog about them, I actually have little care about celebrities’ lives. But they keep coming up in the news, saying things of relevance to intermarriage, interfaith families, so I guess I’ll have to keep blogging…

First, mazal tov to Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner on the [url=http://www.parents.com/blogs/parents-news-now/2011/07/18/celebrities/ivanka-trump-gives-birth-to-daughter/ ]birth of their daughter[/url] on July 17.

The [url=http://www.boston.com/ae/tv/articles/2011/07/17/ivanka_trump_gives_birth_to_daughter_in_nyc/ ]AP tells us,[/url]
[quote]Kushner is the owner of the New York Observer newspaper. He and Trump wed in 2009. She converted to Judaism before the wedding.[/quote]

They’ve named their daughter Arabella Rose. I’m not quite sure where the name fits on the bizarre-celeb-baby-name chart, though it’s certainly saner than [url=http://www.interfaithfamily.com/smf/index.php?article=4223]”Alef”[/url] (and has been described as “exotic” by Donald Trump).

If you want to follow the goings on in the Trump/Kushner home, [url=http://twitter.com/#!/IvankaTrump/status/92976431285538816]Ivanka’s tweeting[/url], starting with this one from Arabella’s second day:
[quote]Jared and I are having so much fun playing with our daughter! Arabella Rose is beyond adorable. She’s truly a blessing.[/quote]

The next update is about Gwyneth Paltrow, a regular feature in our [url=http://www.interfaithfamily.com/arts_and_entertainment/popular_culture.shtml]interfaith celebrities[/url] column.

An [url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2016674/Gwyneth-Paltrow-Ill-raise-Apple-Moses-Jewish.html]article in the [i]Daily Mail[/i] reveals,

[quote]She once claimed that she did not believe in religion.

But now Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed she wants to raise her children in the Jewish faith, following an appearance on the ancestry programme [i]Who Do You Think You Are[/i]? 

The American actress, whose late father was Jewish film producer Bruce Paltrow, was moved to discover earlier this year on the show that her family came from a long line of influential East European rabbis.

And this has inspired her to raise daughter Apple, seven, and five-year-old son Moses in a Jewish environment, she told guests of a London event hosted by Jewish charity the Community Security Trust.

Her decision is a far cry from comments she made last year about her experience of being raised as both Jewish and Christian.

‘It was such a nice way to grow up,’ she said, but later added: ‘I don’t believe in religion. I believe in spirituality. Religion is the cause of all the problems in the world.’[/quote]

Gwyneth, if you need any resources for yourself, your husband or your family, we’re here for you.


Benjamin Maron

Benjamin Maron is the former Director of Content and Editorial Resources for 18Doors.

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