Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner became parents for the third time with the birth of their son Theodore James on March 27. Ivanka, whose father is Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, was raised Christian but converted to Judaism before marrying Kushner. Their older children are daughter Arabella Rose, 4½, and son Joseph Frederick, 2.
The stars of the new movie Demolition both have interfaith connections. Jake Gyllenhaal, who identifies with his mother’s Jewish faith (his father is Christian), portrays a man whose life is unraveling and who becomes compelled to dismantle and demolish everything around him in the wake of his wife’s death. Naomi Watts, who has two children with her longtime partner Jewish actor Liev Schreiber, plays a woman who helps him rebuild his life. The movie, which opens April 8, is not as dark as it sounds – it’s occasionally very funny.
In Disney’s new film version of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, the animals are all computer-animated and voiced by A-list actors including Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o and Scarlett Johansson, who plays Kaa the python. Jewish on her mom’s side and raised in the faith, Johansson is in an interfaith marriage with French journalist Romain Dauriac. The movie’s director Jon Favreau was similarly raised interfaith, with a Catholic father and Jewish mother. Favreau attended Hebrew school and became a bar mitzvah. He and his wife Dr. Joya Tillem, who is Jewish, have been married since 2000. The Jungle Book is in theaters April 15.