Celebrity JewsThursday, August 9, 2012 | by nate bloom
More Olympic doings
Here are some notes on Jewish Olympians you probably haven’t seen elsewhere:
Two medal winners I’m trying to learn more about in terms of parentage/Jewish identification: New Zealand rower Nathan Cohen (gold in two-man scull); and U.S. swimmer Rebecca Soni, 25, who won a gold in the 200 breaststroke (setting a world record in her heat), a silver in the 100 breast and another gold as part of the winning U.S. 4x100 medley relay team. Ma’ariv, the Israeli newspaper, recently interviewed some of Soni’s Israeli relatives who said that her father is Jewish and that he’s the son of an Auschwitz survivor.
“The Bourne Legacy,” opening Friday, Aug. 10, co-stars Rachel Weisz, 42. Scott Glenn, 71, reprises his role as the CIA head, with Corey Stoll, 36, in another supporting role ... “Hope Springs,” opening the same day and co-starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, includes handsome actor Ben Rappaport, 26, who starred in the short-lived TV series “Outsourced,” as their son. The director is David Frankel, 53 (“The Devil Wears Prada,” “Marley & Me”).
Mazel tov to actress Elizabeth Berkley, 40, and her husband, painter Greg Lauren, 42 (nephew of Ralph), on the July 20 birth of their first child, a son they named Sky Cole. No word on whether Sky’s diapers will have a polo player pictured or be made in China (Uncle Ralph designed the Olympic uniforms for Team USA).
The cover of the July 29 Sunday Style section of the New York Times featured a profile of the career of young Tavi Gevinson, 16, titled “The Oracle of Girl World.” She has just completed a 16-city tour to promote Rookie, her online magazine for teen girls. Rookie grew out of Gevinson’s fashion blog, Style Rookie, which she began at age 11! It was so popular that it resulted in major media profiles of Gevinson morphed into a full-scale Webzine with a professional staff. It’s a terrific site with smart material that doesn’t talk down to its readers. Celebs including Judd Apatow, Paul Rudd and Ira Glass are fans and contributors. Gevinson, who lives in a Chicago suburb, is the daughter of Steve Gevinson, a retired English teacher, and Berit Engen, a native of Norway who makes Judaica-themed tapestries. Tavi, like her two siblings, was raised Jewish. In 2001, after three years of study and 18 years of marriage, Engen converted to Judaism — it’s a journey she calls from “Scandinavia to Shema.”