Each year the Web site www.askmen.com posts a list of the “Top 99 Most Desirable Women.” In theory, this list is based on more than looks — site visitors are asked to choose the woman they would most want to have as their wife or girlfriend.
Six million site visitors voted and 10 Jewish women are among the 99. The number preceding their name is their ranking — their age follows their name: (1) actress Emanuelle Chriqui, 31; (13) model Bar Refaeli, 24; (17) actress Natalie Portman, 28; (23) actress Scarlett Johansson, 25; (32) actress Mila Kunis, 26; (47) model Brooke Burke, 38; (62) business exec and recent convert to Judaism Ivanka Trump, 28; (78) comedian Chelsea Handler, 34; (81) former reality show star/fashion designer Whitney Port, 24; and (99) actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler, 28.
Chriqui co-stars in the HBO series “Entourage.” She was born in Montreal and raised in Toronto, the daughter of Moroccan Sephardi parents. When informed of her No. 1 ranking, Chriqui diplomatically replied: “Hearing what that vote is made of is the biggest compliment of all because it’s not just about being ‘hot’ but about being a well-rounded woman. That’s really empowering.”
Silverman’s new beau
Last year, Sarah Silverman, 39, broke up with talk show host Jimmy Kimmel after a five-year relationship. Now she is talking about her new boyfriend, Alec Sulkin, 39, a writer and producer of the TV series “Family Guy.” Silverman told Page Six: ”[Sulkin] is so awesome … not my typical fare. He’s really skinny. Usually I like pudgy, macho-ish guys. But I think I mistook macho-ish for strong, emotionally. And I think it’s really the opposite. I think he’s the first guy in a decade who’s given me any kind of compliment.”
Sulkin issues funny Twitter tweets almost daily. Here’s a recent one: “Jewish moms make their sons feel special, then we spend the rest of our lives proving them wrong.”
Like Silverman, Sulkin grew up in an upper middle class, Reform Jewish home (she in New Hampshire, Sulkin in a Boston suburb). Both were the comedians in their families, with siblings who chose more “serious” career paths — Silverman’s sister Susan is a rabbi, and Sulkin’s half-sister is Elizabeth Kopelman Borgwardt, a Pulitzer Prize–nominated historian. A Stanford grad, she was a Palo Alto attorney before becoming a history professor. She was married by San Francisco’s Rabbi Pamela Frydman Baugh.
Another American in Vancouver
In 2006, the Jewish Sports Review newsletter and this columnist managed to “uncover” two American Jewish athletes who are now at the Winter Olympics, again, in 2010: bobsledder Steve Mesler and ice dancer Ben Agosto (who performs with his partner, Tanith Belbin). These two athletes, plus first- timer Laura Spector, who participates in the biathlon, were profiled in an article on the games that appeared in j. Feb. 5.
I recently learned of another Jewish athlete, ice dancer Charlie White, thanks to a call his proud grandma made to the Detroit Jewish News. White, 22, has been dancing with his partner, Meryl Davis, since 1997. The team won the 2009 and 2010 U.S. ice dancing championships and are now ranked second in the world, ahead of Belbin and Agosto (who won the silver medal at the 2006 Olympics). White and Davis are coached by Igor Shpiland, a Russian Jewish immigrant who has coached many famous ice dancing teams.
White is a Detroit area native and a University of Michigan student, whose mother is Jewish. (The three-part ice dancing competition will be shown beginning Friday, Feb. 19, on NBC at 8 p.m.).
Columnist Nate Bloom , an Oaklander, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.