Weddings are popular on TV and so are Jewish celebrities. The ABC sitcom “Big Day” uses the entire season to cover every aspect of just one wedding day, and the Jewish News Weekly of San Francisco reported on some of the celebrity Jewish actors in the show. Co-starring as the bride-to-be is Marla Sokoloff, who is best-known for playing Lucy on the TV series “The Practice.” Sokoloff, 25, said that her long-term boyfriend, musician Alec Puro, is Jewish (”which makes her mother very happy”) and that she, personally, would prefer a small Jewish wedding on a beach. This seems like the classic approach to Jewish community life.
But Miriam Shor, 35, who has a supporting role in “Big Day” as Sokoloff’s sister and whose previous roles include playing the Jewish girlfriend of the main character in the short-lived TV series “Inside Schwartz” is more reflective on the younger generation of the Jewish community. Shor grew up in America and Italy and was raised as a Jew—her father is Jewish. But she was raised Jewishly at the insistence of her non-Jewish mother.
Shor has played several Jewish parts and has reflected a great deal on what it means to be a Jew and raised in an intermarried family. She told the San Francisco paper: “I would not be considered Jewish by some, but I have a different take on religion. The history of my relatives is as much a part of my belief system as much as someone who sits in a church or synagogue and tells me what I am.“
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