There must be something in the Manischewitz

Last week Hollywood actress Selma Blair popped, raising the number of Jewish celebrity babies born this summer to nine! By now everyone is well aware that Natalie Portman gave birth to a bouncing baby boy she named Aleph— the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet—but did you know she's part of a growing trend?

Let's recount all the summer baby blessings:

Alicia Silverstone: Cher from Clueless is all grown up and has been married to Christopher Jarecki since 2005. Back in May, they had their first child, a son named Bear Blu Jarecki. Silverstone blogged after the announcement, "We are all three in love!" the actress said. "I'm so grateful to this community for all the love, support, good wishes and happy vibes you've sent me during my pregnancy ... it has been wonderful. Thank you all!"

David Schwimmer: Ross Gellar, aka David Schwimmer, and his photographer wife Zoe Buckman just had their first baby girl, Cleo Buckman Scwimmer on May 8. David has a special place on this list as the only Jewish male celebrity to recently become a father.

Jennifer Connelly: Actress Jennifer Connelly met her husband Paul Bettany on the set of 2001's A Beautiful Mind for which she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Three kids and a decade later, Jennifer and Paul just gave birth to a baby girl named Agnes Lark on May 31.

Pink: Yes, the pop star who grew up Alecia Moore is, in fact, Jewish. Known for her pink hair, rebellious nature and musical chops, Pink isn't your typical Jewish girl. Nor does she plan to be a typical mother. Pink and her husband motocross racer Carey Hart welcomed baby girl Willow Sage Hart into the world on June 2. Soon after her birth, Pink tweeted, "We are ecstatic to welcome our new beautiful healthy happy baby girl…she's gorgeous, just like her daddy."

Natalie Portman: Last winter, when the gorgeous and talented academy award winning actress Natalie Portman announced not only that she was engaged, but also pregnant, Jewish boy's hearts everywhere broke— their dream girl was officially off the market. Soon to wed choreographer Benjamin Millipied, who she met on the set of the Black Swan, Portman is a first time mommy to Aleph, not Alef, who was born in the middle of June.

Maya Rudolph: Funny lady and recent star of the hit Bridesmaids, Maya Rudolph and hubby director Paul Thomas Anderson welcomed baby number three on July 3. They opted to wait to find out the sex and after two girls, Maya gave birth to a healthy baby boy they named Jack.

Kate Hudson: Daughter of Hollywood legend Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson and her fiancée, muse frontman Mathew Bellamy, recently gave birth to baby boy Bingham "Bing" Hawn Bellamy. In homage to both sides of the new family, Bingham is Mathew's mother's maiden name while Hawn is of course, Goldie's last name.

Ivanka Trump: Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump converted to Judaism before her marriage to Jared Kushner, owner of the New York Observer and an observant Jew. The pair recently welcomed their first daughter on July 17. The Donald was the first to announce the news, "I just left the hospital and the baby is beautiful," he said. "Ivanka's doing great. Arabella rose is the baby's name - I just found that out by the way."

Selma Blair: Rounding out this list is Selma Blair who just this past Monday gave birth to a baby boy named Arthur Bleick.

Phew, that's a lot of babies! Something must be in the manischewitz in Hollywood! And not to be outdone, Tori Spelling is currently pregnant with baby number three as are Grey's Anatomy star Eric Dane and his wife Rebecca Gayheart who are due with baby number two.

Am I missing any? Let me know in the comments below and I'll add them to the roundup.

Mazel Tov to all the new families! Just don't call me yenta.

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