Who in Hollywood is celebrating Tu B’av this year?

This blog has already touched on many lifecycle events— birth, marriage, death— and today’s post is about another lifecycle event: dating…and the downside of dating: breakups.

Yesterday was the Jewish holiday of Tu B'av, the Israeli version of Valentine’s Day. It seems only fitting that this yenta would spend the holiday of loooove thinking about young, Jewish, Hollywood couples.

Sad to say, but there aren’t many new hookups; instead, Hollywood's Jewish couples seem to just be breaking up.

Couples no longer celebrating Tu B’av:

I was sad when I heard that Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens called it quits. Not to go all tween-y (I swear I’ve never even seen the High School Musical movies), but I always had a soft spot in my heart for those two. High school sweethearts (well sort of), these nice Jewish kids met on a set and dated for a long time by Hollywood standards, five years!

The break up happened a while ago, but another celebrity couple I really rooted for were dancing with the stars pros Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Two good looking, talented Jews, does it get any better than that? Too bad there is no hope for them reconciling—she’s marrying a pro baseball player and Maks appeared on the Ukrainian version of The Bachelor.

Not going to lie, I’m pretty happy this one went bust: Scarlet Johansson and Sean Penn. No offense to Mr. Penn, but Scarlet, you really went from Ryan Reynolds to him? I know Ryan isn’t an MOT, but he’s hot and not 20 years your senior!

Love him or hate him, James Franco breaking up with his girlfriend of five years is sad news. Guess his crazy schedule finally took its toll on their relationship.

Many people considered the pairing of lead singer of the Counting Crows Adam Duritz, and the gal who played Christine in Phantom of the Opera, Emmy Rossum, a weird coupling, but actually both of them are Jews. These two became a pair after Emmy filed for divorce from her first husband music executive Justin Siegel. But they hit the skids and no longer remain a couple.

Couples still celebrating Tu B’av:

Speaking of The Bachelor, while this summer’s Bachelorette Ashley Herbert isn’t an MOT, her now fiancée JP Rosenbaum sure is and a very cute one at that! Ashley said in an interview last week with Reality TV World, “If he [JP] wants to raise our kids Jewish, then yeah, whatever you want. I'm very open and I'm not really set in anything, so whatever makes him happy makes me happy.” So this yenta gives these two her blessing…as a big fan of JP and his hotness, I wish them the best of luck as a couple!

Yep, they’re the only confirmed couple I can think of! Hollywood heartthrobs Jake Gyllenhaal, Jon Mayer, Jesse Eisenberg and lovely talented ladies Bar Refeali, Mila Kunis, Rachel Bilson, what’s the deal? Can I suggest some pairings? Just don’t call me yenta.

One last note… To end this blog on a more positive note, I'm going to include this bit of good celebrity news. A few weeks back Gwenyth Paltrow announced that she is now going to raise her children in the Jewish faith. Gwyneth discovered while appearing on the show, “Who Do You Think You Are,” that her ancestry on her dad’s side includes a notable line of Eastern European rabbis. This was a change of heart for the actress who once told The Daily Mail, “I don’t believe in religion. I believe in spirituality. Religion is the cause of all the problems in the world.” Glad to hear she’s re-embracing the faith and her ancestry! Her father would be proud. Welcome back to the tribe Gwenyth, Apple and Moses!

P.S. My apologies to new mommy Elizabeth Banks, didn’t mean to leave you and your bundle of joy out last week’s baby post.!

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