Friday, May 28, 2010

Jewish legends at White House reception

Obama honors Jewish Americans at unique reception to mark Jewish Heritage Month

Yitzhak Benhorin
Published: 05.28.10, 09:33 / Israel Jewish Scene

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama honored Jewish heritage in an unusual event at the White House on Thursday. The guest list was kept under wraps till the last moment, and in the afternoon hours many living legends of US Jewish culture began arriving to what was described as a unique event.

This was one of the busiest days in Obama's busy schedule, with the ecological disaster in the Gulf of Mexico looming over the proceedings. But an hour was found for a reception, the first of its kind, to mark Jewish Heritage Month in the US. In the main hall on the eastern wing, the US president honored Jews who had contributed to arts, music, sport and science.
Many guests were well-known personalities who are almost unknown in 
Israel. Ask any American and he'll tell you who Sandy Koufax is. This 75-year-old former baseball player entered the pantheon of famous Jews for something he didn't do. Koufax, who played for the Dodgers, was supposed to have been the pitcher in the World Series in 1965, but decided not to play because the game was set for Yom Kippur.
Such a decision was unheard of in the days when successful Jews would hide their Jewish background.
The US president joked that they had something in common, saying that Koufax couldn't pitch on Yom Kippur while Obama couldn't pitch at all – a reference to his less than sparkling performance on the mound when he had been asked to throw a ceremonial first pitch.

A big surprise was Dara Torres, five-time Olympic swimmer famous since the Los Angeles Olympics of 1984, when she was just 17. Her last Olympic feat was in the latest Olympics in Beijing, when she won three silver medals at the age of 41. Today, at 43, she is still a striking figure, and the president and vice president enthusiastically had their photos taken with her.

Other sports personalities were present. Obama, known for his love of basketball, quickly recognized Nancy Lieberman, one of the most famous basketball players, and exchanged a few words with her.

had given birth to a son with a rare bone disease that sometimes affects Ashkenazi Jews. No bone marrow donor could be found, so she and her husband decided to bring another child into the world so that he could donate bone marrow to his elder brother. This was a controversial act, and unfortunately the second child was unsuitable as a bone marrow donor and his elder brother passed away at the age of seven. Strongin later wrote a book about her experiences.

Mark Schneier, who concentrates on developing ties with the Muslim world, and with African Americans in the US, noted the uniqueness of the occasion, saying it was much more exotic than most White House events. William Daroff, Director of the Washington Office of United Jewish Communities, noted that anything new in Washington is a big deal.

Also present were Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg, author Judy Blume, New York Times columnists Thomas Friedman and David Brooks, historian Professor Lauren Strauss, Nobel laureate Robert Pinsky, and Olympic gymnast Kerri Strug, who led the US team to a gold medal.
Is this part of Obama's "charm offensive" on the Jews? A US Jew who was not invited said that while there is certainly such an "offensive", nonetheless "a cigar is a cigar" – and not everything Obama does is connected to the "charm offensive."

Alysa Stanton was invited, however, and even gave a speech. Stanton, an African American, converted to Judaism and became a Reform rabbi.

Musician Regina Spektor sang two songs for the guests.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Listen to me on The Black and the Jew Comedy Hour

Listen to the hilarious podcast interview of Boy Butter's Eyal Feldman on The Black and the Jew Comedy Hour. 

Monday, May 24, 2010

Bar Rafaeli busted trying to smuggle iPad into Israel

Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli is smuggling more than raisins this time. She was caught trying to smuggle an iPad into the country.
Refaeli put her luggage through the nothing-to-declare line at customs, saying that all she had in her bags was clothing, but an X-ray of her bags showed a new Apple iPad.
The Israeli supermodel, who returned home to Israel to make a brief commercial appearance, will have to pay at least twice the amount of import tax that would have been charged on the device.
Israel recently lifted a ban allowing personal imports of the iPad into the country. Items brought into Israel worth more than about $200 are subject to duties.
In January, Refaeli asked the Israel Tax Authority to exempt her from paying taxes because she works mostly abroad and, as she put it, "The center of my life is no longer in Israel." Refaeli earned about $2 million over the past two years, according to reports, and paid about 46 percent in taxes in Israel.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

World’s largest falafel ball created

(Israeli NBA Star Omri Casspi helps weigh world’s largest falafel ball in NYC)

              An Israeli chef at a New York restaurant created what is believed to be the world's largest falafel ball. The over 30-pound falafel ball, made up of chickpeas and spices, was fried in about 10 gallons of oil Friday at the Olympic Pita restaurant, according to NY1 radio. The ball was certified by former Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau and an engineer for submission to the Guinness Book of World Records. The effort comes less than two weeks after Lebanese chefs created the largest recorded bowl of hummus, four tons, breaking an Israeli record set earlier in the year. The record-breaking falafel ball attempt was made as part of the festivities leading up to Sunday's Salute to Israel parade. 

Thursday, May 20, 2010

My Super-Model Sister Donna Feldman's Exclusive 10 page spread in AC Luxury Magazine

What is it like being the most beautiful super-model to ever grace the pages of the world's most influential fashion magazines from Vogue, Cosmo, Maxim, FHM, GQ, etc etc etc? What is it like to be in movies, TV and even be the Visa Black Card Girl? What is it like to be so beautiful that it renders people into fits of paralytic seizures? 
Well kids, all you ever wanted to know plus kick ass photos of the personification of beauty herself, my baby sister Donna Feldman you need to read the most recent edition of AC Luxury Magazine, Atlantic City's ultimate luxury lifestyle magazine
                                          Click here to read Cover and 10-Page Spread

Bearpodcast: Interview with Boy Butter's Eyal Feldman

Listen to the Boy Butter, Interview with Eyal FeldmanMP3 Audio, Duration – 38:48, Size – 37.4MB
Hosts: Nard and Ray
Guest: Eyal Feldman

Eyal is the inventor of the personal lubricant, Boy Butter. Nard and Ray are preparing for BearWatch.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

New Springtime Boy Butter window display in Chelsea area store

Check out our brand new springtime Boy Butter Lubricants window display at Happy Store DVD on 8th ave and 19th Street in NYC!
Next door to Gym Bar!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Ms. Oklahoma supports Arizona's Illegal Immigration Law

 During the Miss USA pageant, Miss Oklahoma Morgan Elizabeth Woolard was asked by actor Oscar Nunez what she thought of the new Arizona Law. In a rather remarkable turn, Woolard made clear her support of the anti-immigration law in a nuanced and inoffensive way.

Pat Buchanan slams Obama over Kagan

(JTA) -- Syndicated columnist Pat Buchanan slammed President Obama for nominating a Jewish woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.
"(O)f the last seven justices nominated by Democrats JFK, LBJ, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, one was black, Marshall; one was Puerto Rican, Sonia Sotomayor. The other five were Jews: Arthur Goldberg, Abe Fortas, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan. If Kagan is confirmed, Jews, who represent less than 2 percent of the U.S. population, will have 33 percent of the Supreme Court seats. Is this the Democrats' idea of diversity?" Buchanan wrote in his May 14 syndicated column.
Obama last week announced his nomination of Elena Kagan to replace John Paul Stevens, a liberal stalwart who is retiring at 90.
A New York City native, Kagan, 50, is currently the U.S. solicitor general and a former dean of Harvard Law School.
The Anti-Defamation League, responding to the column, called Buchanan “a recidivist anti-Semite who doesn’t miss an opportunity to show his fangs.”
"His remarks about the Jewish background of Elena Kagan and the religious makeup of the Supreme Court are bigoted and unacceptable in a pluralistic society such as ours," ADL National Director Abraham Foxman said in a statement issued last Saturday.
"Kagan’s nomination for the Supreme Court should be considered on its merits. She is a highly qualified candidate for the judiciary, an exemplary Solicitor General and a great legal mind. 
Foxman said he hoped Americans would reject appeals to bigotry and anti-Semitism as the nomination process for Kagan moved forward.

Friday, May 14, 2010

JPost: Making Israel’s case

The gov't must stop trying to play both sides.

Read original article on Jpost by clicking here.


Thursday, May 13, 2010

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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Smooth like ‘Butter’: Entrepreneur Eyal Feldman finds success in sex

by Mikey Rox

Most little boys dream of becoming a firefighter, a doctor or a lawyer – fulfilling some type of traditional occupation – when they grow up, and Eyal Feldman was no different.
“I wanted to be a history teacher,” says the Israeli-born California transplant, before revealing the reason he chose not to pursue a path in secondary education. “I thought that I would be involved in sexual controversy with some hot male student, a la ‘Notes on a Scandal,’ and that wouldn’t be fun to go through. Plus, I found out how much teachers are paid, so business was a more lucrative option.”Lucrative, indeed. As founder of Boy Butter Personal Lubricant, Feldman, 32, has financed a house on Fire Island, vacations around the world, and the continued growth of his brand, which includes Boy Butter Original; H2O; Extreme; and Bonerz, a 100 percent natural male enhancement product, among other water- and oil-based lubricant lines.
Feldman, who graduated with a degree in history from the University of California San Diego, didn’t invent Boy Butter, however. The original formula, which consists primarily of coconut oil and an organic silicon blend, has existed since 1983 when it was created as a long-lasting Crisco alternative – which Feldman says was used as a popular lubricant among gay men back then – that washed off with water. Identifying a “hole in the market,” as he so cheekily puts it, he negotiated with the manufacturers of the long-shelved lube, called Shaft – which was nixed not long after its invention due to latex compatibility issues – to sell it under his own moniker.
“[I] paid them to private label the product into my Boy Butter packaging and sold it as my own new product, which is totally commonplace in my industry and others,” says Feldman. “Once I was sufficiently large enough, I could manufacture Boy Butter on my own with our own lab, bring production costs down and develop different lines of product, like our You’ll Never Know It Isn’t Boy Butter, which we actually did invent and which is the first stable water-based and latex-safe cream lubricant on the market.”
But Boy Butter’s success didn’t come overnight. Feldman says he worked full-time at Nasty Pig Inc. – a gay clothing company – and saved his money for years before launching the brand. In 2002, an initial $5,000 investment helped him secure the formula from the Shaft manufacturers, and three years later, when he became a manufacturer of the product, he went to the only financial institution brave enough to loan him the hefty lump of cash he needed to expand: the Bank of Mom and Dad.
“When I became a manufacturer, it took a $100,000 loan from my parents, who believed in me and my product,” he says. “It has been a fruitful endeavor ever since for me and my parents.”
Today, the business is stronger than ever, with new products – and a new target market – slated for rollout this year. Primarily marketed to gay men, Boy Butter hopes to win over the straight female consumer with a “For Girls” line, which will be launched in a 5-ounce EZ-Pump and packaged in bubblegum pink.
“A gay man’s best friend can often times be a straight woman,” says Feldman. “When she hears about how great [Boy Butter] is, she buys some for herself based on the fact that it is a cute product that really helps people enjoy sex better. This new line, our first meant exclusively for women, should open us up to a wider female audience and the straight male audience.”
Of course, while Boy Butter continues to reach new heights, it hasn’t just been a boon for Feldman’s bottom line. It’s also led to personal fulfillment, including meeting his partner of five years.
“My husband and I met at Krave, the gay club in Las Vegas,” says Feldman. “I was there for a trade show; he was there for a board meeting for his company. Our eyes locked and 15 minutes later we were in a cab to his hotel room. The first two years we [dated] long distance – he was in New York City and I was in Los Angeles. Three years ago I moved in with him in NYC and we live happily ever after, with two kitties and a mortgage.”
And you can bet that Boy Butter plays an important role for the pair – not only as a business but also in the bedroom.
“I’m not just president and CEO [of the brand]; I’m also head of the research department,” Feldman quips.
“Quality management is important, so I need to try out the products that I sell to customers. Aside from creating them, using them is the best part!”
Mikey Rox is an award-winning journalist and writer and principal of Paper Rox Scissors, a media and marketing company in New York City, He can be reached at

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Fire Island 2010, the Boy Butter Beach House

Today was beautiful, I took the train out early to be the first one out to open the Boy Butter Beach House, directly upon Ocean Blvd in lovely and surprisingly warm Fire Island. Had a flag specially made for this house situated on the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, with breezes strong and consistent enough to make the Boy Butter flag pay for itself in about a weekend's time. Look at some of these beautiful pictures.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Yuri Foreman Does ‘Kimmel’ Boxer hits the talk shows to promote June fight at Yankee Stadium

Yuri Foreman stopped by ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to promote his fight against Miguel Cotto on June 5 at Yankee Stadium. I love how he starts shadow-boxing when he comes out: A real throwback to the days when boxers were major cultural stars.