Top 50 Hottest Jewish Men (10-1)
Join Shalom Life in celebrating the 50 most talented, intelligent, funny, and gorgeous Jewish men in the world
#5- RYAN BRAUN
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Known for: 2011 NL MVP, Controversial Overturned Drug Test, Affliction Clothing
Why he’s a JILF: Ryan was raised in LA to a Catholic mother and Israeli Jewish father. He considers himself Jewish and is proud to be a role model to Jewish children. Ryan has adopted the nickname ‘The Hebrew Hammer’, following former baseball greats Al Rosen and Hank Greenberg. Ryan, who currently plays for the Milwaukee Brewers, was a two-time All American baseball player at University of Miami. Since being drafted in the first round by the Brewers, he was named 2006’s Minor League Player of the Year, has led the NL twice in slugging percentage, won the 2007 National League Rookie of the Year Award, and was voted 2011’s NL MVP. Putting the steroid controversy aside (which has been overturned), Ryan is very well respected within the sports world. Ryan also developed a fashion t-shirt line for Affliction Clothing and owns two restaurants in Wisconsin.
#4- JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Known for: 3rd Rock from the Sun, 500 Days of Summer, Inception, 50/50
Why he’s a JILF: Joseph was born and raised in California to Jewish parents, who were among the founders of the Progressive Jewish Alliance. Joseph had a love for acting from the time he learned to talk. At the age of 4, he played the Scarecrow in a small production of The Wizard of Oz. He was approached by an agent who happened to catch the show, and immediately began acting on TV and in commercials. After many guest starring roles and made-for-TV movies, Joseph landed the role of Tommy on 3rd Rock from the Sun. Although a successful actor, Joseph wasn’t a fan of the ‘teen celebrity’ that he has become, so he moved to NY and attended university. When he made the conscious decision to return to acting, he promised himself to only “be in good movies”… and that he has done. Since returning to acting, Joseph has appeared in several indie and Hollywood films including Brick, (500) Days of Summer, Hesher, Inception, and 50/50. Joseph’s focus is starting to switch to directing and running production company, hitRECord, but that hasn’t stopped him from filming 4 huge features this year; The Dark Knight Rises, Premium Rush, Looper, and Lincoln.
#3- YONATAN WEGMAN
Hometown: Arad, Israel
Known for: Israeli supermodel, lead male model for Castro Clothing, Tel Aviv med student
Why he’s a JILF: If you live outside Israel, you may be unfamiliar with Yonatan and his beauty. Sure, he’s been the primary male model for Castro Clothing for a few years and has appeared in countless Israel magazines and catalogues… but he’s not all looks. Yonatan is a med student at Tel Aviv University, and plans to practice medicine as soon as his modeling career is over. And if that’s not enough, Yonatan is an avid athlete (swimming, running, basketball) and musician (he plays clarinet and flute). So, let’s summarize… he is beautiful, intelligent, athletic, and artistic. Enough said.
#2- JAMES & DAVE FRANCO
Age: 34, 26
Hometown: Palo Alto, California
Known for: James (Milk, 127 Hours, Pineapple Express), Dave (Scrubs, 21 Jump Street)
Why he’s a JILF: We couldn’t decide which one of the Franco brothers was better looking, so we decided to list them together. They were raised in Palo Alto to a Swedish father and Jewish mother. James was an academic throughout his early schooling days, excelling in math, doing well on his SATS, and planning to become a marine zoologist, but he secretly harbored a love for acting but didn’t initially pursue it due to a fear of rejection. After a lot of training and confidence building, James began auditioning and landed a leading role on Judd Apatow’s Freaks and Geeks. After the show was cancelled, James was cast in HBO’s James Dean, winning him a Golden Globe. James went on to star in many successful films, and is currently wearing many hats; director, artist, musician, and teacher to name a few. Younger brother Dave didn’t follow in his brothers’ footsteps until 2006 when he was cast in an episode of 7th Heaven. After many subsequent TV appearances, he landed a role on season 9 of Scrubs. In 2011, MTV named Dave one of the Breakout Stars to Watch for… they were right. Dave currently stars in box office hit 21 Jump Street and will appear in 2013’s Warm Bodies and Now You See Me.
#1- ILYA GRAD
Hometown: Israel via Russia
Known for: Israeli Muay Thai boxing champion, first Israeli boxer to enter Malaysia
Why he’s a JILF: Ilya’s name isn’t really known outside boxing circles… yet. Let us introduce you to Shalom Life’s Hottest Jewish Man. Ilya is an Israeli Muay Thai champion, currently with 29 wins, 14 knockouts, nine losses, and no draws. He is considered one of the eight best amateur Muay Thai boxers in the world, and made history by being the first Israeli boxer to enter Malaysia under his Israeli passport. Ilya has fought all over the world- Israel, Belarus, Russia, Czech Republic, Italy, France, and Thailand to name a few. He’s won many medals and tournaments, and continues to shock the world with his remarkable skill at such a young age. Look out for Ilya in upcoming Muay Thai fights… or if you’re not into fighting, just look at him!
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