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Top 50 Hottest Jewish Men of 2013 (30-21)

Join Shalom Life in celebrating the 50 most talented, intelligent, funny, and beautiful Jewish men of the year.

By: Ashley Baylen
Published: July 25th, 2013 in Culture » Society » News
(clockwise) James Deen, Joaquin Phoenix, David Duchovny, Lenny Kravitz

Welcome to Shalom Life’s 2nd annual JILF list. Over the past 5 days, we have embraced (not literally, unfortunately) the 50 most beautiful Jewish women in the world, but what about all the male Hebrew hotties? Let us celebrate them as well with another 5 days of Jewlicious beauties.

We understand that beauty is oft times indescribable, inexpressible, and ineffable, and always in the eye of the beholder. Some people focus entirely on physical attractiveness, while others delve a little deeper, finding attraction in intellect, talent, personality, and a certain “je ne sais quoi”. Therefore, selecting 50 men that perfectly encapsulate all that is considered beautiful (or handsome) might seem like a daunting challenge. Fortunately, there are countless Jewish men that fit the description, making it nearly impossible to narrow it down, but after a lot of consideration, we think we nailed it.

Allow us to present 2013’s Male JILF list,. First catch up on #50-41and #40-31, then find out who made #30-21 below.


#30- JOAQUIN PHOENIX

Age: 38

Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Known for: Parenthood, To Die For, Walk the Line, The Master

Why he's a JILF:Joaquin was born in Puerto Rico while his parents were traveling extensively with the religious cult, Children of God. His mother was born a New York Jew and his father Catholic. After his parents became disenchanted with the Children of God, Joaquin and his four siblings returned to the U.S and adopted the last name Phoenix to symbolize a new beginning. His parents struggled financially, so the 5 children performed on the street and in talent competitions to help raise money to survive. Eventually, the Phoenix children (Joaquin, River, Rain, and Summer) landed a Hollywood agent and started acting professionally in commercials and TV shows. Joaquin became an established child actor in the 80’s, but dropped the career to travel. It wasn’t until the death of his brother River that Joaquin returned to the public’s attention. Since then, Joaquin has been in and out of the Hollywood system. But when he’s in, Joaquin astonishes audiences with his raw acting style which can be seen in films such as U Turn, To Die For, Hotel Rwanda, Two Lovers, Walk the Line, and The Master. Look out for him next in The Immigrant, Her, and Inherent Vice.

#29- JEREMY PIVEN

Age: 47

Hometown: New York, New York

Known for: Old School, Smokin’ Aces, Entourage, RocknRolla, Mr. Selfridge

Why he's a JILF: Jeremy was born in Manhattan but grew up in Evanston, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. He was raised in a Jewish family by parents who were actors and drama teachers. His parents founded a drama school called The Piven Theatre Workshop that Jeremy and his siblings attended growing up. One of Jeremy’s closest childhood friends is John Cusack who is also a graduate of his parents’ drama school. Jeremy considers himself a Jewish Buddhist, which was detailed in a Travel Channel show entitled Jeremy Piven’s Journey of a Lifetime following his journey through India. Jeremy is perhaps best known for his portrayal of agent Ari Gold on Entourage, but his career began 12 years earlier as a regular cast member on HBO’s Larry Sanders Show. Jeremy has starred in numerous films including Grosse Pointe Blank, Very Bad Things, Heat, Old School, Runaway Jury, and Smokin’ Aces. Jeremy currently stars on popular drama series Mr. Selfridge. Look out for him next in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.

#28- ZAC POSEN

Age: 32

Hometown: New York, New York

Known for: Fashion designer adored by celebs, Project Runway judge

Why he's a JILF:Zac was raised in SoHo in a Jewish family. His passion for fashion began at an extremely young age. As a child, he would steal yarmulkes from his grandparents’ synagogue to make ball gowns for dolls. At 16, he entered the pre-college program at Parsons The New School for Design, and interned with established designers. Zac made his big break in 2000 when a dress he designed for Naomi Campbell was well received in the fashion community. Zac is said to have a unique ‘feminine esthetic’ and is a favorite to dozens of celebrities including Natalie Portman, Rihanna, Kate Winslet, and Beyonce. Zac became an official judge for Project Runway Season 11 on Lifetime at the beginning of this year.

#27- PAUL RUDD

Age: 44

Hometown: Passaic, New Jersey

Known for: Clueless, I Love You Man, Wanderlust, Our Idiot Brother

Why he's a JILF:Paul was born in Jersey to a Jewish family, but traveled a lot throughout his childhood due to his father’s job. He studied acting throughout his teen years, even doing a stint at the British American Drama Society in Oxford learning Jacobian drama. His breakthrough role was opposite Alicia Silverstone in the teen hit, Clueless, making Paul a heartthrob and securing a place on the walls of many teen girls bedrooms. He continued acting steadily with supporting roles in Wet Hot American Summer, Cider House Rules, Romeo and Juliet, and many more. Paul became a full-fledged comedic star when he joined Judd Apatow’s gang in The 40-Year Old Virgin, Anchorman, and Knocked Up. He continues to be one of the most popular comedic actors, with upcoming roles in Anchorman: The Legend Continues and They Came Together.

#26- JAMES DEEN

Age: 27

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Known for: Award-winning porn star (over 2000 films), The Canyons, Farrah Abraham’s “sex tape”

Why he's a JILF:Raised in a Jewish Cali family, James says that he’s wanted to be a porn star since he was in elementary school. James started acting in porn’s as soon as he legally could, and has accumulated quite a large fan base due to his non-stereotypical porn star appearance. James’ films are considered ‘female-friendly’. In fact, his most devoted following is amongst teenage girls. In 2009, James was the youngest actor in history to win Male Performer of the Year by Adult Video News, and at the beginning of this year, ABC took an interest in James, filming a personal piece on the actor and his devout fans. James loves what he does, considers himself overpaid, and plans to continue living his childhood dream for as long as his fans support him. He is also making the transition to mainstream acting with the highly publicized controversial film The Canyons co-starring Lindsay Lohan and is producing the mainstream project Cowboys & Engines.

Check out our exclusive interview with James Deen here!

Find out who secured spots #25-21 on page 2!

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