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Madonna’s friendsto join her in Israel

Madonna won’t be the only celeb going to Israel to celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
/ Source: msnbc.com

Madonna won’t be the only celeb going to Israel to celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

The Reinvented singer — who has become a leading proponent of Kabbalah — will be making a pilgrimage to Tel Aviv in September to celebrate the Jewish holidays, and a source says that she will be joined by hunky actor Hugh Jackman and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, as well as Donna Karan.

The source says the “Van Helsing” star and the designing woman have become “quite involved” in the controversial offshoot of Judaism. “We still haven’t gotten a confirmation from Demi [Moore] and Ashton [Kutcher],” says the insider. “[Moore is] shooting a movie [“Half Light”] in Wales and might not be able to join us.”

What’s more, says the source, the ABC news magazine “20/20” will be filming the entire event and interviewing the Kabbalah Centre’s leader, Rabbi Philip Berg — his first time ever on camera. A spokeswoman for the show told The Scoop, “I can’t confirm that.” Karan’s rep couldn’t be reached and Jackman’s said he had no info on the story.

“It will be quite the media event for Kabbalah,” says the source. “This all comes a month before a publicity extravaganza in October, including a billboard on Sunset Boulevard to promote a book on the red string — which wards off the evil eye — as the got-to-have religious fashion accessory of the season.”

Apple of her eye

Actresses Gwyneth Paltrow, right, and Debra Messing pose for photographers backstage at the Women in Film 2004 Crystal and Lucy Awards at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, Friday, June 18, 2004. The Paltrow family was honored for their career work at the show. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)Matt Sayles / AP

Gwyneth Paltrow, doing a junket to promote “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow,” interrupted the event several times with unscheduled breaks, but a source says the star wasn’t being a prima donna — she was being a momma.

“She was taking breaks to breast-feed Apple,” says an insider. “She would only see several people at a time, before she’d excuse herself. It was one of the conditions of her agreeing to promote the film.”

And the source adds, “I have to say, she looked great. I’m not a great Gwyneth fan, but she looked much prettier after her pregnancy than she did before. She positively glowed.”

Notes from all over

U.S. actor Brad Pitt waves from the door of his trailer on the set of his new movie 'Oceans 12' at Rome's Piazza Cavour June 17, 2004. The movie, directed by U.S. Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh, is the sequel to the star studded 'Oceans 11'. REUTERS/Max RossiMax Rossi / X01531

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