Natalie Portman looked every inch the proud mother as she hugged baby Aleph close yesterday in Santa Monica.
The Oscar winning actress wrapped her arms around her little bundle of joy, who she carried on her front in a baby sling.
Aleph wore blue trousers and light blue socks, while Natalie wore a conservative black and white polka dot blouse, black slacks, and Converse shoes.
The Israeli-born stunner is quite a fan of polka dots, having showed off her svelte post-pregnancy figure in a red vintage polka-dot Christian Dior gown at last week’s Academy Awards ceremony.
Natalie and rumoured husband Benjamin Millepied were taking their son to a Jewish temple in the Santa Monica area of Los Angeles.
Although the couple have not confirmed their marriage, the pair both sported wedding bands as they brought Aleph to a synagogue.
French dancer Benjamin kept casual in a purple shirt, a pinkish plaid button-up shirt, jeans, and trainers.
Casting for the pilot of the American version of Israeli hit ‘Timrot Ashan’ (Midnight Sun in its US version) is continuing and the latest name to come onboard is that of Julia Stiles who’s known for her roles in the Bourne trilogy alongside Matt Damon.
Stiles will take on the lead role of an FBI investigator who specializes in cults and who is brought in to investigate the case of the disappearance of a mysterious cult.
Though she has already appeared in the critically acclaimed Dexter, this will be her first starring role in a series. Stiles joins a cast that already includes Titus Welliver of ‘Law & Order’ and ‘Lost’ and Connor O’Farrell who starred in TV hits like ‘Nip Tuck,’ ’24,’ ‘NYPD,’ and more.
‘Timrot Ashan,’ (Pillars of Smoke) was created by Oded Davidoff and Noah Stollman and focuses on the disappearance of members of a fictional kibbutz – Timrot Ashan in the Golan Heights, whose members lived within a cult. The investigation into their disappearance has the plot taking a surprising turn to the supernatural.
The Ramat Gan Family Court decided Sunday, in a precedential verdict, to recognize both women of a lesbian couple as the mothers of a baby boy.
The lesbian couple underwent a medical procedure six years ago with the permission of the Health Ministry, in which the egg of one woman was fertilized with the sperm of an anonymous donor and implanted in the womb of her partner.
In 2007 their son was born, but the Interior Ministry only registered the child bearer as the son’s mother. The ministry refused to recognize the parental rights of the woman who donated the egg and required that she file for adoption. The couple refused the Interior Ministry’s requirement and, instead, appealed to the courts with a demand to recognize the donor as the baby’s second mother.
The state claimed it would not be possible to automatically recognize both women as mothers, and emphasized that prior to the approval of the fertilization procedure it was made clear to the complainants that the egg donor would not be recognized as the mother of the child.
Judge Alyssa Miller criticized the state’s requirements of the egg donor, “T”, to adopt the boy. “In the case before us, T and the minor are blood relatives. The minor is T’s flesh and blood,” the judge wrote in her precedential verdict. “Therefore, it is no clear reason why T could adopt him, a possibility that contradicts common sense and healthy logic.”
Following the verdict, the couple’s lawyer said, “This is a great achievement. This is a precedent not only on a national level, but on a worldwide level.”