‘Vam­pire Di­aries’ star Kat Gra­ham tours Is­rael

Jewish ac­tress cel­e­brates Hanukkah in the Holy Land

The Jerusalem Post - - NEWS - • By AMY SPIRO

Kat Gra­ham, the star of the CW net­work’s The Vam­pire Di­aries and a slate of Net­flix films, is vis­it­ing Is­rael this week, spend­ing time with fam­ily and cel­e­brat­ing Hanukkah.

Gra­ham, born in Switzer­land to a Jewish mother and African fa­ther, has a lot of fam­ily in Is­rael and vis­its reg­u­larly. And all week long she has been post­ing pho­tos and videos of her time in the coun­try on so­cial me­dia – in­clud­ing in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Gra­ham has also shared videos of her fam­ily light­ing can­dles for Hanukkah, eat­ing suf­ganiyot, and ex­plor­ing the cap­i­tal with her al­most 5 mil­lion fol­low­ers on In­sta­gram.

On Thurs­day night, Gra­ham dined at the renowned Eu­ca­lyp­tus restau­rant in Jerusalem with a few fa­mous friends - in­clud­ing for­mer NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire and TV per­son­al­ity Rocsi Diaz. Gra­ham lit can­dles with the restau­rant’s chef, Moshe Bas­son, and took part in his fa­mous maqluba cer­e­mony.

Last year, Gra­ham told Travel + Leisure mag­a­zine that “most of my fam­ily’s in Is­rael, so be­tween that” and her busy act­ing and singing ca­reer, “I’m on a plane about twice a week.” She added that she has done char­ity work with the UN Refugee Agency and also trav­eled to Jor­dan as part of her in­volve­ment.

While Gra­ham reg­u­larly vis­its Is­rael for fam­ily rea­sons, she is here at least in part on a trip spon­sored by the Jerusalem Af­fairs Min­istry and co­or­di­nated with the For­eign Min­istry.

Diaz – who has worked for BET and En­ter­tain­ment Tonight – is also part of the or­ga­nized trip un­der aus­pices of “Amer­ica’s Voices for Is­rael,” which brings celebri­ties and me­dia per­son­al­i­ties to visit the coun­try.

Gra­ham was most re­cently seen in the Net­flix Christ­mas movie The Hol­i­day Cal­en­dar, play­ing a pho­tog­ra­pher who was gifted a mag­i­cal ad­vent cal­en­dar by her grand­fa­ther.

Turns out in real life, Gra­ham is much more into the drei­del.

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