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‘Mrs. Maisel,’ ‘Fleishman,’ Natasha Lyonne among Jewish nominees at strike-delayed Emmys

(JTA) – It took months longer than anticipated, but “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is finally competing for its last shot at Emmy gold.

The Emmy Awards for the 2022-23 television season, originally scheduled for September, will take place Monday after extended delays due to the 2023 Hollywood actors’ and writers’ strikes. That means the many high-profile Jewish nominees, including the final season of Amazon Prime’s “Mrs. Maisel” and the FX limited series “Fleishman Is In Trouble,” could now pick up prizes months — in some cases more than a year — after they finished airing.

The awards come in a new context for show business and the Jewish world: one in which parts of Hollywood are wearing pins on red carpets in support of Israeli hostages while others are being fired from productions over their pointed criticism of Israel’s war with Hamas

Here is a guide to the significant Jewish nominees in advance of Monday’s awards ceremony,  which will air on Fox.

“Mrs. Maisel,” the acclaimed comedy series about a 1950s-era Jewish housewife who becomes a stand-up comedian, will compete for four categories on Monday: best comedy; directing; lead actress in a comedy series (Rachel Brosnahan, who isn’t Jewish); and supporting address in a comedy series (Alex Borstein, who is). 

Lizzy Caplan in “Fleishman Is In Trouble.” (FX Networks)

“Fleishman,” based on the novel by Taffy Brodesser-Akner about a Jewish divorced dad navigating the New York dating scene, will compete for five awards: best limited/anthology series; lead actress in a limited series (Lizzy Caplan, who is Jewish); supporting actress in a limited series (Claire Danes); and directing and writing (Brodesser-Akner is nominated in the latter).

Several other Jewish actors will also be up for awards. Natasha Lyonne is up for best lead actress in a comedy series for the mystery show “Poker Face” on Peacock, while Jason Segel will compete for best actor in a comedy for the therapy-themed “Shrinking” on Apple TV+. The best supporting actor in a comedy category is stacked with Jews: Brett Goldstein (the final season of “Ted Lasso”), Ebon Moss-Bachrach (“The Bear”) and Henry Winkler (the final season of “Barry”) are all nominees.

J. Smith-Cameron at the 81st Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 7, 2024 in Beverly Hills, California. (Gilbert Flores/Golden Globes 2024/Golden Globes 2024 via Getty Images)

J. Smith-Cameron, who is married to Jewish writer Kenneth Lonergan and wore a pin in support of Israeli hostages to last week’s Golden Globes ceremony, is also nominated for an Emmy for best supporting actress in a drama for the final season of HBO’s “Succession.” A nominee for supporting actress in the limited-series category, Merritt Wever for Hulu’s “Tiny Beautiful Things,” is not Jewish but has said her mother sent her to Camp Kinderland —  which she called “a red-diaper baby camp started by Jewish labor organizers” — when she was a kid.

“The Problem With Jon Stewart,” Apple TV+’s news comedy show starring the Jewish former “Daily Show” host, also received a nomination for best talk series. Stewart’s show was canceled last fall, reportedly because Apple objected to his commentary on China. Trevor Noah, who has Jewish ancestry and had a bar mitzvah, was also nominated for two nominations for his stint hosting “The Daily Show,” which he left at the end of 2022.

The Creative Arts Emmys, which aired Jan. 6, netted several other notable Jewish winners, including Judith Light for guest-starring on “Poker Face,” Maya Rudolph for her voiceover on Netflix’s adult animated series “Big Mouth,” and Ken Burns’ PBS documentary “The U.S. and the Holocaust” for outstanding writing for a nonfiction program. The latter lost out on best documentary series to slavery-focused show “The 1619 Project.”

Also losing in their respective categories were Mayim Bialik for best game show host for “Jeopardy!” (she has since announced she has been let go from her hosting job) and Norman Lear, who died in December but whose televised 100th-birthday celebration on ABC was nominated for best prerecorded variety special.


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Brown University Investigating Threats of Violence Sent to Hillel Officials

More than 200 Brown University students gathered outside University Hall where roughly 40 students sat inside demanding the school divest from weapons manufacturers amid the Israel-Hamas war. Photo: Amy Russo / USA TODAY NETWORK via Reuters Connect

Two officials of Brown-RISD Hillel, a Jewish life  center serving both Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design, were sent “violent threats” early Sunday morning, according to a report by The Brown Daily Herald.

After being alerted of threats, which were sent via email, the university’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) conducted a search of Brown-RISD Hillel and determined there is “no evidence of any one-site threat.” DPS vice president Rodney Chatman told The Brown Daily Herald that “local, state, and federal authorities” are investigating the incident.

“This comes at an especially difficult time of distress on our campuses,” Brown University president Christina H. Paxson said in a statement addressing the incident. “Our students, faculty, and staff continue to grapple with the deaths of Israelis, Palestinians, and others in the wake of the October 7 attacks, as well as a despicable act of violence against a member of the Brown community here in the United States last November, and increases in reports of antisemitism, Islamophobia and other forms of hate.”

In Sunday’s statement President Paxson said that “robust” security measures will be implemented to protect Brown-RISD Hillel, as well as the officials who were threatened, from harm.

The incident is not the first antisemitic act of hatred since Hamas’ massacre across southern Israel on Oct. 7.

In December, the university’s Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity opened an investigation into an incident in which someone slipped a threatening note underneath the door of an off-campus apartment rented by Jewish students.

“Those who live for death will die by their own hand,” said the note, which, according to the Brown Daily Herald, matches lyrics from a song by an early 1980s punk band. The paper added that the note was found by an electrician, who brought it inside.

A similar incident occurred last November at a Brown-RISD Hillel. Additionally, in 2020, a swastika was graffitied in Brown’s Hegeman Hall. In 2017, another was found in a gender-neutral bathroom at RISD. It was drawn using human feces, according to the Brown Daily Herald.

Last week, President Paxson rejected the demands of anti-Zionist students who were participating in a hunger strike in an effort to force the Brown Corporation to vote on a boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) resolution against Israel and make other concessions.

The university has twice ordered the arrests of extremist anti-Zionists student protesters, who have held unauthorized demonstrations in administration buildings, sometimes occupying them for hours after being asked to leave. Over 40 were arrested in December while onlookers shouted “Shame on Brown, Shame on Brown!”

Follow Dion J. Pierre @DionJPierre.

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‘Free Palestine:’ Texas Church Shooter Suspected of Having Pro-Hamas Ideology

Genesse Ivonne Moreno, 36, shot a man at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, on February 12, 2024. Photo: Twitter

A woman who stormed a church in Houston, Texas, on Sunday with an AR-15 rifle and shot one person before being killed by police was apparently a Hamas supporter, according to details on the incident reported by CNN.

On Monday, the outlet reported that “Free Palestine” was written on the shooter’s rifle.

According to the Houston Chronicle, the shooter has since been identified as Genesse Ivonne Moreno, 36. The woman has an extensive criminal history which includes arrests for marijuana possession, assault, theft, and forgery.

On Sunday afternoon, Moreno walked into the Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas — an institution famous for being the church of charismatic Christian preacher Joel Osteen — with a child and a gun. Wearing a trench coat and a knapsack, she threatened to have explosives, according to multiple reports. Most of the worshipers in attendance were Hispanic and attending a Spanish language service.

Moreno shot one man, leaving him critically injured, and was shot and killed by Houston Police. A child was also shot during the incident, but police are still unsure of whether they or Moreno are responsible for doing it.

“I want to commend those officers. She had a long gun and it could have been a lot worse,”  Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said during a press conference later in the day.

An investigation of Moreno’s motives is ongoing.

Follow Dion J. Pierre @DionJPierre.

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London Theater Facing Legal Action After Comedy Show Turns Into ‘Antisemitic Rally’

British comedian Paul Currie. Photo: Instagram

A London theater is facing legal action after an Israeli man was hounded out of a comedy show on Saturday night by a comedian performing a one-man show that turned into what some audience members compared to an “antisemitic rally.”

A spokesperson for the UK’s Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) said the group was in touch with the Israeli man and other members of the audience who fled from the theater.

“What the Jewish audience members have recounted is atrocious, and we are working with them and our lawyers to ensure that those who instigated and enabled it are held to account,” the CAA spokesperson told London’s Evening Standard news outlet. “These allegations are of deeply disturbing discriminatory abuse against Jews. Comedians are rightly given broad latitude, but hounding Jews out of theaters is reminiscent of humanity’s darkest days, and must have no place in central London in 2024.”

The comedian, Paul Currie, had been performing a one-man show entitled “Shtoom” at London’s Soho Theater. Towards the end of his performance, he retrieved a Ukrainian and Palestinian flag and invited members to stand and applaud.

After the round of applause was over, Currie pointed to a man in the second row of the theater and quizzed him over why he had not stood up.

The unnamed man, an Israeli, replied, “I enjoyed your show until you brought out the Palestinian flag.” An infuriated Currie began screaming, “Leave my show now! Get out of my f—-ing show!” in response.

As the man and his partner rose to leave, accompanied by a handful of other shocked audience members, the assembled crowd began chanting “Get out” and “Free Palestine.”

In a written complaint to the theater over his treatment, the man wrote: ” Shaken and feeling threatened by the growing antagonism, we exited and tried to complain/ get some support from the front-of-house team at the theatre, who were not very sympathetic but did give us an email address to make a complaint. By this time, the show had ended and the audience started exiting, a number of whom were glaring at us aggressively and in a very threatening way. We all left the scene.”

He added: “Our friends later received a message from someone they knew who had also been at the show, saying that after we left, the situation became even more inflamed. What had been intended to be an evening of comedy turned out to be what felt like an antisemitic rally.”

The theater eventually apologized, issuing a statement expressing regret an “an incident that took place at our venue at the end of a performance of Paul Currie: Shtoom on Saturday 10 February, which has caused upset and hurt to members of audience attending and others.” It added: “We take this very seriously and are looking into the detail of what happened as thoroughly, as sensitively, and as quickly as we can. It is important to us that Soho theatre is a welcoming and inclusive place for all.”

Currie has remained largely silent since the incident, save for a post on Instagram which quoted Mexican poet Cesar A. Cruz saying: “Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.”  He then added: “If you were at my show last night… you’ll know.”

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