Jews Receive Multiple Golden Globe Nominations
Not only did The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which centers around a 1950s-era Jewish housewife who becomes a standup comic, receive a Golden Globe nomination, but so did several Jewish stars, JTA reported.
Mrs. Maisel, which is up for best television series, musical or comedy, is the brainchild of Jewish writer Amy Sherman-Palladino.
Familiar name Steven Spielberg was nominated for best director, motion picture for The Post, a Watergate journalism drama starring Meryl Streep.
Daniel Day-Lewis’ turn in Phantom Thread earned him a nomination for best performance by an actor in a motion picture, drama, a category where he’ll compete against fellow Jew James Franco, who starred in The Disaster Artist; Franco also directed and produced the film.
Ansel Elgort’s role in Baby Driver has him competing for best performance by an actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy.
Alison Brie is up for best performance by an actress in a television series, musical or comedy for her role as a female wrestler in GLOW.
Other Jews nominated include Maggie Gyllenhaal, Timothée Chalamet, Pamela Adlon, Liev Schreiber, Aaron Sorkin, Josh Singer and Hans Zimmer.
Study Says Muslim Refugees in Germany Often Anti-Semitic
A study commissioned by the American Jewish Committee’s Ramer Institute for German-Jewish Relations in Berlin contends that anti-Semitism among Muslin refugees is commonplace, JTA reported.
The study, which included interviews with 68 refugees, came at the same time of numerous anti-Israel and anti-United States demonstrations related to the U.S. recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“Anti-Semitic thinking and stereotyping are very common … even among those who emphasize that they ‘respect’ Judaism or that there is no problem living together between Muslims, Christians and Jews in their countries of origin and in Germany,” said historian and sociologist Günther Jikeli, who prepared the report.
Miss Iraq’s Family Has to Flee Because of Photo with Miss Israel
Miss Iraq Sarah Idan created a furor last month when she posed for a photo with Miss Israel Ada Gandelsman at the Miss International Beauty Pageant — and now her family’s been forced to flee that country, The Jerusalem Post reported.
Gandelsman told Hadashot news that Idan’s family fled after receiving death threats. Idan lives in the United States.
Idan has kept the photo in question on her Instagram account and defended it in a separate post.
“I want to stress that the purpose of the picture was only to express hope and desire for peace between the two countries,” she wrote.
Cable Car System to Link Jerusalem Landmarks Planned
A $56 million cable car system project slated for completion by 2021 will link Jerusalem landmarks and is expected to boost tourism, jns.org reported.
The system will run from Jerusalem’s German Colony neighborhood to the Western Wall and the Mount of Olives.
The approval process is expected to take about a year, and to avoid legal setbacks the cable car system will be passing primarily over land already owned by the state.