News Briefs, the Week of July 20, 2017


11-Year-Old Boy at Pennsylvania Jewish Camp Dies

An 11-year-old boy attending Camp Nah-Jee-Wah in Milford, Pa., died July 10 after being hospitalized for what turned out to be meningitis, the New Jersey Jewish News reported.

Daniel Beer of Norwood, N.J., died at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, N.Y.

The camp, which is part of the New Jersey Y Camps, sent an email to parents saying Beer developed the symptoms overnight, was treated in the camp infirmary and then taken to the hospital when the symptoms worsened.

Three other boys in Beers’ bunk also showed signs of illness; they were taken to a hospital, treated and released.

The camp has since given preventative antibiotic treatments to both campers and staff who had direct contact with Beer.

Cuban Jewish Leaders Seek Stronger Ties with U.S.

Jewish leaders in Cuba sent an open letter July 12 asking their U.S. counterparts “to support policies of engagement that have strengthened Cuba’s religious institutions and their ability to help the Cuban people.”

The letter, which was signed by Adela Dworin, president of the Jewish Community of Cuba, as well as six other leaders, expresses concerns about President Trump’s recently announced restrictions on travel to and business with Cuba.

“Knowing that the Jewish communities and institutions of the United States have an interest in the relations with the Jewish people of the world, and especially towards Latin America, we request that we work together so that our countries do not go backwards in what has been accomplished and assure that the Cuban and American people enjoy a peaceful and prosperous future,” the letter reads.

There are three active synagogues in Havana.

Jews Well Represented in Emmy Nominations

Jewish actors are up for numerous primetime Emmy Awards from the Television Academy, which released its nominations on July 13, according to JTA.

Liev Schreiber was nominated for lead actor, drama series for Ray Donovan, while Evan Rachel Wood received the same nod for lead actress, drama series for Westworld.

Pamela Adlon got a nomination for lead actress, comedy series for Better Things, as did Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep and Tracee Ellis Ross for Black-ish.

For lead actor, comedy series, Jeffrey Tambor received a nomination for Transparent.

In supporting actress, comedy series, Vanessa Bayer was nominated for Saturday Night Live, as was Judith Light for Transparent.

Mandy Patinkin’s role in Homeland earned him a nomination for supporting actor, drama series.

In the supporting actress, limited series or movie category, Jackie Hoffman received a nomination for Feud.

Ben Mendelsohn was nominated for guest actor, drama series for Bloodline, as was Hank Azaria for Ray Donovan.

The late Carrie Fisher’s work in Catastrophe earned her a nomination for guest actress, comedy series.

And Kevin Kline was nominated in the voice-over category for Bob’s Burgers.

Superhero to be Played by Jewish Actress

Milana Vayntrub — probably best known for her role as Lily in AT&T commercials — will play superhero Squirrel Girl in Marvel’s New Warriors live-action scripted comedy program slated for Freeform network in 2018, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Vayntrub joins five other superheroes “in the 10-episode series about six young people learning to cope with their abilities in a world where bad guys can be as terrifying as bad dates.”

Vayntrub, who also has a recurring role in This Is Us, joins Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) as Jewish actresses portraying superheroes.

The Russian-born Jew immigrated to West Hollywood, Calif., at the age of 3.


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