News Briefs: Jews Win Big at Golden Globes, Canadian Company Fined for Forged Kosher Certification and More

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Jews Win Several Awards at Golden Globes

Jewish performers played a key role at the 2019 Golden Globes on Jan. 6, JTA reported.

From Jewish co-host Andy Samberg to actress Regina King sporting a tattoo made up of three Hebrew letters, there was a decidedly Jewish influence.

For example, Michael Douglas won the best actor award for a TV musical or comedy for his role as aging acting coach Sandy Kominsky in The Kominsky Method. In his acceptance speech, he gave shoutouts to Jewish co-star Alan Arkin and Jewish show creator Chuck Lorre, and paid tribute to his 102-year-old father, Kirk Douglas, by shouting “alter kockers rule!”

Joe Weisberg, the creator, writer and executive director of The Americans, accepted the best drama series award.

Songwriter Mark Ronson was part of a team of four winning best song for “Shallow” from A Star is Born.

In addition, Rachel Brosnahan — who is not Jewish but plays a Jewish woman in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel — won best actress in a comedy show for a second consecutive year, defeating Jewish nominees Alison Brie and Debra Messing.

Chasidic N.Y. Community First Official Haredi Orthodox Town in U.S.

A New York village of more than 20,000 Yiddish-speaking Jews called Kiryas Joel split from the town of Monroe on Jan. 1 to become the town of Palm Tree — believed to be the United States’ first official haredi Orthodox town, JTA reported.

More than 80 percent of Monroe voters supported a 2017 measure to create the new town.

Kiryas Joel dates to the mid-1970s, when Chasidic Jews began settling there. The new town includes 164 acres annexed from Monroe and 56 other acres.

N.J. Synagogue Receives $2.5M in Religious Discrimination Case

Congregation Shomrei Torah/Tiferes Boruch of Clifton, N.J., will receive $2.5 million in a mediation settlement stemming from alleged religious discrimination, JNS.org reported.

Synagogue leadership said construction plans were illegally discriminated against in a number of ways, including arbitrary zoning code interpretations and planning board requirements, numerous public appearances and having to spend large sums to hire outside engineers for consultations.

Synagogue attorney Yehudah Buchweitz said Shomrei Torah appeared before the Clifton Planning Board 25 times between March 2013 and October 2015, before the zoning board seven times between November 2008 and January 2013, as well as four times in state court.

The settlement is one of the largest ever under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA).

Aside from paying $2.5 million, Clifton will build sidewalks in front of the building.

Canadian Company Fined for Forged Kosher Certification on Cake Mix

Adee Flour Mills was fined $25,000 by the Kashruth Council of Canada for using its logo on products that haven’t been certified kosher, Forward reported.

The company was decertified in 2017 by the Council of Orthodox Rabbis (COR), which is run by the Kasruth Council. However, its Easy Bake Devil’s Food Cake mix still contained the COR logo. COR issued an alert to warn kosher shoppers because the judge couldn’t legally have the cake mix removed from grocery stores.

In small claims court, Adee was accused of causing “spiritual trauma” to Jews.

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