Ravens, Baltimore police commissioner, Golden Globes and more

Joe Flacco

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (Photo by Kenya Allen/PressBox)

Silver lining to Ravens loss

“For all those disappointed in the Baltimore Ravens’ playoff loss, 23-17, to the Los Angeles Chargers on Jan. 6, I have only one point of perspective: last summer, the Orioles lost 115 games,” writes Michael Olesker. The Ravens won six of their last seven regular-season games this year. They won their conference title. In a stereotyped, pass-happy era in the National Football League, they came up with a kid quarterback, Lamar Jackson, and a bunch of electrifying running backs, and a smothering defense, all of whom helped bring an enthusiasm back to Baltimore football that was missing the last several seasons. And that enthusiasm is what we should carry away from Sunday’s loss. Looking over-matched and dispirited until the final minutes, the Ravens almost pulled off a miracle. Let’s make that our lasting memory.

Read more: Savor the Miracle in the Ravens’ Loss

Also see: Ravens Players Thank Fans for Support This Season and Glenn Clark: Are Better Days Truly Ahead for Ravens

The hunt for a new police commissioner continues

Update, 12:30 p.m. — Within 24 hours of Joel Fitzgerald’s decision to withdraw from the confirmation process to be Baltimore’s next police chief, Mayor Catherine Pugh has picked another finalist from her fraught search process: New Orleans Police Superintendent Michael Harrison, according to Baltimore Fishbowl.

Read more: One day after Fitzgerald withdraws, Pugh picks New Orleans police chief as BPD’s next commissioner

Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald has withdrawn his name from consideration to become Baltimore police commissioner, according to Baltimore Fishbowl. In a statement, Mayor Catherine Pugh said Fitzgerald will remain in Texas to be with his son, who is having a second brain surgery tomorrow “to remove a mass that was discovered late last week.” “Our fervent prayers are with him and his family during what is unquestionably a troubling and stressful period for them,” she said. Interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle and his command staff will continue to run the department’s day-to-day operations.

Read more: Joel Fitzgerald withdraws name from Baltimore police commissioner job

Also see: As reactions pour in on Fitzgerald’s withdrawal from BPD job, Pugh cancels presser and Baltimore Needs New Police Commissioner with Staying Power

Congress is 3 times more Jewish than the U.S. as a whole

More than 6 percent of the new Congress is Jewish, with 34 Jews among the total of 535 lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Jews make up 2 percent of the U.S. population, so Congress as a whole is more than thrice as Jewish as the country in general, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center on religion in the new Congress, which was inaugurated Jan. 3. The number is even larger in the Senate, where eight of the 100 members are Jewish. That’s 8 percent, for the math challenged. This Congress has four more Jews than its predecessor, which had 30 Jewish members. But it’s far from the most Jewish Congress ever. That was the 1993 Congress, which boasted 51 Jews — nearly 10 percent of the total. All of the Jews in the Senate are Democrats, as are all but two in the House. The Republican exceptions are Reps. Lee Zeldin and David Kustoff, from New York and Tennessee, respectively. They are the only non-Christian Republicans in the Congress, according to Pew. Congress as a whole is overwhelmingly Christian — even more so than the country. Seventy-one percent of Americans identify as Christian, compared to 88 percent of Congress. Both Protestants and Catholics are overrepresented on Capitol Hill. The most underrepresented group is unaffiliated Americans. Twenty-three percent of Americans don’t identify with a religion, but that’s true of just a sole member of Congress — new Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema. Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and Unitarians are also represented in Congress.–JTA

'Schindler's List'

Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler in “Schindler’s List.” (Screenshot from YouTube)

German movie theater offers free tickets to ‘Schindler’s List’ to members of far-right party

An independent movie theater in western Germany offered free tickets to a screening of the film “Schindler’s List” to members of the far-right Alternative for Germany party. The screening of the classic film, marking its 25th anniversary, is scheduled for Jan. 27, which is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, The New York Times reported. The newspaper reported that some members of the party, known as AfD, view the offer from the Cinexx theater in Hachenburg as a provocation, labeling it a “tasteless instrumentalization” and a “senseless provocation.” The theater told the Times that free tickets are regularly offered to different specialty groups. Students across the United States were offered free admission to screenings of “Schindler’s List” when it reopened in December. Leaders of the AfD party have dismissed the Nazi era as a “speck of bird poop in more than 1,000 years of successful German history” and call the country’s national Holocaust Memorial “a monument of shame.”  —JTA

Rachel Brosnahan

Rachel Brosnahan plays Midge Maisel in the Emmy-winning show “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” (Amazon Prime)

Plenty of Jewish moments at the Golden Globes ceremony

From Michael Douglas’ Yiddish exclamation to more success for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” to Regina King’s Hebrew-letter tattoo, the 2019 Golden Globes had its fair share of Jewish moments. Rachel Brosnahan is not Jewish, but she does a convincing job playing a very Jewish woman in “Mrs. Maisel.” She won best actress in a comedy show for the second year in a row. During the Jan. 6 awards, she earned praise for the way she thanked her Jewish show runner, saying “Our village is a matriarchy led by Amy Sherman-Palladino.” Brosnahan edged out fellow Jewish best actress nominees Alison Brie (“Glow”) and Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”). Andy Samberg, co-hosting with actress Sandra Oh, also addressed criticism that “Mrs. Maisel” deals in Jewish stereotypes in one of the more pointed jokes in a cuddly opening monologue. “’The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ is nominated again for multiple awards,” Samberg said. “It’s the show that makes audiences sit up and say, ‘Wait, is this anti-Semitic?’”

Additionally, “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” star Brosnahan will host “Saturday Night Live” on Jan. 19, according to Variety.

Read more: Golden Globes 2019: All the Jewish Moments

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