Alaska is the Jewish state in new TV series

New TV series based on Michael Chabon book set in world in which Israel was defeated in 1948, alternate Jewish state established in Alaska.

Marcy Oster, JTA,

Emerald Lake, Alaska
Emerald Lake, Alaska
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Alaska is the Jewish state in a television series that is being developed by married Jewish authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman.

The series will be based on Chabon’s 2007 book “The Yiddish Policeman’s Union,” Deadline Hollywood first reported.

In the book, the Jews lose the War for Independence in 1948 and instead set up a Jewish homeland in the Alaskan panhandle. It follows homicide detective Meyer Landsman, a divorced alcoholic, as he solves the mysterious murder of an Orthodox Jewish crime boss who also is considered the potential Messiah.

Chabon and Waldman are the executive producers. It is a co-production of CBS-TV Studios, PatMa and Israel’s Keshet Studios. No release date has been announced.

Chabon won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his book “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.” He also is the author of “Wonder Boys”(1995), “Telegraph Avenue” (2012) and “Moonglow: A Novel” (2016).

Waldman has written novels including “Love and Other Possible Pursuits,” “Bad Mother” and “Motherlove,” as well as “The Mommy-Track Mysteries” series.

Chabon and Waldman have been critical of Israel and its policies in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. In 2016, they led a group of writers on a tour of Judea and Samaria and published the subsequent essay collection “A Kingdom of Olives and Ash,” which was critical of Israeli policy.




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