Jacoby’s underdog status, as the first-ever Olympic swimmer from Alaska, may have left Jewish viewers scratching their heads.
Fox, whose parents are both Olympic medalists in kayaking, had been favored to win. She has another chance for a gold this week.
Akhaimova had the top score on vault, her specialty, among the 24 competitors.
The International Olympic Committee had previously rebuffed calls to honor the Israeli athletes.
“I think that’s the best part, to be honest, to have your peers be the one to see your career and pick you to be the one to lead us in,” Bird said.
A quartet of Black Jewish actresses earned nods, along with HBO’s adaptation of the play “Oslo,” about the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Including the fencer looking for redemption, Israel’s first Olympic surfer and one of the greatest canoe paddlers of all time.
Karatsov’s maternal grandfather is Jewish, and he lived Israel when he was between three and 12.
Aslan Karatsev, a Russian tennis player with Jewish heritage who lived in Israel for nearly a decade, is making history at the Australian Open.
Several Jewish stars are among the nominees for the 2021 NAACP Image Awards, which celebrate Black achievement in entertainment.