I live in Pittsburgha and we have this newspaper called the Jewish Chronicle, and this week there was an article on Jewish Oscar nominees. most of you may already know this but i had to post it anyways:
"Mike Leigh, best known for his penetrating working-class drams, was nominated for directing "Vera Drake," focusing on a warmhearted backstreet abortionist. He was a longtime member of Habonim, a labor Zionsist youth movement, and has spoken fondly of his time there."
Just goes to show its a small small world! : )