He’s a nice Jewish boy from New Jersey. A star of the Emmy Award-winning The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. And a third-generation Holocaust survivor.
Get to know Michael Zegen, the thoughtful actor whose breakout performance as Joel Maisel on the wildly popular TV show has won over audiences. Plus, hear about how his grandfather’s experiences as a Holocaust survivor have influenced his life and career.
Don’t miss this special opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at Maisel and learn how UJA helps vulnerable Holocaust survivors, especially as they confront the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Third Generation Holocaust Survivors & Supporters (Third Gen) offers meaningful, year-round programming for grandchildren of Holocaust survivors as well as other young professionals who are passionate about Holocaust remembrance and education.
Michael Zegen can be seen in the multi-award-winning Amazon series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, executive produced by Dan & Amy Sherman-Palladino, which recently wrapped production on its Season 3. He recently shot the independent romantic comedy The Stand-In opposite Drew Barrymore. Michael also starred in Michael Mayer’s film adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull, opposite Annette Bening, Saoirse Ronan, and Elisabeth Moss. Additional film credits include John Crowley’s Oscar-nominated film Brooklyn, Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha, Greg Mottola’s Adventureland, and Taking Woodstock for director Ang Lee.
Michael starred in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of A View From the Bridge opposite Mark Strong. Prior to that, Michael originated the role of Liam in Joshua Harmon's hit play Bad Jews for Roundabout Theatre Company and starred in The New Group's production of The Spoils, written by and co-starring Jesse Eisenberg. In television he memorably recurred as Bugsy Siegel on Boardwalk Empire and was nominated for a SAG Award in its final season. Other recurring television arcs include The Walking Dead, Girls, How to Make It in America, Happy-Ish, and all seven seasons of Rescue Me.
Romy Oltuski is a senior editor at Forbes and a cultural journalist whose work has been published by The New York Times, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, ABC News, and more. She has interviewed personalities from Natalie Portman and Nikki Haley to 2 Chainz and Netta, and her piece on her grandfather's experience in a post-WWII Jewish DP camp in Germany recently appeared in The New York Times Magazine.
Romy is a graduate of Tufts University and the Columbia School of Journalism Publishing Course and is completing an MFA in nonfiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College. The granddaughter of survivors, she joined UJA's ELP Third Gen Committee in memory of her late grandmother, a partisan nurse.
UJA Young Leaders Third Generation Holocaust Survivors & Supporters
Chair, Claire Moskowitz
Vice Chairs, Olivia Briffault and Josh Housman
Bobby Abrams, Gila Akselrad, Dana Albalancy, Jessica Baron, Jes Berman, Michelle Bernstein, Amy Bielory, Natasha Birnbaum, Rachel Chasky, Emma Del Sol, Cory Doliner, Jacob Elyachar, Natalie Epelman, Jana Felberbaum, Emily Finkelstein, Shayna Freiseleben, Danielle Friedman, Leor Ginzburg, Craig Goldwasser, Shay Grayevsky, Jason Grunfeld, Peter Haas, Elizabeth Kamens, Jordana Karger, Rachel Kleinhandler, Caleb Koffler, Nicole Krassner, Steven Murray, Romy Oltuski, Danielle Orenshein, Jenny Redston, Michela Rose Hendell, Andrea Simon, Elizabeth Simons, Yaffa Solemanzadeh, Jordan Spak, Donna Spievak, Danielle Stadler, Kara Studwell, Ali Unger, Adrian Varga, David Wachs, Deborah Watman, Julia Welch, Alyssa Wolf