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Original Air Date:
15 November 2000 (Season 11, Episode 5)
When a suspected murderer tries to seek shelter in Israel, the DA's office faces the difficult task of extraditing and trying him in New York while also satisfying the Jewish community. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe

Jesse L. Martin ... Ed Green

S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren

Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy

Angie Harmon ... Abbie Carmichael

Dianne Wiest ... Nora Lewin

Evan Handler ... Eli Becker

Bruce Altman ... Brad Feldman
Sam Schacht ... Nathan Becker

Joe Maruzzo ... Sal Bonafiglio
David Wike ... Frank
Bruce Ornstein ... Lev Berenson
Lynne Charnay ... Rose Caplan

Rick D. Wasserman ... David Caplan (as Rick Wasserman)

Laurie Heineman ... Sylvia Becker
Danny Maseng ... Consulate General for Israel (as Don T. Maseng)

Matthew Dixon ... Eddie Novello

Antone Pagan ... Ronnie Ortega
Kevin Rennard ... Toreador
Alicia Brockwell ... Sugar
Sol Frieder ... Rabbi #1
Morris S. Friedman ... Rabbi #2 (as Rabbi M. Friedman)

Robert Levine ... Rabbi #3
Joel Leffert ... Jerry Belichek
Elizabeth Martin ... Store Manager
Robert Alexander Owens ... Hal Bates
Lucille Rivin ... Passport Worker
Patrick Frederic ... Locksmith
Robert Harte ... Student #1
Gerry Rosenthal ... Student #2
Johnny Lancaster ... Student #3
Phyllis Bash ... Judge Jensen

Brian Dykstra ... CSU Officer
E. Patrick Corbett ... Bartender
Floyd Resnick ... Sergeant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Steven Zirnkilton ... Narrator (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Stephen Wertimer  (as Steve Wertimer)
Writing credits
Dick Wolf (created by)

Aaron Zelman (written by)

Produced by
William M. Finkelstein .... executive producer
William N. Fordes .... producer
Arthur W. Forney .... co-executive producer
Lewis Gould .... producer (as Lewis H. Gould)
Jeffrey L. Hayes .... co-executive producer (as Jeffrey Hayes)
Kati Johnston .... producer
Gary Karr .... producer
Lynn Mamet .... producer
Kathy McCormick .... co-executive producer
Kathy O'Connell .... associate producer
Arthur Penn .... executive producer
Barry Schindel .... supervising producer
Richard Sweren .... co-executive producer
Dick Wolf .... executive producer
Original Music by
Mike Post 
Cinematography by
Constantine Makris 
Film Editing by
David Siegel  (as David J. Siegel)
Casting by
Suzanne Ryan 
Production Design by
Robert Thayer 
Art Direction by
C.J. Simpson 
Set Decoration by
Edward Briggs 
Costume Design by
Jennifer von Mayrhauser 
Makeup Department
Sandy DeBlasio .... hair supervisor
Patricia Regan .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Kati Johnston .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stacey Beneville .... second assistant director
Daniel Lowe .... dga trainee
Mary Rae Thewlis .... first assistant director
Art Department
Tom Conway .... set dresser (as Eoghan Conway)
Julie Dubrow .... assistant props
Daniel Fisher .... stand-by set dresser
John Grimolizzi .... construction coordinator
Candis Heiland .... assistant property master
T.J. Horan .... set dresser
Thomas Hudson Reeve .... set dresser
Linda Skipper .... scenic charge
Ron Stone .... property master
John W. Farraday .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jeffrey Kaplan .... supervising sound editor
Jeff Pullman .... sound mixer
Robert Taz Larrea .... boom operator
Karl Wasserman .... sound utility
Jery Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Eli Aronoff .... assistant camera
Jessica Burstein .... still photographer
Jeremy Hill .... best boy
William Klayer .... gaffer
Carl Peterson .... key grip
Peter Reniers .... camera operator
Jeremy Schroeder .... best boy grip
Steven Search .... assistant camera
Miles Strassner .... dolly grip
Jerome Williams .... second assistant camera
Michael 'Rodi' Rodia .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Fleet Emerson .... extras casting
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting
Wendy M. Roberts .... casting associate
Claire Traeger .... casting associate
Ali Merhi .... extras casting director (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leslie Bernstein .... assistant costume designer
Michael Fisher .... wardrobe assistant
Anne Steinbauer .... key wardrobe
Location Management
Crista Barrasso .... location coordinator
Bridget Clark .... location manager
Music Department
Libby Pedersen .... music editor
Transportation Department
Bill Curry Jr. .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Cynthia Balfour .... script supervisor
Wendy Battles .... executive story editor
Kelsey Biggs .... office production assistant
Elizabeth Carlton Chase .... coordinator of production: Studios USA (as Elizabeth Carlton)
Park Dietz .... technical advisor (as Dr. Park Dietz)
Nora Elcar-Verdon .... script co-ordinator
Paul Manilla .... production accountant
Lydia Mayberry .... assistant: Dick Wolf (as Lydia Mayberry Friedman)
Gene Ritchings .... production coordinator
Cheryl D. Sims .... payroll accountant
Michael Struk .... technical advisor
Matt Witten .... story editor
Anthony Azzara .... first assistant accountant (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dick Wolf  created by

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Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Based on the case of Samuel Sheinbein, who fled to Israel to avoid prosecution in the murder of Alfredo Tello. In his case, the Israeli Supreme Court refused to extradite him.See more »
D.A. Nora Lewin:If the case depends on the jury believing a career criminal who's cut a deal, I'd say we're in trouble.
Jack McCoy:We have a defendant who left the country rather than stand trial.
D.A. Nora Lewin:Which the defense will attribute to a combination of panic and religious fervor.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael:Well, we could also establish that he was stealing from the business.
D.A. Nora Lewin:A business his father half owned.
Jack McCoy:Are you suggesting that we offer him a deal?
D.A. Nora Lewin:After what we went through to get him back here? Not on your life.
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A Case of Identity., 21 January 2016
Author: Robert J. Maxwell ( from Deming, New Mexico, USA

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Good episode in the sense that it's up to par in an above average series.

The murder of an owner of a clothing store on Orchard Street leads to a couple of red herrings, including a transgender who has the role in his or her pocket.

The killer is quickly identified as a hoodlum who did the deed for $5,000, the deed being necessary during a felony robbery.

The man behind the deed is the son of the Jewish co-owner, and he flees to Israel. By law, Israel has first dibs on any Jewish refugees. But McCoy and his team uncover the fact that Eli, the miscreant, was ADOPTED and was the son of somebody named MARY KELLY.

So does he qualify for refuge from the NYPD because he's Jewish. Talmudic ponderings reveal that, while he was circumcized, had a Bar Mitzvah, and was given a Hebrew name, he has not led a Jewish life and in other respects so he is disqualified and Israel deports him.

Eli, in his mid-thirties, is bald and looks a little like the Republican strategist Steve Schmidt. It doesn't save him.

One wonders what the story would have looked like if Eli had qualified in all the required ways and been held in Israel. Delicate diplomacy, national conflicts, would have been involved and the story perhaps more interesting.

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