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Let the Games Begin

By Jessica Steinberg

July 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

Rehearsing for the opening ceremony of next week's Maccabiah Games, Israeli school girls carrying their national flag march past the Games' torch. Photo by Brian Hendler/JTA

Greg Spector, a strapping, 6-foot-4-inch volleyball player from Los Angeles, tends to be philosophical when discussing why he decided to participate in this year's Maccabiah Games.

"The... read full article

  • UCLA Football Player Keeps Kosher

    By Tom Tugend

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Eyoseph Esi Efseaff is a rising star as offensive lineman on the UCLA football team, but when he arrived at the campus on his initial recruiting trip, he startled the coaches with an unexpected request.

    He was hungry, said the 6-foot-3-inch, 282-pound athlete, but, he insisted, the...

  • Bulldog on the Ice

    By Ari Morguelan

    May 3, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Ethan Lee Fougner, a 7-year-old hockey player from Valencia, is our May Athlete of the Month.

    The call of the ice was so strong for Fougner that his mother, Lori, went into labor while attending a Los Angeles Kings third-round playoff game in May 1993.

    Fougner first took group hockey...

  • A Jewish Olympian Reflects

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    As an athlete training with a single-minded focus of becoming the best I could possibly be, I think I sometimes lost sight of the big picture. I had no idea of the impact that our gold-medal victory in the 1984 Games would have on not only my life, but on the lives of others as well....

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  • Starting Over

    By Peter Ephross

    September 14, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Millions of immigrants have flocked to the United States looking for streets paved with gold. Lenny Krayzelburg, who came to Los Angeles from Odessa, Ukraine, in 1988 is searching for gold as well - but in a pool at Sydney's Olympic Games.

    Several Jewish athletes from the former...

  • Local Olympians

    By Adam Wills

    September 14, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Besides Lenny Krayzelburg, three other American Jews with a Southern California connection are vying for the gold at the Olympic Games in Sydney: a runner who graduated from Agoura Hills High School, a 19-year-old from Valencia who will be the first person of African-American descent...

  • Olympic Moments

    By George Eisen

    September 14, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    That Jews have been prominent in the history of ancient and modern sport, and specifically the Olympic Games, should not come as a surprise. We tend to forget that one of the sparks that ignited the Maccabbees' revolt was - as the Jewish historian Josephus Flavius recorded some 2,000...

  • From Russia, With Gold

    By Avi Machlis

    September 14, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Athletes from the former Soviet Union have transformed the Israeli Olympics sports scene. About one-third of the Israeli team in the upcoming Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia - and five of the six strongest Israeli contenders - are originally from the former Soviet Union.

    The team,...

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