Jewish Journal

  • Maccabi Tel Aviv in the NBA? It may not be a hoop dream

    by Hillel Kuttler, JTA

    2 weeks ago

    BALTIMORE (JTA) – Maccabi Tel Aviv reportedly is heading back to the United States this fall for its first exhibition games against NBA teams in five years – but greater developments appear to be in the works for the iconic franchise and Israeli basketball.

    For one, how about NBA...

  • For greeter of Orioles’ fans, stadium post is a gateway to happiness

    by Hillel Kuttler, JTA

    2 weeks ago

    Stationed at Gate H, behind the center-field scoreboard at the northern end of the distinctive brick B&O Warehouse, Robert Schapiro greets fans outside Oriole Park at Camden Yards with Hall of Fame-caliber vocal embraces.

    “Welcome! Thanks for coming,” he tells a fan on a wet and...

  • At ‘Jewish March Madness,’ Hillel students gather for basketball and kibitzing

    By Hillel Kuttler, JTA

    3 weeks ago

    Dribbling blurs across four parallel basketball courts, the players who came for the Shabbaton that was the National Hillel Basketball Tournament filled a football field-size gymnasium in a marathon of games.

    Forty-one teams and 300 players from colleges across the United States...

  • Braun’s back, Kinsler’s in Detroit and other Jewish Major Leaguers

    by Hillel Kuttler, JTA

    March 26, 2014 | 10:33 am

    In the biblical tradition of lingering in the desert en route to the Promised Land, Major League Baseball teams are packing up and embarking on their exodus from Arizona (and Florida) spring training sites to begin the new season.

    Rosters won’t be finalized until this weekend,...

  • Contrite Bruce Pearl bringing his spirited style to Auburn basketball

    By Hillel Kuttler, JTA

    March 25, 2014 | 8:53 am

    Shortly after assembling the players trying out for the American squad he’d be coaching at the 2009 Maccabiah Games, Bruce Pearl brought them to Sabbath evening services at the Heska Amuna Synagogue in Knoxville, Tenn.

    The passionate and gregarious Pearl, a veteran of reading the...

  • Bruce Pearl tapped as Auburn basketball coach


    March 19, 2014 | 1:51 pm

    Bruce Pearl, who led the U.S. team to the gold medal at the 2009 Maccabiah Games, was hired as the head coach of the Auburn University men’s basketball team.

    The former coach at the University of Tennessee, Pearl was hired Tuesday to replace Tony Barbee, who was fired last week....

  • U.S. ice dancers Davis and White earn historic Olympic gold


    February 18, 2014 | 10:32 am

    The team of Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the first Olympics ice dancing gold medal ever for the United States.

    Davis and White, who is Jewish [correction: The ‘Who is a Jewish Olympian question’: The case of Charlie White], finished Monday with a score of 195.52 in Sochi,...

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