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  • Little Leaguers catch a wave in West L.A.

    By Lee Barnathan

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    For the first time in 46 years, a West Los Angeles (WLA) Little League baseball team reached its state tournament. A fine achievement, indeed, for a group of 13 boys, ages 11 to 12, of which one has since turned 13. And all the players share Jewish ancestry.

    To be fair, one was a...

  • Israeli woman makes history at U.S. Open

    September 3, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Shahar Pe'er became the first Israeli woman to reach the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open. Pe'er, the No. 18 seed, defeated Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, 6-4, 6-1, in a fourth-round match Monday in New York City.

    In her next match, on Wednesday, she will face Russian Anna...

  • The Boychicks of Summer

    By Elli Wohlgelernter

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Pre-season promo video from the Israel Baseball League (IBL)

    The Israel Baseball League (IBL) started out with high hopes, an almost mystical dream that resonated deeply with Jews across the United States: a professional baseball league in Israel!

    But the result, say many, were more...

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  • L.A. teams are golden at Maccabi Games

    By Carin Davis

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    More than 60 athletes from Westside JCC's Team Westside and The New JCC at Milken's Team L.A. represented the greater Los Angeles area this month during the 25th annual Maccabi Games, scoring numerous gold, silver and bronze wins in such sports as baseball, basketball, swimming,...
  • Maccabi Games debunk myths about Jewish athletes

    By Robert David Jaffee

    August 9, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Woody Allen's oft-told joke about the paucity of Jewish sports heroes reinforces stereotypes going back centuries. A noteworthy example comes from sociologist Edward Ross, a Protestant, who about 100 years ago had this to say about Jews: "On the physical side, the Hebrews are the...
  • Tennis star puts Israel in grip of Shaharmania

    By Hillel Abrams

    August 2, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Golda Meir may still hold a prominent place in the hearts of Israelis, but right now the most popular woman in Israel is a 20-year-old who swings a tennis racket for a living.

    Her name is Shahar Peer, and while she is only a private in the Israeli army, she is ranked 18 in the world...

  • L.A. ‘boys of summer’ take to the diamond in Israel

    By Carin Davis

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Echad, shtaiyim, shelosh strikes and you're out at the new ball game. That's right, sports fans, America's favorite pastime is set to become Israel's favorite pastime. At least that's the hope of the new Israel Baseball League (IBL). With six teams, three stadiums and a 45-game...

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