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  • Israeli law making it tougher for athletes to shine, report claims

    August 16, 2012 | 11:13 am

    Israel’s sports law significantly reduces the chances for its athletes to excel, a new study concluded.

    The study by the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies was released Tuesday.  Israel failed to win any medals at the recently completed London Olympics—the first time in 24...

  • Israel and the world Pt. 14 - Olympics Special

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 30, 2012 | 8:43 am

    For this week’s Israel and the World, I can’t think of something more important than the Olympic Games. Only three days into the games, I present to you the Israeli Olympic team members. Ofir Golan, one of Israel’s best Olympic specialists, will provide you with a prediction for the...

  • NBA Cavalier Omri Casspi a slam dunk for Israel

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 15, 2011 | 11:39 am

    Omri Casspi is done waiting around for the NBA season to start. Haaretz reports that he has signed with the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team amidst the lockout between NBA owners and the basketball players. 

    Casspi previously played two seasons with the Sacramento Kings and was...

  • Tahl Leibovitz is not only Interesting, but Completely Remarkable

    By Ilana Angel

    July 22, 2011 | 9:33 am

    If there were ever a movie that needed to be made, it’s the life story of Tahl Leibovitz.  My son suggested I write about Tahl when he came across him playing in a table tennis match on television.  I wrote a blog earlier in the week about Tahl Leibovitz which was based on a lot of...

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  • Is Tahl Leibovitz The Greatest Jewish Athlete You’ve Never Heard Of?

    By Ilana Angel

    July 21, 2011 | 8:30 am

    My son called me last night from back east to ask if I had ever heard of Tahl Leibovitz.  I asked if he was someone I should check out on iTunes.  When he was done laughing, he let me know he had discovered Mr. Leibovitz while flipping through the channels and was so impressed, he...

  • ID card of Israeli athlete killed in Munich returned

    February 23, 2011 | 1:34 pm

    The national identification card of an athlete murdered during the Munich Olympics was returned to his family.

    In a ceremony Wednesday at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the ID card of wrestler Eliezer Halfin was returned to his sister, Rima Goldwasser.

    Halfin was one of 11 Israeli...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    August 19, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Olympics Ban Wanted

    Jewish groups called on the International Olympic Committee to impose penalties after an Iranian athlete refused to compete against an Israeli. The Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called for action after Iranian judokan Arash...

  • Home Run

    By Carin Davis

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Shawn Green sits quietly in the Dodgers dugout waiting for pregame batting practice to begin. His unassuming nature seems at odds with his 6-foot-4 figure; his quiet presence inconsistent with his celebrity.

    But then Green seems to live in contrast. He is not observant but is proud...

  • Family Put Bruin on the Right Track

    By Carin Davis

    April 8, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Jeremy Silverman's strength on the field is only matched by his strength of character. A shot put and discus thrower for UCLA, the 21-year-old student athlete has a kind, grounded quality.

    Silverman grew up in Annville, Penn., a town with one stoplight and a gas station. As a...

  • Slam Dunk Bat Mitzvah

    By Julie G Fax

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A couple of months before her Sept. 1 bat mitzvah, Atara Rush, a seventh-grader at Harkham Hillel Hebrew Academy, attended the Israel Solidarity Rally in front of The Jewish Federation headquarters on Wilshire Boulevard. Someone handed her a poster to hold up. It was from the Israel...

  • Athlete of the Week: Andrew Felder

    By Ari Morguelan

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Andrew Felder, a 17-year-old Encino native, is our first Athlete of the Week. Felder has excelled on and off the field, according to Maccabi Games coach Kobi Goren.

    A soccer starter for the Harvard-Westlake Wolverines, Felder made team captain as a junior. He is also a...

  • Jew-mo!

    By Ari B. Morguelan

    December 7, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Woody Allen once said the shortest book ever written was the one on Jewish athletes. Well, here is the shortest chapter in that book: Since May 1987, Argentinean native Imach Marcello Solomon (a k a Hoshitango) has been wrestling his way up in the competitive sumo leagues in Japan....

  • 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...

  • Shawn Green—Following in Koufax’s Footsteps

    By Jason Levin

    December 30, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Shawn Green has a reputation for being an excellent student. At Tustin High School in Orange County, he graduated third in his class. As a member of the Toronto Blue Jays, he polished his baseball skills quickly, earning a promotion to the major leagues at 23. As a big leaguer, his...
  • A Goal Beyond Winning

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Dr. Jerry Bobrow remembers it well. The year was 1990. The place: The Palace, in the Auburn Hills district of Detroit.

    There in the bleachers, among 16,000 people at the Maccabi Games, is Bobrow and his youngest son, Jonathan.

    As the Russian delegation of athletes entered the arena...

  • Maccabi Magic In Mexico

    By Brian Schiff

    July 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The Pan Am Maccabi Games are a 12-day Olympic-style athletic and cultural festival for Jewish athletes from around the world. The Ninth Annual games, held earlier this month in Mexico City, featured more that 2,500 athletes from 15 countries including the United States, Canada,...
  • Glorifying DiMaggio, but Not His Times

    By Yehuda Lev

    March 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    By the time you read these words, the death of Joe DiMaggio will be old news. I grew up in a New York City in which he was the greatest of our sports heroes, and I was blessed as a child with an Uncle Ike who took me to the bleachers in Yankee Stadium. My love for baseball and...

  • f.y.i. / local report Good Hearts

    May 1, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Steven S. Cohen was a hard-working businessman, a good friend and the father of two young girls, ages 2 and 5, when he suffered a massive heart attack during a game of weekend basketball and died. He was 35.

    His friends channeled their shock and grief into helping to discover how and...