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  • Baseball more than a game in ‘going ... going ... GONE!’

    September 27, 2016 | 2:59 pm

    In 1958, the Dodgers’ first season in Los Angeles, 8-year-old Ken Levine got a hometown baseball team and his first taste of legendary play-by-play announcer Vin Scully. The rest is history. 

    “Most kids grow up wanting to be ballplayers. When I first heard (Scully), I knew I...

  • Where have you gone, Vin Scully?

    September 26, 2016 | 2:00 pm

    It was a hot August afternoon, and I sat nestled in the corner of a tent at Camp Ramah, in Ojai, California.  Distant sounds of rock music wafted across the boys’ shetach (area), mingled with the laughing voices of kids horsing around.  The rhythmic, satisfying “whoop” of baseballs...

  • Los Angeles history: Jews shined among stars on Hollywood minor league team

    September 15, 2016 | 4:53 pm

    While the Dodgers battle for a playoff spot with a Jewish player, Joc Pederson, patrolling center field and a Jewish president of baseball operations, Andrew Friedman, heading the front office, let’s turn from the pennant race to recall that the franchise is not Los Angeles’ first...

  • Moving and Shaking: Jewish Community Day at Dodger Stadium, JCFLA supports Jewish innovation

    By Ryan Torok

    September 2, 2016 | 11:32 am

    Wearing a yarmulke, tzitzit and a Sandy Koufax jersey, Rabbi Jason Weiner, senior rabbi and manager of the spiritual care department at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, threw the ceremonial first pitch during Jewish Community Day at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 28 to Joc Pederson, a Jewish...

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  • Calendar: August 26 – September 1

    By Amanda Epstein

    August 25, 2016 | 5:48 pm

    FRI | AUG 26

    SHABBAT IN THE PARK

    Bring your family and friends, a picnic dinner, and come mingle with the community and all of the 16 congregations and Jewish organizations involved. There will be arts and crafts, a drum circle and Torah talks. The Shabbat service will be...

  • NY Mets in the playoffs: Should they be thanking Bernie Madoff?

    October 9, 2015 | 2:30 pm

    Having endured a nine-year playoff drought, New York Mets fans are used to blaming Bernie Madoff for the team’s woes.

    Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme, uncovered in 2008, cost the Mets’ owners, Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz, nearly $700 million and forced the team to restructure its...

  • The Mets-Dodgers series is so Jewish, congressmen are betting bagels on it

    October 7, 2015 | 10:58 am

    Baseball doesn’t get much more Jewish than this year’s MLB National League Division Series, which starts Friday between the New York Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    Both teams feature notable Jews: Joc Pederson in the outfield for the Dodgers and Joe Wilpon in the owner’s box...

  • Meet Joc Pederson, the Jewish rookie powering L.A. Dodgers’ run to playoffs

    September 10, 2015 | 2:37 pm

    Ask Los Angeles Dodgers’ rookie outfielder Joc Pederson how his season is going, and he’ll talk about the team.

    “We’re playing great baseball, and that’s something we’re looking to continue to do,” a shy and wary Pederson told JTA recently following a spirited game of dice with...

  • Let my people go (to Dodger Stadium’s new kosher hot dog stand)!

    July 29, 2015 | 4:00 pm

    The Red Sox have done it. The Yankees have done it. Even the Kansas City Royals have gone kosher. 

    Now — finally — Los Angeles baseball fans can enjoy a glatt kosher dog. 

    Jeff’s Gourmet Sausage Factory began offering a decidedly Jewish twist to the Dodgers’ traditional...

  • Moving and shaking: Singing at Dodger Stadium, JNET, Amos Horev and more

    By Ryan Torok

    July 27, 2015 | 9:05 am

    Cantor Marcus Feldman of Sinai Temple sang the national anthem at Dodger Stadium on July 7 as the Los Angeles Dodgers took on the Philadelphia Phillies. Approximately 50 people from the Westwood-based Conservative congregation — including Rabbis David Wolpe and Jason Fruithandler —...

  • Is Skinnygirl Bethenny Frankel dating Modern Family’s full-figured Eric Stonestreet?

    By JNi.media

    July 15, 2015 | 2:46 pm

    Classic comic duo Laurel and Hardy managed to play off their opposite body types, so perhaps Skinnygirl (that’s her product line — Skinnygirl cocktail) Bethenny Frankel and Rubenesque Eric Stonestreet can pair up in harmony.

    E! News reports the Real Housewives of New York star...

  • Los Angeles Summer Events: May 30 – August 30

    By Laura Donney

    June 2, 2015 | 4:14 pm

    SAT | MAY 30

    DUDAMEL, DESSNER AND GLASS

    In addition to two major premieres commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic from Bryce Dessner (half of indie rock favorite The National) and minimalist composer Philip Glass, there will be two string quartets and a performance of the...

  • Time for a kosher hot dog and a beer and Dodger baseball

    By Michael Berenbaum

    April 8, 2015 | 4:07 pm

    Spring is upon us. The seders are over, the Iran problem endures. Romance is in the air and, with romance, some men’s and women’s hearts turn to baseball. 

    I dutifully bought my season-ticket package of 40 games to Dodger Stadium — 40, not 81, because I don’t attend on Shabbat...

  • Dodgers’ Jewish phenom Joc Pederson gets first Major League hit [VIDEO]

    September 3, 2014 | 10:41 am

    It wasn't pretty – but the beginning of the Joc Pederson era began with a flare last night. With two outs, nobody on and a 2-2 count the young center-fielder hit a blooper over Washington Nationals' second baseman Asdrúbal Cabrera for his first major league hit. Watch the video below:

  • Moving and shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    July 9, 2014 | 12:32 pm

    Five years after merging with Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center (PJTC), former members of Congregation Shaarei Torah in Arcadia were among those who took part June 22 in a symbolic Torah scroll procession from their old building to their new home.

    Since merging in 2009, PJTC has...

  • Jewish Community Day transforms Chavez Ravine into hub of pride

    By Ryan Torok

    June 30, 2014 | 7:34 pm

    Dodgers hats, where the team name was written in Hebrew, dotted the Reserved-level sections at Dodgers Stadium last Sunday.

    It was Jewish Community Day at Chavez Ravine, and Tribe pride was in effect before and after the game. A representative of the Dodgers group sales office...

  • Let Yasiel Puig have his fun

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    October 15, 2013 | 2:26 pm

    Dear baseball fans,

    By now you have probably heard of the Dodgers' rookie phenom Yasiel Puig. You may have seen highlights of his diving catches, laser throws and monster homeruns. You may have heard Vin Scully discussing the "Wild Horse" circling the bases. Surely you have heard...

  • Roller coaster Dodgers — on brink of NLCS — will send Kershaw to the mound

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    October 7, 2013 | 12:34 pm

    The first three games of the Los Angeles Dodgers playoff run against the Atlanta Braves have an L.A. squad that went from buried to resurrected — a $239 million payroll disaster to a gleaming investment — on the brink of the National League Championship Series.

    The Dodgers, one...

  • Resurgent Dodgers aim to cap astonishing season

    October 1, 2013 | 12:51 pm

    Twenty-five years after winning their most recent National League (NL) pennant, the resurgent Los Angeles Dodgers have their sights set on World Series glory to cap what has been an astonishing 2013 season.

    Underpinned by brilliant pitching, reliable batting depth and important...

  • Jackie and the Jews [Irish, Italians, Blacks, Poles]: Ethnicity in post-war America

    By Michael Berenbaum

    April 8, 2013 | 11:06 am

    Jackie was the first. Jackie could not just play the game for himself. He was playing the game for every one of his race who had been denied a chance, whose future was closed because of racism and segregation. Indeed, as I remember it, Jackie played the game for every minority kid...

  • July 14-19, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    July 11, 2012 | 11:28 am

    SUN | JULY 15
    DODGERS JEWISH COMMUNITY DAY
    Matisyahu opens the 13th annual Jewish Community Day at Dodger Stadium with a pre-game concert on the field. After, enjoy a kosher nosh as you watch the boys in blue (and white) take on the San Diego Padres. Each ticket includes an...

  • Letters to the Editor: Dennis Prager, kosher hot dogs, chewable Xanax

    April 25, 2012 | 12:24 pm

    Left, Right and the Definition of Evil

    Mr. Prager has stated he has had an obsession with fighting evil (“A Man and a Book,” April 20). He falsely accuses the left from its inception as combating something other than evil, and that is material inequality. Where, Mr. Prager, on...

  • ‘Baseball Fantography’ hits It out of the park

    April 4, 2012 | 1:25 pm

    The snapshot of famed circus clown Emmett Kelly offers a window into the Dodgers’ more colorful past.

    The picture of the former Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey icon was taken at Ebbets Field during his brief, and largely forgotten, stint as the team’s mascot in Brooklyn....

  • Save the Academic Decathlon

    By Bill Boyarsky

    March 28, 2012 | 6:19 pm

    In a city where some of the very rich are willing to pay $1 billion-plus for the bankrupt Dodgers baseball team, why can’t anyone spare $500,000 to support an Academic Decathlon program that brings luster to the often criticized Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)?

    ...
  • Dodgers file for bankruptcy: What now for the boys in blue?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 27, 2011 | 12:53 pm

    If you’ve ever seen Albert Pujols cross home or a football player take a knee after scoring a touchdown, you might think that God cares about who wins and loses a professional sports game. I tend to disagree. But I know that God can’t be happy with what is happening to His chosen...

  • Dodgers continue support for Maccabiah games

    By Tom Tugend

    May 31, 2011 | 6:55 pm

    The Los Angeles Dodgers will again underwrite the baseball tournament at the Maccabiah games in Israel, according to an announcement from the Maccabiah Organizing Committee.

    Frank McCourt, though occupied with ownership of the team and a contentious divorce, said, “Our sponsorship...

  • Artifact-rich Sports Museum opens downtown

    By Robert David Jaffee

    December 25, 2008 | 4:30 pm

    A T206 Honus Wagner baseball card, one of the rarest in the world. Barry Bonds' 755th home run ball. A handful of infield dirt, the broken champagne bottle used to christen the stadium and the first ball thrown out at Ebbets Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, in 1913.

    These are...

  • Dodgers hit grand slam in history of Jewish players

    By Robert David Jaffee

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    When the Dodgers celebrated their 50th anniversary in Los Angeles on March 29 with an exhibition game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, it seemed almost fitting that a Jewish ballplayer, Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis, would hit a pivotal home run that helped Boston win the...
  • Grampa’s Advice: Pass on ‘First-Tell’

    By Saul Turteltaub

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It took me six years of being a grandfather to accept the fact that my grandchildren may not be more brilliant or athletic than everyone else's.

    Here's how I realized it. There's this thing between grandparents I like to call "first-tell." Say you meet your friend, another...

  • But Will Shawn Green Fast?

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When the Dodgers face the San Francisco Giants this weekend in a three-game series beginning in San Francisco this weekend, most Jews will be in synagogue for the holiest day of the year.

    What will Shawn Green do?

    The first baseman has declined to discuss his Yom Kippur plans with...

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