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  • Facing a culture of violence

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    3 weeks ago

    If you know me, you know I love watching and playing sports. I played soccer and tennis in high school, and blew out both of my knees playing daily basketball in my 20s and 30s.  Last week, I brought my Derek Jeter shirt to the second day of Rosh Hashanah, and I have many times...

  • Conflict Mediation Through Sport

    By Jeremy Elster

    June 9, 2014 | 5:15 am

    This week, the world’s attention will refocus from domestic issues to the international stage of the World Cup in Brazil. While domestic Israeli politics never has a dull moment, today we bring you a story about the Italian football superclub “FC Inter Milan” and the social work...

  • A new leading woman, American Football, a life changing device and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 18, 2013 | 12:07 pm

    Jews, Israel and diaspora at the JFNAGA

    This past week, the Jewish Federations of North America’s annual General Assembly (JFNAGA( took place right here, in Jerusalem. Distinguished guests from all around the world participated in the big event, where they discussed the changing...

  • Sports teams should change racist names and logos, ADL says

    October 16, 2013 | 10:09 am

    Professional sports teams should seriously consider moving away from “the use of hurtful and offensive names, mascots and logos,” the Anti-Defamation League said.

    Abraham Foxman, ADL’s national director, released a statement Tuesday amid increasing pressure on the Jewish...

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  • When football and Yom Kippur collide

    September 13, 2013 | 9:48 am

    While many of us are finding this year’s Yom Kippur conveniently scheduled because it falls on the weekend, at Texas A&M the holiday clashes with one of the most significant days on the football calendar: Aggies vs. Alabama. The Wall Street Journal reports:

    Saturday is...

  • Russia overtakes Portugal in World Cup qualifying with 3-1 win over Israel

    September 10, 2013 | 11:34 am

    Russia beat Israel 3-1 to overtake Portugal at the top of World Cup qualifying Group F on Tuesday and move a step closer to the finals with their fate in their own hands.

    Two goals in two minutes settled the game with Vasili Berezutskiy making the breakthrough in the 50th minute...

  • Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv name Paulo Sousa as new coach

    June 12, 2013 | 3:16 pm

    Israeli champions Maccabi Tel Aviv have appointed Portuguese coach Paulo Sousa on a two-year contract, the club said on Wednesday.

    Sousa, 42, moved to Maccabi from Hungarian side Fehervar. He previously coached the Portuguese Under-16 national side and had stints in England over...

  • A leading player

    June 5, 2013 | 11:18 am

    Gabe Freeman had always dreamed of playing tackle football but never imagined he actually would. None of his family members or friends played the game, and when he joined Milken Community High School in 2009, the institution — like many other Jewish private schools — offered no...

  • Desmond Tutu urges UEFA to strip Israel of Under-21 championship

    May 28, 2013 | 11:13 am

    South African anti-apartheid campaigner Desmond Tutu has joined calls for UEFA to move the Under-21 European championship from Israel because of the Jewish state's treatment of Palestinian sport.

    UEFA has resisted the requests but Tutu's letter, to Britain's Guardian newspaper,...

  • NFL, champion Ravens dismiss season opener on Rosh Hashanah

    March 19, 2013 | 4:34 pm

    The Baltimore Ravens and the NFL have agreed that the Super Bowl champions will not open their season — or the league's season — on the first night of Rosh Hashanah.

    The team was scheduled to launch its season on Sept. 5, a Thursday night, but a conflict with baseball's Baltimore...

  • Beitar Jerusalem fans walk out on Muslim player’s goal

    March 4, 2013 | 6:25 am

    Hundreds of fans of the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team walked out of the stadium in the wake of the first goal scored by a Muslim player.

    The walkout occurred Sunday night during a game against Maccabi Netanya, which ended in a 1-1 tie. The team has lost four of its past five...

  • Israeli soccer player on U.K. team barred from entering Dubai

    February 14, 2013 | 5:30 am

    An Israeli soccer player for a British team is sitting out a team visit to Dubai because of tensions between the emirate and Israel.

    The 25-year-old striker, Itay Schechter, who plays for Swansea City, was prevented from attending the six-day group training session, The Jewish...

  • Beitar arson attack linked to racial incitement

    February 8, 2013 | 1:56 pm

    A suspected arson attack damaged the main club house of Israeli Premier League side Beitar Jerusalem on Friday, a day after four fans were charged in court in connection with racist incitement against the team's recruitment of Muslim players, police said.

    Police spokesman Micky...

  • Survey: 27 percent of Americans see God’s hand in sports

    January 29, 2013 | 9:17 am

    Fewer than three in 10 Americans believe that God plays a role in determining sports outcomes, according to a survey by the Public Religion Research Institute.

    That 27 percent believed in divine intervention in athletic competition was among the findings of the January Religion...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 28, 2013 | 10:50 am

    Never Again

    Yesterday, January 27th, the world mentioned the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This day reminds us all of the horrible, systematic death of 6 million, for no reason other than their beliefs. This day reminds us all to always remember and never forget.

    ...

  • Chelsea Football vs. 49ers Football

    By Ilana Angel

    January 23, 2013 | 6:55 am

    I was at a bar last weekend where everyone was a San Francisco 49ers fan. When San Francisco won the game to get them into the Super Bowl, people went nuts.  I saw grown men crying for joy and it was fascinating.  While I like the Super Bowl, I watch more for the commercials than...

  • Bears bring in Jewish head coach, Marc Trestman

    January 16, 2013 | 2:22 pm

    The Chicago Bears hired a Jewish head coach, Marc Trestman.

    Trestman, 57, a longtime NFL assistant, was named Wednesday to his first head coaching post in the league. The 57-year-old Minneapolis native will be the only Jewish head coach in the National Football League.

    Over the...

  • Former Israel national soccer coach Emanuel Sheffer dies at 88

    December 28, 2012 | 12:31 pm

    Emanuel Sheffer - the coach who led Israel to their only World Cup finals in Mexico in 1970 - died on Friday aged 88, the Israel Football Association said.

    German-born Sheffer was described by Israeli FA chairman Avi Luzon as "the greatest of all Israeli coaches whose influence...

  • Teshuvah and Penn State

    September 12, 2012 | 11:09 am

    In our busy lives, there are lots of decisions to make. Although we know that quick judgments made without all the facts may be faulty, we do not have the time to dwell on each decision, and we learn to live with a kind of necessary impatience. Whether it is a route across town,...

  • Art Modell, ex-owner of NFL’s Browns and Ravens, dies

    September 6, 2012 | 9:26 am

    Art Modell, former owner of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns, has died.

    The 87-year-old Modell, a pioneer of the National Football League’s partnership with television networks, died Thursday of natural causes at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

    Modell was well-known...

  • Cleveland Browns sale ends 51-year Jewish ownership

    August 3, 2012 | 10:43 am

    The sale of the Cleveland Browns ends 51 years of Jewish ownership of the National Football League team. 

    The sale of the team to a group headed by truck-stop magnate Jimmy Haslam III was confirmed by the NFL Network on Aug. 2, according to the Cleveland Jewish News. The deal...

  • Penn State’s Jewish community weighs how to move forward

    July 24, 2012 | 11:24 am

    One unlikely venue for fallout from the Penn State University sex abuse scandal is the campus Hillel, for which now ousted university president Graham Spanier—the school’s first Jewish leader—was a fundraiser and vocal supporter.

    On Monday, the Penn State community was stunned...

  • Football, Prayers & Faking it for Love

    By Ilana Angel

    June 24, 2012 | 6:49 pm

    If you are going to date an Englishman, you have to like football (soccer).  By like it of course I mean pretend you like it so as to impress him.  I have been pretending to care about this game for months and it has been exhausting.  It started out with my blatant faking of...

  • Is Sex Without Emotion a Deal Breaker?

    By Ilana Angel

    June 21, 2012 | 5:11 pm

    I had a conversation this week about sex and cheating that was fascinating.  By fascinating of course I mean men are pigs.  I think sex requires emotion to be good, but the man I was speaking with insisted sex can be great without emotion, and sometimes the lack of emotion can even...

  • Jewish leader ‘shocked’ French soccer team skipped Auschwitz

    June 13, 2012 | 9:51 am

    The president of the umbrella organization of France’s Jewish communities said it was “shocking” that France’s soccer team did not visit Auschwitz.

    The team is playing in the European championship, which is being held in Poland and Ukraine.

    The British, Italian, Dutch and...

  • Netanyahu injures leg playing soccer with Jewish, Arab youth

    June 11, 2012 | 10:28 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu injured his leg during a soccer match with Jewish and Arab youth.

    Netanyahu pulled a tendon in his leg during the Monday afternoon game in Jerusalem, Walla! News reported.  The prime minister slipped on the grass, rose and continued to play and scored a goal, according to Walla!

    Netanyahu’s personal physician, Dr. Tzvi Berkowitz, examined the prime minister and diagnosed the pulled tendon, according to the news website. The injury caused the postponement of a Likud Party meeting.

  • German Jewish leader criticizes national soccer coach over Holocaust commemoration

    June 4, 2012 | 11:03 am

    Germany’s top Jewish leader lashed out at the country’s national soccer team manager for failing to properly commemorate the Holocaust ahead of the Euro 2012 soccer championship in Poland and Ukraine.

    Dieter Graumann, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said he wished...

  • Improving Germany beat Israel in final Euro warm-up

    May 31, 2012 | 3:55 pm

    Germany worked hard for a 2-0 win over Israel in a Euro 2012 warm-up match on Thursday with Mario Gomez and Andre Schuerrle on target in their final test before next month’s tournament.

    The three-time European champions, among the title favorites, dominated with a performance that...

  • Israeli football team takes on Americans

    May 18, 2012 | 10:39 am

    Israel’s national American football team took the field this week for the first time against an American opponent—falling 49-6 to the Maranatha Baptist Bible College Crusaders, an NCAA Division III team from Watertown, Wis., reported the Associated Press.

    The 10-team league’s...

  • Browns sign Jewish offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz

    May 15, 2012 | 11:09 am

    Offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz, a second-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns, signed a four-year, $5.17 million contract with the team.

    Schwartz, a tackle from the University of California, Berkeley, was selected 37th overall in April’s draft. The Jewish player was...

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