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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Browns pick Schwartz in NFL draft

    May 2, 2012 | 12:06 pm

    The second round of the NFL draft was not 30 minutes old when the phone rang in the Schwartz home on the afternoon of April 27.

    The family recognized the Cleveland area code. Mitchell Schwartz, the Cal offensive lineman who was expecting to be drafted, picked up the phone. Then he...

  • Roman Abramovich & Roberto Di Matteo & Chelsea FC

    By Ilana Angel

    April 26, 2012 | 9:11 am

    I have learned that in order to date an Englishman you need to embrace soccer.  Not only do you need to sit through countless conversations and games of “football”, you need to embrace the team that your man loves.  My delicious English boyfriend is a diehard Chelsea fan and so...

  • Nothing trivial about these Jews on the gridiron

    By  Lee Barnathan

    April 25, 2012 | 10:53 am

    Trivia question: What family soon will represent 20 percent of the Jews in the National Football League?

    Answer: The one with Geoff and Mitchell Schwartz. Older son Geoff has played two seasons with the Carolina Panthers and now is under contract with the Minnesota Vikings. Younger...

  • Chelsea Football: A Sea of Sexy Men

    By Ilana Angel

    April 17, 2012 | 12:06 am

    I am not a soccer fan.  My son played for years and I sat through countless games supporting him.  He became an All Star player and truly loved it. I would cheer him on and wait for something to happen. Anything to happen. Running back and forth across a field for an hour was just...

  • Palestinian soccer player injured in Israeli post-game brawl

    April 1, 2012 | 11:58 pm

    A Palestinian member of an Israeli soccer team was knocked out during a brawl at the end of a game.

    Ali Khatib of Hapoel Haifa, who also plays for the Palestinian national team, was hit in the face and kicked while he was on the ground, allegedly by members of the Maccabi Petach...

  • Messi the Greatest Ever? Sorry, wrong Argentine

    By Mark Paredes

    March 26, 2012 | 6:10 pm

    I’ve decided to write today on another of my passions, soccer. I figure that if a serious writer like George Will can dedicate one or two columns a year to a boring sport like baseball, I can post an essay on the world’s most beautiful game. If you’re not a soccer fan, read no...

  • How a Jewish doctor turned a Santa Monica pub into New York Giants territory

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 2, 2012 | 10:57 pm

    This Sunday, with millions watching around the world, it won’t be tough to find a TV tuned to the Super Bowl between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots. But for Giants fans in Los Angeles looking for a raucous and supportive crowd, O’Briens Irish Pub in Santa Monica...

  • Bob Kraft: New England Patriots’ Jewish owner

    January 23, 2012 | 3:49 pm

    When the National Football League lockout ended this past August, Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday praised Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots stating, “Without him, this deal does not get done, he is a man who helped us save football.” Now just six short months...

  • Opinion: Tim Tebow Is Jewish

    By Marty Kaplan

    January 16, 2012 | 4:38 pm

    “Should The Times Be a Truth Vigilante?”

    That was the headline last week on a blog posted by New York Times public editor Arthur Brisbane.

    Brisbane is The Times’ ombudsman; his job is to hold the paper accountable to journalistic standards and to act as its readers’...

  • Alabama’s secret Jewish weapon celebrates grid title

    January 10, 2012 | 3:57 pm

    After the University of Alabama won the Bowl Championship Series football crown by dominating top-ranked Louisiana State University, much of the attention and credit has gone to Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban.

    But what about Robert Levin?

    Pediatrician by day, Levin has been...

  • Tim Tebow Infiltrates the Secular Cathedral of Sport

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    January 10, 2012 | 11:29 am

    On CNN a few weeks ago I was asked whether I agree with the sentiment that Tim Tebow’s religious displays in football games are overdone and out-of-place. “Oh yes,” I replied, “it certainly is. Faith should have no place in sport. Indeed, I believe that the only thing that...

  • QB’s signature pose has Jews and gentiles ‘Tebowing’

    December 13, 2011 | 5:23 pm

    The biggest story in the NFL this season is Tim Tebow, a devout Christian quarterback who doesn’t throw very well but has helped the Denver Broncos pull off a string of last-second victories.

    But the rugged Tebow’s signature move comes when play has stopped—taking a knee in...

  • Faltering Maccabi Tel Aviv sack coach Iwanir

    December 5, 2011 | 2:50 pm

    Maccabi Tel Aviv sacked coach Motti Iwanir on Monday after he failed to improve the fortunes of Israel’s biggest club having been in the job for almost a year.

    “In view of the run of recent bad results (owner) Mitch Goldhar has informed coach Iwanir that his contract with the club...

  • FIFA says non-Israeli can play for Israel

    December 1, 2011 | 12:21 pm

    FIFA has given a Druze Arab from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights permission to play for Israel even though he is not a citizen of the country, the Israel FA said.

    Maccabi Haifa’s Weaam Amasha is the leading Israeli league scorer this season with 12 goals from 13 matches and he...

  • Jews reeling in wake of Penn State scandal

    November 16, 2011 | 10:46 am

    Rabbi David Ostrich, who leads the lone congregation in State College, Pa., couldn’t bring himself to sermonize last Shabbat on the scandal that’s on everyone’s mind.

    For one thing, it’s all too raw and too much remains unknown, said the religious leader of Congregation...

  • Penn State: Where Football Trumps Rape - UPDATED

    By Ilana Angel

    November 11, 2011 | 12:39 am

    If my son were to win a full scholarship to Penn State, I would not want him to go.  I am so disgusted by what is happening there, that in reading all of the news stories, I find it hard to breathe.  How is it possible that a man was raping children, people knew, and yet nobody...

  • Youth Football and the big dilemma

    By Julia Bendis

    October 10, 2011 | 6:32 pm

    At a flag football game for my 1st grader, I couldn’t help but enjoy my son’s aggressiveness.  I know how wrong that sounds, however after trying soccer, baseball, basketball and tennis I’m happy to see that he finally at the old age of six, found his sport! Besides, its only flag...

  • Al Davis, maverick owner of Oakland Raiders, dies

    October 9, 2011 | 1:12 pm

    Al Davis, the maverick owner of the Oakland Raiders, has died.

    Davis, who served as coach and general manager of the NFL team and later became its principal owner, died at his home in Oakland, Calif., on Saturday—Yom Kippur—according to the team’s website. He was 82.

    Davis was...

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