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  • Highly touted baseball prospect Alex Bregman to make MLB debut for Astros

    July 26, 2016 | 3:26 pm

    Alex Bregman, a Jewish player and one of Major League Baseball’s top prospects, has been called up by the Houston Astros.

    Bregman, 22, will make his debut on Monday night against the New York Yankees after being promoted the night before from Houston’s Triple A Fresno minor...

  • NFL player Nate Ebner makes US Olympic rugby team

    July 18, 2016 | 1:51 pm

    Nate Ebner of the New England Patriots has qualified for the U.S. Olympic men’s rugby sevens team competing next month at the Rio Olympics, becoming the only NFL player to make a U.S. Olympic team.

    Ebner, 27, who is Jewish, was included on the 12-man roster released Monday by USA...

  • New Jewish sports camp pairs prayer with play

    By Leslee Komaiko

    July 13, 2016 | 12:11 pm

    On a recent summer morning, about 30 campers sat surrounded by posters of elite Jewish athletes: Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson, figure skater and Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen, and Major League Soccer player Kyle Beckerman. 

    As a group, they recited the Birkat ha-Mazon,...

  • American Jews stay in the game with Israeli sports

    By Batsheva Pomerantz

    March 4, 2016 | 11:21 am

    Forget all the jokes you’ve heard. On Feb. 25, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles hosted a panel of accomplished Jewish athletes to share stories about competing internationally and, in the process, debunk the myth that Jews can’t jump. 

    Just ask 35-year-old Los Angeles...

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  • Why Sandy Koufax sitting out a World Series game still matters 50 years later

    September 8, 2015 | 11:18 am

    Jesse Agler was pretty talented as a catcher and pitcher in Little League, yet his parents benched him regularly.

    That’s because the Aglers had a no-baseball-on-Shabbat rule, one cloaked in sports royalty.

    “It was a source of frustration as a kid, but I appreciated later what...

  • Interview: NFL Prospect Sam Schwartzstein

    By Jeremy Fine

    March 4, 2013 | 1:40 pm

    Over the last few years the NFL draft has brought us some great stories. Starting with Taylor Mays and Gabe Carimi. Last year Mitchell Schwartz got all the press, while Alex Hoffman-Ellis and Alex Gottlieb drew some attention as well. This year we have Sam Schwartzstein out of...

  • Brewers’ Braun wins MVP award

    November 22, 2011 | 2:47 pm

    Ryan Braun, the slugging outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers, became the first Jewish Most Valuable Player in nearly five decades.

    Braun, the son of an Israeli-born Jewish father and a Catholic mother, was named the National League MVP on Tuesday. He received 20 of 32 first-place...

  • 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...
  • Eli Sherman, SoCal Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Co-Founder,  74

    November 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    For years, Eli Sherman heard the joke about "Great Jewish Athletes" being the world's shortest book. But he knew better.

    Sherman, who died at age 74 of natural causes Nov. 14 at a Palm Desert rehabilitation center, devoted his life to advancing recognition of Jewish athletic...

  • Let the Games Begin

    By Carin Davis

    July 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Let the games begin -- in Israel.

    The 17th World Maccabiah Games, an intense, world-class Olympic-style competition, will begin July 10 in Israel. The quadrennial games will bring together more than 7,000 Jewish athletes from 60 countries in 30 sports and four age...

  • Olympic Veterans Return to Compete

    By E.B. Solomont

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Joe Jacobi's pain as he prepares for the Olympics is more emotional than physical.

    The canoeist/kayaker, 34, told JTA by e-mail that as he prepares for the Olympics in Athens, he misses his 3-year-old daughter, Seu Jane -- named for the Spanish village that hosted some rowing...

  • Maccabi Athletes Take Gold in Pan Am

    By Carin Davis

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    From the fanfare of the banner-waving opening ceremonies to the pride of hearing the U.S. national anthem played during their medal ceremonies, Southern California athletes made the most of their experience at the 10th Pan American Maccabi Games. They joined over 2,000 Jewish...

  • Almost Olympian

    By Rachel Brand

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Although Salt Lake City hosted several Jewish Olympians this year, including figure skater Sasha Cohen, the Olympic games haven't always been so welcoming to Jewish athletes.

    Bernd Stevens said he might have competed in skiing in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, "if it hadn't been for being...

  • Starting Over

    By Peter Ephross

    September 14, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Millions of immigrants have flocked to the United States looking for streets paved with gold. Lenny Krayzelburg, who came to Los Angeles from Odessa, Ukraine, in 1988 is searching for gold as well - but in a pool at Sydney's Olympic Games.

    Several Jewish athletes from the former...

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