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  • 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...

  • Maccabiah Athletes Find their Party

    By Gina Lobaco

    July 13, 2009 | 2:31 am

    Max Nordau is kvelling from the great weight room in the sky.  The Zionist father of the Maccabi games dreamed of Jews, with rippling muscles and athletic talent who would dispel the old stereotype of physical weakness and give rise to a “new Jew.”

    The Sunday evening welcome...

  • 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,...
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  • 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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