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  • Bruce Pearl tapped as Auburn basketball coach

    March 19, 2014 | 1:51 pm

    Bruce Pearl, who led the U.S. team to the gold medal at the 2009 Maccabiah Games, was hired as the head coach of the Auburn University men’s basketball team.

    The former coach at the University of Tennessee, Pearl was hired Tuesday to replace Tony Barbee, who was fired last week....

  • Moving and Shaking

    By Ryan Torok

    August 7, 2013 | 2:30 pm

    From left: Maccabiah standout Andi Murez (Photo by Norbert Von Der Groeben, Stanford Athletics) and her Maccabiah Games trophy.

    Andi Murez, 21, a swimmer from Venice Beach competing in her second Maccabiah Games this year, was named Most Outstanding Athlete out of all the...

  • 2013 SoCal Maccabiah medalists

    August 1, 2013 | 3:44 pm

    About 150 Southern California athletes competed in the Maccabiah Games in Israel last month. The games kicked off with the opening ceremonies on July 18 and ran through July 30, offering participants from all over the world opportunities to connect to Judaism and Israel through...

  • Maccabiah Games close in Jerusalem with Israel topping medal count

    July 31, 2013 | 10:55 am

    Israel handily won the most medals at the 19th Maccabiah Games, which came to a close in Jerusalem.

    The games closing ceremony on Tuesday at Teddy Stadium featured some of Israel’s most popular pop music groups, such as Balkan Beat Box and Infected Mushroom.  Speakers urged the...

  • For ESPN broadcaster, Maccabiah ends just as it was getting started

    July 30, 2013 | 11:07 am

    As a broadcaster, Dan Shulman has seen many athletes get injured during games. Last week at the Maccabiah Games, it was Shulman who got hurt – and the timing was plenty unfortunate.

    The voice of ESPN’s college basketball and Sunday night baseball telecasts, Shulman came to Israel...

  • Nearly killed in 2010 accident, a triumphant Dave Blackburn returns to Maccabiah

    July 30, 2013 | 9:15 am

    Dave Blackburn beamed triumphantly, surrounded by a crowd of American athletes and cheering spectators. It was like old times, the great pitcher basking in applause.

    But Blackburn wasn’t being ushered off the field with a championship trophy in hand as he was after leading the...

  • Age just a number at Maccabiah Games

    July 24, 2013 | 2:47 pm

    Being an alter-kacker — Yiddish for someone who’s an “old fart” — is relative. 

    Many of the species, stereotypically, while away summer days at the beach cabana, sporting white shorts and knee-high dark-checkered socks, playing cards with the boys and grumbling about surgeries or...

  • Remembering AMIA at Maccabiah

    July 23, 2013 | 10:36 am

    American, Canadian, Australian, Russian and British athletes started filling out of a Jerusalem hotel lobby last Thursday to buses that would transport them to the opening ceremony of the 19th Maccabiah Games.

    They paid little mind to the semicircle of older people forming around...

  • At the Maccabiah, making mom, grandma and great-grandma proud

    July 22, 2013 | 9:57 am

    For a week before they started competing, many of the 1,100 U.S. athletes in this year’s Maccabiah Games toured Israel and learned about their Jewish heritage.

    But when Yale Goldberg steps onto the tennis court this week, he’ll have another tradition to draw on. He’ll be...

  • Australian Jews protest rehiring of men responsible for Maccabiah tragedy

    July 19, 2013 | 9:17 am

    Australian Jews criticized the Maccabi movement for continuing to employ officials responsible for the deaths of four Australians at the 1997 Maccabiah Games.

    As this year’s games launched in Israel this week, Peter Wertheim, of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, said:...

  • Aly Raisman, Amar’e Stoudemire to participate in upcoming Maccabiah Games

    July 15, 2013 | 3:09 pm

    The 19th Maccabiah Games begin this week. Of the 8,000 athletes from around the world descending on Israel for what some call the “Jewish Olympics,” 1,100 will hail from America.

    At the head of the pack is none other than American Jewish gymnast extraordinnaire, Aly Raisman....

  • Holy rollers: American bowlers get set for Israel games

    July 10, 2013 | 1:43 pm

    Bowlers from across the globe will compete this month in the third-largest international sporting competition in the world — but it’s not the Olympics. It’s the 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel, and Americans will be among those rolling for gold.

    A demonstration sport in the 1988...

  • Maccabiah coach continues gymnastics tradition

    July 10, 2013 | 1:18 pm

    When rhythmic gymnastics became an official Olympic sport in 1984, Alla Svirsky led the American squad. Nearly 30 years later, her daughter is taking on the same role for the United States at the Maccabiah Games in Israel, where the competition is making a comeback.

    “It feels...

  • How an L.A. man named Macabi helped bring 21 new countries to Maccabiah Games

    July 10, 2013 | 10:18 am

    The first arrows Roxana and Rafael Gonzalez launch at the upcoming 19th Maccabiah Games will take flight from their fingertips, but also from Jeffrey Sudikoff’s imagination.

    Roxana, 25, and Rafael, 24, are part of the first Cuban delegation to participate in the Maccabiah, a...

  • Aliyah applicants, Masa interns, Maccabiah players freaking out over Israel Foreign Ministry strike

    By Simone Wilson

    July 9, 2013 | 10:50 am

    You can't be an out-of-the-closet journalist in a bar in Tel Aviv these days without all your panicked American friends gathering 'round and grilling you about when this catastrophic Ministry of Foreign Affairs strike will be over, so that they the entitled ex-pats can get back to...

  • Maccabiah athletes may be no-shows due to visa dispute

    July 5, 2013 | 10:27 am

    The 19th Maccabiah Games could become the next victim of a strike by employees of Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

    Athletes from 14 countries are unable to travel to Israel for the major sporting event because they need visas to enter the country.

    Late last month, employees at...

  • March 18, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 18, 2013 | 3:40 am

    The US

    Headline: '69% of Americans against US leading peace push'

    To Read:  According to Eli Lake, while Obama is going to face a lot of angry people, he does have a surprising beacon of hope in Netanyahu:

    Settlers say they will protest Obama’s address to university...

  • In gear for Maccabiah Games

    By Tom Tugend

    December 6, 2012 | 11:34 am

    When Steve Pompan played on the U.S. tennis squad at the last Maccabiah Games in Israel, he was struck by the spectators’ tribal inclination to give advice to the players battling it out on the court.

    “While I was playing, they kept telling me, ‘Hit the ball deeper,’ or ‘Use your...

  • L.A. Teens Win More Than 70 Medals at Maccabi Games

    September 5, 2012 | 12:12 pm

    Team Westside’s luggage was a little heavier on its return flight from the Maccabi Games in Houston last month. Athletes won a combined total of 18 medals in three sports at the annual competition, which took place Aug. 5-10.

    The boys’ 16-and-under basketball team took home the...

  • Maccabiah tryouts coming to L.A.

    July 18, 2012 | 5:57 pm

    While hundreds of American athletes are eagerly anticipating the beginning of the Olympics in London this month, another Team USA is preparing for a different international competition.

    Tryouts for the 19th Maccabiah Games, which will be held in Israel in July 2013, are already...

  • Syracuse puts coach Bernie Fine on leave over abuse probe

    November 18, 2011 | 9:42 am

    A longtime assistant basketball coach at Syracuse University was put on administrative leave on Thursday after police reopened an investigation of alleged inappropriate behavior with a ball boy.

    Associate head basketball coach Bernie Fine, in his 35th season with Syracuse, was...

  • Moving Maccabiah’s opening offers ‘fresh start,’ son of bridge collapse victim says

    October 12, 2011 | 11:25 am

    The son of a victim of the 1997 Maccabiah bridge disaster welcomed the decision to move the Games’ opening ceremony to Jerusalem.

    The Maccabiah Games said last week that the opening ceremony of the 2013 Games would be held at the newly renovated 31,000-seat Teddy Stadium in the...

  • Tennessee reportedly sends Bruce Pearl packing

    March 21, 2011 | 5:30 pm

    Bruce Pearl, who guided the University of Tennessee men’s basketball team to unprecedented success and the U.S. men’s squad to the Maccabiah Games gold medal, has been fired by the university, according to ESPN.com.

    Pearl, 51, was informed of his dismissal on Monday, sources said....

  • Maccabiah opening ceremony set

    July 13, 2009 | 2:38 pm

    Participants in the opening ceremony of the 18th Maccabiah Games will not wear solidarity ribbons for kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit.

    Monday night’s ceremony is being held a day after the start of sports competitions throughout Israel.

    Activists working for the release of Shalit...

  • Local donors kick in $125K to send Jewish Indian cricketeers to Maccabiah

    December 4, 2008 | 7:46 pm

    In response to the terrorist attack on Mumbai and its Chabad Center, three Los Angeles businesmen have put up $125,000 to enable a Jewish cricket team from India to participate in the 18th Maccabiah Games in Israel.

    "This is our answer to the murderous rampage aginst Indian and...

  • Wound still festers 10 years after Maccabiah Games bridge tragedy

    By Dan Goldberg

    July 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    A decade after four Australians perished in the 1997 Maccabiah bridge disaster, those most affected by the incident say they've gradually learned to accept what happened.

    Except for one festering wound.

    As memorial services were held in Israel and Australia last weekend to remember...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    London, Tel Aviv Bombing Link

    One of the terrorists in the July 7 London transit-system bombings reportedly knew one of the bombers in a 2003 Tel Aviv terrorist attack. Mohammed Siddique Khan knew Omar Sharif, one of the two British terrorists to attack Mike's Place, a Tel Aviv...

  • Maccabiah Games Come to a Close

    By Jessica Steinberg

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The 16th Maccabiah Games ended with a lot of fanfare, flaming batons and fireworks -- and a sigh of relief from the organizers that the much-anticipated event had ended safely and without mishap.

    There were hundreds of police officers and soldiers surrounding the outdoor Jerusalem...

  • Let the Games Begin

    By Jessica Steinberg

    July 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Greg Spector, a strapping, 6-foot-4-inch volleyball player from Los Angeles, tends to be philosophical when discussing why he decided to participate in this year's Maccabiah Games.

    "The Maccabiah makes a statement," said Spector, 31, sporting a yellow visor and green satin yarmulke...

  • The Games Must Go On

    By Mike Levy

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    After weeks of debate, organizers of Israel's 16th Maccabiah Games announced last Friday that the Olympics-style sporting competition will open as planned July 16 in Jerusalem, despite widespread individual cancellations due to fears of violence.

    Officials at the Maccabi World Union,...

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