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  • Jewish gymnast Aly Raisman has her eye on Rio 2016

    November 20, 2015 | 9:46 am

    Once the music started playing — not the “Hava Nagila” tune that made her the Jewish poster child of the London Games, but something equally folksy — Aly Raisman tumbled right out of bounds. On her first bit of gymnastics at her comeback World Championships here last month, she had...

  • Harold Grinspoon: Visualizing Jewish ‘Voices’

    By Tom Teicholz

    December 20, 2012 | 2:34 pm

    Here’s a challenge: Let’s say you had $1.1 million to give away on a program to inspire people working in Jewish organizations as well as the people who find themselves in their public spaces. 

    What would you do? Hand out baseball cards with the pictures of famous rabbis and...

  • Israeli law making it tougher for athletes to shine, report claims

    August 16, 2012 | 11:13 am

    Israel’s sports law significantly reduces the chances for its athletes to excel, a new study concluded.

    The study by the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies was released Tuesday.  Israel failed to win any medals at the recently completed London Olympics—the first time in 24...

  • August 2, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 2, 2012 | 3:07 am


    Tehran Takedown

    Michael Ledeen of Foreign Affairs takes a look at how to spark an Iranian revolution.

    Although an Iranian revolution may seem unlikely to the casual observer, the Iranian people can be said to have revolution in their DNA, having carried out three...

  • All eyes on Bob Costas

    July 27, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Whether he actually goes through with his on-air moment of silence to honor the Munich 11 during tonight’s Olympics opening ceremonies, NBC broadcaster Bob Costas probably elevated the campaign to memorialize Israel’s slain athletes from the 1972 Games more than anyone else—even...

  • Palestinian Olympic participation brings conflict to the fore

    July 19, 2012 | 4:51 pm

    A portrait of the two most prominent Palestinian leaders—current Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and former President Yasser Arafat, who died in 2004—hangs in the conference room of the Palestinian Olympic Committee headquarters.

    The background of the portrait is a...

  • America’s Jewish Olympians head to London with Jewish pride

    July 17, 2012 | 2:51 pm

    Jason Lezak—no newcomer to Olympic glory—recognizes the difficulty in returning to the medal stand at the London Games.

    “I definitely would hope to … get onto the podium there and win a medal for the USA,” Lezak, a seven-time Olympic medalist, told JTA on Tuesday from the U.S....

  • Racism scandal dogs Australia’s only Jewish Olympic athlete

    July 17, 2012 | 10:28 am

    The only Jewish athlete on Australia’s Olympic team unwittingly has been drawn into a racism scandal on the eve of the London Games.

    Steven Solomon, 19, of Sydney, was selected to represent Australia in the 400-meter race ahead of John Steffensen, a 29-year-old Australian of South...

  • Italian lawmakers join Olympics moment of silence push

    July 13, 2012 | 10:17 am

    Some 140 Italian members of the Parliament of Italy have added their voices to calls for a minute of silence during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London to honor the Israeli athletes murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

    The MPs, from across...

  • Israel’s Olympians heading to London thinking medals, remembering slain countrymen

    July 9, 2012 | 10:51 am

    Israelis and their Summer Olympics athletes are eyeing the upcoming London Games with excitement and disappointment.

    The athletes are hoping that for the sixth straight summer Games, at least one of them will come home with a medal. Yet they are well aware that the International...

  • Spirit of Sportsmanship Boycotts Israel

    By Franklin Foer

    August 26, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The Olympic Games are, of course, more than just games. As Bob Costas and the event's organizers constantly remind the world, they are a festival of humanity, a great coming together, the one moment when the planet gathers in a friendly spirit of healthy competition. Dogging your...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    January 16, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Report: Saudi Sponsorship Hidden

    Saudi Arabia's sponsorship of an anti-Israel radio campaign in the United States last year was reportedly hidden. The Saudi government, through a Washington public relations firm, Qorvis Communications, spent $679,000 alone on anti-Israel radio...

  • 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...

  • Olympic Moments

    By George Eisen

    September 14, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    That Jews have been prominent in the history of ancient and modern sport, and specifically the Olympic Games, should not come as a surprise. We tend to forget that one of the sparks that ignited the Maccabbees' revolt was - as the Jewish historian Josephus Flavius recorded some 2,000...

  • Careless Construction

    By Naomi Segal

    April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    An Israeli court has convicted five people in the collapse of a bridge at the Maccabiah Games in 1997 that left four Australian athletes dead and scores of others injured.

    Following a trial that lasted more than two years, at which more than 80 witnesses testified about the disaster...