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  • Maccabi Game fever strikes my local JCC

    By Mindy Leaf

    June 4, 2015 | 1:22 pm

    A bright red, digital clock counts down the days, hours and minutes in my Jewish Community Center's main lobby, and at the gym entrance. Supersized lettering in washable white paint shouts, "Less than 100 days left!" on outside windows, and inside mirrored halls. The brochures and...

  • Rio 2016 Olympic Village to commemorate Munich massacre, other deaths

    March 2, 2015 | 8:36 am

    The International Olympic Committee will erect a place to mourn family and friends at the 2016 Games in Rio, including the 11 Israeli athletes killed by terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

    The closing ceremony also will feature a moment of reflection to remember those who...

  • U.S. ice dancers Davis and White earn historic Olympic gold

    February 18, 2014 | 10:32 am

    The team of Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the first Olympics ice dancing gold medal ever for the United States.

    Davis and White, who is Jewish [correction: The ‘Who is a Jewish Olympian question’: The case of Charlie White], finished Monday with a score of 195.52 in Sochi,...

  • BDS fail, Jerusalem 200 years ago, new apps, Sochi and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 17, 2014 | 9:52 am

    Beyond belief

    If you’ve ever been to Israel, I assume your heart missed a beat when you first encountered the unique Israeli atmosphere and beautiful sceneries.  The same thing happened Caitlin and Arthur on their Israeli trip. Watch their video, where they talk about their...

  • Israeli skaters perform better than expected

    February 13, 2014 | 1:18 pm

    Israeli Olympic figure skaters won’t be bringing home any medals from Sochi this winter, but Israelis are still shepping naches from their performances.

    Israeli skaters Evgeni Krasnopolski and Andrea Davidovich finished Wednesday’s pairs competition in 15th place. They were not...

  • Winter Olympics, Bar Refaeli’s guilty pleasure, A Guiness record and more - This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 10, 2014 | 8:13 am

    President Peres enters Guiness Book of World Records

    After making history in so many ways, Israeli President Shimon Peres will now take his place in the Guiness Book of World Records as the lecturer with the biggest civics class in history. On Thursday, Peres, via video, gave a...

  • Moscow 2012 and Sochi 2014: My Russian adventure

    By Jared Sichel

    February 7, 2014 | 1:15 pm

    As I'm want to do when I travel, I try to keep a daily journal of who I saw, what I ate, where I went, etc. It's always a pain to do at the time, and always worth it afterwards. Last night, as I read through the journal entries I made when I traveled to Russia in Spring 2012 (March...

  • Turkish forces seize suspected hijacker on plane in Istanbul, media

    February 7, 2014 | 11:05 am

    Turkish special forces seized a passenger who is suspected of making a bomb threat and trying to hijack a plane, demanding to go to the Winter Olympics venue of Sochi, CNN Turk and other Turkish media said on Friday.

    Turkey scrambled an F-16 fighter jet to accompany the Pegasus...

  • Olympian skates to hall of fame

    February 5, 2014 | 3:24 pm

    As the end of her ice dancing program approached during the 1984 Winter Olympics, Judy Blumberg’s partner held her body, arched in a horizontal half-moon, all the way around his back. 

    The final notes of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” sounded and she slid down his legs,...

  • Israel sending team of 5 to Sochi Olympics

    January 28, 2014 | 3:07 pm

    Israel will be sending five athletes to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, starting next month.

    Evgeni Krasnopolski, 25, a Ukraine native who grew up in Israel, will skate in the pairs competition with Andrea Davidovich, 16, of Vermont. The pair, who train in Hackensack, N.J.,...

  • Olympian, sportscaster gets his due in ‘Glickman’

    August 28, 2013 | 12:12 pm

    On the surface, a movie about a New York radio sportscaster might seem a niche project of limited appeal. But Marty Glickman was no ordinary play-by-play announcer, and the documentary “Glickman” is much more than a sports biography. Lovingly made by first-time writer-director...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 14, 2013 | 12:21 pm

    Yael Arad is an athlete, which was the first Israeli to win an Olympic medal, and by that- became an Israel icon. She was born in Tel-Aviv in 1967, and  started practicing in Judo as a child, back in a time when it was not a mainstream sport in Israel.  For lack of judo partners,...

  • Aly Raisman joining ‘Dancing with the Stars’ cast

    February 26, 2013 | 10:30 am

    Aly Raisman, the Jewish gymnast who won three medals at last summer’s London Olympics, is joining the celebrity cast of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

    Raisman was among the cast revealed by “Good Morning America” on Tuesday for the show’s 16th season, which begins March 18....

  • Beyond silence

    By David Suissa

    August 29, 2012 | 5:34 pm

    One of the most moving letters you’ll read this year was written by Irwin Cotler, a Canadian member of parliament, to the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Jacques Rogge, imploring him to hold a minute of silence for the 11 Israeli athletes murdered by...

  • Israel’s State Archive releases Munich Olympics massacre documents

    August 29, 2012 | 10:38 am

    Israel’s State Archive released 45 formerly classified documents related to the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

    The documents, which were released Wednesday in honor of the 40th anniversary of the massacre, include Foreign Ministry cables, minutes of...

  • Aly Raisman, Munich 11’s David Berger to be inducted into Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

    August 28, 2012 | 1:14 pm

    Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Aly Raisman will be inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.

    Raisman, 18, of Needham, Mass., will be among eight inductees into the hall in Commack, N.Y., in April 2013.

    Also to be honored at the 21st annual induction...

  • 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...

  • The day after- an Olympics summary

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 14, 2012 | 12:24 pm

    This is the first time, since 1988, that Israeli athletes return from the Olympic games without any medals. None. It’s not like we usually bring more than one, but this was still one hell of a national disappointment. This was the first time I watched the Olympic Games, and after a...

  • Part of gold medal ‘belongs to Israel,’ Kiwi sailor Jo Aleh says

    August 14, 2012 | 10:43 am

    Jo Aleh, the New Zealand Jewish Olympian who won gold in the sailing regatta, said part of her medal “belongs to Israel.”

    Aleh, the New Zealand-born daughter of dual Israeli and Kiwi citizens Shuki Shukrun and Daniella Aleh, clinched gold last week in the women’s 470 sailing...

  • Munich 11 remembered at Budapest exhibit opening

    August 14, 2012 | 10:41 am

    One minute of silence was observed in memory of the Munich 11 during the opening of an exhibit at the Hungarian Jewish Museum in Budapest.

    The tribute to the 11 Israeli athletes killed by Palestinian terrorists at the Munich Olympics in 1972 came spontaneously at the request of an...

  • Jewish glory, frustration mark London Games

    August 13, 2012 | 5:40 pm

    The London Olympics may have “lit up the world,” as organizing committee head Sebastian Coe put it, but for Jews the 2 1/2 weeks offered healthy doses of frustration and glory.

    On the plus side, new medalists such as America’s Aly Raisman gained the spotlight with her grace,...

  • Israel and the world Pt. 16 - weekly news from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 13, 2012 | 12:18 pm

    *Apparently, even the other side of the globe has heard of our achievements, and wants some of that Israeli magic. University of International Business Economics, one of the largest universities in Beijing, China, will open a department for Israeli economics studies. There, the...

  • Ankie Spitzer leads worldwide minute of silence for Munich 11

    August 13, 2012 | 10:42 am

    Ankie Spitzer led a minute of silence to honor the Munich 11 that was streamed live around the world.

    Spitzer, the widow of an Israeli coach who was among 11 members of the Israeli Olympic team killed at the 1972 Games, led the minute of silence on Sunday evening at the JCC Maccabi...

  • Israeli-American coach David Blatt leads Russian national basketball team to bronze

    August 12, 2012 | 11:15 am

    The Russian Olympic men’s basketball team, coached by Israeli-American David Blatt, took a bronze medal at the London games.

    The Russians played Argentina’s national team for the third place medal. The final score was Russia 81, Argentina 77.

    It is the first time Russia has won an...

  • Israel’s rhythmic gymnastics team heads to Olympic finals

    August 10, 2012 | 12:24 pm

    Israel’s rhythmic gymnastics team heads to Olympic finals

    August 10, 2012

    (JTA) – Israel’s rhythmic gymnastics secured a spot in the finals at the London Games.

    The Israeli team on Friday came in seventh place at the end of the qualifying round. The top eight teams proceed...

  • Aly Raisman heading to Israel

    August 10, 2012 | 11:27 am

    Gold-winning American Jewish gymnast Aly Raisman has accepted an invitation from Israel Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein for her and her family to make their first visit to Israel.

    Raisman, who performs floor routines to the melody of “Hava Nagilah,” won an individual...

  • Gold for New Zealand Jewish sailor

    August 10, 2012 | 11:21 am

    New Zealand Jewish sailor Jo Aleh and her partner Olivia Powrie won the gold medal in the women’s 470 regatta.

    Aleh, 26, whose parents are dual Israeli-New Zealand citizens, skippered the pair into the lead from the start of the gold medal race Friday at the London Olympic games....

  • New Zealand Jewish sailor Jo Aleh guaranteed medal

    August 9, 2012 | 11:25 am

    New Zealand Jewish sailor Jo Aleh is guaranteed an Olympic medal with just one race left in the women’s 470 regatta.

    Aleh, 26, whose parents are dual Israel-New Zealand citizens, and partner Polly Powrie are tied for first after nine races.

    The Kiwi pair will meet the British duo...

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