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  • American Football gets an F!

    By Mindy Leaf

    3 days ago

    Attention all parents! Before signing your kids up for the football team at camp — or during the school year — you must read this.

    And the results are in: Playing football is bad for your health. It's bad even if you haven't suffered multiple concussions — even if you haven't...

  • The Broken Wrist Effect

    By Mindy Leaf

    3 weeks ago

    I'm typing this slowly, with only my right hand, as my left is in a splint furnished by my neighborhood's Urgent Care Clinic. Where I was treated so nicely and quickly, I almost wish they could serve as my primary physician. That office is a 45-minute highway-from-hell drive away,...

  • 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...

  • Are entertainers and sports heroes emblematic of Jewish American heritage?

    May 20, 2015 | 1:12 pm

    The 10th Jewish American Heritage Month is nearing its final week, with President Barack Obama set to mark the occasion with a speech at a Washington synagogue, and the celebration raises an interesting question:

    What is it about Jews and entertainment?

    That is, why does the...

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  • What if football’s opening weekend acknowledged Rosh Hashanah?

    May 11, 2015 | 12:36 pm

    Much has been made of the start date of the 2015 NFL season, which falls on Erev Rosh Hashanah.

    But the truth is that football always starts around the Jewish New Year in September. What if Jewish football fans pushed to integrate Rosh Hashanah into the opening game broadcasts?...

  • NFL schedule: Jews won’t be happy about football’s Rosh Hashanah start date

    April 22, 2015 | 10:42 am

    On Rosh Hashanah, according to the liturgy, our fate is written in the Book of Life.

    But Jewish football fans may be spending the holiday thinking about something else: the NFL opening games they are missing.

    The 2015 NFL schedule was released on Tuesday, and the season kickoff...

  • Baseball and ‘bat’ mitzvah

    March 18, 2015 | 12:52 pm

    A few weeks prior to his wedding last June, Jeremy Oberstein looked at his calendar and foresaw the possibility of a dangerous doubleheader: should his Adat Ari El team from Valley Village be fortunate enough to qualify for the championship of the Los Angeles Synagogue Softball...

  • Win-win with the Special Olympics World Games in L.A.

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    March 11, 2015 | 11:24 am

    You may not know it, but the world’s biggest sports and humanitarian event is coming to Los Angeles this summer, and its impact will be felt locally long after the medals are handed out. In just a few months, the World Games of the Special Olympics will launch at the Los Angeles...

  • Ben Schwartzman: Giving autistic kids a shot at a team sport

    By Jared Sichel

    January 5, 2015 | 4:20 pm

    In early 2014, UCLA post-graduate education student Ben Schwartzman and his classmate and friend John Daniel were staring at their computer screens and robotically crunching numbers on Microsoft Excel when they both decided they needed a change.
     
    “We were just looking at data...
  • In football-crazed Alabama, a respite from the world’s ills

    December 2, 2014 | 2:57 pm

    On Thanksgiving at my son’s house, I found myself at the end of a long dinner table, some in-town family members on my left. They were chatting about college football, especially the Alabama-Auburn game that would be played two nights later.

    No surprise there — that’s what people...

  • More concerts, an historic soccer moment, winter Gay Pride festival and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 24, 2014 | 8:22 am

    An historic moment for our national soccer team

    The Israeli national soccer team beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-0 Sunday as part of the 2016 Euro qualifiers. This win is an historic moment for the team and a moment of joy for all Israelis, since this is a big step towards its first...

  • Helping the disabled, Robbie Williams in Arabic, a soccer surprise and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 10, 2014 | 8:40 am

    A big blow to Israeli soccer

    Last Monday was a shameful day for Israeli soccer. During the 33rd minute of the derby between Hapoel Tel-Aviv and Maccabi Tel-Aviv at Bloomfield Stadium, with the score tied at 1-1, a Hapoel fan jumped out of the stands and ran onto the pitch to...

  • Hoops guru David Thorpe connects with players on and off the court

    October 21, 2014 | 11:17 am

    Rodney Glasgow catches a pass, pivots, takes one dribble and lays the ball in the basket.

    David Thorpe, Glasgow’s coach and trainer for a couple of weeks this summer, steps in to offer some pointers, instructing the former Virginia Military Institute guard to look up after making...

  • Racing through J’lem, drinking in TLV, breaking world record and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 13, 2014 | 8:44 am

    Racing through Jerusalem

    Engines roar, the crowd cheers, and testosterone feels the air as the fastest cars race through the streets. On Monday, the Formula Jerusalem event took place for the second year, as roars of Formula One engines, alongside other race cars and motorcycles,...

  • Ranking high in education and life expectancy, Hollywood support and more -This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 22, 2014 | 8:34 am

    Four Israeli universities ranked in world’s top 300

    Four Israeli universities are among the 300 best in the world, according to the influential QS World University Rankings, which take into account research, teaching, graduate employability, and international outlook. The Hebrew...

  • This lightweight is heavily into Sumo

    September 19, 2014 | 2:56 pm

    At 5-foot-3 and 135 pounds, Michael Greenberg was the lightest sumo competitor at the 14th annual U.S. Sumo Open on Sept. 20 — by a lot. But according to the young Jew from Long Beach, his svelte frame is one of his biggest assets.

    “I think a lot of people are going to...

  • For Israeli tennis ace Andy Ram and ‘home’ crowd in Fla., a finale to remember

    September 16, 2014 | 3:12 pm

    It wasn’t Tel Aviv, but thousands of people chanting his name at a Davis Cup match following a grueling victory was a pretty good way for Israel’s Andy Ram to leave the game of tennis to which he had devoted more than half his life.

    Ram, 34, and his longtime doubles partner, Yoni...

  • Adam Greenberg inducted into National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

    September 16, 2014 | 8:59 am

    Adam Greenberg saw one pitch in his first major league at-bat, a 92 mph fastball that struck him in the head and effectively ended his MLB career. The ball hit with a sickening thud, popping Greenberg’s helmet off and sending the young ballplayer to the ground, where he clutched...

  • Blockers and tacklers: Jewish gridders gearing up for NFL campaign

    September 2, 2014 | 3:32 pm

    Blocking brothers, a college star seeking success in the pros, a fullback who hasn’t had a carry in four seasons and a couple of ace special teamers are among the Jewish players on NFL rosters as the league kicks off this week.

    A punter may join the group after sitting out the...

  • Global lacrosse community welcomes a formidable new member—Israel

    July 23, 2014 | 11:41 am

    Israel made a smashing debut at the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship in Denver this month, finishing seventh out of 38 teams, just three years after the first game was ever played in the country. 

    Facing much more experienced teams, the Israelis came away with a 6-2 record,...

  • Israel falls in world lacrosse quarterfinals

    July 17, 2014 | 1:30 pm

    Israel’s debut in the World Lacrosse Championships ended in the quarterfinals with a 9-8 loss to Australia.

    In Wednesday night’s game near Denver, Israel nearly tied the score with five seconds remaining and a one-man advantage, but a shot by Matthew Cherry was turned away.

    Ari...

  • Novice Israeli lacrosse marks major victory over Germany

    July 15, 2014 | 10:56 am

    Israel has made a smashing debut at the World Lacrosse Championship in Denver, winning all its games and qualifying for the quarterfinals Wednesday evening.

    Israel has been the top-scoring team in the tournament through five games, with an aggregate score of 88-18. Tuesday’s 15-1...

  • Musical legend on its way, a shopping revolution, top models and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 7, 2014 | 8:26 am

    Are we to expect a visit from Spielberg?

    While NBC's The Voice is set to introduce new coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams this fall, the new season of The Voice Israel also has a big name in its midst: a Spielberg. Jessica "Jessy" Katz, the 25-year-old daughter of...

  • Honoring Bloomberg, welcoming the Pope, building an internet empire and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 26, 2014 | 8:20 am

    A Holy visit

    Pope Francis landed in Israel this Sunday, as part of his first visit to the Middle East. After visiting Bethlehem and Jerusalem, he invited the Israeli and Palestinian presidents to come to the Vatican to pray for peace. Both Abbas and Peres accepted the invitation,...

  • At Wrigley Field, Orthodox vendors going the way of Cubs wins

    April 30, 2014 | 9:10 am

    Longtime fans of the Chicago Cubs know there are a few mainstays they can expect when they visit Wrigley Field: ivy on the outfield walls, a strict no-wave policy rigorously enforced by fans and, most days, disappointing play by the hometown team.

    But there’s one little-known...

  • Diplomacy is back in action, Pharell Williams is HAPPY with Israel and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 7, 2014 | 8:39 am

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is saved!

    The 11-day Foreign Ministry strike that closed embassies abroad and prevented high-profile visits both to and from Israel ended on Wednesday evening as the Treasury and the ministry’s workers committee signed a labor agreement. This ends...

  • Halachic hockey:  A league of their own

    By Jared Sichel

    April 2, 2014 | 1:24 pm

    As a buzzer sounded one recent Sunday at the Los Angeles Kings Valley Ice Center in Panorama City, nearly a dozen children glided — or attempted to — toward the bench as another dozen stumbled onto the rink. They lodged their blades into the frozen surface and assembled at center...

  • A chance at the World Cup,The Rolling Stonen, Free HIV treatment and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 31, 2014 | 11:21 am

    Speaking out

    Former Miss World, the Israeli Linor Abargil, is leading a global campaign against sexual violence. Abargil, who was raped at knifepoint only six weeks before being crowned as Miss World, has inspired other Israeli women to break their own silence and in the process,...

  • Findings in space, the new Israeli YouTube hit, Zombies in TLV and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 17, 2014 | 12:03 pm

    An international honor

    The International Space University (ISU) has announced that the Technion in Israel will host the ISU's Annual Space Studies Program in the summer of 2016.  This is a major achievement for Israel’s Technological Institution and for the State of Israel.

    ...

  • Celebs, hotels, humanitarism, a billion dollar deal and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 24, 2014 | 12:03 pm

    Viber? Sold!

    Japanese Internet services company, Rakuten, has acquired the Israeli app Viber for $900 million. The Israeli-founded video and voice communications app allows users to make free phone and video calls within its network, and has over 200 million users all over the...

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