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  • Jewish gymnast Aly Raisman has her eye on Rio 2016

    5 days ago

    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...

  • New SoCal Jewish sports camp hopes to hit it out of the park

    By Ryan Torok

    1 week ago

    Sports and Judaism are coming together next summer in SoCal — and it has nothing to do with Joc Pederson playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    An overnight camp focused on athletics called 6 Points Sports Academy California is set to open June 21 at Occidental College under the...

  • Israel looks to the United States for baseball tutors

    2 weeks ago

    Baseball is known as the national pastime of the United States. The same cannot be said in Israel, but a new program enlisting American Jewish ballplayers is aimed at honing the skills of Israeli hopefuls and elevating the game there.

    The Israel Association of Baseball (IAB) is...

  • Sitting shivah for Grantland

    By David Suissa

    3 weeks ago

    Human beings get attached to all kinds of things. We have our favorite cafes, our favorite parks, our favorite shows, our favorite people. Take them away and something inside of us dies.

    I lost my favorite website this past week, Grantland.

    Grantland was a quirky, literary,...

  • Los Angeles Lakers blowout Maccabi Haifa B.C., US-Israeli ties are strengthened

    By Ryan Torok

    October 12, 2015 | 3:15 pm

    Israeli and Jewish pride was everywhere on the evening of Oct. 11, as the Los Angeles Lakers and the Israeli Premier League team Maccabi Haifa Basketball Club (Maccabi Haifa B.C.) competed in an NBA exhibition game at Staples Center. 

    Maccabi Haifa B.C. players Renee Rougeau – a...

  • Jewish boxer Dustin Fleischer wins by first-round knockout, moves to 4-0

    September 28, 2015 | 11:18 am

    Jewish boxer Dustin Fleischer, who said his quest is to become the first world champion descended from a Holocaust survivor, stayed unbeaten with a first-round knockout.

    Fleischer, nicknamed “The White Tiger,” moved to 4-0 with the defeat of Ira Frank on Saturday night in Beach...

  • How to cut the cord on your cable bill

    By Jonathan Fong

    September 16, 2015 | 10:24 am

    Until recently, the idea of cutting the cord on your cable television service was absolutely unheard of. How else could you watch your favorite programs? But more and more people are saying goodbye to cable — 6.5 percent of households in the United States stopped paying for cable...

  • Meet Joc Pederson, the Jewish rookie powering L.A. Dodgers’ run to playoffs

    September 10, 2015 | 2:37 pm

    Ask Los Angeles Dodgers’ rookie outfielder Joc Pederson how his season is going, and he’ll talk about the team.

    “We’re playing great baseball, and that’s something we’re looking to continue to do,” a shy and wary Pederson told JTA recently following a spirited game of dice with...

  • Why Sandy Koufax sitting out a World Series game still matters 50 years later

    September 8, 2015 | 11:18 am

    Jesse Agler was pretty talented as a catcher and pitcher in Little League, yet his parents benched him regularly.

    That’s because the Aglers had a no-baseball-on-Shabbat rule, one cloaked in sports royalty.

    “It was a source of frustration as a kid, but I appreciated later what...

  • NHL lawyer excels for league and family – can she make history?

    August 31, 2015 | 11:56 am

    Several years ago, Jessica Berman and her husband, Brad, bumped into her high school boyfriend.

    “If you aren’t working as a lawyer in hockey, I’d be amazed,” Berman recalled him saying.

    The ex had her pegged. Berman, 37, has been employed by the National Hockey League for...

  • Israel’s football team playing Spain in first international game

    August 25, 2015 | 11:33 am

    Israel’s national football team will compete in Spain in its first official international game.

    The Israelis will play the Spanish national team on Sunday in a bid to qualify for the International Federation of American Football’s B-Group International Tournament in 2016.


  • In first, Israeli team competes in America’s top bike race

    August 21, 2015 | 2:38 pm

    As Israeli bicyclist Yoav Bear sped through the end of Stage 2 of the U.S.A. Pro Challenge race at nearly 11,000 feet of elevation in the Colorado Rockies, he thrust his water bottle into the hand of a young spectator clutching an Israeli flag.

    Bear’s gesture made the day, if not...

  • American Football gets an F!

    By Mindy Leaf

    June 29, 2015 | 5:27 am

    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

    June 8, 2015 | 5:03 am

    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...

  • 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...

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