Posted by Jeremy Fine
It’s set to officially debut Monday, October 4th at 4pm. Called Israel Sports Radio, they’ll be combining niche sports in the country—American football, hiking, soccer, basketball, baseball, fitness and others—with coverage of sports in America, the predominately Endlish-language station will fill several gaps in Israel media, all at the same time. Until now, no Israeli broadcaster has consistently devoted more than one hour per day to sports coverage and little of it has been local or community sports throughout Israel, with absolutely nothing in English.
It’s the brainchild of Ari Louis and Andy Gershmna, the former co-hosts of American Sports Talk on Rusty Mike Radio, and Josh Halickman, founder of the sports blog “The Sports Rabbi,” will provide eight hours of continuous original programming, five days a week. From 4pm-midnight Israel time, each Sunday through Thursday (except Jewish holidays), Israel Sports Radio will provide its listeners with a steady diet of dedicated shows about all manner of Israel sports and fitness – from professional to the most amateur kidball – and with live talk and sports news hosted by personalities like former Jerusalem Post sports editor Jeremy Last and Tal Ben-Ezra, author of a forthcoming book in Hebrew about the NBA. Ben-Ezra will also host “Nothing but Net,” the only show in Hebrew on the station. Other personalities will include David Dubi Pick from Eurobasket and Sportline and hosts from the US, Israel, Great Britain, and South Africa.
Listeners from all over the world can tune in to www.israelsportsradio.com <http://www.israelsportsradio.com/> to listen live, chat live and to easily call-in from anywhere in Israel and all of North America. Its audience is widely expected to made up primarily of Anglos in Israel and English speakers around the world, all with some kind of sports connection to Israel.
They’ve already interviewed Omri Caspri and Jason Thompson of the Sacramento Kings and other Jewish professional athletes and will continue to follow Jewish sports celebrities all over the world.
Now that there’s finally a sports outlet for Americans in the Holy Land, as Ari Louis told us, “We are eliminating yet another excuse for people not to make Aliya.”
5th annual recreational tournament coming this February,
2011 and would love to have a team from Chicago.
Check out http://www.israelhockeyassociation.org/site/node/3 (the
website is being updated over the next few weeks).
Here are a couple of links to see how our 2010 tournament went:
CBC story about 2010 tournament :
Rod Black TSN video
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October 9, 2010 | 5:47 pm
Posted by Jeremy Fine
In the bottom of the 7th inning, Texas Rangers 2nd baseman hit a solo shot to give the Rangers a 2-1 lead. This is Kinsler’s 2nd home run of the series/postseason. Kinsler and the Rangers are 6 outs away from the American League Championship Series.
Lets go Kinsler!
October 8, 2010 | 1:06 pm
Posted by Jeremy Fine
We here at TGR want to announce and congratulate Ryan Braun as the TGR Hank Greenberg award winner given to the 2010 Jewish MLB Hitter of the Year.
Although Braun did not make the playoffs (and might not for a while if Prince Fielder leaves) several Jewish baseball players did.
Both Scott Feldman and Gabe Kapler played this season for playoff teams but neither is on the playoff roster. Feldman was kept off due to a down year, while Kapler is not 100% healthy.
The good news is Danny Valencia and Ian Kinsler have both been playing. Currently, Valencia is 1-5 with 2 RBIS and a walk. Kinsler is 3-8 with a HR, 2 RBIs, and 2 Runs. The major difference between the two is that Valencia and the Twins are a loss away from elimination. On the flip side Kinsler and the Rangers are on the verge of upsetting Kapler’s Rays.
Also, congrats to Valencia who received 1 vote (finishing third) in the TGR Hank Greenberg Award Poll.
Hopefully, the Twins can turn it around and the Rangers keep winning to guarantee one Jewish ball player in the World Series.
And Let Us Say…Amen.
For more information check out www.TheGreatRabbino.com
October 8, 2010 | 6:39 am
Posted by Jeremy Fine
TGR will be featured on Israeli sports radio. Tuesday at 12pm EST. Here is more info below:
The show is a college sports show called “Jumpshots with Jasmine” every Tuesday from 5-7pm Israel time or 11am-1pm Eastern time. Jasmine talks about a variety of college sports and interview Jewish college athletes as well as college sports experts. It airs on Israel Sports Radio, a new radio station and the only sports talk station in Israel, that airs in English on Israelsportsradio.com.
Check it out here http://israelsportsradio.com/
October 7, 2010 | 2:59 pm
Posted by Jeremy Fine
Now this is a Wildcats team Lute Olsen would be proud of. Unfortunately for basketball fans it is the Arizona football that is excelling. Is Arizona becoming a football school? Maybe. We found Jake Baratz a Red Shirt Freshman (with a Jewish father) and asked him all about the team and his football career. Jake is a nice guy with a bright future. And of course has those all important Illinois roots.
1) Tell the TGR world about yourself?
- My name is Jake Baratz, I’m a 20 year old RS freshman at the University of Arizona. Originally from Naperville, IL. My major is pre-business, and as of right now i’m just taking every day as it comes, trying to live life to the fullest.
2) You said your father is Jewish and from Aurora, what is Jewish life like in Aurora?
-I think that pretty much everywhere in the western suburbs as well as the north shore of Chicago has a pretty big jewish community, with very outspoken and supportive people. Growing up I had a lot of friends of different religion as well as ethnicity and it was never really a big factor.
3) Speaking of Aurora, do you love the Wayne’s World movies.
-When I was younger I was pretty much obsessed with them, just because I knew they were based and filmed so close to home.
4) You are from Illinois and I assume you have spent some time in Chicago. What is your favorite Chicago pizza?
-There’s no questions about it… Lou Malnati’s is the only way to go with pizza in the city. I’ve heard a lot of opinions, but as far as credibility goes I’d trust the 285 lb offensive lineman about food before anyone else. I actually have the Pizza Wars: New York vs. Chicago on travel channel dvr’d because it airs during practice. TOTAL dedication.
5) Back to football. Arizona is ranked 14th in about every poll. What is it like playing for such a highly ranked team?
-This is the highest ranking we’ve been since the ‘90’s I think so it’s a new feeling for everyone in the locker room from 5th years to freshman. It’s definitely a gratifying feeling to know that all your hard work is definitely paying off, but the coaches do a good job of keeping us in perspective and making sure it doesn’t get to our head too much. We all know that all the hard work everyone’s put in over their time spent here to earn that ranking can be negated in one game.
6) Do you think Arizona has a legit shot at a BCS game?
-I fully believe that we have a more than legitimate shot at a BCS bowl. Every time we break a huddle its real simple: “Rose Bowl”. It’s not just something we say, but everyone on the team is fully on board in truly believing in our shot at the Rose bowl. In order to get into a position to even play you have to be a pretty competitive person, and we have a REAL competitive locker room, and I think that leads to everyones strong feelings.
7) Arizona has always been known as a basketball school. How has the fan support been now that there seems to have been a shift in attention?
-Even since i’ve been here for recruiting up until now, i’ve seen a dramatic change in attention for our program. Everyone’s always known about the ZonaZoo, which is one of the best student sections i’ve ever seen, but it’s the rest of the stadium that has improved as well. We’ve either sold out or been near sell-out every game this season, which is definitely something new for us. Another big change is the intensity of the fans. This year it’s been a whole new feeling, running out from the locker room after halftime and still seeing a full stadium of people ready to go for the second half. Tucson has great wildcat fans, and I think that the entire city is finally starting to buy into our program just like we are.
8) Who is the best player you have gotten a chance to play with during your career?
- The best player that i’ve ever played against is definitely big Earl (Earl Mitchell). He was a third round draft pick this year for Houston. He was playing D-tackle for the starting defense when I was in my redshirt year and on scout team. The difference between playing high school defensive players and then jumping in and getting mauled by Earl everyday was terrifying. Earl’s one of the best, and smartest guys I know as well, it’s safe to say that i’d probably have gotten in a lot more trouble if it weren’t for Earl essentially being the voice of reason to cancel out the freshman in college on my opposite shoulder. As far as playing WITH guys, I would say that Colin Baxter is that guy. Colin is pretty much the standard “old guy” that I go to whenever I need something. He’s been around a while and has taught me the way that stuff works on and off the field, and in the making has become one of my good friends on the team.
9) Mid season will be a major test as the Wilcats are @ UCLA, @ Stanford, home for USC, and @ Oregon. What will that stretch be like and how do you think you will fair?
-Those are definitely all really great teams and the Rose Bowl, and Autzen are obviously some of the most renowned stadiums in the country, and with the resurgence of Stanford’s programs people are jumping on board in NorCal, so those are definitely all really tough road games. It doesn’t help that two of them are in the top 10 right now either. I really like the SC matchup at home, The colliseum is a another place that’s typically hard to play at, so it’s good we have them at home. I think if we can play like we think we can in the first two games, getting SC at home will really energize Tucson, especially with the implications that will be on that game if we are where we want to be in that point in the season. Practice is definitely going to be extra focused and crisp during that stretch.
10) When you have a schedule like that, how do you remain focused week after week?
-I think the easiest way is focusing all week to do what you need to do in the game, and then after it happens, it’s over. The coaches do a good job of making sure that we don’t dwell on a game (win or loss) into the next week. We’re always busy and we know that keeping good focus on the next game, and preparing both mentally and physically is the key to victory. We’re a good team, but we can never just walk into a game and assume we’re going to win, and that the other team is going to give us the game, regardless of opponent. At this level everyone has the athletes, and coaches to win any game, so being better prepared than the other team is what’s going to get it done.
11) What are your future goals? Is the NFL a possibility?
-Right now I’m kind of just trying to figure out what I want to do. I have to apply for the business school pretty soon, so maybe then I’ll figure out what specific major I want to go into. I’ve always been known as a little high maintenance, and even our landlord calls my roommates and I “princesses”, I just hope that whatever I do I am able to support my “princess” lifestyle. The NFL is always a possibility, it’s a great opportunity, and if it presents itself I would love to embrace it. As of now, that’s a little to far down the line, I’m usually the one who just enjoys every day, and tries to turn every situation into something fun and make sure the people around me are smiling, so I’m not too concerned about that right now.
Thanks again to Jake.
And Let Us Say…Amen.
October 3, 2010 | 8:55 pm
Posted by Jeremy Fine
Thanks to TGR fan Amiel Hersh (yes former Hartford Student Body President) for bringing this organization to our attention. Check out our interview with Bring It In.
1) Can you tell The Great Rabbino fans a little bit about yourself?
I am a sports based youth development professional. The last three years I have worked as a Program Director for PeacePlayers International - Middle East using the game of basketball to educate and unite Arab and Jewish children in Israel. Prior to that I spent a year as the Assistant General Manager for a minor league basketball team.
2) What exactly does your organization do?
Bring It In - Israel uses hands on sports volunteering in Israel to train young Israel sports educators. These educators return to their Jewish communities and use sports to engage and connect Jewish children to Israel.
3) Why is basketball so important to these kids?
Basketball is my favorite sport. However, basketball is just one of many sports that teaches life skills and builds community. The real key is “play.” It is vital that we get our children out there playing and running around together.
4) What role do you think sports plays in Jewish education?
I think sports can teach young Jewish children life skills like listening, communication, goal setting, discipline, problem solving, and teamwork. These are also Jewish values. Sports strengthen the Jewish community by creating a feeling of team. Rather than seeing the kid next to them in Hebrew school as a classmate, children see them as a teammate. Sports keeps Jewish boys involved in Jewish youth activities. In the age of childhood obesity, combining sports and Jewish education teaches Jewish children the value of healthy mind and healthy body. Lastly, there has been research that movement during studies opens the mind and allows for greater learning.
5) What are the main goals of your organization?
Bring It In - Israel wants to engage and connect young Jews to Israel by reaching them where they are at. We want to create a new type of Israel educator that can serve as an engaging role model.
6) Who would you rather have on your team Omri Casspi or Jordan Farmar?
Hard choice. Farmar is a great guy. He came out to Israel and ran some clinics for PeacePlayers International - Middle East a couple summers back. However, if I’m putting together a basketball team I would have to pick Casspi. Both players are very skilled. Caspi has the edge because of his will to win and because he fights for every inch. Whenever he is on the court he is giving 110%.
I just want to thank The iCenter (http://theicenter.org/) and PresenTense ( http://presentense.org/) for all of their support.
Become a fan of Bring It In - Israel on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BringItInIsrael?ref=search
Thank you to David Lasday for the interview. Good luck in the future.
And Let Us Say…Amen.
For more information visit www.TheGreatRabbino.com