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Israeli Sports Announcments

by Jeremy Fine

October 12, 2010 | 8:32 pm

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.”
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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 :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIsE6KdKejA

Rod Black TSN video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C78R6uz1Zsc&feature=related

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Rabbi Jeremy Fine is the Assistant Rabbi at Temple of Aaron in St. Paul MN. He was ordained from the Jewish Theological Seminary where he also received a Masters in Jewish...

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