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Israeli Tennis Players Take Center Court in California
March 21, 2009. Indian Wells, CA - Israel was represented at the championship finals in both men’s and women’s doubles play at the Indian Wells BNP...
Derek Glasser's Spectacular Play Helps Arizona State Past NCAA 1st Round Play
March 20, 2009. Miami – It was his first time at the Big Dance, and he stepped up with a huge performance. Junior guard Derek Glasser’s 22 points...
Israel-Sweden Davis Cup Play: Down to the Wire
The Jews of Shushan knew light and gladness, joy and exaltation (Esther 8:16) Malmo, Sweden --- It was March Madness – after a fashion. After...
This Andy Went to Dubai, That Andy Stayed Home
Israeli tennis player Andy Ram got to Dubai after all. Following all the fuss with Shahar Pe’er, who was barred from entering the country and thus kept...
Israeli Davis Cup Team Faces Sweden in Empty Arena
March 4, 2009 – Superman had his Fortress of Solitude. The Israeli Davis Cup team may have their own version in frigid Sweden when they meet the Swedes...
Israeli Tennis Star Dudi Sela: Making A Racquet
On a cold south Florida night better suited to a football game than a tennis match, Israeli Dudi Sela faced his good friend, Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis,...
Shahar Pe’er denied participation in Dubai Tennis Championships
Responding to the denial by the United Arab Emirates to grant a visa to Israeli tennis player Shahar Pe’er to participate in this week’s Dubai Tennis...
Garrett Weber-Gale: Swimming to Olympic History
Thrilling – amazing – a dream come true. That is how Olympic swimmer Garrett Weber-Gale described his summer at the Beijing Olympics. As it happened,...
The Attribute that Most Guarantees Success in Sports and in Life: “SPORT and JEWISH LIFE” Winning Essay
Basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has said, “Don’t ever forget that you play with your soul as well as your body.” Sports require not only physical...
Olympic Notebook, Part 8: On boycotts and human rights, then and now
The spectacular nature of the opening ceremonies at the Olympic Games was something of a foregone conclusion, as China has obviously taken advantage of...
Olympic Notebook, Part 9: Two Live Jews help bring home the gold!
When Rabbi Akiva stressed the duty of a father to teach his son to swim, he probably didn’t have Olympic competition in mind. But thanks to the effort...
Olympic Notebook, Part 7: Israel advances in Men’s Gymnastics, just misses out in Judo
Alex Shatilov, who emigrated to Israel from Uzbekistan in 2002, became the first Israeli in men’s (artistic) gymnastics to advance to the finals in single...
Olympic Notebook, Part 6: Competing to honor his father’s memory, swimmer remains in Beijing
As the Israeli flag was raised last week in the Olympic village to the sounds of Hatikva, it was an emotional event for all members of the Israeli delegation....
Olympic Notebook, Part 5: Michael, Row Your Boat Ashore… Just As Fast As You Can!
When the members of Israel’s Olympic team entered the 91,000 seat Beijing National Stadium for the opening ceremony, leading the processsion was flagbearer...
Legendary Israeli Coach Ralph Klein, 1931-2008
It is with great sadness that the Center for Sport and Jewish Life shares with our readers the news that legendary Israeli basketball coach Ralph Klein...
Olympic Notebook, Part 3: A Look Back
In his autobiography, Sippuro shel Adam Pashut (The Story of a Simple Man), one-time head of the Israeli Olympic Committee Haim Wein, wrote of Israel’s...
Olympic Notebook, Part 2: Rami Zur: Red, White and Blue and White
He was born in the U.S., grew up in Israel, and has competed at the Olympics for both countries. This time around, Rami Zur is one of two Americans – and...
Ram and Erlich Advance to Final Round Play in Cincinnati, Next Stop Beijing
August 3, 2008 Yom asal, yom basal. So goes the Arabic saying familiar to Israelis – one day honey, one day onions. It was onions for the Israeli...
Recovering from Tragedy
Everybody falls down, but Olympic athletes get up faster, and gold medalists get up the fastest of all. -1984 Paralympics skiing silver...
Olympic Notebook: Part 1: Shalom, Beijing
Note: The Center for Sport and Jewish Life will post items relating to Jewish participation in the Olympics to the extent that we can, and hope that readers...
Dreyfuss named to Baseball Hall of Fame
On July 27, the Baseball Hall of Fame (baseballhalloffame.org) inducted its Class of 2008. Honored alongside the late Bowie Kuhn and reliever (Rich) “Goose”...
Coach K and the Meaning of Passover
It was April 3, 2001, with Passover just a week away. The night before, Duke had won the NCAA Championship, beating Arizona following a semi-final game...
Blue (and White) Devil Jon Scheyer
Some years ago, St. Joseph’s University’s men’s basketball team was scheduled to play Lute Olson’s Wildcats in Tucson. A snowstorm prevented the St. Joe’s...
Josh Appell: It can be tough, but if you stick with it hopefully good things can happen
As a two-sport athlete at the University of Pennsylvania, Josh Appell figured he could double his chances at a career in professional sports. He was a...
Avi Rasowsky: Always More to Learn
On the Jewish calendar, March means Purim, and recalling the time that lots were cast to determine the fate of Persian Jews. For aspiring minor league...
Israelis Ram and Erlich make early exit at Sony Ericsson Open
Miami, Florida, March 31, 2008 - One and done. It’s what every basketball team that has worked hard to get into the NCAA “Big Dance” wants to avoid. ...
Samantha Schlachterman named Sun Belt Conference Female Diver of the Year
The Center for Sport and Jewish Life extends a hearty Mazel Tov to Samantha (Sami) Schlachterman, a senior at Florida Atlantic University, who was recently...
Jewish Sports Club, HaKo’akh, Reopens in Vienna
On March 11, 2008, the Associated Press reported that the Jewish sports club, HaKo’akh of Vienna, was being re-dedicated in its new home in the city’s...
Saturday Playoff Game Schedules Pose Problems For Jewish Day Schools
If there is a Jewish counterpart to the “Grinch who stole Christmas” it might be the high school governing sports associations that have ruled against...
Report: Shawn Green Retires after 15 Seasons
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Outfielder Shawn Green, a 15-year major league veteran most recently with the New York Mets, has reportedly announced his...
Sharp: "I wish everyone could see what Israel is really like."
When Derrick Sharp completed his playing days at the University of South Florida, his entire starting five went over to play in Israel. He has been there...
Backstroker Lenny Krayzelburg Giving Back
Four-time Olympic gold medalist and Center for Sport and Jewish Life Advisory Board member Lenny Krayzelburg has never lost sight of his journey to the...
They Said It...
In his 1999 account of his career as an NFL referee, Jerry Markbreit described how as a first-year official he got into the habit of attending Catholic...
Duke soph Jon Scheyer scores career high 27 points in 96-95 loss to Miami
Trailing Miami by 20 points nearly 3/4 of the way through the game, Duke mounted a late second-half rally, only to see victory elude them in the final...
Bud Collins: No Bagels for You!
Any tennis fan knows Bud Collins, the long-time tennis commentator who Sports Illustrated said “is to tennis what pasta is to Italy.” But what few know...
Mets' Shawn Green Respects His Faith in His Way
With Yom Kippur falling on a Friday night and Saturday this year, it means that some Major League Baseball teams have not one but two games that coincide...
Mathieu Schneider
Veteran NHL defenseman Mathieu Schneider is currently in Torino as part of the U.S. Men's Olympic Hockey Team. Schneider, who previously took part in...
SHUL RUNNINGS: The Israeli Bobsled Team
It sounds like a Disney sequel. In the arena of winter sports, dominated by countries like the U.S., Canada, Russia, Norway and Finland, Israel's involvement...
Life on the (Offensive) Line: A Conversation with Lennie Friedman
Seventh year NFL veteran Lennie Friedman, an offensive lineman with the Washington Redskins, spoke recently with the Center for Sport and Jewish Life,...
Maccabi Tel Aviv takes on the NBA
With DisneyWorld – the happiest place on earth - just out of view, and something called the Holy Land Experience a few miles down Interstate 4, and a sukkah...
Gold Medal Lessons for Life
For 2 weeks every four years millions of Americans are riveted to their television sets, as they follow the pageantry and...
Red Sox Rookie Has Roller Coaster Ride
September 27, 2005 --- With the 2005 Major League Baseball season coming to a close, Boston Red Sox rookie outfielder Adam Stern hasn't gotten to see...
Watermarks: A Forgotten Legacy
Anyone interested in the little-known world of Jewish athletes in pre-war Europe will find the film "Watermarks" currently making its way around the country,...
Jewish candidate hopeful for NBA Draft
There hasn't been a Jewish player in the NBA since Danny Schayes retired in 1999. That could change, when 7 foot 1 inch Robert Rothbart – along with 132...
NBA Notes
It didn't look like it was going to happen. From the fallout of the infamous BasketBrawl at the start of the current NBA season to talk during the playoffs...
Has YOUR Favorite Team Got a Prayer?
Fans will go to desperate measures to ensure their favorite team’s victory, be it a professional team or a school team. Sports lovers have fabricated superstitions,...
Praying to Win?
Does God care who wins a given baseball or football game? Does it make sense for us to pray for a victory for our side? If one team wins, does that mean...
It's to Laugh: Jewish Sporting Tales
NBA Hall of Famer Kevin McHale was the featured speaker at a B'nai B'rith dinner. Commenting on a visit to the local JCC, he wondered about the sign...
Tsunami: The Rush of the Waters.....the Prayer of Man
Jogging on the beach along the Gulf of Mexico on a sunny Sunday morning, watching families at play as the waves lap gently against the shore, one’s thoughts...
Jewish Pride Through Sport: Max Nordau and "Muscular Judaism"
The Maccabees, central figures in the Hanukkah saga, are thought to be the inspiration for what would become the worldwide Jewish sports association known...
The Rise of a Jewish Sports Movement
The founding of the Bar-Kochba gymnastics club of Berlin in 1898 met with considerable opposition in the Jewish community of its day, not because of its...
Maccabees, Greeks, Hanukkah and Christmas
Each year at Hanukkah we celebrate the victory of the Maccabees over the military conquest and political tyranny of Antiochus and the Syrian empire he...

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