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Aug42018
Cody Decker: The Heart Of Israeli Baseball
August 4, 2018

Team Israel’s Cody Decker continues his playful ways – even in American professional baseball. Cody Decker was arguably the heart, soul and class clown of Israel’s baseball team, which took the world by surprise in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Decker and his teammates won the qualifiers… Read more...

Aug22018
Israeli sisters double up to join elite group of tennis-playing sibs
August 2, 2018

Despite a decade age gap, Julia and Lina Glushko are inseparable — on and off the court When Julia Glushko began playing on the pro tennis tour in 2004, her sister Lina was a little girl of four. Fourteen years later, Lina is following in Julia’s footsteps — no mean feat, considering the… Read more...

Jul142018
Living as a Jew in Jordan
July 14, 2018

When E.’s plane from Amman touched down in Rome, she started to cry. After spending a semester studying abroad in Jordan, E., in town to visit friends, felt she could safely put on her Star of David necklace and her prized “If I Forget Thee O Jerusalem” necklace. Every year, according to… Read more...

Jun182018
The worldwide work of saving cemeteries and honoring the Jewish dead
June 18, 2018

The ESJF was founded in 2015 to protect Jewish burial sites in Central and Eastern Europe, particularly in places where Jewish communities were wiped out during the Holocaust. So far, it has placed fences around 102 Jewish cemeteries in six European countries and conducted mass field surveys of… Read more...

Jun72018
Bar Mitzvah Gift: Vegas Show Headlined by Boy With Disabilities
June 7, 2018

Sometimes what happens in Vegas shouldn’t just stay in Vegas. Levi Harlig’s extraordinary bar mitzvah is one of them. Levi gave a flawless reading of Parshat Naso, the longest Torah portion of the year, and delivered a Chassidic discourse in Yiddish and Hebrew last Shabbat morning at Chabad of… Read more...

May312018
Play ball! In Israel! With some hard-hitting American Jews
May 31, 2018

There is a moving, somewhat entertaining scene in the recently released film “Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel” where Moshe Abutbul, the mayor of Bet Shemesh, invites the 10 visiting American baseball players from Team Israel and their significant others to help him dig a hole in the… Read more...

Apr192018
Jewish Communities From Around The World Gather To Push Boundaries
April 19, 2018

Highlights of Canada’s first-ever Jewish disability conference. The “Pushing the Boundaries: Disabilities, Inclusion and Jewish Community” conference, April 15-17th in Toronto, truly pushed the boundaries. A severe ice storm and brief power outage may have been minor inconveniences, but they… Read more...

Apr182018
In the Heart of Mormon Utah
April 18, 2018

A look at how one Chabad rabbi is helping Jewish families confront mental health issues. It was 12:46 on Shabbat afternoon at the Chabad House in Salt Lake City Utah. Rabbi Benny Zippel glanced at his watch, looked at his son, Rabbi Avremi, and looked around the lunchroom. He counted several women… Read more...

Mar222018
Capturing a Giant
March 22, 2018

A new film spotlights a superlative musician and exceptional human who happens to use crutches. In the disabilities world, we learn the importance of using person- first language. A person is not “wheelchair-bound,” rather he is a person who may also be a father, lawyer and expert Scrabble… Read more...

Feb282018
Ramah Tikvah Programs: A Standard for Jewish Inclusive Camping
February 28, 2018

In the late 1960’s, Herb and Barbara Greenberg, two teachers working in the field of special education, approached several Jewish summer camps with a novel idea: why not include children with disabilities at camp? At the time, this was an unheard-of idea, and the Greenbergs encountered a lot of… Read more...

Jan272018
Bar Mitzvah Boy To Rockstar: Bruce Springsteen's Jewish Drummer Shares His Story
January 27, 2018

The longtime timekeeper for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, Max Weinberg, talks about his Jewish heritage and his upcoming first visit to Israel. While his more famous “boss,” Bruce Springsteen, has been out front on international sold-out stages for over 40 years, drummer Max Weinberg… Read more...

Jan162018
10 Amazing–And Accessible–Days in Israel
January 16, 2018

The first-ever Ramah Tikvah Birthright Israel trip was a big success! At the farewell dinner in Tel Aviv on the last night of our ten day Birthright Israel Amazing Israel Ramah Tikvah trip, we went around the table sharing memories and trip highlights. The 21 participants with intellectual and… Read more...

Jan122018
Team Israel Leaps In Baseball World Rankings
January 12, 2018

Israel made the biggest jump in the World Baseball Softball Confederation World Rankings in 2017, advancing from No. 41 to No. 19. The blue-and-white defeated four Top 10 nations – Chinese Taipei, Cuba, Korea and Netherlands – in its World Baseball Classic debut in March of last year. Team… Read more...

Dec132017
Kosherfest
December 13, 2017

The kosher world continues to grow and diversify If your bubbe had been one of the 6,000 members of the kosher food industry to attend the recent Kosherfest trade show in Secaucus, New Jersey, she would have barely recognized a single product on display at the nearly 400 booths. Even staples such… Read more...

Nov232017
Mental Health in the Jewish World
November 23, 2017

There are some topics people are happy to discuss with their friends and fellow congregants at kiddush after Shabbat services (and unfortunately, at times, even during services). Popular topics include local sports teams, the weather, the stock market, recent developments at local schools and… Read more...

Nov22017
Game, Set, Match: Inclusion On and Off the Court
November 2, 2017

Dana Mathewson hits lightning serves and ground strokes and races to return seemingly out of reach tennis balls on Arthur Ashe Stadium at the prestigious U.S. Open tennis tournament. Yet, her name is not nearly as well known in the tennis world as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams…. Read more...

Oct102017
When a Private Sukkah Costs $4 Million, Where Do We Eat?
October 10, 2017

Two young Israeli boys were riding their bikes along Manhattan’s East River Esplanade near Carl Schurz Park at 84th Street. They looked up, smiled, and called to their father in Hebrew: “Abba, look! A sukkah!” Inside, a young couple with daughters 2 and 4 years old were enjoying a… Read more...

Sep262017
Israeli Designer Makes Splash at New York Fashion Week
September 26, 2017

Lia Kes is involved in every aspect of the design process, visiting factories, meeting with customers, and selecting dyes and recycling materials for garments. NEW YORK – Lia Kes’s fashion show threw guests for a loop during a recent New York Fashion Week event at the Beekman Hotel in Lower… Read more...

Sep142017
Diego Schwarzman: The Biggest Mensch in Tennis
September 14, 2017

NEW YORK – Three years ago, a young, relatively unknown tennis player from Argentina sat with a curious Jerusalem Post reporter in the Media Center of the US Open. Despite his at-the-time recently-achieved career high ranking of No. 61 (he is now ranked 28th in the world), few reporters were… Read more...

Sep132017
New Yorkers wondered where all the Israelis were?
September 13, 2017

NEW YORK – Three weeks of US Open tennis – from the qualifiers and the finals – drew to a close Sunday evening in New York City. Even with the absence of big names like Novak Djokavic, Andy Murray and Serena Williams, the tournament generated a great deal of excitement. Four American women… Read more...

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