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May192017
Kesher Tikvah: Tikvah Connects
May 19, 2017

Welcome to Tikvah Connects, a new publication of the National Ramah Commission, connecting you several times a year with news about members of the Tikvah community and exciting Tikvah events. Nearly every Rosh Hashanah and Passover since 1984, I have received beautiful handwritten cards from… Read more...

Apr192017
Shamsky Headlines New York Symposium on Jews in Sports
April 19, 2017

Jews seem to be fascinated by the topic of Jews in sports – regardless of the sport, team, country or time period in history. If you present a program entitled, “Jews in Sports: Beyond Sandy Koufax,” they will come. When the event is free, in New York City and features legendary baseball… Read more...

Apr32017
Baseball alumni take on the world
April 3, 2017

Two players’ journeys from Yale to the Red Sox to Team Israel. Like many Yale baseball fans, head Bulldogs coach John Stuper recalls watching in August 2012 as one of his former stars, Craig Breslow ’02, pitched to another, catcher Ryan Lavarnway ’09. This wasn’t some Yale baseball… Read more...

Mar92017
It’s Happy Purim Holiness in New Orleans
March 9, 2017

The Jewish community celebrates its heritage NEW ORLEANS—Ask Malkie Rivkin and the volunteers who are preparing hundreds of mishloach manot food baskets at the Btesh Family Chabad House in New Orleans three days before Purim what makes the holiday unique in New Orleans, and they almost don’t… Read more...

Mar62017
Mustering Up Morning ‘Minyan’ in Sun-Drenched St. Thomas
March 6, 2017

Writer joins a Virgin Islands rabbi on his daily rounds of hotels, timeshares and cruise ships ST. THOMAS, V.I.—The questions, both halachic and practical, start early on this 32-square-mile island in the Caribbean Sea. Rabbi Asher Federman, director of Chabad Lubavitch of the Virgin Islands in… Read more...

Jan192017
Technology for Torah
January 19, 2017

Chabad’s online school for the families of its worldwide emissaries makes it possible to live and serve in far-flung communities without any Jewish day school. The happy boys danced, sang, cheered for their teachers and even jumped on tables when the head of school called their classroom by… Read more...

Jan142017
Volunteering “With” and Not “For”
January 14, 2017

It is a common practice for middle- and high-school children to “do” community service. Through their work with people who are elderly, homeless or poor or who have disabilities, students learn empathy and compassion for those “less fortunate,” and they learn to better appreciate what they… Read more...

Dec82016
Where Jewish Travelers and Locals in Copenhagen Feel Right at Home
December 8, 2016

COPENHAGEN—Walk down the block-long Ole Suhrs Gade Street in Copenhagen—from the Botanical Gardens at one end to Sortedams Lake at the other—and there is a certain old-world charm. Neighbors engage in quiet conversation or sip coffee at corner cafes, with dozens of bicycles parked in racks… Read more...

Nov242016
Keep Kosher and Carry On
November 24, 2016

Every November, the entire kosher food industry descends on the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, New Jersey, for two exhausting, invigorating days of Kosherfest, the central kosher food event of the year, which attracts 6,000 industry professionals. Caterers, distributors, chefs… Read more...

Sep262016
Bleeding blue-and-white, baseball style
September 26, 2016

Did Team Israel think it could pull it off tonight and avenge the defeat in the 2012 qualifier final against Spain? BROOKLYN – The mood at MCU Park an hour before the first pitch of Sunday night’s World Baseball Classic Qualifier final was so relaxed one might not know it was the… Read more...

Sep252016
The women coaches leading Israel's male baseball team to victory
September 25, 2016

Mental coach Justine Siegal and IAB exec Margo Sugarman help blue-and-white contend in the World Baseball Classic. BROO KLYN – When Team Israel lines up along first-base side at the start of each World Baseball Classic Qualifier game, fans tend to notice the long hair of the player with the No…. Read more...

Sep252016
Yusuf/Cat Stevens’ triumphant return to New York City
September 25, 2016

“We love you, Cat,” “Why did it take you so long?” shouted fans in the sold out, 2,800-seat Beacon Theater. The fans, mostly of the over-40 set, wore suits and jeans. The last time Cat Stevens’ “Peace Train” rolled through New York City, Yitzhak Rabin was Israel’s prime minister… Read more...

Sep242016
A unique baseball tournament with a Jewish twist
September 24, 2016

Fans draped in Israeli flags chanted “Let’s Go Israel!” How is a World Baseball Classic Qualifier game featuring Israel and Great Britain playing at MCU Park in Brooklyn different from a typical Major League Baseball game? Thursday night’s Israel vs Great Britain WBC game featured three… Read more...

Sep192016
Commentary: Israel could make better use of its tennis ambassadors
September 19, 2016

Tennis players know all about love from the tennis scoring system. Wouldn’t it be nice if players also love Israel and spread that love around the world? This year’s US Open attracted more than 30,000 fans each day of the two-week tournament. And any time a Jewish or Israeli fan saw “ISR”… Read more...

Sep112016
Oliel leads Israel’s young tennis talents
September 11, 2016

Oliel, the tall, hard hitting left-hander with solid ground strokes and serve, showed the New York crowd how much potential he has. When the going gets tough, the coach stays calm. Even during a heart-breaking loss for Yshai Oliel in the junior boys’ doubles semifinals at the US Open, coach Jan… Read more...

Sep82016
Teens Oliel, Krolitzky experience mixed fortunes
September 8, 2016

After winning two matches in the qualifiers and coming through the first round of the main draw, the 17-year-old Israeli was stopped by No. 5 seed Kayla Day of the USA, losing 6-4, 6-3. Shelly Krolitzky’s dream run in New York came to an end on Wednesday in the second round of the junior… Read more...

Sep62016
Israeli juniors Oliel, Krolitzky advance in style
September 6, 2016

Oliel next faces No. 13 seed Nicola Kuhn of Spain for a place in the quarterfinals. Yshai Oliel continued to show why he is touted as the future of Israeli tennis on Tuesday, advancing to the last 16 of the US Open Junior Boys’ tournament with a 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(2) victory over No. 2 seed Alex De… Read more...

Sep52016
Israel’s Oliel looks to break through
September 5, 2016

By the time Yshai Oliel clawed his way back to 2-2 in the third set of the first-round match in the Junior Boys’ singles tournament at the US Open versus Juan Carlos Manuel Aguilar of Bolivia, court 14 felt and sounded like countryman Dudi Sela’s first-round US Open thriller. Oliel lost the… Read more...

Sep42016
Spotlight: Israeli teen Krolitzky into tennis main draw
September 4, 2016

Shelly Krolitzky, 17, is the first Israeli female in the main draw of the US Open junior tournament since Julia Glushko in 2007. As the massive US Open crowds shuffled in at on Friday morning for a coveted spot in Louis Armstrong Stadium and the Grandstand, a few dozen spectators gathered outside… Read more...

Sep12016
Commentary: Jewish presence loud and proud throughout Flushing Meadows
September 1, 2016

With the location of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, Queens, it is only natural that there are also many Jewish stories at the tournament. The final Grand Slam of 2016 is filled with all kinds of big and small stories – from Serena Williams’s quest for her… Read more...

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