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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...

Aug312016
Join Ramah's First-Ever Tikvah Family Israel Trip
August 31, 2016

At Camp Ramah, Israel is central. Dozens of Israeli shlichim (emissaries) “bring” Israel to our nine overnight camps and four day camps in North America each summer. And, for decades, campers have been participating in a variety of programs through Ramah Israel including Ramah Israel Seminar… Read more...

Aug302016
Dudi Sela ousted in 1st round in New York
August 30, 2016

Israeli beaten in five sets by Cuevas; Djokovic, Nadal overcome wrist injuries to advance Dudi Sela was knocked out in the first round of a Grand Slam event for the fifth time in the past six tournaments on Monday, losing a five-set thriller to No. 18 seed Pablo Cuevas in the US Open in New York…. Read more...

Aug282016
Israeli, Jewish players make waves in tournament before the main event
August 28, 2016

Dudi Sela, the only Israeli player in the main draw, was practicing at the US Open on Friday with hitting partner, American Sam Querrey, ranked No. 32 in the world. When the US Open draw ceremony took place Friday morning at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New… Read more...

Aug112016
Ramah Rockies Pilots Vocational Training for Tikvah Program Graduate
August 11, 2016

Max Newman was a beloved participant in the Tikvah Program for four summers. When Max approached age 18 and it was time to graduate Tikvah, director Rabbi Eliav Bock and Tikvah Program founder and Director, Elyssa Hammerman, decided to think creatively. They created a vocational training program… Read more...

Aug102016
What World Team Tennis Can Teach Our Synagogues
August 10, 2016

It is rare that two of my favorite topics – tennis and Judaism – have much to teach each other. A few nights ago, as I watched the New York Empire battle the Washington Kastle on Opening Night of the World Team Tennis season at the legendary West Side Tennis club in Forest Hills, New York, I… Read more...

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