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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...

Jul162016
My visit to Ramah Wisconsin
July 16, 2016

One of the most wonderful parts of my work is the chance to visit special needs programs at several of our Ramah camps. Last week I arrived at Rhinelander airport to rain and fog and was greeted by the warm smile of longtime friend and colleague, Ralph Schwartz, the Director of Special Needs… Read more...

Jun162016
Tidbits on Trends
June 16, 2016

In a special new Sight Line feature, we look at four growing trends in the early childhood arena. Multi-generational Learning The average age is 92 at Mount St. Vincent, a retirement home in Seattle, yet the atmosphere is alive and vibrant. That’s because Mount. St. Vincent shares its building… Read more...

Jun12016
5 Tips For Making Playdates Fun For All Children
June 1, 2016

Kids today have more exposure and familiarity with all sorts of differences than their parents did. Not too long ago, it was the norm for children with any kind of special needs to be educated in separate programs and schools. Today children with disabilities — both visible and invisible — are… Read more...

May252016
B'nai Mitzvah for All
May 25, 2016

Learn from Howard Blas, a respected thought leader in Jewish special education. We will discuss ways to better meet the needs of your learners. Our webinar will: Help you re-imagine the traditional approach to B’nai Mitzvah Introduce a range of B’nai Mitzvah options that meet individual needs… Read more...

Apr172016
A New Alternate-Side Trick
April 17, 2016

Dear Diary: As a longtime alternate-side parker, I thought I had seen every trick imaginable. Here’s a new one: A man drives up close to a motorcycle, which is taking up an unnecessarily big parking space. He gets out of the car, which he leaves idling. The man approaches the motorcycle, turns it… Read more...

Mar272016
Israel Open ATP men’s Challenger tennis tournament set for Ra'anana
March 27, 2016

Janko Tipsarevic received a wild card and is making his tennis comeback following foot surgery and a 17 month absence from tennis. the tennis world gears up for the Miami Open (March 21-April 3), often considered the “Fifth Grand Slam,” on par with such tennis events as Wimbledon and the US… Read more...

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