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Israelis take their place at the U.S. Open
August 28, 2013

FLUSHING, New York – A handful of Israeli players fought for the chance to qualify for the prestigious U.S Open Grand Slam tennis tournament, which began plan on August 26 and will wrap up on Sept. 9. The U.S. Open is the world’s highest attending sporting event, with more than… Read more...

It’s a Lobster’s life for the second-tier tennis pro
August 3, 2013

World ranked 224, Israel’s Amir Weintraub ekes out a living playing World Team Tennis as a Boston Lobster. It helps pay the bills in the sport he loves BOSTON — Call it “tennis light,” “family-friendly tennis,” or perhaps, most importantly for players like… Read more...

Summer Camp - Fun and Sun for EVERYONE!
June 17, 2013

The month leading up to the camp season is action-packed, a bit stressful and most of all—exciting. In less than a month, hundreds of campers with a range of disabilities will arrive at Jewish summer camps across North America. While the off-season is similarly busy with hiring staff… Read more...

Millions line Fifth Avenue for pro-Israel march
June 2, 2013

Parade part of day-long festivities celebrating Israel-US ties More than a million New Yorkers came out Sunday to show support for Israel by attending the city’s annual Celebrate Israel Parade. Hundreds of thousands of spectators lined the route of the parade along Fifth Avenue, drowning… Read more...

For soccer organizer, two big matches
June 1, 2013

NEW JERSEY – From Pierre Mevy Azaria’s calm demeanor as we sipped cappuccino in the lobby of his New Jersey hotel on Thursday, you would never guess that he is ultimately responsible for every aspect of the Israel versus Honduras soccer exhibition at New York’s Citi Field on… Read more...

After 35 years, Israeli national soccer team returns to New York
May 31, 2013

Jewish state’s elite squad is relaxed, ready and eager for Sunday’s exhibition game against Honduras NEW JERSEY — The Israel national soccer team touched down at Newark Airport at 5:30 Thursday morning. By 9am, the freshly showered guys were lounging on the white leather… Read more...

Ramah Celebrates, Raises Money For Its Pioneering Camps By Biking Across Israel
May 2, 2013

An enthusiastic group of 72 bike riders and hikers, ages 13-73, arrived in Eilat on April 30 after biking since April 24 all the way from Jerusalem. They made the trip — the Ramah Israel Challenge — to support special needs programs at Ramah camps in the United States and Canada. Meaningful… Read more...

Aboard the Asperger’s bus, a quirky ‘mishpocha’
January 4, 2013

Members of a Birthright group talk about the joys of seeing the country with people just like themselves More than 20,000 Birthright participants will have spent 10 days in Israel by the end of the 2012-2013 winter season, including 20 participants with Asperger’s Syndrome, now known as the… Read more...

Kashrut and health food prove an increasingly popular recipe
November 30, 2012

Annual convention shows the kosher and calorie-minded food industries are each taking a page from the other’s cookbook SECAUCUS, N.J. – When Scott Gantwerker and Wayne Silverman were roommates 40 years ago at Michigan State University, they regularly made granola. “Then came… Read more...

Tikvah Staff Alumni at the Post-GA Disability Inclusion Initiative
November 28, 2012

When Shelley Cohen and Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi returned to their bus after their tour of Camp Ramah in New England, they knew they had to bring the issue of inclusion of people with disabilities to a much larger audience. They had just participated in a three-day bus tour for funders of summer… Read more...

Field of Dreams
October 10, 2012

NEW HAVEN – Even before Adam Greenberg made headlines a couple of weeks ago by signing a one-day contract with the Miami Marlins and swinging his bat as a one-day-only Major League Baseball player, the Guilford native was making the Connecticut Jewish community proud by stepping up to the… Read more...

A classic rock star…with ties to Connecticut’s Jewish community
September 24, 2012

Music fans of a certain age and generation recognize the name Jorma Kaukonen as a founding member of the classic rock groups, Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. Few realize, however, that the 71-year old guitarist is Jewish — with deep family ties to the Ellington Jewish community. Jorma… Read more...

Field of Zionist Dreams
September 11, 2012

Though baseball is a ‘Jewish sport,’ its roots in Israel are still taking hold. Team Israel is taking to the baseball diamond this week in South Florida in a bid to participate in the March 2013 World Baseball Classic. How did the blue and white players get there, and what are their… Read more...

Young Ambassadors
September 11, 2012

Israeli counselors share their experiences serving at a Conservative Movement summer camp. For a special group of Israelis, serving their country continues after their army service ends – in North America. A diverse group of Israeli twenty somethings representing different cities and towns… Read more...

Serving a look at Israel’s next tennis ace
August 29, 2012

Despite a first-round loss at the US Open, up-and-comer Julia Glushko says she’s proud to represent her adopted country — and looks forward to better results in the future For many of the women in the main draw of the US Open, the path to the two-week tournament was straightforward…. Read more...

Matisyahu: I ‘loosened the knots’ of my Judaism
July 17, 2012

As his new album debuts, the renegade religious rapper tells The Times of Israel why he drastically changed his lifestyle Sitting backstage at Matisyahu’s concert in Stamford, Connecticut five days before the July 17 release of his new album, “Spark Seeker,” his father Bob… Read more...

Our Inclusive Community
July 13, 2012

Our Tikvah participants joined the whole camp for a trip to Six Flags. Every year, I wonder if this is the best use of our time. It is a fun day, but it is very taxing. We assess the campers and their needs (Which rides? How much supervision? Water park?) and we assign two or three staff members to… Read more...

Book review: "Esau's Blessing: How the Bible Embraces those with Special Needs"
July 10, 2012

Book review: “Esau’s Blessing: How the Bible Embraces those with Special Needs” by Ora Horn Prouser, Ben Yehuda Press, 2011 Teaneck, New Jersey. Reviewed by Howard Blas. All rabbis and educators have incorporated the story of Moses and his speech difficulties (aral sfataym) into divrei torah and… Read more...

A musical salvage, rescue and revitalization operation
July 10, 2012

Yidstock: The Festival of New Yiddish Music, running in Amherst, focuses on klezmer tradition — and innovation Woodstock 1969, meet Yidstock 2012. Back in the day, the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair in Bethel, New York, may have featured such acts as Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane and the… Read more...

For Arab-Israeli tennis ace, coexistence is more than just mixed doubles
June 26, 2012

Nadine Fahoum, a Muslim from Haifa, has become Israel’s unofficial ambassador off the court, and a phenom for Duke on it For Nadine Fahoum, serving as an ambassador for Israeli tennis and the State of Israel is a pleasure — though anything but straightforward. The 22-year-old Muslim… Read more...

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