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Aug262014
Jewish teen tennis star set to play at US Open
August 26, 2014

After a benefit game with No. 1 ranked Serbian Novak Djokovic, Noah Rubin is ready for tourney — and college NEW YORK — Serbian Novak Djokovic, the top ranked tennis player in the world, turned to the crowd at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy on Randall’s Island in New York… Read more...

Jul172014
A Year of Hopeful Trends in the Inclusion World
July 17, 2014

As a teacher of Jewish Studies and b’nai mitzvah training children with a wide range of disabilities, and as a long time director of a disabilities program which is part of an 800+ camper Jewish overnight camp, I am immersed in the Jewish disabilities world and am part of dozens of year… Read more...

Jul152014
Israeli emissaries at US summer camps wonder how best to serve
July 15, 2014

Former members of elite IDF units frustrated by toasting marshmallows while cohort called up to Operation Protective Edge PALMER, Massachusetts — At Camp Ramah in New England this weekend, Israeli emissary Yakov described feeling very far away from what’s happening in Israel while… Read more...

May212014
“Walking with the Enemy” Conversation with film director Mark Schmidt
May 21, 2014

For Jerusalem resident Moshe Rosenbaum it is hard to believe that his Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor father, Pinchas, would have been 90 this year. He died 33 years ago – and, like many survivors, he did not share all of the details of his Holocaust experience. Fortunately, however, he… Read more...

Mar312014
NBA’s Gal Mekel battles back after knee injury
March 31, 2014

Optimistic of a full recovery, the second Israeli in the league joins a record-breaking 92 international players from 39 countries NEW YORK — On a recent Monday evening, New York City’s Madison Square Garden was rocking. The sellout crowd of 19,812 at the newly renovated Manhattan… Read more...

Mar192014
Beyond Crown: Southern Connecticut takes steps to keep its community kosher
March 19, 2014

Several weeks ago, Hartford Courant commentator Colin McEnroe summed up the imminent demise of West Hartford’s Crown Supermarket in a brief Courant blog post entitled, “Nooooooo.” “The Crown is not just food. It’s culture,” he observed. Of course, much to the… Read more...

Feb112014
KOLOT — Dad and Dan in China
February 11, 2014

A few weeks back, an article by Dan Blas, entitled, “A Jew in China” appeared in this column (Dec. 14, 2013). Dan learned his article had been published via the Google alert he received on his iPhone as we settled into our hotel room in Shanghai. I am one lucky dad. When your son asks… Read more...

Feb42014
Inclusion Comes from the Top – and the Bottom, and Middle
February 4, 2014

On a recent ten-day Tikvah Ramah Israel trip, twelve participants with disabilities, ages 18-40, were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime visit to a 1,000-soldier army base. Admittedly, other tour groups visit army bases; our group spent three hours at the MAZI/Bar-Lev base near Kiryat Milachi, where… Read more...

Jan312014
Holocaust exhibit at UN stresses memory and hope
January 31, 2014

Survivors, liberators, diplomats and March of the Living alum gather for remembrance event Neshama Carlebach and Eli Rubenstein remember exactly where they were standing in 1998 when Judy Weissenberg Cohen uttered a moving address to a large group of teenagers from Canada attending the 11th March… Read more...

Dec22013
Real men donate their purses to charity
December 2, 2013

Jewish boxer Boyd Melson is going eight rounds for Team Fight to Walk on Wednesday in NY to help those with spinal injuries For Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson, life at the United States Military Academy at West Point was not easy. West Point demands physical and academic discipline, and even… Read more...

Nov202013
Kosherfest 2013
November 20, 2013

SECAUCUS, N.J. – This year, even the ticket agent in Manhattan’s Port Authority Bus Terminal knew about Kosherfest – and that the 320 bus, leaving from gate 231, takes visitors to the annual kosher food trade show at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, N.J. Attendees… Read more...

Nov82013
Israel team post helps Ausmus to Tigers manager job
November 8, 2013

Major League Baseball veteran’s gig as coach in the Holy Land last year is one of the more important lines on his resume BALTIMORE – Almost from the moment they met him, several officials and players with Israel’s national baseball team said they saw manager Brad Ausmus headed… Read more...

Oct162013
Israeli Arab tennis player, “nurtured” at Jewish school, goes to Camp Ramah
October 16, 2013

PALMER, Mass. — Each summer, Camp Ramah in New England (CRNE) brings close to 60 post-army emissaries to serve as bunk counselors and teach in such specialty areas as dance, sports, swimming, nature, woodworking, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, ropes and krav maga. Campers and staff are… Read more...

Oct132013
David Dalnekoff Turns 40!
October 13, 2013

Most people at camp recognize David Dalnekoff as the hard-working, good-natured man who delivers the mail each day. This past Shabbat, David was honored by his synagogue, the Westville Shul in New Haven, Connecticut, with a Kiddush lunch in his honor, as he celebrated his 40th birthday. I was… Read more...

Sep172013
Take A Seat Courtside At The U.S. Open Wheelchair Tennis Competition
September 17, 2013

In many ways, it was just another awesome day at the U.S. Open. Leander Paes and his partner won the mens’ doubles final; Serena Williams, won the womens’ championship; a boy from Croatia became the junior singles champion, while a 15-year-old with the first name… Read more...

Aug312013
Nadal smashes away talk of Jewish roots
August 31, 2013

‘Doesn’t matter for me if I am Jewish or not. But I am not,’ tennis champ tells the Times of Israel, quashing speculation over a converse heritage NEW YORK — Fans gathered Thursday evening at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York… Read more...

Aug302013
Jewish tennis player draws attention at the US Open
August 30, 2013

With a cadre of middle-aged Jewish male fans, feisty Sharon Fichman is hopeful for her upcoming women’s doubles match FLUSHING MEADOWS, New York — On the court at the US Open in Flushing Meadows, 22-year-old Canadian Sharon Fichman is a hard-hitting, feisty, grunting right-handed… Read more...

Aug282013
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...

Aug32013
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...

Jun172013
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...

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