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Oct92015
"Pan" screenwriter looks to Exodus for blockbuster's plot
October 9, 2015

NEW YORK – By age four, Jason Fuchs was a TV addict. But unlike most kids, he didn’t want to just sit in front of the boob tube, he wanted to be on it. “My parents would call out to me while I was watching, and I didn’t respond to anything. I remember pointing to the TV and saying, “I want to be… Read more...

Sep122015
Keeping it kosher on game day is no problem for US Open fans
September 12, 2015

NEW YORK — Sports fanatic Jeremy Posner and his wife Rabbi Paulette Posner have one rule for their three boys when going to a baseball game: “You can’t eat your hot dogs until you finish your ice cream.” Just because the Posners keep kosher — adhering to the Jewish… Read more...

Sep22015
High Holidays Inspiration from the US Open
September 2, 2015

The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York, home of the US Open, where more than 700,000 tennis fans will watch the top men’s and women’s players from around the world compete for a staggering $42,253,400 in prize money seems a very unlikely place for High… Read more...

Jan232015
The Sportswriter’s Dilemma
January 23, 2015

There is an unwritten rule that sports reporters simply do not root for a sports team or player while covering an event. Admittedly, this is difficult. A life-long Bostonian covering the Super Bowl February 1st in Glendale, Arizona may have a difficult time sitting poker-faced as Tom Brady and the… Read more...

Nov112014
Growth Continues in the Jewish Disabilities World
November 11, 2014

Two years ago, a delegation of Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) and Jewish Funders Network (JFN) members visited eight Jewish summer camps in the Northeast in three days. Despite their different locations (from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts), sizes, and movement affiliations, the camps had one… Read more...

Sep92014
Doubles partners smash prejudice as 1956 Wimbledon champs
September 9, 2014

Film screened at UK House of Commons show how a Jewish and a black player broke through the color barrier — and anti-Semitism — on the tennis court Although Angela Buxton applied for membership in the All England Lawn Tennis Club in August 1958, she is still awaiting a reply. Given… Read more...

Aug292014
Israeli tennis team upbeat as Davis Cup approaches
August 29, 2014

Dudi Sela updates on team composition and morale following his first round US Open win NEW YORK — Fans of Israel tennis gathered yesterday at the US Open to watch Israelis in action in back to back matches on court 13. Shahar Peer lost in three tough sets to Croation Mirjana Lucic-Baroni… Read more...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Jun22013
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...

Jun12013
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...

May312013
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...

Jan42013
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...

Nov302012
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...

Sep112012
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...

Aug292012
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...

Jul172012
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...

Jul102012
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...

Jun262012
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...

Apr52012
Why Jews Should Love Bruce Springsteen
April 5, 2012

Walking out of the Bruce Springsteen concert in Philadelphia last week, I heard a yalmuke-wearing teenager exclaim, “If Bruce Springsteen was a rabbi, I’d go to his shul [synagogue]!” The 62-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee had just delivered a three-hour… Read more...

Mar262012
Flat Stanley, Meet Chayim Yerushalayim!
March 26, 2012

Flat Stanley is the beloved “flat” character from the 1964 children’s book of the same title, written by Jeff Brown and illustrated by Tomi Ungerer. Every teacher and parent of young children know the story of Stanley Lambchop, who gets “flattened” in his sleep when a… Read more...

Mar12012
Casspi not cavalier about role as ‘Israeli ambassador’ in US
March 1, 2012

Omri Casspi on meeting up with Gilad Shalit, what it’s like to wear number 36, and life as the only Israeli playing in the NBA NEW YORK — Basketball player Omri Casspi achieved overnight rock star status in 2009 when he was drafted 23rd overall in the first round by the NBA’s… Read more...

Feb202012
People of the Books
February 20, 2012

“What’s the frummest book you sell here?” the customer asks Adam, the gregarious bookseller. “Do you sell Judaism for Dummies? asks a man, not appreciating the irony–he was asking hovering over books, just under the sign indicating he was in the “Scholarly… Read more...

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