8.19.16 Issue Rachel Martin, BBYO/Teen Program Director Team Omaha’s suitcases gained a lot of weight during our week in St. Louis at the 2016 JCC Maccabi Games July 31-Aug. 5 because of all the medals Omaha earned! Luckily, we flew Southwest for the free bags. Team Omaha is home with a total of 47 medals! […]

3.18.16 Issue by Gary Javitch and Howard Borden, for Henry Monsky Lodge The B’nai B’rith is pleased to announce that David Feherty will be the keynote speaker at its May 19 62nd Annual Omaha Charity Sports Banquet. “Over the years, our banquet has produced 62 memorable programs that showcased some of the biggest national names […]

3.4.16 Issue by David and Carol Alloy The Sigma Alpha Mu (ΣAM) Fraternity, Sigma Omicron (ΣO) Chapter at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln is back! The brothers of Sigma Omicron chapter kicked off our recruitment drive on Sept. 26, 2015, prior to the homecoming football game against Southern Miss. The alumni sponsored a tailgate […]

Palestinian driver who rammed Israeli police officers shot dead JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian driver who rammed his car into a group of Border Patrol officers in eastern Jerusalem was shot and killed by Israeli police. Two officers were moderately injured in the Wednesday morning attack in the Arab neighborhood of A-Tor, near the Mount […]

By Zachary Solomon (Jewniverse via JTA) — A “muskeljude” of the modern era, Dustin Fleischer wants to fight with the weight of history on his back — and in his fists. The “White Tiger” — so dubbed for his background in martial arts — is a rising star in the world of professional boxing. Fleischer […]

By Ben Sales TEL AVIV (JTA) — There were wings, beers, giant TV screens, and football fans wearing New England Patriots sweatshirts and Seattle Seahawks jerseys. If not for the fact that it was 1 a.m. and former Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid stood in the center of the bar, it could have been mistaken […]

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SAVE THE DATE FOR The Eddie Belgrade Memorial 3 ON 3 BASKETBALL CHALLENGE Sunday, March 29th Eddie Belgrade had a passion for the Jewish Community Center and for basketball. Eddie shared our vision of providing fun and exciting events for the entire community, which is why we are proud to honor him with the Eddie […]

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By Hillel Kuttler BALTIMORE (JTA) — Rabbi Daniel Alter expects some added fervency during daily prayer services at the Denver Academy of Torah in the days leading up to the Super Bowl. Alter, the academy’s head of school, recalls that when the Colorado Rockies faced the Boston Red Sox in the 2007 World Series, his […]

By Dawn Dellasanta-Swann/ Standing behind the podium of the 2013 NAACP Image Awards is a man in a tux with a red tie whose smooth, dark skin is stretched over a frame so long that it cannot fit through a standard doorway.   Behind the same podium, a woman comes up to maybe the bottom […]

  by Edgar Asher For the 20,000 participants in the 2013 Jerusalem Marathon the weather could not have been better.  Dry and cool conditions enabled many of the participants to run the course in record times.  Almost two thousand runners came from some fifty-two countries to participate in the various races.   The Jerusalem Marathon […]

By Chavie Lieber NEW YORK (JTA) — With consecutive quadruple jumps at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Max Aaron launched himself not only to a gold medal and a national championship. The 20-year-old Arizonan also joined the ranks of Jewish athletes who have made it big For Aaron, that was even more exciting than executing […]

By Chavie Lieber NEW YORK (JTA) — Every Sunday during the football season, a group of 30 diehard Jewish Baltimore Ravens fans suit up in purple pants, jerseys, socks, face paint and special Ravens tzitzit to watch the game together. If the game falls on a Saturday, the club gathers for a “purple Shabbos,” when […]

9.28.12 Issue by Rabbi James Greene My enjoyment of all things Nebraska has deep roots. My family came to Nebraska from Poland and Russia in the late 1800s and lived there for over 100 years. My grandmother, mother, and aunt are all graduates of the University of Nebraska. They raised me with a passion for […]

9.28.12 Issue Annette van de Kamp-Wright, Editor of the Jewish Press Russian Kettlebell is not a very well known sport. In fact, if you’ve never heard of it, you may be forgiven: the first Kettlebell instructor certification program in the United States was only developed in 2001. Kettlebells, also known as Gyria, were developed in […]

  By Hillel Kuttler BALTIMORE (JTA) – Tahl Leibovitz spent much of his adolescence riding New York City’s subways – not for transportation or because of the trains’ allure. The subways were where Leibovitz lived. A troubled home and problems at school got Leibovitz kicked out of both places. Daytime, he wandered. At night, he […]

  By JTA Staff (JTA) – The London Olympics may have “lit up the world,” as organizing committee head Sebastian Coe put it, but for Jews the 2 1/2 weeks offered healthy doses of frustration and glory. On the plus side, new medalists such as America’s Aly Raisman gained the spotlight with her grace, which […]

(JTA) — Offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz, a second-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns, started in the team’s first preseason game. The Browns defeated the Detroit Lions, 19-17, on Friday. Schwartz, a tackle from the University of California, Berkeley, was selected 37th overall in April’s draft. Browns head coach Pat Shurmur said at the time […]

  By Miriam Shaviv LONDON (JTA) — The president of the International Olympic Committee came under attack from successive speakers at a London memorial for the Munich 11. Jacques Rogge, who was in the audience on Monday night, was blamed for refusing to allow a minute of silence during the opening ceremony of the London […]

By Miriam Shaviv LONDON (JTA) — Was the only Israeli on the International Olympic Committee instrumental in stopping a tribute to the Munich 11 at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Games? In the past few weeks, a war of words has erupted between the official, Alex Gilady, and the families of the 11 […]

By Tom Tugend LOS ANGELES (JTA) — After a 64-year detour, Mitchell Flint, a former fighter pilot for the United States and Israel, has finally landed for the London Olympic Games. In the summer of 1948, Flint, with a four-year wartime stint as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot in the Pacific under his belt, graduated […]

By JTA Staff (JTA) – While both took to the podiums in London this week to receive medal, 18-year-old Aly Raisman’s Olympic star was rising as 36-year-old swimmer Jason Lezak’s appeared to be setting. Raisman, of Needham, Mass., helped Team USA take the women’s team gold on Tuesday — the first Olympic gold medal for […]

By Dan Goldberg SYDNEY (JTA) — Moments after Steven Solomon walked into Ramat Gan Stadium for the opening of the 2009 Maccabiah Games in Israel, the Australian teenager sent his parents a photo with a message describing how amazing it was to be at his first “Jewish Olympics.” Last Friday night, Solomon, now 19, marched […]

By Uriel Heilman The campaign for a moment of silence to honor the Munich 11 is one of those issues that politicians and Jewish organizations love to pile onto because it’s so unobjectionable. Who could be against commemorating 11 innocent Israeli athletes murdered during the 1972 Munich Olympics? It’s something that unites President Obama and […]

By Ben Sales RAMALLAH, West Bank (JTA) — A portrait of the two most prominent Palestinian leaders — current Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and former President Yasser Arafat, who died in 2004 — hangs in the conference room of the Palestinian Olympic Committee headquarters. The background of the portrait is a panorama of the […]

By Miriam Shaviv LONDON (JTA) — For Leslie Lyndon and the London Jewish community, it was a minor miracle. When Lyndon carried the Olympic torch through a north London neighborhood last week, it was more than representative of how Jewish Londoners have embraced the Olympic spirit. This was five years since Lyndon, at the age […]

JTA is following Jewish athletes competing at the Olympic games. The latest (in bold: athletes who qualified for the next rounds and are still in play): Monday July 30, Women’s Swimming Amit Ivri (ISRAEL) – 200m Individual Medley – Finished 5th in her heat and qualified for the semifinals – Finished 6th in the first […]