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Jewish gridders gearing up for NFL campaign

Jewish gridders gearing up for NFL campaign

BALTIMORE — Blocking brothers, a college star seeking success in the pros, a fullback who hasn’t had a carry in four seasons and a couple of ace special teamers are among the Jewish players on NFL rosters as the league kicks off this week.

A punter may join the group after sitting out the preseason because of a personal issue.

Also, Marc Trestman is back for his second season as coach of the Chicago Bears after moving to the NFL following a stellar career on the sidelines in the Canadian Football League. The Bears finished 8-8 in his rookie campaign.

The National Football League season opened Thursday, Sept. 4 — not on Rosh Hashanah, like a year ago.

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From Bible heroines to Madoff, Rabins’ rock opera strikes new chord

From Bible heroines to Madoff, Rabins’ rock opera strikes new chordBERKELEY, Calif. — Plucking a violin on an empty stage, an animated scene of Manhattan skyscrapers scrolling behind her pregnant body, the musician, poet and Torah student Alicia Jo Rabins begins to sing what sounds like a mystical incantation of sorts. “Bring me your empty jar, I will fill it,” she intones. “Where it comes from, I can’t tell you, no one knows.” Inspired by the biblical story of the prophet Elisha, Rabins, 37, is musing in the broadest possible terms about the crim...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 September 2014 12:28 )

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The celluloid chasid helps Hollywood get chasidim right

The celluloid chasid helps Hollywood get chasidim rightNEW YORK — When it comes to chasidic characters in movies, film consultant Elli Meyer believes that the real deal trumps a random actor in costume. But that approach isn’t without its challenges. Meyer, a New York-based Lubavitcher chasid, recounted one occasion when he was hired to cast extras for a film but refused upon learning that shooting would take place on Yom Kippur. “Who told you to hire Jews?” one of the producers said, according to Meyer, though ultimately the shooting was...

Last Updated ( Friday, 29 August 2014 08:53 )

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Ex-WNBA chief Donna Orender cheers NBA breakthrough on women

Ex-WNBA chief Donna Orender cheers NBA breakthrough on womenBALTIMORE — As a former WNBA president who played in what is considered the first US professional basketball league for women, Donna Orender has been eager for a trailblazing female to join the National Basketball Association in a prominent role. So she was plenty pleased last week when the world champion San Antonio Spurs hired Becky Hammon, a point guard with the WNBA’s Stars of the Texas city, as a paid assistant coach — a first in NBA history. “Becky’s a special woman, a great pl...
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Pat Bowlen — consistent from the beginning

Pat Bowlen — consistent from the beginningEditor’s note: In light of the announcement last week that Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has stepped down from the operations of the franchise due to Alzheimer’s, we reprint this interview with him conducted by IJN Sports Editor Gerald Mellman. The interview appeared in the IJN, June 23, 1989, and is remarkable for its consistency with so much of what has been written about Bowlen since he announced his illness. BRONCOS owner Pat Bowlen, who also doubles as the president and chief execut...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 July 2014 14:51 )

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Pew survey: Americans think religious influence declining

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Backers of anti-Iran group create mirror group against violent Islamists

Uriel Heilman The Counter Extremism Project, which launched Monday, aims to expose the financial, ideological and recruitment architecture that supports Islamic extremists. ... [Link]

Detention facility for African migrants ordered shut

Marcy Oster Israel’s Supreme Court ordered the state to close the Holot detention center for African migrants. ... [Link]

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