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From Rangers fan to NHL top boss

From Rangers fan to NHL top boss

NEW YORK — In the late 1960s, Gary Bettman would finish classes at his Queens high school, take the subway to Madison Square Garden and whip out his student ID card to land a ticket for 50 cents to a New York Rangers game. He’d sit in the arena doing his homework until the game began and he would cheer on favorite players like Rod Gilbert and Eddie Giacomin.

Though the Rangers were a storied hockey club, Bettman was drawn to the newer franchises.

Growing up in a single-parent home, “I didn’t have the passing on of [fandom from] generation to generation that a lot of kids did, so I would tend to gravitate toward expansion teams so I would have instant history,” Bettman, the National Hockey League commissioner’s, told JTA in a telephone interview from his Manhattan office.

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After Anatevka: Tevye in Palestine?

After Anatevka: Tevye in Palestine?THIS YEAR is the 50th anniversary of the play, “Fiddler on the Roof.” Originally, the composer (Jerry Bock), and lyricist (Sheldon Harrnick) wanted to make a different musical, one based on Shalom Aleichem’s “Wandering Stars.” They decided that story required too many characters so they decided instead to write about Tevye the Dairyman. Most people probably know that Shalom Aleichem created the Tevye character; what they may not know (I didn’t until I read a collection of his stori...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 January 2015 14:10 )

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Merging sports with charity

Merging sports with charityBALTIMORE — At the first Detroit Tigers game he attended, in 1940, Bob Matthews saw slugging first baseman Hank Greenberg play. Now a retired orthodontist living in Farmington Hills, Mich., Matthews can gaze each day at his hero’s image on visits to the JCC of Metropolitan Detroit in nearby West Bloomfield. On a wall by the facility’s fitness room hangs a framed print showing a baseball field’s dugout and a “team” of uniformed Jewish players surrounding a bat-gripping Greenberg. T...
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Colorado Rockies at IJN awards ceremony

Colorado Rockies at IJN awards ceremonyThe winners of the 28th annual Intermountain Jewish News Doris Sky Chanukah Coloring Contest will receive framed certificates and accolades with the assistance of two special guests: Colorado Rockies great Vinny Castilla and Rockies mascot Dinger. The awards ceremony will take place Monday, Dec. 22, 2 p.m. in the lobby of Children’s Hospital Colorado, where the winning entries have been on display since they were announced and published in the IJN’s Dec. 12 Chanukah edition....
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C(h)lassi(di)c klezmer

C(h)lassi(di)c klezmer CHANUKAH EDITIONSECTION D PAGE 6 The title of Burning Bush’s recent release, “Klezmer and Hassidic Music,” probably won’t win any creativity awards. But it would be a mistake to judge this album solely by its name. Considering the timing, Britain’s most widely acclaimed Jewish ensemble could have gone for an attention-catching, seasonal “Chanukah lieder.” Yet that wouldn’t be accurate, because though it may be bland, the broad title does reflect the album’s contents....

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 December 2014 13:34 )

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Security consultants warn Jewish institutions on cyberattacks

Ron Kampeas The security arm of the national Jewish community urged Jewish organizations to review cyber security measures after a number of attacks. ... [Link]

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Ron Kampeas President Obama nominated Adam Szubin to be the top Treasury official monitoring sanctions compliance. ... [Link]

Vandals rip Holocaust sign in Upper Nyack

Ron Kampeas Vandals ripped down a Holocaust commemoration sign in Upper Nyack, N.Y. ... [Link]

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Gabe Friedman The IDF clashed with Palestinian protesters in the West Bank during the annual Palestinian Prisoners Day demonstrations. ... [Link]

WJC Latin America opens website to combat Holocaust denial

Cnaan Liphshiz The moves are designed to curb the proliferation of revisionism in Spanish-language cyberspace. ... [Link]

Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher gave their third baby quite a name

Gabe Friedman The Baron Cohen newborn’s name has far more than just a Jewish component. ... [Link]

Brooklyn Jewish landlords arrested for harassing tenants

Gabe Friedman Brothers Joel Israel, 34, and Aaron Israel, 37, pleaded not guilty to charges of fraud, burglary, grand larceny, submitting false documents and unlawful eviction, among others. ... [Link]

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