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Nov 28th


Tampa Bay Lightning's Jewish owner speaks

Tampa Bay Lightning's Jewish owner speaks

BALTIMORE — Jeffrey Vinik, the owner of the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lightning, is experiencing a first: his team playing in the Stanley Cup Finals, which opened June 3 in Florida against the Chicago Blackhawks. (Under previous owners, the Lightning won the Stanley Cup in 2004.)

As of press time, the Lightning was leading the series 2-1. Further games are scheduled for June 10, 13, 15 and 17, though the final two will only be played if necessary.

Last month, Vinik and his wife, Penny, contributed $1.5 million toward building a new JCC in Tampa.

Vinik, 56, spoke last week with JTA.


Are the NBA finals lose-lose for Blatt?

Are the NBA finals lose-lose for Blatt?NEW YORK — After the last game of an impressive series sweep of the Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt talked with broadcaster Ernie Johnson in front of an arena of joyous hometown fans. “So let’s be honest,” Johnson said. “This hasn’t always been easy this year, David. But to be standing here, going to the finals, just tell me how that feels to you tonight.” “Well, we’re in Cleveland,” Blatt said with a smile. “Nothing is easy here.”...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 June 2015 14:05 )


After decades of IOC silence, slain Israeli athletes get recognition

After decades of IOC silence, slain Israeli athletes get recognition“WE HAVE given the best years of our lives to remember — to remember the tragedy of what happened . . . Now we are starting to see some light from all of our efforts.” Such is the sentiment of Ilana Romano, widow of Israeli weightlifter Yossef Romano, who was murdered by Palestine Liberation Organization terrorists along with 10 other members of the Israeli Olympic team during the summer of 1972 Olympics in Munich, West Germany. That fateful event became known as the “Munich Massacre....

The Holocaust film that is upending the genre

The Holocaust film that is upending the genreNEW YORK — Given the long and storied history of the Holocaust film genre, it’s unusual for a new movie on the subject to be lauded as innovative. But the new film “Son of Saul,” the first by Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes, is being called just that. It also was one of the most widely talked about films at this year’s prestigious Cannes Film Festival, where it landed the Grand Prix award for second best film. (The French film “Dheepan” won the top prize, the Palme d’Or.)...

Bronco start date Rosh Hashanah

NEW YORK — On Rosh Hashanah, according to the liturgy, our fate is written in the Book of Life. But Jewish football fans may be missing something else: the NFL opening games they are missing. The 2015 NFL schedule was released on Tuesday, and the season kickoff is on Sunday, Sept. 13, which is the first night of Rosh Hashanah. The Denver Broncos will open their season at home that Sunday, against the Baltimore Ravens.
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