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Narron preps Israelis for World Baseball Classic

Narron preps Israelis for World Baseball Classic

PHILADELPHIA — Visiting Israel the past few winters to see his daughter and her family led to an unexpected job for Jerry Narron, a devout Christian and a baseball lifer: a coaching position for Israel’s team in the next World Baseball Classic.

In 2013, Callie Mitchell had just enrolled her son Aviel, now 5, in the Israel Association of Baseball’s T-Ball league and mentioned to the IAB president’s, Peter Kurz, that her dad is Narron, the bench coach for the Milwaukee Brewers and twice a big league manager.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 August 2015 13:00 )

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New book traces proud legacy of the Maccabiah

New book traces proud legacy of the MaccabiahWHAT DO basketball player and coach Larry Brown, swimmers Jason Lezak and Mark Spitz, and gymnast Mitch Gaylord have in common? They’re among a group of 25 individuals who have won medals in both the Olympic Games and the Maccabiah Games, as revealed in a chart at the back of Ron Kaplan’s new book, The Jewish Olympics: The History of the Maccabiah Games. While Spitz competed in the 1965 Maccabiah Games before winning nine Olympic golds (including seven in 1972 alone), Lezak first took part...
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Historical fiction: 'What if?' and 'faction'

Historical fiction: 'What if?' and 'faction' They say truth is stranger than fiction, and maybe that’s why the genre of historical fiction has always been captivating. It’s time travel mixed with fantasy, allowing the reader to experience a time period or major event in a personal way. Two books published this fall use the art of historical fiction to explore two major events of the 20th century. The Intermountain Jewish News reviews The Ambassador by Yehuda Avner and The Hours Count by Jillian Cantor, the first a counterfactual, as...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 July 2015 13:24 )

Two new books, exploring achievement and reflection

Two new books, exploring achievement and reflectionIn our July 17 edition, the Intermountain Jewish News reviews two recent publications, The Debate Over Jewish Achievement by Steven Pease and The Seven Good Years, a memoir by Israeli writer Etgar Keret. On the first book, an investigation into human accomplishment, Chris Leppek writes: “In a nutshell, Pease hypothesizes that centuries of hard-earned mental discipline through Torah, Talmudic and rabbinical studies uniquely prepared the Jewish mind for demanding tasks in realms beyond religion...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 July 2015 10:36 )

Kafka estate — via Brod — goes to Israel National Library

Kafka estate — via Brod — goes to Israel National Library  After decades of legal wrangling, on July 1 the Tel Aviv District Court awarded custody of the estate of Max Brod, Franz Kafka’s friend and publisher, to the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem. The court’s decision ended a longstanding dispute between Eva and Ruti Hoffe — the daughters of Brod’s secretary Esther Hoffe, whom Brod had left in charge of his estate upon his death in 1968 — and Israel’s National Library, which was suing for possession of the documents.  ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 July 2015 11:29 )

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Dutch store highlights Israeli settlement goods to protest separate labeling

Cnaan Liphshiz AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A store owned by Dutch Christian Zionists advertised to its customers products from Israeli settlements to protest an E.U. requirement that they be labeled separately. The Isra... [Link]

Police kill attacker at Ohio diner owned by Arab Israeli

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Police in central Ohio shot and killed a man who stormed into a restaurant owned by an Israeli Arab wielding a machete and randomly attacking patrons, authorities said. Four people were ... [Link]

U.S. experiment proves Einstein’s gravitational waves hypothesis

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Scientists for the first time detected gravitational waves hypothesized by Albert Einstein a century ago, in a landmark discovery that was said to open a new window for studying the cosm... [Link]

Terror attacks in Israel drop back to pre-escalation level

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — The number of terrorist attacks recorded in Israel last month decreased by 32 percent over December, bringing the total to a level that was last observed prior to September’s escalatio... [Link]

Sanders, Clinton clash over whether to establish ties with Iran

Ron Kampeas (JTA) — Bernie Sanders and Hillary Rodham Clinton sharply differed over whether to establish diplomatic relations with Iran. Meeting in Milwaukee Thursday night for the latest debate in the race... [Link]

American Jewish leaders meet with Egyptian president

Ben Sales (JTA) — Leaders of the American Jewish community met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo. During the two-hour meeting Thursday, the delegation from the Conference of President... [Link]

‘Son of Sal’ serial killer, who murdered two Jews, convicted

Ben Sales Salvatore Perrone killed two Jewish shopkeepers in 2012, and faces 75 years to life in prison. ... [Link]

Israeli mikvahs must allow non-Orthodox conversions, Supreme Court rules

Uriel Heilman (JTA) – In a landmark decision, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that mikvahs in the country must open up to non-Orthodox conversion rites. Until now, Israeli mikvahs have denied access for conversion... [Link]

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