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In Lacrosse, Israel is 7th in the world

In Lacrosse, Israel is 7th in the world

WINNING championships is nothing new for Yochanan Katz, midfielder for the Israeli national lacrosse team that competed last week in the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championships held in Commerce City, Colo.

During his first year playing high school lacrosse in Minnesota in the late 90s — on one of that state’s first six varsity teams — Katz’s talents contributed to his team taking the state championship.

A few years later, when he played as a starter for Colorado State University, Katz’s Rams earned three national championships.

Sadly, last week’s tournament at Dick Sporting Goods Park didn’t earn Israel the lacrosse equivalent of the World Cup — a narrow defeat at the hands of Australia on July 16 ended that dream — but the Israelis wowed the crowds nonetheless.

Last Updated ( Friday, 25 July 2014 04:34 )

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Zach Braff at Sundance: ‘Wish I Was Here’

Zach Braff at Sundance: ‘Wish I Was Here’ZACH Braff is unabashedly and proudly Jewish. One might not deduce that, though, from the caustic attitude toward organized Judaism expressed at the beginning of his new film, “Wish I Was Here.” In his second foray as director, a decade after the indie success of “Garden State,” Braff plays a chronically unemployed, 30-something Los Angeles actor with a devoted wife (Kate Hudson) and two children in Jewish religious school. Braff’s Aidan Bloom is avowedly secular — his father (Mand...
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Tel Aviv coach headed for NBA

Tel Aviv coach headed for NBAJERUSALEM — David Blatt, who guided Maccabi Tel Aviv to the Euroleague basketball championship, stepped down as the Israeli team’s coach to pursue opportunities in the NBA. Blatt made the announcement June 12 at a news conference in Tel Aviv. The Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly have contacted Blatt for their vacant head coaching post. New York, Minnesota and Golden State reportedly are interested in Blatt, who holds US and Israeli citizenship, to fill slots as an assistant coach....

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 June 2014 13:13 )

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Brazilian Jews see World Cup as a great Jewish opportunity

Brazilian Jews see World Cup as a great Jewish opportunityRIO DE JANIERO — When Argentina plays its opening-round matches in the World Cup, Mariano Schlez of Buenos Aires will be screaming his support from the stands. But taking in his home country’s matches in Brazil isn’t all that will be occupying Schlez for the first fortnight of the month-long soccer spectacle. Also filling his calendar are 14 “Jewish” events that he and his wife have organized in seven of the host cities. They include Shabbat evening prayers, beach soccer games leadi...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 June 2014 13:25 )

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Roth no longer an enfant terrible

Roth no longer an enfant terribleLOS ANGELES — “What is being done to silence this man?” an American rabbi asked in a 1963 letter to the Anti-Defamation League. He was talking about the novelist Philip Roth, whose early novels and short stories cast his fellow American Jews in what some considered a none-too-flattering light. Fast-forward half a century. On May 22, the writer whose works were once denounced as profane was honored by one of American Jewry’s sacred citadels: The Jewish Theological Seminary, Conservative...
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