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Israeli non-sports fan designs the gift for Manny Rivera

Israeli non-sports fan designs the gift for Manny Rivera

BALTIMORE — Needing a gift for retiring New York Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera, the Baltimore Orioles pitched their idea for a sculpture to the Israel-born artist Omri Amrany.

No surprise there, even though Amrany knows nothing about baseball. The 59-year-old Amrany, now living in the Chicago area, has become the go-to guy for sculptures of athletic giants.

A week after the Orioles put in their request, they had their gift for Rivera, who retired last week after a record-breaking career with the Yanks.

The work was presented to Rivera during an on-field ceremony on Sept. 12 by Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who coincidentally was the pitcher’s first skipper in 1995 with the Yankees.

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From Hebrew school to Hollywood: ‘Jewtopia’

From Hebrew school to Hollywood: ‘Jewtopia’“JEWTOPIA,” the new comedic film directed by co-writer Bryan Fogel and based on the long-running theatrical hit, appeals to a much wider audience than the title suggests, according to producer Courtney Mizel. Mizel feels the movie version of the off-Broadway play penned by Fogel and writing partner Sam Wolfson demonstrates that Jewish stereotypes describe non-Jewish families as well. “A strong mother figure; the pressure for kids to succeed; marrying within one’s own religion; the sens...

Last Updated ( Monday, 30 September 2013 13:45 )

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Nate Freiman’s big year: first Israel, now Oakland

Nate Freiman’s big year: first Israel, now OaklandBALTIMORE — Last September, first baseman Nate Freiman was doing his best to help Israel secure a spot in the World Baseball Classic. Despite some super hitting from the towering slugger, the team fell short. Fast forward a year. Freiman, 25, now finds himself in another playoff chase. Only this time it’s as a rookie in the big leagues, splitting time at first base for the Oakland Athletics. Playing for the A’s has been “an amazing experience,” Freiman said in a locker room interview...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 September 2013 10:42 )

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‘When comedy went to school’ investigates the secret of the Catskills

‘When comedy went to school’ investigates the secret of the CatskillsTO everyone under 40, and anyone outside of New York, the popular Catskills summer resorts of the mid-20th century must seem as distant, obscure and foreign as the Yiddish theatre. Both institutions were important signposts in the history of Jews in America. Now, both belong more to the past than the present. “When Comedy Went to School,” a new documentary by Mevlut Akkaya, Ron Frank and Lawrence Richards, picks a particular entry point to revisit the heyday of Grossinger’s and the many ...

Last Updated ( Monday, 09 September 2013 11:05 )

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Hiking through Israel at 63, feeling the footprints

Hiking through Israel at 63, feeling the footprints ROSH HASHANAH EDITIONSECTION D PAGE 10 AFTER miles of climbing the jagged edge of Israel’s Karbolet Mountain, wilting from the vertical and melting in 98-degree desert heat, we held the treasure map in our trembling fingers. This was not a map to Roman ruins or a friendly hikers’ hut, though there were plenty of those on our 600 mile route through the “Shvil.” What we sought was far more precious: Bottles of water, left by our outfitters, buried in sand as protection from desert pira...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 August 2013 11:40 )

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State Dept. designates Gaza-based council a terrorist group

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Barrage of rockets strikes Israel as bomb shelters ordered open

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