Intermountain Jewish News

Dec 01st


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.


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 )


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...

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....

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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Gabe Friedman Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, said in a Facebook post announcing the birth of their daughter that they will give away 99 percent of their shares. ... [Link]

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Ron Kampeas With erstwhile allies Russia and Turkey quarreling, any Israeli schadenfreude is likely tempered by other emotions. ... [Link]

95-year-old Auschwitz paramedic ruled fit to stand trial

Julie Wiener A German higher court overruled a lower court decision that Hubert Z., who is accused of being an accessory in the murder of at least 3,681 people at the Nazi camp, was too frail for trial. ... [Link]

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Ben Sales In an announcement timed to World AIDS Day, the IDF said treatment advances and the low risk of contagion led to the policy change for non-combat positions. ... [Link]

Reese Witherspoon producing film on Barbie’s Jewish creator

Julie Wiener The film is an adaptation of a 2010 book about Ruth Handler, who co-founded Mattel and developed its best-selling Barbie doll. ... [Link]

Judaica store manager assaulted outside Manhattan shop

Julie Wiener An African-American man who claimed to be Muslim reportedly struck the West Side Judaica employee in the face while yelling “F*** the Jews.” ... [Link]

With Israeli-EU relations strained, Netanyahu looks toward Asia

Ben Sales The prime minister’s warm embrace of his counterpart in India reflects a warming between Israel and Asia’s most powerful countries. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: Israel, a ‘green’ pioneer, is now falling short

Gabrielle Birkner As part of the Jewish state’s delegation at the Paris climate conference, I want to wave the flag of the ‘start-up nation.’ But as a Jew, I know Israel is lagging, writes a solar energy activist... [Link]

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