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Ex-WNBA chief Donna Orender cheers NBA breakthrough on women

Ex-WNBA chief Donna Orender cheers NBA breakthrough on women

BALTIMORE — As a former WNBA president who played in what is considered the first US professional basketball league for women, Donna Orender has been eager for a trailblazing female to join the National Basketball Association in a prominent role.

So she was plenty pleased last week when the world champion San Antonio Spurs hired Becky Hammon, a point guard with the WNBA’s Stars of the Texas city, as a paid assistant coach — a first in NBA history.

“Becky’s a special woman, a great player, a student of the game,” Orender said last week of the veteran backcourt ace. “I always thought that the real breakthrough would be a woman coaching in the NBA because it would indicate a real level of respect. I was always waiting for it.”

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Pat Bowlen — consistent from the beginning

Pat Bowlen — consistent from the beginningEditor’s note: In light of the announcement last week that Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has stepped down from the operations of the franchise due to Alzheimer’s, we reprint this interview with him conducted by IJN Sports Editor Gerald Mellman. The interview appeared in the IJN, June 23, 1989, and is remarkable for its consistency with so much of what has been written about Bowlen since he announced his illness. BRONCOS owner Pat Bowlen, who also doubles as the president and chief execut...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 July 2014 14:51 )

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In Lacrosse, Israel is 7th in the world

In Lacrosse, Israel is 7th in the worldWINNING 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 ...

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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Israel to allow tougher interrogation of Jewish terrorism suspects

Julie Wiener The country’s interior security minister said the security Cabinet had deemed “any method” of interrogation “kosher,” ... [Link]

Shin Bet sees Jewish terrorist network as likely culprit in Duma attack

Julie Wiener The network, which has been operating since 2013, seeks to bring down the Israeli government and replace it with a Jewish theocracy, the security agency said. ... [Link]

For first time in 100 years, outsider tapped to lead Looksteins’ N.Y. shul

Uriel Heilman With Rabbi Haskel Lookstein set to retire, Kehilath Jeshurun is turning to a longtime Montreal spiritual leader to lead the storied modern Orthodox synagogue. ... [Link]

Palestinians file report with ICC over firebombing that killed baby

Marcy Oster A report on the attack and a rise in violence by Jewish settlers against Palestinians also has been filed with the United Nations Human Rights Council. ... [Link]

Study: N.Y., Boston and Miami are America’s 3 most Jewish cities

Uriel Heilman The most Jewish states? New York and New Jersey, at 6 percent of all residents. ... [Link]

Investigating West Bank firebombing, Shin Bet arrests Kahane grandson

Julie Wiener Meir Ettinger, 24, tops the Shin Bet’s list of most wanted Jewish criminals and is believed to head a Jewish terrorist group. ... [Link]

Rabbis, imams pray together for Palestinian 4-year-old’s recovery

Marcy Oster The initiative began with a conversation on the need for strong condemnation from both sides of terror incidents and a need for enhanced interreligious dialogue beyond times of crisis. ... [Link]

‘Skin Wars’ contestant Avi Ram brings Israeli army training to body painting

Molly Tolsky The 29-year-old told JTA that painting naked bodies on U.S. reality TV is no sweat after being a soldier and struggling artist in Israel. ... [Link]

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