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How a man named Macabi helps bring 21 new countries to the Maccabiah Games

How a man named Macabi helps bring 21 new countries to the Maccabiah Games

BALTIMORE — The first arrows Roxana and Rafael Gonzalez launch at the upcoming 19th Maccabiah Games will take flight from their fingertips, but also from Jeffrey Sudikoff’s imagination.

Roxana, 25, and Rafael, 24, are part of the first Cuban delegation to participate in the Maccabiah, a quadrennial sports competition that dates back to 1932. The siblings arrived July 3 in Israel from their native Cienfuegos to continue their archery training in advance of the games, which open July 18.

They and hundreds more athletes might never have reached Israel had Sudikoff not been at Ramat Gan Stadium for the opening ceremony at the 18th Maccabiah four years ago.

Sudikoff was struck then by the realization that Jews live in lands he didn’t expect. His “aha moment” came upon seeing Azerbaijan’s flag, which got him wondering which countries with Jewish populations did not send delegations to the games.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 July 2013 10:44 )

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What ‘World War Z’ says about Israel

What ‘World War Z’ says about IsraelHOLLYWOOD, Fla. — “World War Z” gives us the basics of a summer blockbuster — a star actor (Brad Pitt) and a far-fetched action-packed plot (hero races to stop virus that is turning all of humanity into zombies). So can’t we all just buy some popcorn, suspend our disbelief and enjoy the show? Well, no. The movie features another equally well-known newsmaker, if in this case less publicized: Israel. The zombie plague is spreading like wildfire, and Pitt’s character, Gerry Lane, a f...
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Barocas puts lacrosse on map in Denver, Israel

Barocas puts lacrosse on map in Denver, IsraelDID you know that lacrosse is the oldest sport in North America? Rooted in Native American religion, lacrosse was often played to resolve conflicts, heal the sick and developed strong, virile men. Lacrosse is still referred to as “the Creator’s game.” The first women’s lacrosse game was played in 1890 at the St. Leonard’s School in Scotland. It was not until 1926 that Rosabelle Sinclair established the first women’s lacrosse team in the US at the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore. Fas...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 June 2013 11:57 )

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‘Jew jokes’ — laughing with or at Jews?

‘Jew jokes’ — laughing with or at Jews?The goal of a comedian is to either make the audience cry or laugh. And everyone knows that a good joke always warms up the crowd. It gets people in a good mood. But what about Jew jokes? Jokes about big noses? Jokes about money? Jokes about the Holocaust? Joan Rivers, Jewish, host of Fashion Police on E!, made a joke about the Holocaust on the show in late February of this year. She said, “The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens” when describ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 June 2013 12:01 )

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Double wedding in Seattle caps rapper’s journey

Double wedding in Seattle caps rapper’s journeySEATTLE — Five years ago he was D-Black, a hip-hop artist rapping about the violence, gang activity and drugs of his African-American ’hood. Today he’s Nissim Black, an Orthodox Jew davening in a Sephardic shul in Seattle and writing songs he describes as rap-urban alternative that “speak a message of hope and inspiration.” The shift in his musical message will be on full display with his new album, “Nissim,” due for release July 16. Meanwhile, the changes in his personal life w...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 June 2013 11:58 )

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