Intermountain Jewish News

Oct 03rd


Israelis cycle in USA's top race — in Colorado

Israelis cycle in USA's top race — in Colorado

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — As Israeli bicyclist Yoav Bear sped through the end of Stage 2 of the USA Pro Challenge race at nearly 11,000 feet of elevation in the Colorado Rockies, he thrust his water bottle into the hand of a young spectator clutching an Israeli flag.

Bear’s gesture made the day, if not the vacation, of the 13-year-old bystander, Ilai Engelhardt, a resident of the northern Israeli town of Avtalion who loves competitive cycling.

On Aug. 18, his American uncle and aunt had brought Ilai to the race, which aims to be America’s version of the Tour de France and runs for a week every summer.

Bear said that seeing an Israeli flag along the route warmed his heart.


Narron preps Israelis for World Baseball Classic

Narron preps Israelis for World Baseball ClassicPHILADELPHIA — Visiting Israel the past few winters to see his daughter and her family led to an unexpected job for Jerry Narron, a devout Christian and a baseball lifer: a coaching position for Israel’s team in the next World Baseball Classic. In 2013, Callie Mitchell had just enrolled her son Aviel, now 5, in the Israel Association of Baseball’s T-Ball league and mentioned to the IAB president’s, Peter Kurz, that her dad is Narron, the bench coach for the Milwaukee Brewers and twice a...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 August 2015 13:00 )


New book traces proud legacy of the Maccabiah

New book traces proud legacy of the MaccabiahWHAT DO basketball player and coach Larry Brown, swimmers Jason Lezak and Mark Spitz, and gymnast Mitch Gaylord have in common? They’re among a group of 25 individuals who have won medals in both the Olympic Games and the Maccabiah Games, as revealed in a chart at the back of Ron Kaplan’s new book, The Jewish Olympics: The History of the Maccabiah Games. While Spitz competed in the 1965 Maccabiah Games before winning nine Olympic golds (including seven in 1972 alone), Lezak first took part...

Historical fiction: 'What if?' and 'faction'

Historical fiction: 'What if?' and 'faction' They say truth is stranger than fiction, and maybe that’s why the genre of historical fiction has always been captivating. It’s time travel mixed with fantasy, allowing the reader to experience a time period or major event in a personal way. Two books published this fall use the art of historical fiction to explore two major events of the 20th century. The Intermountain Jewish News reviews The Ambassador by Yehuda Avner and The Hours Count by Jillian Cantor, the first a counterfactual, as...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 July 2015 13:24 )

Two new books, exploring achievement and reflection

Two new books, exploring achievement and reflectionIn our July 17 edition, the Intermountain Jewish News reviews two recent publications, The Debate Over Jewish Achievement by Steven Pease and The Seven Good Years, a memoir by Israeli writer Etgar Keret. On the first book, an investigation into human accomplishment, Chris Leppek writes: “In a nutshell, Pease hypothesizes that centuries of hard-earned mental discipline through Torah, Talmudic and rabbinical studies uniquely prepared the Jewish mind for demanding tasks in realms beyond religion...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 July 2015 10:36 )

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In 2nd Jerusalem stabbing in hours, Israeli teen wounded

Marcy Oster The 15-year-old victim was taken to the hospital with wounds to his chest and back; two Israeli men were stabbed to death nearby. ... [Link]

New microbrew made from Boston river water — with Israeli tech

Andrew Tobin Desalitech president Nadav Efraty said helping to produce the beer is part of his company’s mission to better the environment. ... [Link]

Malaysian PM cites Jewish sage in defense of Muslim right to Temple Mount

Ron Kampeas The Malaysian prime minister said the Golden Rule could bring Muslims and Jews together. ... [Link]

Jewish doctor’s murder case featured in hourlong ’48 Hours’ episode

Julie Wiener Called “The Doctor’s Daughter,” the show about Dr. Robert Neulander of Syracuse, New York, is scheduled to broadcast nationally on Saturday night. ... [Link]

Netanyahu and Abbas agree: Blame the UN

Ben Sales Speaking to the U.N. General Assembly, the Israeli prime minister and Palestinian Authority president both accused the world body of neglecting them. ... [Link]

Pink Floyd founder: Bon Jovi stands with ‘settler who burned the baby’

Julie Wiener Waters has published similar open letters in Salon to other performers with Israel gigs , including Dionne Warwick, the Rolling Stones and Robbie Williams. ... [Link]

Klezmer musician honored at Library of Congress

Ron Kampeas Michael Alpert was among 15 artists recognized in Congress on Thursday as 2015 National Endowment of the Arts fellows. ... [Link]

Kanye West’s Israel performance was bizarre

Gabe Friedman The rap star garnered a large, enthusiastic crowd outside Tel Aviv but performed alone to a soundtrack on a massive stage. ... [Link]

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