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May 25th


Jewish players in MLB starting line-ups

Jewish players in MLB starting line-ups

BALTIMORE — Will Joc Pederson rebound from his second-half struggle last season? Can Kevin Pillar build on his strong 2015 campaign? Will injuries derail one-time MVP Ryan Braun?

These are some of the questions to be answered as these Jewish players and others get set for the Major League Baseball season that opened this week.

Pederson (Los Angeles Dodgers), Pillar (Toronto Blue Jays) and Braun (Milwaukee Brewers) — all outfielders — are among the position players who will start for their teams.


Virtual museum is Jewish baseball nerd's dream

Virtual museum is Jewish baseball nerd's dreamCHICAGO — When Jews visit the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, they can learn about the two most celebrated members of the tribe who have been inducted into the hallowed museum: Hank “The Hebrew Hammer” Greenberg and Sandy Koufax. Now they’ll have the chance to find out about the dozens of other Jews who have played in the major leagues. Thanks to the effort of a dedicated memorabilia collector, clearly taking Theodor Herzl’s legendary words to heart — “If you will it, i...

Lex Luthor embraces Jewish culture

Lex Luthor embraces Jewish cultureLOS ANGELES — When the highly anticipated movie “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” opened nationally last week, several burning questions were finally answered. Among them: Which superhero is tougher? Does Wonder Woman hold her own? Does actor Jesse Eisenberg, who often plays characters of a more sensitive sort, pull off a convincing Lex Luthor?

Jew and Arabs, running together in Jerusalem marathon

Jew and Arabs, running together in Jerusalem marathonJERUSALEM — The Sixth International Jerusalem Marathon, one of Israel’s largest with some 30,000 participants from 65 countries, was held on Friday, March 18. Kenyan Kipkogey Shadrack won the men’s race with a time of 2:16:33, and fellow Kenyan Joan Jepchir beat out all other women with 2:38:30. Farther back in the pack, another group was also catching its stride: a unique team of Jewish and Arab runners in a display of coexistence.

Itzhak Perlman: The man behind the strings

Itzhak Perlman: The man behind the stringsSTAFFERS AT the Four Seasons Hotel, where celebrities assume false names to throw off the media and fans, reciprocate awed pleasure when you ask for Itzhak Perlman. “Of course, Mr. Perlman,” a front clerk beams. “I’ll have someone personally take you to the Elm Room.” The Intermountain Jewish News has arrived ahead of its noon appointment with the preeminent violinist. Downtown traffic is tricky, and time is limited. Perlman can give us only 20 minutes....

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