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Detroit Tigers roaring with Jewish duo

Detroit Tigers roaring with Jewish duo

BALTIMORE — The rarity arose in the initial meeting of first-year Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and his second baseman Ian Kinsler, newly traded from the Texas Rangers: a Jewish player reporting to a Jewish manager.

Ausmus was “raised the same way I was,” Kinsler learned, with an upbringing in which Judaism “wasn’t something that was completely ingrained in our lives,” the 31-year-old Arizona native said in his pronounced Texas twang.

The chat also covered Ausmus’ experiences piloting Israel’s World Baseball Classic entry in 2012, his only previous managerial job.

Both have settled in quickly in Detroit, helping to lift the Tigers to the best record in Major League Baseball as of last weekend.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 May 2014 13:53 )

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Once fixtures at Wrigley Field, Orthodox Jewish vendors are dwindling

Once fixtures at Wrigley Field, Orthodox Jewish vendors are dwindlingCHICAGO — Longtime fans of the Chicago Cubs know there are a few mainstays they can expect when they visit Wrigley Field: ivy on the outfield walls, a strict no-wave policy rigorously enforced by fans and, most days, disappointing play by the hometown team. But there’s one little-known quirk at Wrigley that appears to be fading away as the ballpark, which celebrated its 100th anniversary last week, enters its second century: the numerous Orthodox Jewish vendors who sell food and drinks in t...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 May 2014 12:46 )

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Gary Rosenthal’s Judaica

Gary Rosenthal’s Judaica WHEN Gary Rosenthal began his career as a sculptor in 1974, Shabbat candlesticks and menorahs were usually made of brass, silver or the predictable Israeli blue patina — and strictly functional. Same thing with mezuzzot and seder plates. A Havdalah set? What was that? And Rosenthal himself was simply a budding sculptor with no particular bent to his work. He created sculptures that reflected hobbies, trophies and awards. His largest account at the time, though, was the Kennedy Center in Washi...
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Wronged Olympians to get their due

Wronged Olympians to get their dueBALTIMORE — Nancy Glickman was a teenager when she heard the story about her father at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin: Marty Glickman and another Jewish sprinter, Sam Stoller, were replaced as members of the 400-meter relay team for the US squad on the morning of the event. Asking her father about the slight one night, he pulled out his uniform from the bottom drawer of a large dresser to display it. Right there, Nancy Glickman requested the item be bequeathed to her when he died. Marty ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 April 2014 08:35 )

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Globetrotters, Jewish history, artist memoir

Globetrotters, Jewish history, artist memoir PASSOVER 5774 EDITIONSECTION C PAGE 10 For the IJN Passover Edition, Chris Leppek reviews three new books: Thicker Than Paint, The Story of the Jews and The Legend of Red Klotz. MANY in Denver, especially members of this city’s arts and Jewish communites, knew Sandra Wittow as an artist of significant skill and unique vision. She exhibited in many venues, including many times in the Denver Art Museum, and although she never attained the status she aspired to — and probably deserved — ...
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Sole Israeli national on downed Malaysian airliner was son of evangelical Christian

Cnaan Liphshiz Born in the Netherlands to an Israeli father and Dutch mother, Ithamar Avnon volunteered for Israeli army duty, serving in Operation Cast Lead in 2009. ... [Link]

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Marcy Oster A strike on a hospital in Gaza City left at least three dead, while seven more were killed in a nearby park. ... [Link]

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