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Hillel Kuttler, JTA

Alawite town, ‘forbidden city,’ attracts

Ghajar (pronounced RA-zhar) for decades was unusually cut off from the rest of Israel. Residents could come and go, but outsiders could visit only through prior...

Hispanic MLBers visit Israel to promote Christian-Jewish relations

MLB players Nelson Cruz, Cesar Hernandez and Jeimer Candelario were brought to Israel for a week by the Philos Project, a US-based nonprofit organization that promotes...

Astro Alex Bregman in action against the LAD Didgers during game seven of the 2017 World Series. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty)

Winning Alex Bregman looks forward to Astros’ season

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Sitting on a couch near his locker at the Houston Astros’ spring training facility here in mid-March, Alex Bregman is reflecting about an...

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft in Ramat Hasharon, Israel, June 15.

NFL Hall of Famers in Israel

RAMAT HASHARON, Israel — An Israeli soldier clapped football great and Vietnam War veteran Roger Staubach on the shoulder at a soccer field here, telling the 1963...

Alejandro Eskenazi, Havana native, now pitches in Israel. (Hillel Kuttler)

From Havana to coaching Israeli baseball

PASSOVER EDITION 5777SECTION C PAGE 12 TEL AVIV — Unlike the dangerous maritime escapes attempted by some of his fellow Cuban baseball players, the worst Alejandro...

Mark Wilf, a co-owner of the Minnesota Vikings, at the team's gigantic Nordic horn in its new $1.1 billion stadium. (Hillel Kuttler)

Vikings’ owner: Not your average philanthropist

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer stepped up to an 800-pound gjallarhorn and exhaled with all he had to launch the festivities that officially...

L-r: Auschwitz survivors Chaim Schwimmer, Mordechai Eldar, Hershel Herskovic

Three Auschwitz survivors find each other

BALTIMORE — For over six decades, Chaim Schwimmer has thrown a kiddush every Simchat Torah, but it’s not only to celebrate the joyful holiday. The food and the...

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...

‘Glass House’ saved 40,000 Hungarian Jews

NIR GALIM, Israel — On a recent afternoon in a museum in this moshav community near the port city of Ashdod, Hodaya Gadba held up a black-and-white photograph of a...

Cavaliers fire David Blatt, former Israeli coach

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers fired Israeli-American head coach David Blatt, who led the team to the NBA finals last season and to the best record in the Eastern...