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Ahmad Abughaush, the Palestinian Jordanian who won a gold in Taekwondo.

Palestinian wins Jordan’s first ever gold

RIO DE JANIERO (JTA) — Jordan won its first-ever Olympic medal — a gold — thanks to the performance of a Palestinian taekwondo fighter whose family left Israel 20...

Sagi Muki of Israel reacts after being defeated by Lasha Shavdatuashvili of Georgia in Rio. (David Ramos/Getty)

Israel snags bronze in judo

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Yarden Gerbi became the first Israeli to medal at the Rio Olympics, bringing home a bronze in the women’s 63-kg judo competition. Gerbi...

Amar'e Stoudemire when he was a Knick takes on the Rockets.(Scott Halleran/Getty)

Amar’e Stoudemire will play in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM — Amar’e Stoudemire, who retired from the NBA last week, has signed a two-year deal with the Hapoel Jerusalem basketball team. The team announced the deal...

Nate Ebner at a training session at the Olympic Training Center, July 14 in Chula Vista, Calif. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty)

Patriots Jewish players qualifies for Olympic rugby

NEW YORK — Nate Ebner of the New England Patriots has qualified for the US Olympic men’s rugby sevens team competing next month at the Rio Olympics, becoming the...

The Israeli delegation to Rio gathers for a farewell from President Reuven Rivlin. (Kobi Richter/TPS)

Israel heads to Rio

The Israeli Olympic and Paralympic delegations met on Wednesday, July 13, at the President’s Residence before departing to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil where they will...

The Jewish trio in charge of the Rio Olympics, l-r: Sidney Levy, Carlos Arthur Nuzman and Leonards Gryner.

Top officials at Rio Olympics are Jewish

RIO DE JANEIRO — Mazel tov! That’s perhaps how the big shots in charge of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, the first to take place in South America, will toast victories...

Noah’s ark heading to Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO — A Dutch Christian organization is planning to sail a “replica” of Noah’s Ark to reach Brazil during the Summer Olympics and the Paralympic Games in...

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...

Virtual museum is Jewish baseball nerd’s dream

CHICAGO — 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...

Jew and Arabs, running together in Jerusalem marathon

JERUSALEM — 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...