Dean Kremer Makes History As First Israeli To Sign An MLB Contract

His signing with the Dodgers, a team with a Jewish past, is a big step for Israeli baseball.

06/21/2016 - 16:44
Editorial Intern

A century and a half after Brooklyn’s slugging infielder-outfielder Lipman Pike made baseball history by becoming the sport’s first Jewish professional player, signing with the predecessor of the Brooklyn Dodgers, another Jewish athlete made athletic history last week. Dean Kremer, a California-born pitcher with Israeli parents, signed a $147,000 contract with the Dodgers.

Dean Kremer has been a standout pitcher the past three years for Israel’s national team. JTA

Singing Survivor To Perform National Anthem

89-year-old Holocaust survivor will sing the American national anthem at a Detroit Tigers baseball game

04/11/2016 - 16:30
Editorial Intern

Holocaust survivor Hermina Hirsch, 89, will get to cross something off her bucket list that few people can, performing the national anthem at a Detroit Tigers game. Hirsch was chosen to perform after a video of her singing the anthem was posted online by her granddaughter and subsequently went viral.

Hermina Hirsch singing the national anthem in the now-viral video (Screenshot: JTA)

Mets Vs. Cubs: The Most Jewish Series Possible

Is the Mets-siah upon us?

10/19/2015 - 20:00
Special to The Jewish Week

We are the quirky minority, a small segment of the overall population, trying hard to fit into the national landscape. We are overshadowed by the majority surrounding us, only able to come out of the shadows when things are particularly good. Even at those times we are ridiculed, without a retort except the knowledge that our day will come. We remember our past periods of glory, and pray every day for the next one to come speedily in our times.

Mets play the Cubs during the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Citi Field. Getty Images

A League Of Their Own

At a baseball game played by professionals, but not affiliated with the majors or the minors, you can just sit back and appreciate the beauty.

09/01/2015 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

It’s quite possible you’ve not heard of the Rockland Boulders baseball team. They’re not in the major leagues. They’re not affiliated with the minor leagues, either. They’re an independent professional team in the Can-Am (Canadian-American) League that calls Pomona, N.Y., in Rockland County, home. And as my hopes for the Baltimore Orioles making it to the post-season slowly fade amidst a succession of painful one-run and extra-inning losses, I’ve taken solace in — and my grandkids to — Boulders games in recent days.

Gary Rosenblatt

Pews Or Bleachers? A Yom Kippur Dilemma

With the Washington Nationals scheduled for the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, baseball fans are in a fix.

09/29/2014 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

The Lerner family, owners of the National League’s Washington Nationals baseball team, have spoken: they won’t be attending any playoff games that take place on Yom Kippur, they told the press last week. Taking after famed Jewish baseball player Sandy Koufax, they’ve decided the High Holiday is no time for games.

Sandy Koufax, famed Jewish baseball player, did not play in the 1965 World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur. AP

Oh To Be A Center Fielder

Although they rank high among Nobel Prize winners, Jews are not generally known for their athletics.  But as “Chasing Dreams” at Philadelphia’s National Museum of American Jewish History demonstrates, baseball has fielded its way through the American Jewish psyche, from its very beginnings. 

Omer Counter made of Louisville Slugger baseball bats. Keneseth Israel Congregation, Louisville, Kentucky.

Baseball Ingber Meets Rabbi Ingber

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'Heil Hitler' Among Graffiti Scrawled On Jackie Robinson Statue In Brooklyn

Act of hate a 'dagger' in America's heart, says Schumer.
08/06/2013 - 20:00

Sixty-six years after he broke the color barrier and began integration of major league baseball, Jackie Robinson is still facing bigotry.

A statue of the sports and civil rights legend, who spoke out strongly against anti-Semitism, was defaced outside MCU Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. Along with racial slurs, the graffiti on both the bronze statue and concrete base included swastikas and the words "heil Hitler."

In an undated photo, Jackie Robinson signs a then-record contract to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Getty Images

Talking Baseball

05/06/2013 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Like Yiddishkeit, baseball is never what it used to be, and what used to be is often different than remembered. Legend tells us that fans were most loyal and passionate in Brooklyn.

Did anyone love Jackie Robinson more, or Sandy Koufax even more? And yet, despite Brooklyn finishing first or second nine times, with four World Series appearances and a championship in the years after Robinson’s debut (1947), Brooklyn attendance plunged some 780,000 in the next decade. Meanwhile, Koufax, of course, the beloved Brooklyn Jew who was a well-known athlete in the borough, was the starting pitcher 13 times in Brooklyn home games, but the average attendance was a very modest 16,289, with several of his starts attracting anemic turnouts in the range of 6,000-7,000.

Baseball’s Jews are the topic of a panel at the 92nd Street Y. Above, Ryan Braun; left, Sandy Koufax.

A Homerun Of A Snack

Have an easy time making this salty street food in your own kitchen.
02/28/2013 - 19:00
Food & Wine Editor

There’s nothing I like more than biting into a soft, warm pretzel, (smothered in mustard) but rarely can I find such a treat outside of a ballpark or street vendor. Fortunately, Daphna Rabinovitch at The Kosher Scoop has an easy, quick and fun way to prepare this scrumptious snack at home. 

Soft pretzels fresh from the oven. Photo via
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