Jewish athletes

2016 Olympics: Israel’s Largest-Ever Delegation Is Ready For Rio

08/04/2016 - 13:48

Rio De Janeiro – When the 2016 Olympic Games open here on Friday evening, Israel will proudly show off its largest delegation ever, with 47 athletes competing in 17 sports.

The Israeli delegation of Olympic athletes meeting with President Rivlin, front row, second from right, before departing. JTA

A Jewish Baseball Museum, At Last

03/29/2016 - 17:50

When Jews visit the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, they can learn about the only two members of the tribe who have been inducted into the hallowed museum: Hank “The Hebrew Hammer” Greenberg and Sandy Koufax.

Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg is among the major leaguers in new online museum. TSN Archives/Getty Images

Jewish Baseball Cards Go Global

03/11/2014 - 20:00
Associate Editor

There are few harbingers of spring more true than the appearance of the season’s first baseball cards — and all the more when every player’s card is a member of your team, as with the new 50-card set of Jewish Major Leaguer cards.

Card for Tigers’ new manager Brad Ausmus.

The Jewish Ponytail Seen Around The World

Figure skater Jason Brown is looking for gold in Sochi. And then he wants to go on Birthright.

02/03/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

A rising star at the junior level of American figure skating, Jason Brown, 19, was little known to most sports fans a year ago. “The average Winter Olympics fan couldn’t have picked Brown out of a lineup two weeks ago,” the social media website declared at the time. Brown himself gave little thought to qualifying for the U.S. team at the Sochi Games. Maybe he’d go to the Winter Games in 2018, or 2022.

Jason Brown: Has skated to sudden fame. Getty Images

A Super Bowl Winner Speaks

Lineman Alan Veingrad to discuss his religious journey at the Manhattan Jewish Experience.

01/20/2014 - 19:00
Jewish Week Correspondent

There are some things in life that money can’t buy. A Super Bowl victory is one of them. Undrafted out of East Texas State University and told he didn’t have the chops to make it in the NFL, Alan Veingrad became a starting offensive lineman for the Green Bay Packers and later won the Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys.

Alan Veingrad

Pew Has The Score: Red Sox Pitcher Is No Koufax

11/11/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

I am anything but objective when it comes to Red Sox baseball. A long-suffering fan since the days of Ted Williams, I rejoiced in the 2004 miracle comeback, the 2007 Series sweep, and, now, the thrilling 2013 turnaround.

Steven Bayme

New Painting Signed By 26 Jewish Baseball Players

10/15/2012 - 20:00

( -- In the midst of the Major League Baseball playoffs, an artist came out with a new lithograph painting that depicts 27 Jewish baseball players and contains the signatures of 26 of them — all except the late Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg.

A Strike For Perseverance

Add one more name to the list of Jewish baseball players who have had an at-bat in the major leagues.

One at-bat.

Adam Greenberg, arguably the most prominent Jew in sports in recent weeks, walked to home plate last week, bat in hand, for the first time in 2012. It was the first – and probably final – official at-bat of his pro career, on the penultimate day of the regular season.

Adam Greenberg: At-bat, finally

He-Brewer Ryan Braun Wins MVP Award

11/21/2011 - 19:00

Ryan Braun, the slugging outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers, became the first Jewish Most Valuable Player in nearly five decades.

Braun, the son of an Israeli-born Jewish father and a Catholic mother, was named the National League MVP on Tuesday. He received 20 of 32 first-place votes and 388 points in voting announced by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Los Angeles center fielder Matt Kemp was second with 10 first-place votes and 332 points.

Branca Headed For Jewish Sports Hall?

08/15/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The revelation that Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca has Jewish roots (his mother was Jewish, but he was raised Catholic) has created such a stir at the Suffolk Y JCC in Commack, L.I., that Branca will be considered for induction into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum housed there — albeit through the back door.

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