He didn't do laps at the Shorefront Y pool that morning : he was resting from an injury.
He didn't have his Olympic gold medals with him: they're back home in California.
But Lenny Krayzelburg, a swimming hero from the Sydney Olympics, brought his winning smile to Brighton Beach, and the members of the Y's Maccabi swim team were delighted.
For 90 minutes he shmoozed with the 60 young athletes, most of them, like him, with roots in the former Soviet Union. He answered questions. He autographed photos. He posed for pictures.
'Jordan haYehudi" is bringing his pinpoint passes to Israel.
Tamir Goodman, the Baltimore basketballer dubbed "the Jewish Jordan" by Sports Illustrated, has signed a three-year contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel's perennial championship team.
"The first thing that came to my mind was baruch Hashem [blessed is God]," Goodman, 20, told the Baltimore Jewish Times. "There is no other way to look at it. Without Hashem's blessing, this never would have happened."
Did an overly cautious pilot take security concerns to new heights? Or did a fuming Israeli official fly off the handle when the pilotís concerns were not addressed quickly enough?
What is clear is that the official, Alon Pinkas, Israel's consul general in New York, and his wife did not fly home from San Francisco last week on National Airlines, as originally scheduled. Although Pinkas refused through a spokesman to discuss the incident Monday, he told Israel-based reporters Sunday that the pilot would not allow him on the plane.
The oldest kosher restaurant in New York history will soon be history.
Ratner's, a center of gastronomic Jewish life on the Lower East Side since 1905, which added a non-kosher, open-on-Shabbat nightclub to its Delancey Street site in 1997 and turned its Sunday-morning brunch from kosher to "kosher style" two years ago, will close the restaurant (still called Ratner's) by the end of the year. The nightclub-lounge, named Lansky's for Meyer Lansky, the late Jewish gangster and one-time Ratner's customer, will likely remain open.
by Debra Nussbaum Cohen |
Since a spaceship orbits the earth once every 90 minutes, is an astronaut required to pray three times in each rotation, and observe Shabbat for an hour and a half after every six orbits, or nine hours?
Though they sound like details in a work of half-baked Jewish science fiction, they've become real questions as the first Israeli astronaut prepares to lift off on a NASA Space Shuttle mission.
How does the State of Israel figure into the crisis for the soul of Islam?
These questions are raised, and more importantly answered, in an important double edition of Bill Moyers' critically acclaimed "NOW" weekly news show airing July 12 on PBS.