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A Bissele Baseball

08/02/2002
Staff Writer
The Elias Sports Bureau probably doesn't have this stat in its archives: the New York Mets are 4-1 in day games at Shea Stadium when "Take Me Out To the Ballgame" is sung in Yiddish and glatt kosher vendors patrol the stands. In other words, on Jewish Heritage Day. The Jewish Community Relations Council and the Queens Jewish Community Council cosponsored the event for the fifth year on Sunday, and the Mets won for the fourth time: 6-5 over the Cincinnati Reds.

Memories Of A Tragedy

08/02/2002
Staff Writer
Were you affected by 9-11? Do you have a poignant memory from the tragedy and its aftermath? Then the JCC in Manhattan wants to hear your story. To mark the first anniversary of the terrorist attack on America, the Upper West Side institution will hold "An Evening of Reflection and Hope" on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 6:30-8 p.m., at Symphony Space, Broadway and 95th Street. The event will feature New Yorkers reading their "thoughts, experiences, memories, sources of inspiration": with some music.

Tamir Takes Tel Aviv

07/26/2002
Staff Writer
'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."

A Gold Medal In Menschlichkeit

07/26/2002
Staff Writer
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.

Sour (Cream) End For Ratner's

07/12/2002
Staff Writer
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.

Accused SS Guard Leaves U.S.

06/28/2002
Staff Writer
Michael Gruber, who was accused of serving as an SS guard at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp in Germany during World War II, returned to Austria last week, two years after a Manhattan Immigration Court ruled that he should be deported. Gruber, 86, a retired auto body worker who lived in New City in Rockland County, is a native of Croatia with Austrian citizenship.

A Romantic Ring

06/21/2002
Staff Writer
Eyal Nayowitz was a member of the Torah Academy of Bergen County basketball team seven years ago, but he wasn't playing that October afternoon at Westchester Hebrew High School when he was introduced to Cheryl Bausk, a student at the Mamaroneck school. He was recovering from minor hand surgery; he showed up at the game as a spectator; his friend Elon Soniker thought Eyal and Cheryl might like each other. Soniker's judgment was good.

The Jewish MacArthur Award

06/21/2002
Staff Writer
Sometime next December, somewhere in the world, someone will receive an unexpected phone call with a reason to celebrate: actually, 100,000 reasons.

Helping Hand For Argentina

06/21/2002
Staff Writer
The last time Rabbi Daniel Goldman, spiritual leader of the largest synagogue in Argentina, came to New York, he spoke at a Congregation B'nai Jeshurun shabbaton, describing the deteriorating economic situation of Argentine Jewry. That was in early December, two weeks before Argentina's economy collapsed into a black hole of unemployment and looting. This weekend Rabbi Goldman returns to B'nai Jeshurun. And, said Rabbi Marcelo Bronstein, the synagogue's Argentina-born senior rabbi, "the situation is even worse."

Torah: Prescription For Health

06/14/2002
Staff Writer
First there was bad news, in a hospital, a few months ago: Yoav Aburas, 3 years old, had cancer. Then there was good news, in a dream: Yoav saw himself holding a white Torah scroll that would heal him. He told his parents. And he told them again. "Nobody listened because it was a dream," says Rabbi Simcha Scholar, executive vice president of Chai Lifeline, the organization for children with life-threatening illnesses that found a sefer Torah for Yoav two days after receiving his request.
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