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Oldest (Local) Maccabiah Athlete Tells All

07/08/2005
Staff Writer
A friend of Charles Coates at the University of Illinois had some interesting news in early 1935. "Chuck, they're having a track meet in Palestine," Coates' buddy said. Coates, a sprinter since his elementary school and high school days in New York City, hadn't heard of the second Maccabiah Games. But an all-expenses-paid trip overseas sounded exciting.

A Tall Tale Of Love

07/08/2005
Staff Writer
Audrey and Bruce Carlson of Newington, Conn., traveled to Chile at the end of 2003 to watch some basketball. Their daughter, Leslie, was a member of the U.S. open women's basketball team in the 10th Pan American Maccabi Games. Leslie's parents also went as scouts. "They came to Chile to find me a Jewish husband," she said. Leslie didn't need their help. A resident of the Upper East Side and a graduate of George Washington University, which she attended on a basketball scholarship, Leslie is returning to Maccabi competition next week.

Orange Humor Not Blue

06/24/2005
Staff Writer
It looked like a rough night for orange at The Yellow Submarine. Monday was stand-up comedy night at the hip musical club in Jerusalem's Talpiot neighborhood. In the audience (most of the 130 plastic seats were filled) were the "Anglos," English-speaking Israelis and tourists, many of them religious Zionists. Onstage was Avi Liberman, a 33-year-old comic from Los Angeles. "I just fulfilled a dream of mine," he announced. "I bought an apartment in Israel." Applause. "It's in Gush Katif. I paid $35 for it." Laughter.

In The Bat Mitzvah Spirit

06/17/2005
Staff Writer
Among the concerns for the Lippmans of the Upper East Side in planning their daughter Juliet's bat mitzvah last fall was how to give the occasion some spiritual significance. "What should we do so it's not just a party?" Marie Lippman asked a friend, Rabbi Adina Lewittes of Tenafly, N.J., over lunch at a Midtown restaurant a few months before the bat mitzvah. Rabbi Lewittes answered by telling a story she had just read in Rabbi Daniel Gordis' on-line column from Israel.

Happy Campers, Unhappy Memories

08/14/2009
Staff Writer
Evyatar, a kindergarten student in Israel 13 years ago, sensed that something was wrong when neither of his parents picked him up from school. An uncle showed up a few hours later and told his nephew what had happened – Evyatar’s parents had been attacked by terrorists at an Israeli toy store; his father was dead, his mother injured.

Happy Campers, Unhappy Memories

08/14/2009
Staff Writer
Evyatar, a kindergarten student in Israel 13 years ago, sensed that something was wrong when neither of his parents picked him up from school. An uncle showed up a few hours later and told his nephew what had happened – Evyatar’s parents had been attacked by terrorists at an Israeli toy store; his father was dead, his mother injured.

Aid For IDF’s ‘Lone Soldiers’

08/14/2009
Staff Writer
Givat Olga, Israel — On a recent steamy Mediterranean day, a few hundred young Israeli soldiers, outfitted in their khaki dress uniforms, sat down for dinner in an air-conditioned hall at a small military rest-and-recreation center here. While some spoke in Hebrew, many held their conversations in English or Russian or Spanish, the languages of their homelands.

Aid For IDF’s ‘Lone Soldiers’

08/14/2009
Staff Writer
Givat Olga, Israel — On a recent steamy Mediterranean day, a few hundred young Israeli soldiers, outfitted in their khaki dress uniforms, sat down for dinner in an air-conditioned hall at a small military rest-and-recreation center here. While some spoke in Hebrew, many held their conversations in English or Russian or Spanish, the languages of their homelands.

Maccabi Games In The Swim

08/21/2009
Staff Writer
In 1990, a year out of the former Soviet Union, an unknown swimmer living in Los Angeles, Lenny Krayzelburg took part in the Maccabi Youth Games in Detroit. Today, at 33, Krayzelburg is a retired Olympian, winner of four Olympic medals. Today, he is still a Maccabiah athlete at heart. On Sunday he was a featured speaker at the opening ceremonies, above, held in Madison Square Garden, of the 2009 JCC Maccabi Games.

In The Bat Mitzvah Spirit

06/17/2005
Staff Writer
Among the concerns for the Lippmans of the Upper East Side in planning their daughter Juliet's bat mitzvah last fall was how to give the occasion some spiritual significance. "What should we do so it's not just a party?" Marie Lippman asked a friend, Rabbi Adina Lewittes of Tenafly, N.J., over lunch at a Midtown restaurant a few months before the bat mitzvah. Rabbi Lewittes answered by telling a story she had just read in Rabbi Daniel Gordis' on-line column from Israel.
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