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The By No Means All-Inclusive Mini Jewish Sports Round-Up

In honor of the great lefty Sandy Koufax and of great righty Hank Greenberg, I thought it would be fun today to give some shoutouts to some other Jewish athletes kicking it Greenberg-Koufax style, and a few other happenings in … Read More

By / September 19, 2007

In honor of the great lefty Sandy Koufax and of great righty Hank Greenberg, I thought it would be fun today to give some shoutouts to some other Jewish athletes kicking it Greenberg-Koufax style, and a few other happenings in the world of J-sports.

 

Shawn Green considers the way to do the High Holidays his way in this weirdly worded headline, but discussion-worthy article, and here we see a Q&A with BoSox first-baseman Kevin Youkilis about the decision he and outfielder Gabe Kapler made last year to go ahead and play on Yom Kippur. Jonah Keri's piece earlier this month in Salon.com highlights (or, chai-lights? Ba-dum-ching!) eighteen standout Jewish baseball players. Andre Tippet talks about conversion and football here (ha/oy, we see that word "ambassador" again), and Paul Lukas gave us this "kosher look" at Judaism in baseball back in April, giving mention to Mike "SuperJew" Epstein's glove-art.

Also, a few of you might remember Jewish Journal's piece last spring about Pesach V. NCAA. Another sports discussion-worthy tidbit lives right here, in the adventures of a Canadian Orthodox hockey player. Also let's revisit the story of karate champion, Sara Rivka Ernstoff, who refused the US's World Karate Championship trials twenty-five years ago.

 

In NY, Cablevision is adding a Jewish On-Demand channel which "will contain a mix of films, documentaries, talk shows, comedy, political commentary shows, cooking programs, sports, children's programs, and holiday specials all with a Jewish theme or connection" and the JNF of Greater NY issues a "My Bad!" after having to rescind a Playboy Mansion trip prize, auctioned off at a sports trivia night in Manhattan. Heading west to Ohio, the Shaw JCC in Akron is pretty excited to be hosting Maccabi Games in 2008 and heading way far away, the JTA reports a tiny bit about the Jewish sports festival held earlier this month in Moldova.

 

Israeli tennis duo Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich have started a Jewish Sports Foundation to "encourage young American athletes, will also aim to combat negative stereotypes about Jews’ athletic prowess." (Read the Jewish Chronicle piece here.) Speaking of negativity, remember last winter when Bahrain gave the boot to Mushir Salem Jawher for running the Tiberias marathon. Lastly, speaking of the marathon, registration for the Jerusalem half-marathon will open soonish for the March 2008 race.