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  • Jim Fleischer, CEO of AEPi, dies at 52

    Bob Jacob|Oct 22, 2021

    (Cleveland Jewish News via JTA) - Jim Fleischer, a Canton, Ohio native who served as CEO of the historic Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi since June 2018, died from cancer on Saturday. He was 52. In a statement posted on its website, AEPi said, "Jim fought a courageous battle against cancer for the last three years, but the fight was too much and he passed away yesterday evening surrounded by his family and fraternity brothers." Fleischer graduated from Kent State University in 1993 with a...

  • Ohio man arrested after threatening to shoot up JCC

    Bob Jacob|Aug 30, 2019

    (CJN via JNS)—A New Middletown Village man was arrested on Aug. 17 after police said he made a threat toward the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown, Ohio. James Reardon, Jr., 20, is being held in Mahoning County Jail in Youngstown on telecommunications harassment and aggravated menacing charges, according to two Youngstown television stations. New Middletown Police Chief Vincent D’Egidio said Reardon posted a video July 11 on Instagram of a man shooting a semi-automatic rifle with sirens and screams in the background with the caption: “Po... Full story

  • Two decades before Cleveland's first NBA title, LeBron James walked onto a JCC court

    Bob Jacob and Ed Wittenberg, Cleveland Jewish News JNS.org|Jul 1, 2016

    The seed for the city of Cleveland's first professional championship in a major sport in 52 years may have been planted at the Shaw Jewish Community Center on White Pond Drive in Akron, Ohio, nearly 20 years ago. That's when a tall, lanky kid from Akron named LeBron James walked onto the hardwood court and changed the game of basketball forever. Coach Keith Dambrot, now the head basketball coach at the University of Akron, conducted those sessions that attracted between 50 and 100 players.... Full story

  • Coach David Blatt's NBA hiring hailed as 'incredible' for Jewish community

    Bob Jacob, JNS.org|Jul 11, 2014

    The National Basketball Association's (NBA) Cleveland Cavaliers looked near and far during a five-week stretch for a head coach, and they finally found their man-in Israel. David Blatt, who coached Maccabi Tel Aviv to the Euroleague and Israeli league basketball championships this year, struck a deal to become the 20th coach in the history of the Cavaliers. The selection was immediately celebrated by basketball players Tamir Goodman and Mark Sack, both from the Cleveland area, and one of... Full story

  • Boston Marathon bombings: Jewish runner recounts 'gruesome day'

    Bob Jacob, Cleveland Jewish News JNS.org|Apr 19, 2013

    Kevin Goodman’s second Boston Marathon will be one he will never forget. That’s because just about 60 minutes after he concluded the race, two explosions rocked the finish line. “It’s a gruesome day,” Goodman, who lives in Cleveland, told the Cleveland Jewish News from the Fairmont Copley Hotel, where he was staying in Boston. “I was in the hotel when the explosions went off. The explosions happened about an hour after I finished. I was in the hotel recovering (from the race). I went outside to see the sights. It was gruesome. A lot of bloo... Full story

  • For Naama and Toledo, it's been a love affair

    Bob Jacob, Cleveland Jewish News|Apr 12, 2013

    The love affair between Naama Shafir and the city of Toledo, Ohio, began five years ago. That’s when the 18-year-old girl from Hoshaya, Israel, packed her bags and went to the Glass City. She knew no one there and knew little English. Little did she know that she would emerge as the greatest player in Toledo women’s basketball history. So, how did Shafir arrive from that tiny community of about 350 families halfway between Haifa and Tiberius to the city of Toledo, with its more than 250,000 res... Full story