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 By Bob Jacob    News    August 30, 2019

Ohio man arrested after threatening to shoot up JCC

(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...


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

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...

 By Bob Jacob    News    July 11, 2014

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

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...

 By Bob Jacob    News    April 19, 2013

Boston Marathon bombings: Jewish runner recounts 'gruesome day'

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...

 By Bob Jacob    Features    April 12, 2013

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

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...


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