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Seeking Kin: Without a trace - The saga of an incommunicado mom

The "Seeking Kin" column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. BALTIMORE (JTA) - The regular phone calls stopped, the letters went unanswered. For Lily Kraut, living in Judea and...

 
 By Hillel Kuttler    News    July 11, 2014

Here's a Moneyball maven striking it rich for athletics

BALTIMORE (JTA) – As director of professional scouting and baseball development for the Oakland Athletics, Dan Feinstein scouts amateur players, evaluates the organization's talent, is involved in...

 
 By Hillel Kuttler    News    June 27, 2014

At World Cup, Argentina couple kicking Jewishness into high gear

(JTA) – When Argentina plays its opening-round matches in the World Cup, Mariano Schlez of Buenos Aires will be screaming his support from the stands. But taking in his home country's matches in...

 

Seeking kin: A half-century later, phone and Facebook reconnect schoolmates

The "Seeking Kin" column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. BALTIMORE (JTA) – Judith Mertz still recalls plenty of the Indian words she learned from her friend Miriam El-Chai...

 

Seeking Kin: Old school-finding family through the phone book

BALTIMORE (JTA) – While visiting Israel in 2009 to watch his son Bruce coach the U.S. basketball team to the gold medal at the Maccabiah Games, Bernie Pearl perused local phone books. He spent an...

 

Seeking Kin: A Lower East Side synagogue stirs a Washingtonian's interest

The "Seeking Kin" column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. BALTIMORE (JTA)-On a recent visit to Manhattan, Michael Herman brought his wife and two daughters to a stone building at...

 

Moribund to magical? Wizards broadcasters reveling in NBA team's climb

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Most fans of the usually dismal Washington Wizards would be thrilled to be taking in the team's rare playoff run from a luxury suite. But Steve Buckhantz is used to watching the...

 
 By Hillel Kuttler    Features    May 2, 2014

Seeking Kin: Israeli hospital's roots leads to a humanitarian

The “Seeking Kin” column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. BALTIMORE (JTA)—The contemporary multi-building complex that is the ALYN Woldenberg Family Hospital in Jerusalem’s Kiryat Hayovel neighborhood had its roots...

 

Seeking Kin: In Berlin, giving wronged Olympians their glory

The "Seeking Kin" column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. BALTIMORE (JTA)-Nancy Glickman was a teenager when she heard the story about her father at the 1936 Summer Olympics in...

 

Maccabi Tel Aviv in the NBA? It may not be a hoop dream

BALTIMORE (JTA)-Maccabi Tel Aviv reportedly is heading back to the United States this fall for its first exhibition games against NBA teams in five years – but greater developments appear to be in...

 

Seeking Kin: For prewar Salonika student, the diploma's in the mail

BALTIMORE (JTA)-Sara Tivoli Cohen has thought occasionally over the years about the junior high and high school in Greece that she attended, not realizing she had yet to receive her diploma from the U...

 

Contrite Bruce Pearl brings his spirited style to Auburn basketball

BALTIMORE (JTA)-Shortly after assembling the players trying out for the American squad he'd be coaching at the 2009 Maccabiah Games, Bruce Pearl brought them to Sabbath evening services at the Heska...

 

Seeking kin: Across the ocean, a poignant end to an Israeli's search

The "Seeking Kin" column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. BALTIMORE (JTA)-All Zipora Saar had were some letters, names and pictures of American relatives she never knew, people...

 

Philly historian scores in bid to have NBA pioneer Eddie Gottlieb honored

PHILADELPHIA (JTA)-Celeste Morello isn't Jewish or a sports fan, and has never attended a professional basketball game. But a passion for history-particularly Philadelphia history-prompted her to...

 

Seeking Kin: A cookbook's jottings prompt a woman's search

The "Seeking Kin" column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. BALTIMORE (JTA)-The tattered book with the beige cover was just the sort of thing Tara Lotstein was looking to purchase...

 

Seeking kin: What's in a name? How about a family reunion

The "Seeking Kin" column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. BALTIMORE (JTA)-For Rich Lindemon III, the brunch for six that Benita Schwartzman hosted in her Baltimore townhouse was...

 

Ex-U.S. soldier, 96, engineering reunions of prisoners he helped free

BALTIMORE (JTA)-Even at 96, Frank Towers still recalls the stench of the prisoner train when its doors were opened nearly seven decades ago. "Not to be believed," he said. It was April 13, 1945, when...

 

Retiring London Fletcher lauds a Jewish couple for NFL success

BALTIMORE (JTA)-The rain dripping from his uniform provided an unceremonious end to London Fletcher's career as the Washington Redskins linebacker headed to the locker room following a recent road...

 

Seeking Kin: Preparing for a unique graduation in Salonika

BALTIMORE (JTA)-Scanning the list of students, Benny Natan wondered if he would recognize any names from his youth in Salonika, Greece. One of the 157 names jumped out: Nissim Tazartes. Natan, a...

 

At 91, Harvey Pollack is still NBA's leading scorer

PHILADELPHIA (JTA)-Fittingly, Harvey Pollack was the one who scribbled the number 100 on the most famous photograph in basketball history: Wilt Chamberlain holding the piece of paper signifying his...

 

Seeking Kin: Unraveling the mystery of the late Yehuda Cohen

BALTIMORE (JTA)-Wearing a black jacket and hat with a white shirt buttoned up to the neck, the bearded man sings of poverty and hunger, homelessness and being alone, a family lost. Yet through the...

 

From DP camp to baseball's official historian

CATSKILL, N.Y. (JTA) – The past escorts John Thorn home from the moment he greets a visitor at a 139-year-old railroad station, crosses the Rip Van Winkle Bridge and arrives at his residence, a...

 

Freshman nets free tuition with half-court heave

BALTIMORE (JTA)-The basketball goal that Ellen Schneeweis bought for her four sons as a Chanukah present in 2008 drew Andrew, the second oldest, to practice shot after shot. Some attempts came from a...

 

Ausmus catches MLB manager job

BALTIMORE (JTA)-Almost from the moment they met him, several officials and players with Israel's national baseball team said they saw manager Brad Ausmus headed for the major leagues. They cited his...

 

Seeking Kin: The quest to honor an Arab hero doctor

BALTIMORE (JTA)-For Carla Greenspan, the news was upsetting: A relative by marriage of the man who saved her mother's life during the Holocaust was spurning an award from Yad Vashem. "It's a sad...

 

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