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Why a Bible-toting, onion-eating British officer remains a hero in Israel 75 years after his death

HOF HACARMEL, Israel (JTA)-Few non-Jews and even fewer British soldiers are regarded as highly in Israel as Orde Charles Wingate, a senior officer who became a legend here by shaping Israel's... Full story


The 'best football player who grew up in Israel' seeks a spot at US college

TEL AVIV (JTA)-In the summer of 2011, Yuval Fenta saw two guys tossing a football on the beach in Herzliya. He asked to participate. "You're too small," they responded. A dejected Fenta retreated, but... Full story

 By Hillel Kuttler    Features    May 4, 2018

Alex Bregman is baseball's next Jewish star

WEST PALM BEACH (JTA)-Sitting on a couch near his locker at the Houston Astros' spring training facility here in mid-March, Alex Bregman is reflecting about an encounter his father had at the World... Full story

 By Hillel Kuttler    News    July 14, 2017

Athletes come for love and glory at the 2017 Maccabiah Games

RAMAT GAN, Israel (JTA)-Danny Janel first noticed Allison Silfen's smile in July 2013. They were hanging out with other athletes in a hotel room a few evenings after arriving in Israel. He was... Full story

 By Hillel Kuttler    News    June 23, 2017

Robert Kraft brings football Hall of Famers to Israel

RAMAT HASHARON, Israel (JTA)-An Israeli soldier clapped football great and Vietnam War veteran Roger Staubach on the shoulder at a soccer field here, telling the 1963 Heisman Trophy winner and U.S.... Full story


A Cuban pitcher gets a firm grip on life in Israel

TEL AVIV (JTA)-Unlike the dangerous maritime escapes attempted by some of his fellow Cuban baseball players, the worst Alejandro Eskenazi endured to leave the island nation was a mountain of... Full story


Seeking Kin:Seeking Kin The rabbi pleaded for mourners on Facebook. Here's what happened.

The "Seeking Kin" column aims to help reunite long-lost friends and relatives. BALTIMORE (JTA)-The 30 or so people assembled at a shaded gravesite on a cloudy, early Friday morning probably didn't... Full story


Minnesota Vikings' owner thinks big with new stadium and Holocaust philanthropy

MINNEAPOLIS (JTA)-Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer stepped up to an 800-pound gjallarhorn and exhaled with all he had to launch the festivities that officially inaugurated the team's $1.1... Full story


Seeking kin: Calling all Israeli sailors from '76 NY celebration: It's reunion time

The “Seeking Kin” column aims to help reunite long-lost friends and relatives. (JTA)—The Israeli missile boat Tarshish had just returned home in June 1976 when crew members learned near midnight that they would be heading back to sea two days later f... Full story


Three baseball books from some veteran Jewish observers of the game

(JTA)-For many, summer is all about the three B's: baseball, beaches and books. With the weather and pennant races sizzling, two journalists and the mayor of baseball's mythical home village of... Full story


Seeking Kin: German soldier's World War I photo leads to family link

The "Seeking Kin" column aims to help reunite long-lost friends and relatives. BALTIMORE (JTA)-Noam Efron popped in to an estate sale here recently he just happened across hoping to purchase some... Full story


From LA to Israel: One swimmer's journey to the Rio Olympics

NETANYA, Israel (JTA)-Andrea Murez steps on the diving board, adjusts her goggles, swings her long arms and propels herself into the water at the Wingate Institute athletic complex here. Murez is... Full story


Seeking Kin: In Little Rock, a woman finds her true faith and Jewish family

The "Seeking Kin" column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. (JTA) – Discovering a Jewish past of which she was wholly unaware, Danette Devlin of Little Rock, Arkansas, has also foun... Full story

 By Hillel Kuttler    News    July 15, 2016

Meet a Namibian cyclist pedaling for a diverse Israeli team

PHILADELPHIA (JTA)-Growing up in Namibia, Dan Craven would bicycle long distances upon the only two paved roads in his hometown of Omaruru-80 miles heading north to Otjiwarongo and 45 miles south to... Full story


Jewish ex-major leaguer trying to get back to the show

HARRISBURG, Pa. (JTA)-Taking a seat on the dugout bench of the Portland Sea Dogs, Nate Freiman politely dismisses the premise that he pines to return to the major leagues. Maybe it's a defense... Full story


Seeking Kin: At an Israeli moshav, filling in the blanks on a WWII rescue effort

The Seeking Kin column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. NIR GALIM, Israel (JTA)-On a recent afternoon in a museum in this moshav community near the port city of Ashdod, Hodaya... Full story


Seeking Kin: See how teen pals found each other some 50 years later

The "Seeking Kin" column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. (JTA)-As a librarian, Oren Kaplan researches obscure facts and utilizes databases to track down information. So when the... Full story


Seeking Kin: Five memorable people from the 'Seeking Kin' family

The Seeking Kin column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. (JTA)-"Seeking Kin" offers relationship stories over time. They are stories about the meaningful bonds people share with... Full story

 By Hillel Kuttler    News    January 1, 2016

For ex-baseball players, Israel is a place to learn and teach

(JTA)—Out of baseball after four years playing in the minor leagues, Brent Powers, a Christian from Texas, took a tour of Israel last year with his wife. He was smitten with the country and considered how to return. The Masa Israel Journey will p... Full story


Seeking Kin: Joan Nathan cookbook brings families together

The "Seeking Kin" column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. (JTA)-When Brazil native Fabio Rosenfeld brought up launching a search for his grandfather's sister who had survived the... Full story


Seeking Kin: What happened to Atlantans' relative after a 1930s sighting?

The Seeking Kin column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. (JTA)-For the Wenders, a family friend's glimpse of their relative Chaim was a case of so close, yet so far. It was in the... Full story


Seeking Kin: See who a Koufax teammate discovered in England

The "Seeking Kin" column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. (JTA)-Norm Sherry didn't go ashore in 1952 when the ship that was transporting his U.S. Army infantry division stopped... Full story


Why Sandy Koufax sitting out a World Series game still matters 50 years later

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Jesse Agler was pretty talented as a catcher and pitcher in Little League, yet his parents benched him regularly. That's because the Aglers had a no-baseball-on-Shabbat rule, one cloa... Full story


Israeli team competes in America's top bike race

(JTA)-As Israeli bicyclist Yoav Bear sped through the end of Stage 2 of the U.S.A. Pro Challenge race at nearly 11,000 feet of elevation in the Colorado Rockies, he thrust his water bottle into the... Full story


At Berlin's European Maccabi Games, the past is ever-present

BERLIN (JTA)-Seventy-nine summers after Marty Glickman's Olympics uniform was rendered as useless as a jilted bride's wedding dress, his daughter Nancy wore the same uniform to light the cauldron... Full story


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