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 By Jacob Gurvis    Features    December 2, 2022 

All the Jewish players and storylines to watch in the 2022 World Cup

(JTA) - It's a World Cup like no other in recent memory - starting in late November. That's because it'll take place in Qatar, where temperatures won't usually fall under 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The...

 

Meet the Jewish world champion of Magic: The Gathering

(JTA) - There's a good chance that right now, Nathan Steuer is playing, or thinking about playing, Magic: The Gathering. The trading card game, which Steuer used to play with friends at Jewish summer...

 
 By Jacob Gurvis    News    November 11, 2022

Washington NFL team for sale

(JTA) — Dan Snyder, the Jewish owner of the Washington Commanders who is ensnared in a scandal involving sexual harassment in the team’s workplace, announced today that he and his wife and co-owner Tanya Snyder are exploring a possible sale of...

 

The octogenarian 'who is a Jew?' sports writing team calls it quits after 25 years

(JTA) - Jewish sports fans, regardless of sport or team preference, share one universal experience: discovering new players and immediately wondering, "Are they Jewish?" For decades, two men have prov...

 

Robert Sarver cites 'faith' and 'atonement' in announcing decision to sell teams after scandal

(JTA) — Robert Sarver, the Jewish owner of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, announced Wednesday that he will seek buyers for the two franchises as he serves his one-year suspension for misconduct. Sarver, a real estate busines...

 

ESPN documentary focuses on Holocaust and Munich massacre survivor Shaul Ladany

(JTA) - Frank Saraceno has worked for ESPN since 1994 and has produced hour-long documentaries on some of the biggest stars in sports for the cable channel's Emmy Award-winning "E:60" series. But he thinks working on the episode airing Tuesday night...

 

All the Jewish NFL players to watch this season

(JTA) — The 103rd season of the National Football League kicks off on Thursday, and there are a number of Jewish players to keep an eye on this year. These are all of the Jewish players on NFL rosters entering Week 1 (listed in alphabetical order)...

 
 By Jacob Gurvis    News    August 19, 2022

Israeli families of Munich Olympics massacre victims to boycott German ceremony marking 50th anniversary

(JTA) - All but one of the family members of the 11 Israeli athletes murdered during the 1972 Munich Olympics are planning to boycott a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the incident, calling...

 
 By Jacob Gurvis    News    August 5, 2022

Auburn University men's basketball team to embark on a 'Birthright for College Basketball' Israel trip

(JTA) - The Auburn University men's basketball team will travel to Israel this weekend for a 10-day Birthright-style trip, likely the first of its kind for a full Division I college or professional...

 
 By Jacob Gurvis    News    August 5, 2022

Jewish pitcher Eric Reyzelman drafted by the New York Yankees

(JTA) — Eric Reyzelman is in a New York state of mind. The New York Yankees selected the Jewish Louisiana State University pitcher 160th overall in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball...

 

Jewish Super Bowl champion Mitchell Schwartz retires from the NFL

(JTA) — Jewish Super Bowl champion offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz has officially retired from the National Football League, almost two years after his career was derailed by injury. Schwartz announced his decision Thursday on Twitter. “I’ve...

 
 By Jacob Gurvis    News    July 8, 2022

Ian Kinsler switches from Team Israel star player to coach for 2023 World Baseball Classic

(JTA) - Ian Kinsler is trading in his bat for a lineup card. The former All-Star second baseman will manage Team Israel in the upcoming 2023 World Baseball Classic. He currently has no plans to play f...

 
 By Jacob Gurvis    Features    July 1, 2022

Sandy Koufax honored with a statue at Dodger Stadium

LOS ANGELES (JTA) - For Jewish sports fans around the world, Sandy Koufax has for decades occupied an unmatched legendary status.  Now, 57 years after the Hall of Fame pitcher sat out a World Series...

 
 By Jacob Gurvis    News    June 24, 2022

Doug Emhoff spoke to a Holocaust survivor - and his AI 'twin'

LOS ANGELES (JTA) - When Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff sat down for a Zoom conversation with Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter on Wednesday, he opened by saying, "I feel like I already know you!"...

 

Sandy Koufax statue to be unveiled at Dodger Stadium this summer

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Jewish baseball legend Sandy Koufax will be immortalized with a statue at Dodger Stadium this summer. The Hall of Fame pitcher will join his trailblazing teammate Jackie Robinson...

 
 By Jacob Gurvis    News    March 18, 2022

Canceling baseball's Opening Day

(JTA) — For many American Jews, there is an annual celebration near the beginning of spring that serves as a respite from the long winter months, and a symbol of hope and renewal: Opening Day. Not this year. Major League Baseball and its players...

 
 By Jacob Gurvis    News    November 5, 2021

3 Jewish players who gave their all in the 2021 World Series

(JTA) - The World Series just ended with the Atlanta Braves winning four to two against the Houston Astros, and there were more Jewish players in this year's edition than there have been in decades....

 
 By Jacob Gurvis    News    November 5, 2021

Max Fried pitches Atlanta Braves to first World Series win in 26 years

(JTA) — Jewish ace pitcher Max Fried delivered his Atlanta Braves to their first World Championship since 1995 with six shutout innings in Tuesday’s Game 6 of a World Series heralded as the most Jewish in base-ball history. The 27-year-old lefty...

 

JTA readers' must-see Holocaust movies

(JTA) — In a recent opinion piece for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Rich Brownstein argued that “The Grey Zone” is the greatest Holocaust film ever made. Brownstein is no amateur critic. He is a lecturer for Yad Vashem’s International...

 

Impossible Pork is here - but the plant-based meat won't be certified as kosher

(JTA) - Impossible Foods, the plant-based meat company, is releasing a long-awaited new product - but unlike the wildly popular Impossible Burger, it won't be certified kosher. The largest and most...

 

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