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  • How a Holocaust survivor helped make Bayern Munich a soccer powerhouse

    Julian Voloj|Jul 22, 2022

    (JTA) - In May, the Bundesliga, Germany's top soccer league, concluded its season on what has become a familiar note: the Bayern Munich club won its 10th straight league title, an unprecedented feat in any of the top European soccer leagues. Although the club has become the most successful team in German soccer history, it wasn't always a juggernaut. The seeds of its domination were planted in the early 20th century by Kurt Landauer, an early Jewish president of the team who survived the...

  • Whistle, Gotham City's latest superhero, is Jewish

    Julian Voloj|Sep 24, 2021

    (JTA) - It turns out that Batman's hometown of Gotham City has a historically Jewish neighborhood, complete with a synagogue. And for this year's High Holidays, at least one masked superhero will be worshipping there. Her name is Whistle, a.k.a. Willow Zimmerman, and she's a Jewish superhero - DC Comics' first to be explicitly created as Jewish in 44 years. She's an activist-turned-masked-crusader who draws inspiration from Jewish teachings; she develops the ability to talk to dogs; and she's...

  • Larry Harlow was Jewish, not Latino - but 'El Judio Maravilloso' changed the world of Latin music

    Julian Voloj|Sep 10, 2021

    (JTA) - Fania Records, often called the "Motown of Latin Music," announced the passing of Larry Harlow on social media last week. Once the record label broke the news on Aug. 20, a who's who of Latin music offered tributes. "Larry's contributions to what today is known as salsa are immense," seven-time Grammy nominee Bobby Sanabria wrote on Facebook. "A true part of NYC's history has been lost [...] to our Latino community and it is heartfelt." But Harlow, whose paternal grandfather was the...

  • Stan Lee's legacy is complicated - this new book casts a shadow on it

    Julian Voloj|Mar 12, 2021

    (JTA) - Stan Lee, arguably the most famous American comic book creator, died at age 95 in 2018. Honoring his Jewish identity, many evoked the phrase "may his memory be a blessing" (coming from the Hebrew "zichrono l'bracha") when reporting on his passing. Just what this memory looks like, however, and what it should look like, is a topic that is increasingly up for debate. To most people with a passing knowledge of comic books, Lee - who may be best known to the general public for his 30-plus...