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Wednesday 04/26/2017
Former NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire is studying Hebrew
Posted: April 26, 2017

Six-time NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire may soon be able to add another skill to his impressive resume: Hebrew. The 34-year-old basketball player, who moved to Israel after signing a two-year deal with the Israeli basketball team Hapoel Jerusalem in August, is now learning the aleph-bet, the Hebrew alphabet.

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Wednesday 04/05/2017
Baseball 2017: All the Jewish major leaguers to watch
Posted: April 05, 2017

In baseball, they say time begins on Opening Day. Everyone has a chance for a fresh start. Most of the old familiar names are back, although some have new addresses. If you count Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, there are nine Jews who begin the year on Major League rosters. But then there’s the question of what to do about Ty Kelly of the New York Mets: Is he or isn’t he? That’s still a matter of debate among those who decide on such matters.

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Wednesday 03/29/2017
Scottsdale teens train for Maccabiah Games
Posted: March 29, 2017

Ethan Cohen and Jack Ratterman, both 16, have devoted most of their lives to soccer, and now that devotion – and talent – has propelled the teens onto Team USA’s youth boys’ soccer team at the upcoming 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel.

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Wednesday 03/15/2017
At least 7 JCCs receive bomb threats on Purim
Posted: March 15, 2017

At least seven Jewish community centers in the United States and Canada received bomb threats while they were hosting Purim events.

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Israel’s surprising World Baseball Classic run ends with loss to Japan
Posted: March 15, 2017

Team Israel saw its Cinderella run at the World Baseball Classic end with a loss to Japan in Tokyo.

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Tuesday 03/14/2017
Israeli professional golfer to compete in Phoenix tournament
Posted: March 14, 2017

Israel’s first professional golfer is in the Valley this week to compete in the Bank of Hope Founders Cup Tournament March 16-19 at Wildfire Golf Club in Phoenix.

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Krav Maga studio helps children with self-confidence
Posted: March 14, 2017

“No matter what age you are, you can be bullied. A lot of that has to do with a lack of confidence and knowing how to respond,” says Derrek Hofrichter, founder and chief instructor at EVKM Self Defense & Fitness.

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Wednesday 03/08/2017
Israel blasts Chinese Taipei 15-7 in second game of World Baseball Classic
Posted: March 08, 2017

JERUSALEM — Team Israel blasted Chinese Taipei in its second game of the World Baseball Classic.

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Wednesday 03/01/2017
Amar'e Stoudemire recognized with Martin Luther King Jr. Award in Jerusalem
Posted: March 01, 2017

JERUSALEM – Former NBA All-Star Amar'e Stoudemire was honored with the Martin Luther King Jr. Award in Israel for his philanthropy and leadership in building bridges among communities.

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Team Israel holds mini-camp in Scottsdale
Posted: March 01, 2017

Team Israel will play in the World Baseball Classic for the first time ever, and last weekend, before heading to games in Seoul, South Korea, the team held a mini-camp in Scottsdale.

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Wednesday 02/08/2017
ASU basketball to have Jewish community day
Posted: February 08, 2017

Kosher food will be available at two basketball games at Arizona State University on Feb. 26, as part of a Jewish community day hosted by Chabad at ASU and ASU athletics.

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Wednesday 02/01/2017
Registration open for youth group sports league
Posted: February 01, 2017

Registration is underway for the third season of the Jewish Youth Group Sports League (The League), for members of BBYO, NCSY, NFTY and USY. The seven-week basketball season, plus one week of playoffs/championship game), runs Feb. 12-May 7 (no games during spring breaks or Passover).

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Tuesday 01/10/2017
For these pro baseball players, visiting Israel is like coming home
Posted: January 10, 2017

PETACH TIKVAH, Israel – For questions about Israeli food and culture, Corey Baker and Jeremy Bleich were their teammates’ go-to guys.

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Friday 11/11/2016
Scottsdale rabbi to compete in Ironman
Posted: November 11, 2016

After a recent move to Arizona, Rabbi Leib Bolel will be toeing the starting line at Ironman Arizona on Nov. 20. The Ironman is a triathlon race totaling 140.6 miles consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and culminating in a marathon, 26.2-mile run, all within a 17-hour window.

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Thursday 11/03/2016
Cubs fans, like the Jews, now face the challenge of success
Posted: November 03, 2016

For years, I've told anyone who would listen that the Cubs were the team of the Jews. I've written two blog posts about it during the past month alone.

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Tuesday 11/01/2016
World Series ignites old passions in American Jews living in the West Bank
Posted: November 01, 2016

KARNEI SHOMRON, West Bank  -- The Chicago Cubs are facing the Cleveland Indians in a historic World Series, and most of Israel could not care less. This Jewish settlement is different.

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Tuesday 09/06/2016
Minnesota Vikings owner thinks big with new stadium and Holocaust philanthropy
Posted: September 06, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS — 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 billion stadium.

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Monday 08/22/2016
Israel’s rhythmic gymnastics coach raps Olympic politics, poor training conditions
Posted: August 22, 2016

JERUSALEM — The coach of Israel’s rhythmic gymnastics team said that she never expected to win a medal, citing poor training conditions and politics as two reasons.

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Gilbert photographer snaps into third Olympics
Posted: August 22, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO — Gilbert native Larry Slater didn’t always have a passion for sports photography. It wasn’t until he took a trip to the NCAA wrestling championship in Las Vegas in 2005 that his interest in photography was sparked.

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Friday 08/19/2016
At 80, a Munich Olympics and Holocaust survivor is still the sportsman
Posted: August 19, 2016

OMER, Israel — Shaul Ladany, a two-time Olympian, acknowledged that he was “very happy” that the International Olympic Committee finally held an official memorial for the 11 Israelis who were killed in a terrorist raid at the 1972 Munich games.

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Palestinian with Israeli roots wins Jordan’s first Olympic medal
Posted: August 19, 2016

Jordan won its first-ever Olympic medal thanks to the performance of a Palestinian taekwondo fighter whose family left Israel 20 years ago.

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Tuesday 08/16/2016
Israel’s judo Olympic medalists return home to hero’s welcome
Posted: August 16, 2016

Hundreds of fans showed up at Ben-Gurion Airport to welcome home Israel’s Olympic medal-winning judokas Monday night (Aug. 15).

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Wednesday 08/10/2016
Team Phoenix wins 15 medals
Updated: August 17, 2016 - 4:57 pm

Team Phoenix brought home 15 medals from the JCC Maccabi Games held in St. Louis July 29-Aug. 5.

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Bronze for judo is Israel’s first Rio medal
Posted: August 10, 2016

Yarden Gerbi became the first Israeli to medal at the Rio Olympics, bringing home a bronze in the women’s 63-kg judo competition.

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At Rio, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia lose their Olympic spirit over Israel
Posted: August 10, 2016

More than 11,000 world athletes have converged on Brazil’s second largest city, Rio de Janeiro, for the 2016 Summer Olympics, which began on Aug. 5. Despite the problems that led up to the games, such as Rio’s issues with pollution and crime, and the threat of the Zika virus, many have also hailed the games as bringing forth an Olympic spirit of peace and friendly competition during a time of global stress and conflict.

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With Amar’e Stoudemire’s help, Jerusalem looks to overtake Tel Aviv as Israel’s basketball capital
Posted: August 10, 2016

JERUSALEM – Hapoel Jerusalem basketball fans know that when the owner of their team tweets a smiley face, the signing of a new player is about to be announced.

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Aly Raisman helps power US women’s gymnastics team to Olympic gold
Posted: August 10, 2016

 The United States women’s gymnastics team, led by its Jewish-American captain Aly Raisman, won the Olympic gold medal in Rio.

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Monday 08/08/2016
Israeli Olympians kicked off bus to Rio games by Lebanese delegation
Posted: August 08, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO — Lebanese Olympians refused to ride on a bus with Israeli athletes to get to the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 summer games.

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Aly Raisman earns spot in individual all-around finals in Rio
Posted: August 08, 2016

Jewish-American woman’s gymnast Aly Raisman earned a spot in the individual all-around competition at the Olympics in Rio.

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Israel’s first female Olympic wrestler seeks to make family and nation proud in Rio
Posted: August 08, 2016

At 5 feet 7 inches tall, and weighing around 150 pounds, 26-year-old optimistic and powerful blonde Ilana Kratysh will become the first-ever Israeli woman to compete in the wrestling events at the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, which began Aug. 5. On Aug. 17 she will fight for the gold in the under 69-kilogram category.

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Monday 08/01/2016
Amar’e Stoudemire signs two-year deal with Hapoel Jerusalem basketball team
Posted: August 01, 2016

JERUSALEM — Amar’e Stoudemire, who retired from the NBA last week, has signed a two-year deal with the Hapoel Jerusalem basketball team.

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Monday 07/11/2016
Aly Raisman earns spot on US Olympic women’s gymnastics team
Posted: July 11, 2016

Jewish-American Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman has been named again to the U.S. women’s Olympics gymnastics team.

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Wednesday 06/22/2016
Back from ‘Hogwarts’ of Krav Maga
Posted: June 22, 2016

At age 19, Derrek Hofrichter thought he knew how to defend himself. Then, while riding public transit in Washington, D.C., he realized just how wrong he was.

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