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in 2011 launched "Seeking Kin," his now-thrice-monthly column on people searching for long-lost relatives and friends.

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  • 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 know how much they would be moved. Alongside an open grave, nine men stood to the right of Rabbi Yisrael Motzen, the…

  • This indigenous activist is the new ‘face’ of B’nai Brith Canada

    (JTA) – Activist Ryan Bellerose sees Israel as not just “a light unto nations” in a general sense — it’s a prescription, too. Specifically, the State of Israel, whose establishment Bellerose considers the “greatest human rights story ever,” can offer a blueprint for securing land and rights for indigenous tribes around the world. This connection between Israel…

  • Israel advances to World Baseball Classic for first time

    (JTA) — Five pitchers combined on a four-hitter and Israel slammed three home runs in a 9-1 victory over Great Britain in the championship game of the World Baseball Classic qualifier in Brooklyn, earning its first bid to the international tournament. Israel took a no-hitter into the eighth inning of Sunday’s game at MCU Park on…

  • Israel shuts out Brazil, advances to final of World Baseball Classic qualifier

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Five pitchers combined on a three-hitter and Cody Decker drove in the game’s run with a sacrifice fly to send Israel to a 1-0 victory over Brazil on Friday in the qualifying round of the World Baseball Classic and a spot in the finals. Starter Corey Baker surrendered one hit in…

  • Israel rallies to beat Britain in World Baseball Classic opener

    NEW YORK (JTA) – Team Israel rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and went on to defeat Great Britain, 5-2, in its opener of the World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament on Thursday night. Israel’s decisive inning included four hits, two walks and two sacrifice flies to erase a 2-1 deficit…

  • Israel’s World Baseball Classic team expects to feel at home playing in Brooklyn

    (JTA) – What is likely the strongest squad of Jewish players ever assembled figures to have a home-field advantage, too, as Team Israel aims to reach the next round of the World Baseball Classic. The club’s roster for the qualifying tournament includes nine major league veterans of recent seasons, nearly all now in the minors…

  • 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 billion stadium. Music lovers would have found the deep, uneven sound revolting, but the Nordic instrument is plenty melodic in inspiring Vikings’ partisans. The…

  • 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 for another couple of months. They were going to represent Israel in…

  • At 80, a Munich Olympics and Holocaust survivor is still the sportsman

    OMER, Israel (JTA) – 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. But Ladany, an Israeli racewalker who still holds a world record, didn’t need the Aug….

  • 3 baseball books from 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 Cooperstown, New York — all Jewish — have provided their takes about a sport that has captivated them for a long time….