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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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  • 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 smitten. She had already noticed him on the flight over. Half asleep, Silfen creaked open her eyes just as Janel…

  • Football Hall of Famers touch down in 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. Naval Academy grad that he and his brother serve in the paratroopers. The introduction Thursday evening prompted Staubach to hark back to early…

  • A Jewish 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 paperwork. The documents he gathered and the forms he completed took eight months to process, delaying the Havana native’s arrival in Israel until…

  • Tel Aviv and Jerusalem marathons revel in a ‘healthy competition’

    TEL AVIV (JTA) – Noah Roth likes to recall two moments  from Israeli marathons in which he’s raced: a competitor in Jerusalem breezing by him in 2010 wearing all-black, haredi Orthodox garb but for a white athletic shirt; and a Russian woman on this city’s Allenby Street who last year handed sprinters cups of clear-liquid…

  • Israel’s Argentinian Jews honor Alberto Nisman and demand justice

    NAHARIYA, Israel (JTA) – On the morning of July 18, 1994, Hana Cohen headed from her apartment to the nearby AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires to run an errand. Edith Szerman Kogos walked to a bank a few blocks away. Jose Caro shopped in a store. The boom of an explosion interrupted their activities,…

  • For these pro baseball players, visiting Israel is like coming home

    PETACH TIKVAH, Israel (JTA) – For questions about Israeli food and culture, Corey Baker and Jeremy Bleich were their teammates’ go-to guys. Baker and Bleich, pitchers in the minor leagues and members of the club representing Israel in the World Baseball Classic, are the only ones who have previously visited Israel as adults, both on…

  • 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…