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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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  • 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….

  • From LA to Israel: One swimmer’s journey to the Rio Olympics

    NETANYA, Israel (JTA) – Andrea Murez steps on the diving board, adjusts her goggles, swings her long arms and propels herself into the water at the Wingate Institute athletic complex here. Murez is training with a dozen other swimmers. She is the one preparing for the Summer Olympics a few weeks later. The 24-year-old Los…

  • Picture perfect: German soldier’s World War I photo leads to family link

    SEEKING KIN The “Seeking Kin” column aims to help reunite long-lost friends and relatives. BALTIMORE (JTA) – When Noam Efron popped in to an estate sale here recently, he was hoping to purchase some watches or gold to resell in his jewelry business. Instead he walked out with a paper treasure: a 12-by-17-inch black-and-white studio…

  • A 12-year-old ballplayer always walks on Shabbat, so his teammates pitch in

    NEW YORK (JTA) – Jacob Steinmetz delivers the game’s final pitch on a heavenly Tuesday night, producing a neatly turned double play to wrap up a 10-0 victory for the Brooklyn Bluestorm team of 12-year-olds. His teammates surround Jacob in congratulations in a scene familiar for the Bluestorm, which finished a perfect 24-0 in the…

  • In Little Rock, a woman finds her true faith and then Jewish family

    The “Seeking Kin” column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. (JTA) –  Discovering a Jewish past of which she was wholly unaware, Danette Devlin of Little Rock, Arkansas, has also found family. Devlin was raised without any religious affiliation. As an adult she attended Catholic and Episcopalian churches seeking a spiritual home. “There…