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    A set of Jewish baseball cards is now available. Advertised as featuring cards of every Jewish major leaguer ever, the set include 130 players and cost $60. The cards are available from the American Jewish Historical Society, and more information can be found at More ▸

  • Mormons Renew Their Vow to Stop Baptizing Deceased Jews

    A renewed vow from the Mormon Church to end the practice of posthumously baptizing Jews has drawn a mixed reaction. A Jewish official who met with church leaders this week believes the pledge is meaningful, but skeptics are focusing on the fact that the church made a similar vow seven years ago. Church elders made… More ▸

  • Soccer Star Hopes to Win World Cup and Become More Jewishly Involved

    Jewish soccer star Jeff Agoos was so angry when he was the last player cut from the 1994 U.S. World Cup squad that he threw his uniform into a fireplace and burned it. “I had gone through two years of grueling training and was very disappointed,” said the 34-year-old defender for the San Jose, Calif.,… More ▸

  • Teaching Israel to U.S. Kids Poses Extra Challenge for Educators

    At Temple Kol Ami in suburban Detroit, Hebrew school students marked Israel’s Independence Day by sending e-mail messages of support to Israeli soldiers and climbing on an enormous map of Israel to learn about the Jewish state’s history and geography. At Kehillah Community Synagogue in Berkeley, Calif., students attached notes hoping for peace to a… More ▸

  • Pearl Memorial Captures Images of Bar Mitzvah, Visit with Refuseniks

    When Daniel Pearl was a baby, his parents noticed a curious omission in his genetic makeup — he was born entirely without malice. “When he was a few months old, we had to pull out a cushion on which he was lying. Danny didn’t cry, he just rearranged his position,” recalled his father, Judea Pearl…. More ▸

  • Ujc Considers Returning to Known Brand Name — UJA

    When the North American Jewish federation system chose the name "United Jewish Communities" three years ago, some insiders joked that since the first two words already appeared in the name of one of the groups that preceded it, "communities" was the most expensive word in the Jewish lexicon. The new name — decided on after… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture Addition of Jewish Jock Forces Religious Issues on Comic Coach

    The funny pages are getting a little Yiddishkeit. Syndicated comic strip “Gil Thorp” soon is featuring a storyline about star athlete David Green, an Orthodox Jew who joins his high school football team. The strip, which has been published since 1959 and runs daily in more than 65 newspapers, focuses on the challenges of a… More ▸

  • The 2001 Jewish Olympics As Athletes Train and Unwind, They’re Ready for Maccabiah to Begin

    Greg Spector, a strapping, 6-foot-4-inch volleyball player from Los Angeles, tends to be philosophical when discussing why he decided to participate in this year’s Maccabiah Games. "The Maccabiah makes a statement," said Spector, 31, sporting a yellow visor and green satin yarmulke for lunch at Jerusalem’s Haas Promenade. "It’s about representing a world of Jews… More ▸