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  • You Heard It at the Jcc: Indiana Baller Going Pro

    It wasn’t the yarmulke-wearing, Shabbat-observing Tamir Goodman — once dubbed the “Jewish Jordan” by Sports Illustrated — at a Jewish community center news conference telling the world he was heading to the NBA. Rather it was Eric Gordon — a 6-4, black, non-Jewish shooting guard from Indiana University — who sat before 300 friends, family… More ▸

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    A black and a Jewish fraternity are running joint programs to promote tolerance on U.S. campuses. Alpha Epsilon Pi, a Jewish fraternity, and Kappa Alpha Psi, a historically black fraternity, will honor past members who made outstanding contributions to civil rights. They include Michael Schwermer, a young Jewish man who was murdered during the voting… More ▸

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    A Jewish coach has guided the University of Tennessee men’s basketball team to its first No. 1 ranking. The Volunteers led by Bruce Pearl, who has been vocal about his Judaism, on Monday ascended to the top spot of the The Associated Press writers’ poll and the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll after defeating the previously… More ▸

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    An American player for one of Israel’s top basketball teams was arrested on suspicion of felony assault. Will Bynum, a guard for Maccabi Tel Aviv, was taken into custody and remanded Saturday after police found evidence he had run down a Tel Aviv man while escaping a brawl outside a nightclub. The victim of the… More ▸

  • Synagogue Mergers Are Difficult, but Some Still Succeed

    Ken Waltman and Brian Pearl play ball together. Now they want to pray together. The two men — one from this city’s Conservative congregation, the other a member of the Reform synagogue — say it makes sense for their shuls to merge. A joint steering committee has been exploring merger options since the summer, but… More ▸

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    Democratic leader Howard Dean blasted the GOP’s lack of diversity in a speech to Jewish communal leaders. Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, also appeared to criticize the practice of including an invocation of Jesus at the end of pre-game prayers at scholastic sporting events. Dean made the remark Sunday during a decidedly partisan… More ▸

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    A firecracker thrown at an Israeli basketball game injured a security guard, stoking a nationwide debate about sports hooliganism. During the last minute of a game Sunday between Hapoel Jerusalem and Hapoel Holon, a firecracker landed on the court, prompting a guard to try to throw it away. The ensuing explosion blew off three of… More ▸

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    Some 3,000 Jewish communal professionals converged on Nashville for the federations’ annual General Assembly. Addressing the opening plenary at the sprawling Opryland Hotel and Convention Center on Sunday, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said the next U.S. president will have to restore America’s moral authority before securing peace in the Middle East. “We can’t… More ▸

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    Tal Brody, a U.S.-born immigrant to Israel who became one of the country’s sporting legends, is reportedly considering a career in politics. Yediot Acharonot reported Monday that Brody, famed in Israel for his past basketball feats and unabashed American-accented Hebrew, was recently offered a senior post in the Likud Party by its chairman, Benjamin Netanyahu…. More ▸

  • Jewish Olympians Must Shine Light on Chinese Abuses, Aid to Sudan

    In the summer of 1936, a year after the enactment of the Nuremberg Laws, the world turned a blind eye to Nazi Germany’s genocidal intentions as Hitler hosted the Olympics in Berlin. With next summer’s games set to take place in Beijing, Jewish and Israeli athletes have a responsibility to help ensure that the world… More ▸