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    Jerusalem hosted a local version of the Special Olympics for the first time. Mayor Uri Lupolianski on Tuesday launched the winter games of the Special Olympics in Jerusalem, attending a gymnastics exhibition and a floor hockey match. The municipality is holding the games in association with the Israeli Special Olympics organization in various locations around… More ▸

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    Red Sarachek, Yeshiva University’s longtime basketball coach, died Monday at age 93. Sarachek was an influential figure in New York City basketball for decades. He coached Yeshiva’s team from 1942-43 and 1945-69. More ▸

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    An Israeli basketball team defeated an NBA team. Maccabi Tel Aviv defeated the Toronto Raptors on Sunday in Toronto, 105-103. Maccabi had not beaten an NBA team since 1978. More ▸

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    The legendary Jewish coach of Russia’s national basketball team died. Alexander Gomelsky, who put together the team that dealt the United States its first Olympic defeat in basketball, succumbed to cancer Tuesday at age 77. More ▸

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    Sonny Hertzberg, one of several Jewish members of the New York Knickerbockers basketball team of the 1940s, died Monday at age 82. Hertzberg is a member of the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame and the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. More ▸

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    A former Israeli basketball star urged athletes at the Maccabiah Games to make aliyah, as he did years earlier. At halftime of the women’s basketball final between Israel and the United States — which the U.S. team won in a rout — the former Maccabi Tel Aviv star, Tal Brody, presented a letter at the… More ▸

  • Bielski Named Jewish Agency Head and Vows to Be Worldwide Emissary

    A beaming Zeev Bielski took the stage in front of the assembly of the Jewish Agency for Israel, vowing to be their emissary to the Jewish people as they elected him in a unanimous show of hands. The job to which he was elected Tuesday will bring the charismatic and popular Bielski, 58, mayor of… More ▸

  • Candidate to Head Jewish Agency Said to Grasp Israel-diaspora Ties

    Ra’anana Mayor Zeev Bielski can be seen in the mornings opening car doors for schoolchildren, ushering them toward their classrooms with a smile. Now Bielski, 58, may be heading to one of the most powerful offices in the Jewish world — chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon announced Monday… More ▸

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    Leon Najnudel, the father of Argentina’s basketball league, was honored posthumously. Najnudel, who was Jewish, was honored around Argentina earlier this month on the 20th anniversary of the creation of the National Basketball League. More ▸

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    An Israeli team won the top European basketball tournament for the second straight year. Maccabi Tel Aviv beat Spain’s Tau Vitoria 90-78 on Sunday in the final round of the Euroleague in Moscow. The victory, which won the team its fifth title, sparked nightlong celebrations in Israel. More ▸