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  • 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 ▸

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    Several Jewish groups backed a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that a gender-equity law shields people who report violators. The high court ruled Tuesday that an Alabama girls basketball coach had legal protection for reporting a violation of Title IX, a law that bars sex discrimination in educational programs that receive federal funding. More ▸

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    Basketball legend Larry Bird visited Israel. The former Boston Celtics star watched Maccabi Tel Aviv defeat Cibona Zagreb 83-75 in a Euro league match Thursday night, Israeli media reported. More ▸

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    A high-school basketball team from suburban Chicago with an all-Jewish starting five won the Illinois state championship. Glenbrook High School won the state’s Class AA title on Saturday with a 63-51 victory over Carbondale, the Forward reported. More ▸

  • For Jews of Every Culture and Color, Identity and Belonging Are Key Issues

    Pele Browner, a 19-year-old Jew of African-American and Native-American heritage, was playing basketball at his local Jewish community center in West Bloomfield, Mich, when one of the other kids on the court asked him if he was Jewish. “Yes,” he said. “How does that work out?” they asked. Adam McKinney, 28, a Jew of African-American,… More ▸

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    Some U.S. college basketball teams are using an Israeli-developed software program to train their players. The University of Kentucky and the University of Memphis have been using the ACE IntelliGym Trainer, a computer game that works on basketball skills, the Israel21c Web site reported. More ▸

  • In Sderot, Fear, Anger, Resignation Grow As Rocket Attacks Continue

    They called it a “day of mourning,” but in downtown Sderot a group of Breslav Chasidim danced around a truck equipped with loudspeakers playing Chasidic music at full volume. The Chasidim came here in solidarity with the people of Sderot, who have been the target of almost daily Kassam rocket attacks from Gaza, and their… More ▸

  • With Security Situation Improved, Tourists Return to Israel in Force

    Repelling down Judean Desert mountain faces, bumping along dirt roads by jeep and tucking notes into the Western Wall in Jerusalem, tourists have returned to Israel for winter vacation in the largest numbers since the Palestinian intifada began more than four years ago. The perception that Israel is safer than it was a year ago,… More ▸