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  • Arts & Culture Film Traces Jewish Hoopsters, Long Before Magic or Michael

    Like millions of New Yorkers, David Vyorst grew up worshiping the Knicks. His basketball gods were named Dave DeBusschere, Bill Bradley, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, Walt Frazier and Willis Reed. His temple was Madison Square Garden. When Vyorst’s father spoke reverently of Nat Holman, he “thought it was just some guy my dad was babbling… More ▸

  • As Israel’s Situation Worsens, Celebrities Aren’t in the Picture

    Are Hollywood’s most visible Jews failing Israel as the country battles on both the security and propaganda fronts? While film director Oliver Stone previously dropped in at Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat’s headquarters, many Israelis are wondering why their embattled nation hasn’t received similar visits from the likes of Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, Richard Dreyfuss… 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 ▸

  • News Brief

    Muhammad Ali is coming under attack for making ethnic jokes last week. The Anti-Defamation League said the former boxing great had disappointed them with the jokes. One joke insulted Jews, while the other insulted Puerto Ricans, Mexicans and African Americans. The jokes came before Ali, who is Muslim, was asked to make a public service… More ▸

  • Eight Jewish Athletes Inducted into International Sports Hall of Fame

    Eight athletes and sports personalities have been elected to the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Honored Americans are: Harry Lewis, a welterweight boxing champion from 1908-1913; Eugene Selznick, who in 1956 became the first American elected to the honorary All-World Volleyball Team. He was named an All- American every year from 1951 to 1964;… More ▸

  • Jewish Promoter Becoming a Heavyweight in South Africa

    A Jewish boxing promoter who credits the local Lebanese community for his success was the force behind the heavyweight title fight that took place over the weekend near Johannesburg. Promoter Rodney Berman described the Sunday morning match between Lennox Lewis and Hasim Rahman as “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for South Africa.” The program also included the… More ▸

  • Actor Walter Matthau Dead at 79, Turned Grouchiness into a Career

    Actor Walter Matthau, who got his start in New York’s Yiddish theater, died Saturday in Santa Monica, Calif., following a heart attack. Matthau, who turned grumpiness into an art form, was 79. During a stage, movie and television career spanning 50 years, Matthau is perhaps best remembered for his role as the slob Oscar Madison… More ▸

  • News Brief

    An American Jewish screenwriter and director who was blacklisted during the McCarthy era died Tuesday at 88. Abraham Polonsky was nominated for an Oscar in 1947 for the original screenplay for “Body and Soul,” a boxing drama starring John Garfield. More ▸