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  • Arts & Culture Jewish Fighter Given Short Shrift in Ron Howard’s ‘cinderella Man’

    “Cinderella Man” chronicles the fall and rise of Depression-era heavyweight champion James Braddock, but the movie also revives the memory of another title holder, Max Baer. In the climactic scene, the movie depicts the 15-round fight between Braddock (Russell Crowe), the victorious underdog, and a menacing, beady-eyed Baer (Craig Bierko). But Baer’s greatest fight was… More ▸

  • As New Bush Team Takes Office, Focus Remains on Mideast Peace

    It’s like a backward version of a boxing match. Israel and the Palestinians are facing off — and the first one to stop throwing punches, walk back to his corner and hang his gloves up wins. The referee, as always, is the United States. Each side is eager to win the contest — but is… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture from Entertainment Law in L.a. to Entertaining Troops Nationwide

    Robert Rosenthal, a self-described “typical Jewish boy from Manhattan and Scarsdale,” a onetime bull rider, filmmaker and country music addict, has morphed into the godfather of entertainment at military bases across the United States. The city boy’s unlikely transformation began when he was a kid. One summer he worked on a dude ranch in Arizona…. More ▸

  • News Brief

    U.S. boxing promoter Don King won a legal victory in London’s Court of Appeal over allegations that he is an anti-Semite. New York lawyer Judd Burstein made the claim in a 2003 magazine interview. Burstein’s remarks were widely read in Britain, where King commenced proceedings to clear his name last year. On Tuesday the Court… More ▸

  • 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 ▸