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    Seven athletes were elected to the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in Israel. Among those making it to the museum are champion automobile racer Kenny Bernstein, Olympic Gold Medal-winning swimmer Jason Lezak, bowling stalwart Marshall Holman, lightweight boxing champion Al Singer and Pulitzer Prize-winning sportswriter Ira Berkow. More ▸

  • Israeli Thai Boxers Gain Respect of Adversaries at Worldwide Match

    The night before the opening day of fights, the three Israelis slip into their silver-colored tracksuits, which shimmer with a dim metallic sheen under neon-lighted Chinese ideograms. As they jog through Bangkok’s Chinatown, the Israelis look like waylaid Star Trek astronauts. Diners slurping bird-nest and shark-fin soups at curbside eateries watch them bemusedly. For weeks,… More ▸

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    A Jewish boxer won the North American Boxing Association’s junior welterweight championship. Dmitriy “The Star of David” Salita defeated Shawn “The Educator” Gallegos on Aug. 25 by TKO at 2:37 of the ninth round at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, becoming the first Jew to hold a boxing title in nearly 30 years, the Jerusalem Post… More ▸

  • 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 ▸

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    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 ▸