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  • 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 ▸

  • ‘short Jew’ Receives Award from Friends of Hebrew University

    “We’re here to honor a short Jew,” said “Seinfeld” star Jason Alexander to open a gag-filled evening with a serious purpose. The vertically challenged honoree was Hollywood star Billy Crystal, who, surrounded by fellow Hollywood stars and close to 900 fans, accepted the National Scopus Award of the American Friends of the Hebrew University. The… More ▸

  • Nine Voted to Jewish Sports Hall

    Nine people from five countries have been elected to the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. The 1998 honorees include four Americans: Marv Levy, who coached the National Football League’s Buffalo Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls (1990-93); David Stern, commissioner of the National Basketball Association since 1984; Cpl. “Izzy” Schwartz, world flyweight boxing champion… More ▸

  • Israel and Jewish World Mourn Death of Israel’s Sixth President

    Former Israeli President Chaim Herzog, who played a major role in the founding of the Jewish state, died Thursday at Israel’s Tel Hashomer Hospital from complications of pneumonia. He was 78. An army general, jurist, diplomat and politician, the native of Ireland is being mourned and saluted by Israel and the Jewish world. Prime Minister… More ▸

  • International Athletes Named to Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

    Fourteen former athletes from six nations have been elected to the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. They will be officially recognized in July at the organization’s museum, housed in the Wingate Institute in Netanya, Israel. The five American athletes are: Arthur Bluethenthal, Princeton University All- American in football, 1911-12; Milton Green, Harvard’s world record-setting… More ▸