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    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 ▸

  • News Analysis: Sanctions Did Little Damage to Israeli-south African Ties

    The economic and cultural sanctions against South Africa that the Israeli Cabinet voted to lift Sunday appear to have done little practical damage to dealings between the two countries during the four years that they were in effect. Commercial, cultural and even military contacts continued, as long as they were conducted on the basis of… More ▸

  • Aryan Boxing Champ Hid Two Jews for Four Days After Kristallnacht

    Former heavyweight champion Max Schmeling sheltered two young Jewish brothers in his apartment while a Nazi mob raged outside, one of the brothers recently told guests at a party honoring the German boxer. Henri Lewin, now president of the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, was a 14-year-old boy in Berlin on Nov. 9, 1938, when… More ▸

  • In Seoul, No Medals for Israel, but Hope of Better Relations

    Israel won no medals at the 24th Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, but several of its 20-member team turned in “highly respectable” performances. That was true in the Flying Dutchman class yacht races off Pusan, where Yoel Selah and Eldar Amir came in fourth out of 22 boats. They missed a bronze medal by… More ▸