Menu JTA Search


  • 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 ▸

  • Israeli Boxers Reinstated

    The International Boxing Federation lifted its suspension of three Israeli boxers Thursday, allowing them to compete in the Summer Olympic Games which begins its two-week run in Seoul, South Korea, on Saturday. The boxers had been barred for touring South Africa last June, in violation of the international sports boycott of the apartheid state. As… More ▸

  • Special Interview Se Habla Mome Loshen

    As the Yiddish theater in Argentina was drawing its last breath some 20 years ago, Jackie Jacob began reviving tired Yiddish show tunes with his Latin-American beat. Jacob’s reasoning was quite simple. With the decline of the Yiddish language in Argentina and the rest of the world, the only way to save the songs and… More ▸

  • Odessa Hebrew Teacher Given Exit Visa

    Yakov Mesh, a 33-year-old Jewish activist and Hebrew teacher in Odessa, has received permission to leave for Israel, the National Conference on Soviet Jewry reported today. Mesh, who first applied to leave the Soviet Union in 1977, will go to Israel with his nine-year-old son Marat and wife Marina. Mesh’s brother and mother live in… More ▸

  • 12th Maccabiah Games Begin

    Some 50,000 persons are expected in Ramat Gan Stadium tonight to witness the colorful opening ceremonies of the 12th Maccabiah Games, scheduled to run through July 25. Some 4,000 athletes from 39 countries will participate in the Jewish olympic contests. The central theme of the two hour program scheduled for tonight is the ingathering of… More ▸

  • Muhammad Ali Steps into Ring

    The 700-odd Shiite Moslem prisoners in the Atlit detention camp have a real champion. He is Muhammad Ali, who held the world heavyweight boxing title from 1964-67 and 1974-78. Ali arrived in Israel today “to arrange for the freeing of the Muslim brothers imprisoned by Israel.” He said he would be discussing the release of… More ▸

  • Jews in the Olympics

    The prominence of Jewish athletes in sports of strength reached new heights during the 1920’s, considered to be the “Golden Age of Jewish Professional Boxing.” According to “Jews in the Olympics” exhibition running through September at the Jewish Community Building, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., the Antwerp Olympiad was an important arena for these strongmen. At the… More ▸

  • Jews in the Olympics

    Both Israel and the Soviet Union participated in their first Olympiad at the 1952 Helsinki Games, according to “Jews in the Olympics” exhibition running through September in the Jewish Community Building, 6505 Wilshire Blvd. While the Israeli team has yet to bring home a medal, nearly 20 Soviet Jews have exhibited distinguished performances in the… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Many distinguished passengers have flown with El Al during the first month of direct flights to and from Los Angeles. Topping the passenger list for the fifth flight, yesterday, were members of Israel’s Olympic team. After a good night’s rest, they were welcomed officially today by representatives of the international Olympic Committee, the Los Angeles… More ▸