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  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸