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  • Former Refusenik Crafts U.S. Constitution Medals

    A Soviet Jewish emigre who once held a prestigious position as a sculptor-engraver at the Leningrad Mint has etched his name into United States history. Alex Shagin, now of Los Angeles, has designed two medals commemorating the U.S. Constitution in honor of its bicentennial. One is a multi-sided design whose outline matches the drum engraved… More ▸

  • Maccabiah Games Get Under Way; Emotion, Pride Mark the Opening

    The 12th Maccabiah Games got under way here yesterday with opening ceremonies marked by emotion, pride and colorful spectacle. Outstanding Jewish athlete Mark Spitz of the United States kindled the Maccabiah flame following a yizkor (memorial) service for Jewish dead in one of the more emotional moments in the three-hour program The seven-times Olympic gold… More ▸

  • Jews in the Olympics

    Since 1896 Jewish sportsmen and sportswomen have been an integral part of Olympic competition, in both summer and winter Games. Speedskater Irving Jaffe was the first Jewish winter Olympics medal winner in 1928, according to “Jews in the Olympics” exhibition running through September at the Jewish Community Building, 6505 Wilshire Blvd. Technicalities prevented Jaffe’s best… More ▸

  • Medal Marks Jewish Olympians

    A limited edition commemorative medal, "Jews in the Olympics," has been struck for the Southern California Jewish Historical Society’s exhibition of the same name. The medal marking the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles was designed by Alex Shagin. Shagin has designed other Olympic medals. While working for the Lenigrad mint as an engraver he… More ▸

  • Israeli Team Wins Eight Medals

    The first Israeli team ever to participate in the International Summer Special Olympics Games held in Baton Rouge, La., July 12-18 is returning home with eight medals — four gold, two silver and two bronze. More than 4,000 athletes from all over the world participated in the tournament under the auspices of the Joseph P…. More ▸

  • U.s., Israel Neck-in-neck for Honors in 10th Maccabiah Games

    The 10th Maccabiah, the Jewish Olympics, reached the midway mark today with the U.S. and Israel battling neck-in-neck for honors in most major events. Since the games began last Tuesday, American athletes have collected 62 medals compared to 52 by the Israelis. In the gold medal category, the margin is much smaller–25 for the U.S…. More ▸

  • 10th Maccabiah Begins

    The 10th Maccabiah, the Jewish Olympics, opened at the huge Ramat Gan Stadium today with the ceremonial kindling of the Maccabi torch. The flame was run into the stadium by Mickey Berkowitz, former Nevada University basketball star, who is a member of the 350-member United States contingent. The American athletes, coaches, trainers and officials marched… More ▸