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  • Israel Athletes Finish 16th in Paralympics in Seoul

    Israel’s handicapped athletes won 41 medals and emerged 16th out of 66 competing countries in the Paralympics, the international games for the physically handicapped which just ended in Seoul, South Korea. The Israeli team, which is due home on Thursday, is bringing back 12 gold medals, 13 silver and 16 bronze. It won medals in… More ▸

  • Disabled Israeli Athletes Embark for Special Olympics

    Geulah Siri was three months old in 1949 when her family arrived in Israel from Yemen. Within a few weeks, she had contracted polio, which left her with a permanently stiffened left leg. Today, Siri is a triathlete about to compete in her sixth Special Olympics and a past winner of multiple gold medals. She… 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 ▸

  • Six Jewish Athletes and Officials to Be Inducted in Jewish Hall of Fame

    Six Jewish athletes and sports officials will be inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in Netanya, Israel early next year, it was announced by Joseph Siegman of Los Angeles, chairman. They are: The late Senda Berenson, the first director of physical education (1892-1911) at Smith College, Northhampton, Mass., and chairperson of the… More ▸

  • At the Maccabiah Games: U.S. Team Won Medal by Forfeit

    The United States athletes at the 12th Maccabiah Games, which concluded here last week, copped a total of 246 medals, the highest medal total of the 38 countries that sent competitors to the Jewish olympic games. But one of the gold medals won by the United States team came not in athletic competition, but by… 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 ▸

  • Special to the JTA Flexing Israel’s Olympic Skills

    The furor created by Israel’s poor showing in the Olympic Games is beginning to abate. Isaac Ofek, president of the Israel Olympic Committee, said he believed that “after the trauma of our unsuccessful efforts dissipates, our citizens will realize, as we of the Olympic Committee have right along, that if any blame for our disappointing… More ▸

  • At the Olympic Games: the Israeli Teams Tried Harder

    Israel did as well as expected in the 1984 Olympic Games, according to officials of the Israel Olympic Committee. The Israeli team was realistic about its potential as it faced its opponents, although anything can happen in a sports competition. Upsets are possible at all times, especially in the highly emotional atmosphere of the most… 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 ▸