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  • Not Enough Wind in Their Sails

    Israel’s best hope for its first medal in Olympic competition was set off course yesterday when its sailing team in the 470 class competition finished in a dismal eighth place. Shimshon Brokman, 27, and Eitan Friedlander, 26, were expected to place in the top three and bring home to Israel its first medal since the… 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 ▸

  • Jews in the Olympics

    During the early 20th century one could fence one’s way to social prominence, an opportunity taken up by many talented European Jewish swordsmen, according to “Jews in the Olympics” exhibition running through September in the Jewish Community Building, 6505 Wilshire Blvd. In 1908, Jews from three nations captured great respect and several Olympic medals, including… More ▸

  • At the Olympic Games: Jewish Gymnast Aids U.S. Team in Winning a Gold Medal

    Mitch Gaylord, a member of the United States men’s gymnastics team that won a gold medal last night, is one of 19 Jewish members on the United States Olympic team participating in the summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Gaylord, whose parents are members of a Reform synagogue in Van Nuys, Calif, where he was Bar… More ▸

  • Special to the JTA Israel Sets Sail for Olympic Gold

    Since its first Olympics in 1952, Israel’s athletes have yet to stand on the winner’s platform and hear the Hatikva played by the Olympic orchestra. In fact, the closest Israel has come to winning a medal was when weightlifter Edward Weitz placed fifth in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. But this year, Israel’s best chance… More ▸

  • At the Olympic Games: Memorial Service Held for Slain Israeli Olympic Athletes

    More than 500 community leaders and former Olympians gathered in the Simon Wiesenthal Center here on the eve of the Olympic Games to participate in a memorial service for the II Israeli athletes slain at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Among the participants at the emotion-laden services were Mimi and Gur Weinberg, the wife… More ▸

  • Past Olympic Highlights

    In the Jewish tradition, the word “chai” means “life” and also is the word for the number 18. The number 36 would be “double chai” or “double life. ” But in the Olympics, there is a note of sadness connected with the 1936 Olympic Games at Berlin, and a greater note of tragedy at the… More ▸

  • Olympic Profile: Arie Selinger — U.S. Women’s Volleyball Coach

    The Olympic Development Program, created by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), was underway in the early 1970’s, and in 1975 it began to make a change in women’s volleyball. After a slow start, because there were no professional volleyball coaches in America, the USOC turned to a professional from Israel who happened to be… More ▸

  • Olympic Profile: Douglas Beal — U.S. Men’s Volleyball Coach

    If dedication, motivation and teamwork mean anything, the United States men’s volleyball team will win a gold medal at the 1984 Olympic Games. Other national teams have some degree of these elements in the past, but none as much as the current edition. Experts on the international volleyball scene believe that the Americans have a… More ▸

  • Jews in the Olympics

    The name and Olympic fame (Munich, 1972) of Jewish American swimmer Mark Spitz is well known, but who was the first American Jewish Olympic gold medal winner? He was jumper Myer Prinstein according to “Jews in the Olympics” exhibition running through September in the Jewish Community Building, 6505 Wilshire Blvd. Prinstein won a gold medal… More ▸