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  • Tight-knit Group of Jews Live in Utah, Home to This Year’s Olympics

    Utah is probably the only place where a Jewish political candidate has ever been criticized for being a gentile. On the campaign trail in 1916, Simon Bamberger, who was elected the state’s first and only Jewish governor, had to argue his way into a meeting hall by saying, “As a Jew I’ve been called many… More ▸

  • The 2001 Jewish Olympics As Athletes Train and Unwind, They’re Ready for Maccabiah to Begin

    Greg Spector, a strapping, 6-foot-4-inch volleyball player from Los Angeles, tends to be philosophical when discussing why he decided to participate in this year’s Maccabiah Games. "The Maccabiah makes a statement," said Spector, 31, sporting a yellow visor and green satin yarmulke for lunch at Jerusalem’s Haas Promenade. "It’s about representing a world of Jews… More ▸

  • Gold-medalist to Bypass Worlds to Compete at ‘Jewish Olympics’

    Move over, Sandy Koufax. Lenny Krayzelburg, America’s triple Olympic gold-medalist swimmer, intends to skip the World Championships in Japan in order to compete at the Maccabiah Games next July in Israel. "I have never been to Israel and I would really like to go there and compete," Krayzelburg told the Reuters news service. "It is… More ▸

  • Israeli Firm Enters Olympics with Virtual Runners, Finish Lines

    Israel may not break any world records at the Sydney Olympics, but an Israeli company is providing the technology that allows television viewers to see more than is actually happening at some Olympic events. Orad Hi-Tec Systems is providing the technology chosen by several leading international networks to enhance their sports broadcasts during the games…. More ▸

  • The 2000 Olympic Games: Israelis Look to Immigrants to Score Big at the Olympics

    Athletes from the former Soviet Union have transformed the Israeli Olympics sports scene. About one-third of the Israeli team in the upcoming Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia – and five of the six strongest Israeli contenders-are originally from the former Soviet Union. The team, which departed Sunday night for Sydney, includes top favorites Michael Kalganov,… More ▸

  • Concerns over Safety at Olympics Brings Up Ghost of Munich Massacre

    The Palestinians are reportedly considering a Muslim and Arab boycott of this summer’s Olympic Games here because of memorial to the Israelis killed in the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre. The claim in the Palestinian publication Al Hayat al-Jadida of a boycott over the memorial, which was dedicated in October, was subsequently denied by the Palestinians’… More ▸