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  • Israel Brings Largest Contingent, Great Expectations to Beijing

    The largest contingent in Israeli Olympic history was eyeing its biggest medal haul, with one Israeli competitor narrowly missing out and another still in the mix on the first full day of competition at the 2008 Games. Judo competitor Gal Yekutiel lost a bronze-medal match Saturday in the under-60 kg class to 2007 world champion… More ▸

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    Andy Ram and Yoni Erlich became the first Israeli doubles tennis team to win a Grand Slam tennis title. The pair, seeded eighth, defeated the seventh-seeded French duo of Arnaud Clement and Michael Llorda in the Australian Open final Saturday in Melbourne. Ram has won two mixed doubles Grand Slam titles, but never with an… More ▸

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    Shahar Peer became the first Israeli woman to reach a tennis Grand Slam final. Peer, 20, playing with Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, upset Zi Yan and Jie Zheng, 0-6, 7-5, 7-6, in Wednesday’s semifinals of the Australian Open in Melbourne. Peer-Azarenka was seeded 12th, while the Chinese duo was seventh. Peer and Azarenka will meet… More ▸

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    Israel’s Shahar Peer lost in the semifinals of a tennis tournament in Australia. Unseeded Belarusian teenager Victoria Azarenka, Peer’s doubles partner, defeated the fifth-seeded Peer, 6-4, 6-2, on Friday to reach the Mondial Australian Women’s Hardcourts final, a primer for the Australian Open, in Queensland. Azarenka, the world’s 30th-ranked player, was beaten in the title… More ▸

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    Israeli tennis star Shahar Pe’er reached the semifinals of a tournament in Australia. Pe’er, ranked 17th in the world, saved five match points Thursday in ousting Russia’s Dinara Safina in the quarterfinals, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (10-8), of the Australian Women’s Hardcourt Tournament on the Gold Coast in Queensland. Pe’er, 20, will face Victoria Azarenko, from… More ▸

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    Two top Israeli tennis players who have received the support of American Jews want to raise money for disadvantaged American Jewish children. Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich, a doubles pair ranked sixth in the world, are trying to start a foundation that would provide grants to young American Jews for their athletic training. The Jewish… More ▸

  • Israeli Tennis Stars Unveil Initiative to Help American Jewish Athletes

    In the philanthropic equivalent of a return volley, two top Israeli tennis players who have received the support of American Jews want to raise money for disadvantaged American Jewish children. Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich, a doubles pair ranked sixth in the world, are trying to start a foundation that would provide grants to young… More ▸

  • Caribbean Becomes a Sea of Love, or at Least Friendship, for Jdaters

    Staying on a small resort on a small island, entertained by life-size Jenga games when it rained and a larger-than-life trapeze when it didn’t, dozens of JDaters experienced the leisure of unhurried life off line. The idyllic environment of a Caribbean vacation at Club Med became an ideal setting for coming together. Take Alicia 36,… More ▸

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    Andy Ram became the first Israeli to win a Grand Slam professional tennis title. Ram teamed with Russian Vera Zvonareva to win the mixed doubles championship Saturday at Wimbledon with a victory over Americans Bob Bryan and Venus Williams. More ▸

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    Indonesia canceled its participation in a planned tennis match in Israel. The Foreign Ministry in Jakarta announced Tuesday that Indonesia’s tennis delegation would not come to the Fed Cup in Israel later this month as planned, to protest Israel’s military offensive in Gaza and round-up of Hamas politicians in the West Bank. More ▸