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How a White Jewish Boxer Made African-American Sports History

By On August 9, 2017

He’s not a household name anymore, but in 1908, John Arthur “Jack” Johnson of Galveston, Texas, became the first African-American heavyweight champion of the world. And to whom did he credit his… Read More

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This Jewish Woman Should Have Been a Nazi Germany Gold Medalist

By On July 27, 2017

In 1936, Germany barred its own high jump champion from participating in the Olympics – even though she was on track to win gold. At a championship meet one month before the… Read More

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This Jewish Immigrant Olympian Worked in a Chocolate Factory Before Winning Gold

By On July 11, 2017

In 1904, the Russian village of Yekaterinaslov (now Ukraine’s Dnepropetrovsk) marked the birth of a future Olympic athlete named Fania Rosenfeld to parents who would shortly move the family to Ontario, Canada… Read More

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Meet the Harlem Globetrotters’ Jewish Basketball-Spinning Founder

By On March 1, 2017

The Harlem Globetrotters are known for gravity-defying slam dunks, trick shots and improbable long shots. What’s less known is that the razzle-dazzle comedic showmanship was the idea of British-born Jewish businessman Abe… Read More

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This Orthodox Jewish Prizefighter Wrote a Kids’ Book

By On February 2, 2017

Trying to teach your kid the ABCs while instilling in them a passion for boxing? Orthodox Jewish prizefighter Dmitriy Salita has just the book for you. The Brooklyn-based welterweight’s new children’s book… Read More

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The Shema Prayer Just Debuted in the Fighting Ring

By On December 2, 2016

For the first time ever, Mixed Martial Arts, the full-contact sport that consists of people beating the hell out of each other, just held their World Championship in Israel. To mark his win, MMA… Read More

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The Basketball Victory That Changed Israel Forever

By On November 25, 2016

In 1977, Israel was trying to heal and stabilize after the tragic Olympic massacre at Munich, the Yom Kippur War, and the hostage crisis at Entebbe airport. Not to mention the heightening… Read More

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This 15-Year-Old Orthodox Girl Is a Champion Powerlifter

By On November 10, 2016

When one thinks of a competitive powerlifter, a pretty standard image comes to mind: an enormous man in tights bulging with muscle. Not quite a petite Orthodox girl too young to have… Read More

This Holocaust Survivor Won More Olympic Gymnastic Medals Than Any Other Jewish Woman in History
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This Holocaust Survivor Won More Olympic Gymnastics Medals Than Any Other Jewish Woman in History

By On August 22, 2016

Sixty years before Aly Raisman brought home her gold, the world had its eyes on another Jewish Olympic gymnast: a Hungarian woman with a backstory even more arresting than her floor routine.… Read More

The First Olympic Gold Swimmer Was This Hungarian Jew
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The First Swimmer to Win Olympic Gold Was This Hungarian Jew

By On August 12, 2016

When Michael Phelps dives into a pool in Rio to grab his golds, he’s guaranteed calm waters hovering round 80 degrees Fahrenheit. But at the first modern Olympic Games in Athens, Greece,… Read More

The Surprising Nazi Origins of the Olympic Torch Relay
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The Surprising Nazi Origins of the Olympic Torch Relay

By On August 4, 2016

The Olympics are supposed to be a time when the world unites to celebrate elite athletes, but it has long been a complicated event for Jews. The Munich massacre of Israeli athletes… Read More

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When the Israel Tennis Association Was Fined for Sitting Out Yom Kippur

By On September 17, 2015

The story of Sandy Koufax sitting out Game 1 of the 1965 World Series is nearly as sacred to the Jews as our scripture. It’s so well-known that’s it’s more than a… Read More