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jews and sports

How Berlin Came to Host the Biggest Shabbat Ever
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Berlin Just Hosted the Biggest Shabbat Meal Ever

By On August 7, 2015

  The logistics of a big Shabbat meal can be a bit daunting—especially so when over 2,000 Jewish men and women attend. On a recent evening in Berlin, exactly 2,322 Jews converged… Read More

L.A.'s Jewish Refugee Soccer Stars
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L.A.’s Fabulous Jewish Refugee Soccer Team

By On July 7, 2015

In the 1960s, a group of Israeli expats and European concentration camp survivors formed Maccabi Los Angeles, part of the largely ethnic Greater Los Angeles Soccer League. As a recent article in… Read More

Zumba's Jewish Matron Saint
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Zumba’s Jewish Matron Saint

By On June 2, 2015

  One day in the mid-1990s, dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Pérez forgot his usual music for the aerobics class he taught in Bogotá, Colombia. In a pinch, he reached for his… Read More

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The Rising (Jewish) Star of Professional Boxing

By On February 5, 2015

A muskeljude of the modern era, Dustin Fleischer wants to fight with the weight of history on his back—and in his fists. The “White Tiger”—so dubbed for his background in martial arts—is… Read More

Ga-ga, The Israeli Dodgeball
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Ga-ga, The Israeli Dodgeball

By On November 3, 2014

  When New York dance studios began offering Gaga classes, some people asked, “Wait, you need to go to a class to learn Ga-ga?” You can forgive them for the confusion, but in Israel,… Read More

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The Jewish Baseball Star Who Outran a Horse

By On October 23, 2013

Lipman Pike was not only the first Jewish American sports star and professional baseball player, he was the first pro baseball player altogether. Oh, and there was that time he outran a horse. Born in New… Read More

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Wilt Chamberlain, Borscht-Belt Bellhop

By On September 30, 2013

In 1954, at 17 years old, 7’1″ Wilt Chamberlain was already a basketball phenom. But the summer before his senior year of high school he took a summer job as a bellhop at Kutsher’s Country… Read More

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How to Play Jewball

By On October 26, 2011

Do Jews care about sports? The popular stereotype says no–Jews are too nerdy and bookish to chase after balls. But Neal Pollack, author, impresario, and occasional MyJewishLearning.com correspondent, has devoted the past two years… Read More

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