Israel Surprises in World Championship Debut

Team Israel wrapped up a strong World Lacrosse Championship debut late last week with a seventh-place finish. The team clinched the seventh spot with a 15-10 win over Japan on Friday, July 18. After falling behind 5-4 at halftime, Israel stormed back in the second half of its final match of the championships. Ari Sussman,… Read More

Israel Lacrosse Improves to 5-0 in World Championship

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The Israel national lacrosse team secured a top-eight finish in the FIL World Lacrosse Championship and a spot in the quarterfinals Tuesday with a 15-1 win over 6th-ranked Germany. Attackman Ari Sussman, who leads the tournament with 30 points, netted three goals and two assists in the Germany match while Matthew Cherry (four goals, one… Read More

Israel Lacrosse Makes World Championship Debut

Despite turmoil at home and protests at practices, coaches say the Israel national team is ready to play.

Amid turmoil at home, the Israeli national lacrosse team made their FIL World Championship Friday, July 11 with a 19-4 win over 10th-ranked Sweden. The team traveled to host state Colorado earlier this month, just days after the bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teens were found in the West Bank and a week before Israel… Read More

Four Questions for Jeffrey Rosen

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Mark down the date: Friday, June 20, 2014. It was the day that the world realized that Israel had become a force in the world of professional basketball. Former Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv head coach David Blatt, who led the yellow and blue to both the 2014 Euroleague and Israeli Basketball Super League championships, was… Read More

Winning Shot

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LOS ANGELES — In 1981, David Blatt moved to Israel in pursuit of a path of lifelong worship — to play professional basketball. Now, more than 30 years later, Blatt is leaving Israel to make a different, and totally unprecedented, form of aliyah — to leave the ranks of Israeli basketball to coach in the… Read More

Diamond minds

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Standing on a hill on a glorious Sunday morning, Mark and Ron Shapiro are kvelling as they watch Caden Shapiro — son of Mark and grandson of Ron — pitching — in a baseball tournament in Aberdeen, Md., after having been shelved for nearly two months by a broken ankle. Mark Shapiro, the president of… Read More

An Israeli Olympic equestrian?

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YAGUR, Israel — The crowd was sparse and admission was free. Pop music from 10 years ago blared from loudspeakers. A few families sat on bleachers near the athletes, who hopped over a low fence when it was time to compete. The Israeli Equestrian Championships wasn’t the most obvious place to look for an accomplished… Read More

‘Touchdown Israel’

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Almost four years ago, San Francisco-based documentary filmmaker Paul Hirschberger began learning all he could about the North American-style of tackle football that is being played in Israel. He has turned the research into his first sports film, “Touchdown Israel,” about how the growing sport is bridging cultural gaps in Israel. “I was looking for… Read More

A Flair for Broadcasting

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Sport5, or Sport Hamesh as it is known in Israel, is in many ways like ESPN in the United States. It is a combination of five cable and satellite sports networks that cover both amateur and professional sports from around the globe; but instead of English, it offers its content in Hebrew. At the age… Read More

Striking Out

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Longtime fans of the Chicago Cubs know there are a few mainstays they can expect when they visit Wrigley Field: ivy on the outfield walls, a strict no-wave policy rigorously enforced by fans and, most days, disappointing play by the hometown team. But there’s one little-known quirk at Wrigley that appears to be fading away,… Read More