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A film about football and friendships — could it lead to peace?
BY Jim Williams
May 22, 2014

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 CONTINUE »

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Tal Heinrich is one of the brightest young stars of Israel’s Sport5
BY Jim Williams
May 1, 2014

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 CONTINUE »

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At Wrigley Field, Orthodox vendors going the way of Cubs wins
BY Uriel Heilman, JTA
May 1, 2014

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, CONTINUE »

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Ahead of the NBA playoffs, era of Jewish commissioner David Stern needs to be remembered
BY Robert Gluck/JNS.org
April 10, 2014

When the National Basketball Association playoffs tip off on April 19, the star players who take the court should credit their status to recently retired league commissioner David Stern, according to Peter Horvitz, author of “The Big Book of Jewish Sports Heroes.” Horvitz said Stern’s leadership of the NBA for 30 years saw the league CONTINUE »

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Ben Raby is calming voice in the crazy world of the NHL
BY Jim Williams
April 3, 2014

It is 10:05 p.m. and the lights on the phone bank at the studios of WFED-AM radio in Northwest Washington are completely full. The Capitals have just lost to their bitter arch-rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins, on a last-second goal. Ben Raby, who hosts the postgame show on the Washington Capitals Radio Network, is poised and CONTINUE »