New and Improved

101113_new_improved

It has been just over one month since the Jewish New Year and for people who want to keep with their resolutions of dropping a few pounds and/or increasing their stamina, now is a good time to do it at the Jewish Community Center. Both the Weinberg Park Heights JCC and the Rosenbloom Owings Mills… Read More

A Tough Split

091313_a_tough_split_lg

For eight years, Irina Goldsmith has been taking her children, Jaxson, 12, and Payton, 10, to the youth duckpin bowling league at AMF Pikesville Lanes. This year, she said, league members will be traveling to the Westview lanes or dropping out entirely. No one is more surprised about this change than the league members themselves…. Read More

Pitta of Despair

dave_snyder_square

This past spring, the Ravens rewarded Super Bowl-winning quarterback Joe Flacco with a $120.6 million contract. I’d be willing to bet he’d give a few of those millions back if it meant he could have his favorite target healthy and back on the field. Late last month, fourth-year tight end Dennis Pitta dislocated his hip… Read More

Discs ‘R’ Us

080913_discs_r_us_sm

Jon “Yaakov” Goldman may have just turned 50, but fortunately for him, when it comes to playing Ultimate Frisbee, his most highly coveted and personally gratifying skill doesn’t age along with him. Goldman’s favorite element of Ultimate — an outdoor sport invented in 1967 that requires no more than an open field, a Frisbee and… Read More

Maccabiah Bar Mitzvah Ceremony Proves Games Are About More Than Sports

NEVE ILAN, Israel (JTA) — Luke Rosener removed his orange T-shirt, changed into a white dress shirt and alighted from a chartered bus. The garb was a far cry from the uniform Rosener will wear while playing for the U.S. volleyball team at the Maccabiah Games, the 78-nation sports competition that began this week in… Read More

Maccabiah Games Open With Record Number Of Athletes

.

JERUSALEM (JTA) — U.S. Olympian Aly Raisman lit the torch at the opening ceremony of the 19th Maccabiah Games, which features a record number of nearly 9,000 athletes. Thursday night’s ceremony at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem featured pyrotechnics and performances with hundreds of dancers and popular Israeli singers, as well as electric violinist Miri Ben-Ari…. Read More

Check it out!

071913_check_it_out_lg

The prospect of getting a crowd of teenagers to pipe down and focus can be a challenging task. However, when Jill Mull addresses dozens of 11th- and 12th-grade girls, she says it’s quiet enough to hear a pin drop. Mull is one of several breast cancer survivors who volunteer to speakin front of female high… Read More

Rooting For B-Rob

Nice to see you, Brian Roberts. It’s been awhile … again. Signed to a four-year, $40 million contract through 2013, Roberts has been a constant source of frustration and skepticism for Orioles fans over the last few seasons. It’s not because he hasn’t played well — it’s because he hasn’t played … period. Injuries have… Read More

Orioles Deal for Jewish Pitcher Feldman

071213_orioles_deal_for_jewish_pitcher_feldman_sm

For the second time in just seven months, the Orioles have tapped into Major League Baseball’s Jewish market. On Tuesday, July 2, the Orioles bolstered their starting rotation by acquiring pitcher Scott Feldman — one of 11 Jewish players currently on a major league roster — in a trade with the Chicago Cubs. Baltimore parted… Read More

Ready & Waiting

Danny Valencia says that even though he doesn’t have a starting role with the 
Orioles, he wants to 
contribute in any way he can. (Todd Olszewski)

Orioles reserve outfielder Steve Pearce calls it the toughest job in sports. Yet, in a game against the Detroit Tigers earlier this month, fellow reserve Danny Valencia made it look easy. The job: serve as a bench player on a major league roster. The mission: find a way to rise to the occasion whenever your… Read More