Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Tishri 6, 5775
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The 2011 Philadelphia JCC Maccabi Games had just gotten under way Monday morning, but Harry Cohen, a 14-year-old baseball player from northern New Jersey had already been knocked out of competition. The art competition, that is. The wet weather had put a damper on the baseball tournament, delaying the start by a day. Rather than racing out to the field...
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Baseball and beer. Baseball and red hots. Baseball and bragging rights. Baseball and -- Jews? It's not such a seventh-inning stretch; in fact, say many, it is -- like Roy Hobbs himself -- a natural. Maybe even biblical? "In the big inning" is the genesis of an old joke that goes back possibly to when the earth was created. Or,...
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Jill Radwin, JE Feature
Lehigh University was so eager to recruit Carli Sukonik for its women's lacrosse team, the coaches switched a planned weekend for potential recruits last year because it conflicted with Rosh Hashanah. "Lehigh's understanding was influential in sealing the deal," said the 18-year-old Penn Valley resident, who will be heading to Lehigh next week to launch her college career. "I didn't...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
With 1,500 athletes and coaches descending on Philadelphia for next week's JCC Maccabi Games, preparations for the Olympic-style competition for Jewish teens is quite an undertaking. Armed with just two paid staffers, some interns and plenty of volunteers, Beth Segal, the games director, and Farrell Borine, executive director of the Kaiserman JCC, are feverishly working out the last-minute details as...
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The 13th European Maccabi Games, which concluded in Vienna on July 13, yielded medals for 10 local athletes. Philadelphia sent a delegation of 20 participants, including athletes, coaches and a team physician. They were part of Team USA, a contingent of some 115 athletes and coaches competing against other countries. The event was billed as the largest gathering of Jews...
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