Friday, December 26, 2014 Tevet 4, 5775
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Aaron Passman, Staff Writer
Who's up for a victory lap? Thousands of athletes from more than 60 nations competed in the 18th World Maccabiah Games in Israel, the quadrennial "Jewish Olympics," which ran from July 12 to July 23. The games had a number of highlights, not least of which were the participation by Olympic swimmer Jason Lezak, who won two gold medals, and...
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On most days, Tamir Goodman -- once dubbed the "Jewish Jordan"-- was spending six hours or so on the outdoor courts with the campers, pushing them to their limits in drills and intense scrimmages. But there were no rebounds or layups on July 9, the 17th of Tammuz, which is the traditional fast day that marks the three-week mourning period...
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Aaron Passman, Staff Writer
Craig Hoffman is headed back to Israel because of some unfinished business. The Berwyn resident served as head coach of the United States' rowing team at the 1997 World Maccabiah Games in Israel when tragedy struck. A pedestrian bridge over Tel Aviv's Yarkon River collapsed during the opening ceremonies, killing four Australian athletes. Though the games went on and the...
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Aaron Passman, Staff Writer
For siblings Josh and Tracy Bienenfeld, playing in the World Maccabiah Games will be a sort of reunion. The two haven't been around one another as teammates "since I was a freshman in high school and she was a senior, and we played on the same co-ed team," said Josh, age 21. The Huntingdon Valley natives will compete on the...
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Aaron Passman, Staff Writer
If Anatoliy Kenis fights the way that he talks, then he'll have no trouble bringing home a few gold medals. The 40-year-old, Ukrainian-born judoka (that's judo competitor, for those not in the know) is about as big as a bear, but he gives off the air of being quiet and reserved. Get him talking about his 35 years of fighting,...
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