Friday, September 19, 2014 Elul 24, 5774

Eric Berger

Staff Writer
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Larry Needle writes in his children’s historical fiction book, Homecourt: The True Story of the Best Basketball Team You’ve Never Heard Of , about the SPHAS, a Jewish team that put basketball on the map in Philly.
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When Benny “The Bull” Sinakin, the 5-foot-10, 200-pound teen­age boxer, steps into the ring, he wears gold trunks with a Star of David on the left leg, following in the tradition of renowned Jewish fighter Max Baer.
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With the dedication of a historical marker in Philadelphia, the Jewish professional basketball team known as the SPHAS finds its official place in history.
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The Jewish professional basketball team that made its mark on sports history got its own historical marker in Philadelphia.
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A member of a Dutch family that hid a young child was honored at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park.
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Profile

Eric Berger has been a staff writer for the Jewish Exponent since August 2012.

Prior to that he spent six months interning at the Jerusalem Post and two years as reporter and then news and online editor of the Boonville Daily News, a community newspaper in Missouri. He has also written for the St. Louis Beacon, an online newspaper covering the St. Louis area.

He is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism.

Contact

(215) 832-0742

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