Monday, October 20, 2014 Tishri 26, 5775
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Jennie Shulkin’s grandparents purchased flights to watch her play tennis this summer at the Maccabiah Games in Israel before she even tried out for the U.S. team — and she considered herself a long shot.
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Lazarus “Larry” Zeidel, believed to be the only Jew ever to skate for the Philadelphia Flyers, had the chance Thursday night to catch his old squad in action.
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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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