Saturday, December 27, 2014 Tevet 5, 5775
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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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Coach Harrison Singer practically bounced on the sidelines, the sound of his voice as constant as the squeaking sneakers, thudding basketball and heavy breathing of his sprinting players. "Way to move without the ball," Singer, 26, shouted to his JCC Maccabi team members as they scrimmaged inside the Harriton High School gymnasium. "Guys, we have to get this stop." "You...
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Standing with his arms crossed, Zion Bakshi gazed at a collage of photos and clippings harkening back to his life as a wrestling champion. Back then, more than 50 years ago, wrestling in Israel didn't pay the bills, so he traded in his beloved sport to study engineering in Philadelphia. But the 75-year-old Center City resident still mulls over his...
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As the girls' lacrosse team from the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy competed for a league championship last week, the players on the field looked like a well-seasoned group of athletes putting on a scrappy performance that nearly won them the title. In reality, this group, like the school's program, was completing only its second season. Three years ago, many...
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