Saturday, January 31, 2015 Shevat 11, 5775
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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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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
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, JE Feature
Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame chair Stephen Frishberg tells a story of recently bumping into a current member of the Philadelphia Phillies on the street. While making small talk, Frishberg said that the Phillies' general manager, Ruben Amaro Jr., was among this year's inductees. The player was surprised, according to Frishberg -- not because of the honor, but because...
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I am a sporadic sports fan -- at best -- these days, and have only ever had a real passion for college football and basketball, and never much tolerance for professional sports (the pay scale seems to me problematic, the kvetching by players is more than I can take, and then there's that whole doping thing). So when a book...
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