Tuesday, September 1, 2015 Elul 17, 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
Sara Brams-Miller is hoping the World Maccabiah Games will not only be her first step into international competition, but will also lead into professional cycling one day. She will be the only Philadelphia-area cyclist riding in open cycling at next month's games. Several other local riders will be competing in masters cycling. The 25-year-old native of Bethlehem, Pa., turned to...
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Aaron Passman, Staff Writer
In the Specter household, it's no stretch to say that squash is the family sport. Parents Shanin and Tracey met one another back in 1982 on the squash court while they were students at the University of Pennsylvania; these days, they can regularly be found playing on the family court. Sometimes the senior Specter, grandfather Arlen -- yes, that Arlen...
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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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