July 8, 2009

New Wall in Jerusalem Honors Soldiers

A wall is going up in Jerusalem, this one to honor the soldiers who fought and fell in the 1948 and 1967 wars to defend and reunify Israel’s capital city.


Olympic Gold Medalist Moves on to Maccabiah

For Jason Lezak, choosing to swim in the Maccabiah Games in Israel over the FINA World Championships in Rome this month came down to more than what happens in the water.

Jamie McCourt —From Minsk to Maccabiah

Attention, baseball fans! When the baseball competition of the 18th Maccabiah opens on July 14 at 3 p.m. in Tel Aviv’s Sportech Tzafon, Jamie McCourt will have the honor of pitching the first ball.

SoCal Talent Dominates Baseball Picks

When coaches set out on a nationwide search last year to assemble the U.S. junior baseball team for the 18th Maccabiah Games, their goal was to choose the best 17 players. They couldn’t have predicted that more than half the team would be from the Los Angeles area, including five from Calabasas High School.

War and Peace

For the first time in my life, I was surrounded by Jews and I felt fear. Not too much, mind you, but just enough to give me the chills.

Jews in Congress Are Making Things Happen

In 2009, the new U.S. Congress has the largest Jewish representation in its history, with 31 members of the 435 in the House of Representatives and 13 senators of the 100. More than a third of all Jews who have ever served in the U.S. Senate were in office as 2009 began.

Let’s Bring Innovation Into the Fold

Pop quiz: What Jewish organization that didn’t even exist 10 years ago reaches more than 400,000 people nationally and accounted for $100 million in economic activity in the last year alone? Hint: It also manages to reach 7 percent of American Jewry while costing just 1 percent of the total national Jewish GDP (as calculated by JInsider.com’s Mark Pearlman).

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