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HBO spotlights Amar’e Stoudemire’s journey from the NBA to Orthodox Judaism


(JTA) — A new episode of HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” that aired Tuesday focused on Amar’e Stoudemire and the retired NBA star’s embrace of Orthodox Judaism.

Stoudemire, who has played for the New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns, converted to Judaism while living in Israel in August 2020. From 2016 to 2019, he played for the Israeli team Hapoel Jerusalem and later for Maccabi Tel...

Max Fried wins second consecutive Gold Glove Award, for best defensive pitcher


(JTA) — Max Fried is having quite a month.

The Jewish star pitcher won his second straight Gold Glove Award, given to the best defensive player at each position in each league, on Sunday night, five days after he pitched the Atlanta Braves to the franchise’s first World Series championship in 26 years.

The 27-year-old left-hander beat out fellow finalists Zach Davies of the Chicago Cubs and...

UK soccer fans arrested for allegedly harassing Orthodox Jew on a plane


(JTA) – Police in Britain arrested two men for allegedly chanting offensive soccer-themed limericks at an Orthodox Jewish passenger on a flight Nov. 4.

The incident was filmed aboard a Ryanair flight from the United Kingdom to Belgium last week. Many of the passengers were headed to a soccer match between the West Ham team and Genk, a Belgian team.

As the Orthodox passenger walked past them on...

Max Fried pitches Atlanta Braves to first World Series win in 26 years


(JTA) — Jewish ace pitcher Max Fried delivered his Atlanta Braves to their first World Championship since 1995 with six shutout innings in Tuesday’s Game 6 of a World Series heralded as the most Jewish in baseball history.

The 27-year-old lefty held the Houston Astros to four hits, overcoming a potentially serious injury to strike out six without surrendering a run or a walk.

The game contained...

Tyler Herron, former Team Israel pitcher, dies at 35

(JTA) — Tyler Herron, a former major league baseball prospect who pitched for Team Israel during their Cindarella run in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, died this week at 35.

No cause or exact date of Herron’s death have been reported. Several of the minor league teams he played for posted tributes to Herron on social media on Thursday.

We mourn the loss of Tyler Herron.

The West...

Israeli swimmers win 2 more golds at Tokyo Paralympics, bringing the country’s medal count to record 9


(JTA) — Israeli swimmers Iyad Shalabi and Ami Dadaon each won gold medals at the Paralympics on Thursday, adding to Israel’s historic medal showing.

So far, Israel has won nine medals — all but one in swimming events. Six of the medals are gold.

On the first day of competition, Shalabi had already made history by becoming the first Arab-Israeli to medal in the Olympics or Paralympics. His...

Israeli swimmer Mark Malyar wins a second gold and sets another world record at Tokyo Paralympics


(JTA) — Israeli swimmer Mark Malyar continued his historic Paralympics on Sunday, winning another gold medal and breaking his own world record.

Malyar won the 400-meter freestyle race in the S7 category, days after winning gold in the men’s 200-meter individual medley in the SM7 category. He set a new world record in that race, too.

Malyar, 21, completed Sunday’s race in 4:31.06, two seconds better than...

Israeli-Arab swimmer wins gold at Tokyo Paralympics, makes history

(JTA) — On the first day of the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, swimmer Iyad Shalabi made history: He became the first Israeli-Arab athlete to win a medal in the Olympics or Paralympics.

Shalabi, 34, won gold Tuesday in the 100-meter backstroke in the S1 division in a time of 2 minutes, 28 seconds. Paralympic sports have a wide range of classifications; S1 denotes severe activity limitations.

“My heart was pounding,” Shalabi’s father, Yusuf Shelby, told...

Ezra Frech, Moran Samuel, Shraga Weinberg and more: 11 Jewish Paralympics athletes to watch


(JTA) — Weeks after the Olympics came to a close, Tokyo is filled again with athletes, for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. Among them are dozens of Jewish athletes looking to medal in an array of sports.

The Paralympics, founded by the late German-Jewish doctor Ludwig Guttman, are for athletes with physical disabilities. Some 4,500 athletes are set to compete in 539 events in the 16th Paralympics, which...

Yes, Italian tennis star Camila Giorgi is Jewish. And her favorite book is ‘The Diary of Anne Frank.’

(JTA) — This week Camila Giorgi won the National Bank Open, Canada’s most prestigious tennis tournament, and it was a milestone for two reasons.

First, it was the first major title win in the 29-year-old’s career, and a huge upset — she was ranked 71st in the world before beating No. 6 Karolina Pliskova in the finals.

Second, Giorgi became the first Jewish player to win the event in 56...