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Israel signs agreement with South American soccer federation, paving way for elite international competition


(JTA) — Israel’s soccer association has signed a cooperation agreement with South America’s soccer confederation that opens the door for it to compete in the continent’s elite tournaments, such as the Copa America, alongside soccer powerhouses like Argentina and Uruguay.

Israel currently plays in the Union of European Football Associations and has given no indication that it is about to bolt that organization to become a member...

Israeli fencer Yuval Freilich wins gold medal in Qatar, home to Hamas’ leadership


(JTA) — Israeli fencer Yuval Freilich won a gold medal at the 2024 Qatar Grand Prix on Wednesday, becoming a champion in a country that is home to the leadership of Hamas.

Freilich, 29, won the epee title in Doha while wearing a uniform with an Israeli flag and the message “Am Israel Chai,” Hebrew for “the people of Israel lives,” written on his shoulder. As in...

Jewish billionaire David Rubenstein buys his hometown Baltimore Orioles


(JTA) — Jewish billionaire businessman and philanthropist David Rubenstein has reportedly agreed to purchase the MLB’s Baltimore Orioles.

Rubenstein, a Baltimore native who is best known as the co-founder of the private equity firm The Carlyle Group, is leading a new ownership cohort that includes Jewish former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Orioles Hall of Fame player Cal Ripken Jr.

Rubenstein’s group will initially purchase...

South African national cricket team removes Jewish captain, citing anti-Israel protests against him


(JTA) — David Teeger, a rising star on South Africa’s cricket scene, has been removed as the country’s Under-19 team captain on the eve of the world championship competition.

Cricket South Africa cited threats to Teeger, who is Jewish, and the team over Israel’s war in Gaza ahead of the U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup, which South Africa is hosting.

“We have been advised that protests related...

These Utah rabbis displayed ‘I’m Jewish and I’m proud’ signs at NBA game to send Kyrie Irving a message


(JTA) — When Kyrie Irving’s Dallas Mavericks came to Salt Lake City on Monday to face the Utah Jazz, Rabbi Avremi Zippel knew he had to be there.

Zippel, his brother Chaim, their father Benny and their friend Moshe Nigri — all of whom attended Monday night’s matchup — are Chabad rabbis who work at the Hasidic movement’s Utah outpost in Salt Lake City. Avremi is a...

Michigan State University says it is ‘deeply sorry’ for showing Hitler on screen at football game


(JTA) — Michigan State University apologized after an image of Adolf Hitler was displayed on the school’s video board at its football game against the University of Michigan on Saturday.

The photo was shown during a pregame trivia quiz at Spartan Stadium that came from the YouTube page The Quiz Channel. The question asked where Hitler was born.

The incident comes at a time of heightened fear...

‘Can’t break us’: Brooklyn Nets preseason game against Israeli team turns into catharsis for Israel supporters


(New York Jewish Week via JTA) — Israeli pop superstar Noa Kirel took to the floor of Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Thursday night with an Israeli flag draped around her shoulders to sing the national anthem, “Hatikvah,” as the Brooklyn Nets and Maccabi Raanana lined up on either side.

Wrapping up her rendition, she said “Am Yisrael chai,” meaning “The people of Israel live,” her voice cracking...

San Francisco Giants fire Jewish manager Gabe Kapler after disappointing season


(JTA) — The San Francisco Giants have fired Jewish manager Gabe Kapler after four seasons.

Kapler joined the Giants in November 2019 and led the Giants to a 295-248 record during the 2020-2023 seasons, highlighted by a 107-win 2021 campaign that earned Kapler the National League Manager of the Year award. The team rewarded Kapler with a two-year contract extension that was set to run through 2024.


A chance discovery connected US soccer star Matt Turner to his Jewish roots


(JTA) — Unexpected events converged not only to forge Matt Turner’s career as a professional soccer player. They enabled him to find Jewish roots he never knew he had.

Turner, 29, the starting goalkeeper for the U.S. men’s national team and Nottingham Forest in England’s Premier League, discovered those roots in finding his paternal great-grandmother’s emigration papers. Those papers allowed her to leave Lithuania and escape the...

The MLB has more Jewish players than ever — but none of them will face a Yom Kippur dilemma this year


(JTA) — For Jews and baseball fans, this is one of the most important weekends of the year.

Yom Kippur, Judaism’s holiest day, begins Sunday evening. That day will also kick off the final week of the MLB regular season, when the fight to make the playoffs comes down to the wire.

For some Jewish players, the overlap between these two events brings conflict. In a few...