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Patriots owner Robert Kraft visits Tree of Life synagogue before game

By MARCY OSTER

(JTA) — New England Partriots owner Robert Kraft travelled to Pittsburgh ahead of his team’s game against the Steelers to visit the Tree of Life  synagogue building and attend Shabbat services.

On Saturday morning Kraft visited the building in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood where 11 worshippers were...
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Israel has a bobsled team, and it wants to compete in the Olympics

BY JOSEFIN DOLSTEN

NEW YORK (JTA) — In the span of just a couple days, Chaim Raice went from never having been on a bobsled to being a contender to represent Israel in the 2022 Winter Olympics. And it all started with a Facebook post.

Raice, a house builder based...
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Spanish sports minister apologizes for canceling of water polo match against Israel due to boycott

Israeli player Lior Ben David, front, shown at a match at the Baku 2015 European Games at the Water Polo Arena in Baku, Azerbaijan, June 15, 2015. (Matthias Hangst/Getty Images for BEGOC)

(JTA) — Spain’s minister for sports apologized for the canceling of a water polo match in Barcelona against...
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European soccer lifts ban on airing World Cup games in Jewish settlements

JERUSALEM (JTA) — In a reversal, Israel’s public broadcaster will be allowed to air the preliminary games of the World Cup and Euro 2020 soccer tournaments, including in West Bank settlements.

The Union of European Football Associations, or UEFA, walked back its original decision not to allow Kan to air its games...
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Moe Berg, catcher who became a spy, gets an exhibit in Baseball Hall of Fame

(JTA) — Moe Berg is going into the Baseball Hall of Fame – as a spy, not a catcher.

The shrine to the national pastime in Cooperstown, New York, recently opened an exhibit on the Jewish player, who gained more attention for his espionage than a 15-year career in which...
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Israeli equestrian rider withdraws from world championships due to conflict with Yom Kippur

(Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli equestrian rider has withdrawn from next month’s world championships because the competition will take place on Yom Kippur.

The International Equestrian Federation event, which will take place this year in North Carolina, is a prelude to the 2020 Olympic Games in...
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Alex Bregman wins baseball All-Star game MVP with tie-breaking home run

(JTA) — In a baseball All-Star game that set a record for home runs, Alex Bregman had the most important one.

Bregman, the Jewish third baseman for the Houston Astros, snapped a 10th-inning tie with his two-run shot to power the American League to an 8-6 victory over the National League on...
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Israeli soccer fans harassed at World Cup in Moscow

(JTA) — Soccer fans displaying Israeli flags at World Cup matches in Russia have been subjected to threats, harassment and violence.

In one incident, a man wearing an Israeli flag around his shoulders was filmed as he was being chased around Moscow’s Red Square by men shouting “Palestine,” including one...
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How geopolitics keeps Israel out of World Cup contention

By CHARLES DUNST 

NEW YORK (JTA) — On Thursday, Saudi Arabia and Russia opened the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament before 81,000 fans at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium amid concerns over the host’s human rights record.

While Saudi Arabia and Iran will serve as this year’s Middle Eastern hopefuls, Israel has failed...
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Patriots’ Julian Edelman facing 4-game suspension over use of banned substances

(JTA) — New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman reportedly is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, but he is appealing.

League sources told ESPN of the suspension on Thursday, the sports network reported. One league source said Edelman was appealing, as he has...
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