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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...

Omri Casspi, first Israeli player in NBA, retires from professional basketball

(JTA) — Omri Casspi, the first Israeli to make it to the NBA, has retired from playing basketball professionally.

Casspi, 33, began his career with Maccabi Tel Aviv, an Israeli team, and made history in 2009 when he was selected in the NBA draft by the Sacramento Kings. A forward, he played in the NBA for a decade, with stints in Cleveland,  Houston, Memphis, Minnesota and the (San Francisco) Golden...

Elie Kligman becomes second Orthodox baseball player drafted into the MLB in 2 days


(JTA) — It has now become a doubly historic Major League Baseball draft.

The Washington Nationals selected Elie Kligman with their final and 20th round pick on Tuesday, making him the second observant Orthodox Jewish player ever drafted into the league — and the second in two days. The Arizona Diamondbacks picked 17-year-old Long Island, New York native Jacob Steinmetz 77th overall on Monday.

According to,...

Baseball phenom Jacob Steinmetz becomes first known Orthodox player drafted into the MLB

(JTA) — The Arizona Diamondbacks drafted Long Island, New York native Jacob Steinmetz 77th overall in the third round of the Major League Baseball draft on Monday. He’s the first known observant Orthodox player to be picked in the league’s draft. ranked the 17-year-old as the 121st best major league prospect, so he was chosen far earlier than expected.

Steinmetz, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound pitcher, spent the past year at...

Adam Fox named hockey’s top defenseman, first Jewish player to win a major NHL award


(JTA) — It’s been seven decades since the New York Rangers had a star Jewish defenseman. This season they had the best defenseman in the National Hockey League, Jewish or otherwise.

Adam Fox, a native of New York’s suburban Long Island and a longtime Rangers fan, was named the winner of the James Norris Memorial Trophy on Tuesday signifying the top defenseman.

The 23-year-old, a former star...

NFL’s San Francisco 49ers pick a Jew of color to lead their diversity efforts


(J. the Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — Though she calls herself an “art kid” at her core, Christina Jefferson is no stranger to contact sports.

Recently hired by the San Francisco 49ers to lead the NFL team’s diversity and inclusion efforts — a newly created position — Jefferson has a long history with a quite different, yet still bruising, athletic pursuit: roller derby.