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Bnai B’rith to honor baseball’s Bud Selig

NEW YORK (JTA) — Bud Selig, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, will be honored for his humanitarianism by B’nai B’rith International.

B’nai B’rith will present its Distinguished Humanitarian Award to Selig on June 27 in New York City for his efforts in youth education and training, diversity and environmental advocacy.

Among those scheduled to speak at the dinner honoring Selig are Sharon Robinson, the daughter of Jackie Robinson as...

As European soccer racism festers, British pros coach Israelis in tolerance


(JTA) — Itzik Shanan and Abbas Suan watched last week as 100,000 English soccer fans sang along to a live performance by a multiracial quartet at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Shanan, who started a campaign to eliminate racism from Israeli soccer, and Suan, a well-known Arab-Israeli player, were in Britain for five days of anti-hooliganism training in advance of Israel’s hosting next month of a major international soccer...

Hank Greenberg is in extra innings


(Washington Jewish Week) — “I think Hank Greenberg was the great American hero,” Washington filmmaker Aviva Kempner says. “What he did on Yom Kippur. What he faced. He was our Jackie Robinson.”

Thirteen years after the debut of “The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg,” her documentary about the baseball great, Kempner is rereleasing the film on DVD — including an additional two hours of interviews that...

Seeking Jewish connections to baseball


BALTIMORE (JTA) — Josh Perelman is seeking kin — but not his own. Rather, Perelman is on a quest for families and individuals who will share memories, artifacts and pictures that help tell the story of the American Jewish relationship with baseball.

As chief curator for the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, Perelman is mounting an exhibition that will open next March. Instead of...

Shatilov takes European gold

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli gymnast Alexander Shatilov won a gold medal in the men’s floor exercise final at the European Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Moscow.

Shatilov shared the first-place podium on Saturday with Max Whitlock of Britain.

It was the first gold medal in international competition for Shatilov, 26, who finished sixth in the floor exercise finals at the London Olympics and 12th in the individual all-around final.

Shatilov won...

Tel Aviv Marathon cancelled due to heat

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The full Tel Aviv Marathon, which was postponed a week due to oppressive heat, was canceled.

The Tel Aviv municipality nixed the marathon on Monday, four days before the 26-mile race, after Israel’s Health Ministry said the forecast for hot and drier than normal weather would endanger the runners. The race had been rescheduled for Yarkon Park.

On March 15, one man died and some 80 people...

Greek soccer player gets lifetime ban for Nazi salute

ATHENS, Greece (JTA) — A Greek soccer player was banned for life from playing for the national team after giving the Nazi salute during a game. In barring Giorgos Katidis, who plays for AEK Athens, the Greek soccer federation said Sunday that the Nazi salute was a “severe provocation” and an insult to “all the victims of Nazi barbarity.”

Katidis, 20, gave the salute after scoring the winning goal in...

Man dies, dozens hospitalized from heat at Tel Aviv race

(JTA) — One man died and as many as 12 people suffered serious medical complications during Tel Aviv Marathon-connected races despite government warnings of extremely hot weather.

The municipality cut short last Friday’s races of 13 and 6.2 miles. The full 26-mile marathon was postponed to March 22 because of the severe heat; the race is still set to be run.

According to Army Radio, the man, in his 30s,...

Cleveland’s Casspi suits up again

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Omri Casspi didn’t hit the boards Tuesday night when his team defeated the Washington Wizards by the score of 95-90, but just suiting up for the game was to him a minor victory .

Casspi, the only Israeli-born player to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA), was back practicing with the team on Monday and at courtside for the game at the Quicken Loans Arena for...

Oppressive heat postpones Tel Aviv Marathon

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Tel Aviv Marathon was postponed for one week because of expected oppressive heat in Israel. The Tel Aviv municipality announced Tuesday that the full 26-mile marathon scheduled for Friday would be postponed because of the expected extreme high heat and in accordance with the instructions of the Ministry of Health.

Other races, including a half-marathon and a fun run, as well as marathon festivities, will go...