Tuesday, September 22nd 2020   |


Aly Raisman to compete at Maccabiah Games

(JTA) — Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman will compete at the Maccabiah Games in Israel this summer. Maccabiah organizers made the announcement Monday. The games chairman, Amir Pered, told journalists that Raisman will be honored during the opening ceremony.

“We are very happy that an athlete like Aly Raisman, who is at the top of her game, will be coming to take part,” Pered said, according to Haaretz.

Raisman, who...

Two Ethiopian runners take off during Jerusalem Marathon

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two Ethiopian runners who traveled to Israel for the Jerusalem Marathon took off during the race in a suspected effort to stay in the country indefinitely.

The two women, Malet Mekonen, 24, and Mahalat Zalika, 25, were seen at the starting line on Friday but did not finish the race. They are believed to have planned their getaway and gone to south Tel Aviv, according to reports.


Israeli windsurer Korzits wins fourth world title

(JTA) — Israeli windsurfer Lee Korzits won the RS-X windsurfing World Championships for the fourth time.

Korzits’ gold medal last week in Buzios, Brazil was the third consecutive world title for Korzits, who won her first gold medal in the 2003 World Mistral Championships.

Korzits failed to medal at last summer’s London Olympics, finishing sixth after starting the final heat in second place.

In 2009, Korzits suffered a near-fatal surfing...

Cleveland-area Jewish high schooler wins Ohio wrestling crown

(JTA) — Ryan Harris, a junior at suburban Cleveland’s Beachwood High School, won an Ohio state wrestling championship. Harris took the title in the 160-pound class of Div. III  on Saturday at the Value City Arena on the campus of the Ohio State University in Columbus, the Cleveland Jewish News reported.

The Jewish grappler scored an 11-5 decision over Jared Mattin of Delta in the finals.

Beachwood teammate Sammy Gross,...

Beren falls in quadruple overtime thriller

NEW YORK (JTA) — Beren Academy, which made international headlines last year with its battle to avoid a forfeit in the Texas state boys’ basketball tournament over a Sabbath scheduling conflict, lost in quadruple overtime in the state semifinals.

Beren fell to Boerne Geneva, 68-67, on Friday afternoon in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools 2A tournament — for schools with enrollments of 55 to 120 students —...

Cavs’ Casspi undergoes appendectomy

NEW YORK (JTA) — Omri Casspi, the first Israeli to play in the NBA, had an appendectomy. The Cleveland Cavaliers forward had his appendix removed on Saturday night at the Orlando Regional Medical Center and stayed overnight at the hospital, CBS Sports reported Sunday, citing a team news release.

Casspi was to be re-evaluated on Sunday.

He had been taken to the hospital on Saturday and diagnosed with acute appendicitis,...

Inspired by past Jewish olympic stars, champion skater Max Aaron eyes Sochi Olympics

NEW YORK (JTA) — With consecutive quadruple jumps at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Max Aaron launched himself not only to a gold medal and a national championship. The 20-year-old Arizonan also joined the ranks of Jewish athletes who have made it big.

For Aaron, that was even more exciting than executing the perfect salchows last month in Omaha, Neb., which moved him from fourth to first in the standings.


Howie Lassoff, Israeli hoops star and Philly Hall of Famer, dies at 57

NEW YORK (JTA) — Howie Lassoff, who helped lead Maccabi Tel Aviv to six league titles and won Maccabiah gold with the U.S. squad, has died. Lassoff, a member of the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, died February 7 following a battle with cancer. He was 57.

The 6-foot-10 Lassoff was the starting center for the Israeli national team from 1982 to 1991. As a member of Maccabi Tel...

After hate speech charges, Jerusalem soccer club set afire

(JTA) — Arsonists set fire to the trophy room of the Beitar Jerusalem soccer team after the indictment of four fans for anti-Muslim hate speech. Assaf Evers, a fire department spokesman, was quoted by Ynet as saying that the fire was set deliberately early last Friday morning.

No one was hurt in the fire, but the trophy room and the office of property caretaker Meir Harush were heavily damaged. “The...

Cav’s Omri Casspi courting possibilities of contributing


BALTIMORE (JTA) — Even as he sits on the Cleveland Cavaliers bench, watching yet another game proceed without him, Omri Casspi is working to improve. He studies his teammates and his opponents, focusing on the player he’d likely be defending if he were on the court. Casspi uses the time to prepare for whenever he is summoned to participate — now or the next game or the...