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Teenage Orthodox pingpong phenom may have to skip Olympics because trials are on Shabbat

(JTA) — An 18-year-old pingpong star may have to skip this year’s Olympics because the U.S. trials are scheduled for Shabbat and she is an Orthodox Jew.

While many Orthodox Jews will informally play sports on Shabbat, they generally do not take part in organized competition.

Estee Ackerman, who won the women’s division at the 2018 Table Tennis U.S. Open, reached out to USA Table Tennis via her father in...

Meet Mitchell Schwartz, the Jewish Kansas City Chiefs lineman heading to Super Bowl LIV

 (JTA) — Kansas City Chiefs lineman Mitchell Schwartz does more than start for perhaps the best offense in the NFL. The 6-5, 320-pound tackle is a star at his position and has been for much of his eight-year career since turning pro following a standout career at the University of California, Berkeley.

Powered by an attack led by the dynamic quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs will be making their first...

Amar’e Stoudemire calls for end of anti-Semitism among African-Americans

(JTA) — Former NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire called for an end to anti-Semitism among African-Americans.

In an Instagram post on Saturday, Stoudemire said he wanted to “address the situation that happened in Monsey, with the brother that had the attacks on the Jewish people. Anti-Semitic attacks.”

His video statement continues: “One thing we gotta realize is that African Americans are also Semitic people, being that they are from the lost...

Former NBA Commissioner David Stern is dead at 77


David Stern, the former NBA commissioner, succumbed to a brain hemorrhage on January 1, 2020, for which he had undergone emergency surgery more than two weeks earlier. He was 77.

Stern had been reportedly dining at Brasserie 8 1/2, a New York City classic French restaurant on December 12 when he suddenly collapsed. The gray-haired Stern was immediately rushed to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital, where he...

David Stern, longtime NBA commissioner, undergoes emergency brain surgery

(JTA) — David Stern, the former NBA commissioner, underwent emergency surgery for a brain hemorrhage after collapsing at a New York City restaurant.

Stern, 77, was rushed to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital on Thursday afternoon from the Brasserie 8 1/2 on Manhattan’s West Side.

During his NBA tenure from 1974 to 2014, he guided the basketball league from financial distress to extraordinary success.

Stern is a member of the...

Gabe Kapler hired to manage San Francisco Giants

(JTA) — A month after being fired from his first manager’s post, Gabe Kapler has another shot. The Jewish ex-major league outfielder, a one-time coach for Team Israel, was named manager of the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.

Kapler, who has a Jewish-themed tattoo on each leg, was let go by the Philadelphia Phillies after two seasons in which his team failed to make the postseason despite high expectations.


Jewish co-owner of NBA champion Raptors denies claim that boycott has kept his team from visiting Israel

(JTA) — The co-owner of the 2019 NBA champion Toronto Raptors said he has not taken the team to Israel yet as he said he would due to scheduling conflicts and not the boycott movement.

Larry Tanenbaum said two months before the Raptors’ victory in the Finals in June that if the team won, he would bring them to what he called the Holy Land.

The Canadian BDS Coalition in...

Amar’e Stoudemire will play basketball in China

(JTA) — Amar’e Stoudemire has traded the Middle East for the Far East.

The former NBA All-Star has signed a deal to play this season for the Fujian Sturgeons in the Chinese Basketball Association.

His profile appears on the team’s website.

Stoudemire had been attempting to make a comeback in the NBA.

At the team’s media day photo shoot this week, Stoudemire was seen posing with traditional Chinese cultural elements,...

Alex Bregman breaks a World Series home run record

(JTA) — Most of the news surrounding Houston Astros slugger Alex Bregman on Tuesday night focused on his “bat carry” — how he ostentatiously carried his bat down to first base while watching his first inning home run sail over the left field fence before dropping it. He apologized for the move after the game.

But the Jewish third baseman’s blast was historic, too: It was his fifth in a...

Iran banned from all judo competition over boycott of Israeli athletes

(JTA) — The International Judo Federation has ordered Iran banned from all competition over its boycott of Israeli athletes.

The ban will be in effect “until the Iran Judo Federation gives strong guarantees and prove that they will respect the IJF Statutes and accept that their athletes fight against Israeli athletes,” the Federation said in a statement about its decision issued on Tuesday.

The ban comes nine months before the...