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Former NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire Leading Team Yachad at 10K Marathon in Jerusalem

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Jerusalem, Israel—Yachad, the National Council for Jewish Disabilities, announced that former NBA all-star basketball player Amar’e Stoudemire will be leading Yachad’s Jerusalem Marathon team this March. Proceeds will go directly to help those with disabilities attend many of Yachad’s famous Shabbatonim, summer...

Daniela Epstein to Be Inducted Into YU’s Inaugural Maccabees Athletics Hall of Fame

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Every Monday night, the gym at Ben Porat Yosef in Paramus resounds with the bouncing of the basketball off the rim. Among the players of the independent league CMEK are two sisters, Stephanie Greenspan of Teaneck and Daniela Epstein of Manhattan. At only 5’7’’ Daniela Epstein has made a name for herself in the sport of basketball which she has been playing since the tender age of eight. In fact, Epstein, who played on Yeshiva University’s Lady Macs basketball team from 1999 to 2003, is the all-time leading scorer with 1,134 career points and is the only woman in YU history to score over 1000 points in her career. In recognition, Epstein will be honored in May among Yeshiva...

Jewish MLB Players Visit Israeli Air Force Base With FIDF

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Rehovot, Israel – Ten Jewish current and former Major League Baseball players and their families visited the Tel Nof Israeli Air Force Base near Rehovot, Israel, as part of a trip to Israel in preparation for the World Baseball Classic. The base visit, organized by Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), allowed the players to meet and hear firsthand from the fighter pilots who protect Israel’s skies.

The visiting players, led on the trip by FIDF supporter and Jewish Baseball Museum founder Jeff Aeder of Chicago, included former New York Met Ike Davis, New York Mets players Ty Kelly and Josh Zeid, Oakland Athletics players Ryan Lavarnway and Sam Fuld, Boston Red Sox player...

Little League Chanukah Tournament Is Played in Tel Aviv

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Little League Cadets teams (ages 11-14) from the Israel Association of Baseball battled each other at Tel Aviv’s Sportek facility last Friday during the league’s annual Chanukah baseball tourney. Teams from Modiin, Tel Aviv, Kibbutz Gezer, Ra’anana, Lev Hasharon and Misgav (Northern Israel), who boast many new immigrants from the metro NY-NJ region, played in an exciting round-robin event that started early in the morning and stretched into the afternoon hours.

“It was a picture perfect day to play baseball. After months of practices, the youngsters finally received an opportunity to see how they stacked up against teams from across the country, which was also instructive for...

WTA Hosts First Ever Shabbaton

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With a growing school body representing major Jewish communities in Riverdale, New Rochelle, White Plains and beyond, Westchester Torah Academy recently held its first ever shabbaton in New Rochelle. Among the attendees were all twenty WTA YINR families, five staff families, a Riverdale family with ties to New Rochelle and a family from downtown New Rochelle.

The shabbaton began with a kabbalat Shabbat on Friday night in YINR that was led by Rabbi Rami Strosberg, head of school. Attendees got together for a dinner, at which they were also honored with the presence of Rabbi and Rebbetzin Reuven Fink, that was filled with zemirot and divrei Torah that were delivered both by...

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