Actor Omar Sharif Won't Compete in World Bridge Olympics with Israelis

Kiev Evicts 580 Jewish Families From the City

Not Playing: Academy Award nominated actor Omar Sharif, best known for roles in ‘Funny Girl’ and ‘Doctor Zhivago,’ said though he would personally play against Israelis at the World Bridge Olympics in 1963, he was told not to by Arab leaders. Seen here at the competition in 1966.
Getty Images
Not Playing: Academy Award nominated actor Omar Sharif, best known for roles in ‘Funny Girl’ and ‘Doctor Zhivago,’ said though he would personally play against Israelis at the World Bridge Olympics in 1963, he was told not to by Arab leaders. Seen here at the competition in 1966.

By Eddy Portnoy

Published April 28, 2014, issue of May 02, 2014.
  • Print
  • Share Share

1913 •100 years ago

Jews of Kiev Evicted

Reports from Russia reveal that the Jews of Kiev are under renewed attack. An official administrative order announced that 580 Jewish families must leave the city immediately. The order was issued in the wake of revelations that a large of number of Jewish families had obtained residence permits to live in Kiev, thanks to the fact that the daughters of each family attended one of three private girls high schools. A number of influential Christians petitioned the government, asking that the Jews be allowed to remain, but the request was denied. Additionally, a delegation of Christian citizens approached Governor-General Pyotr Lavrentyevic Sukovkin, demanding that he do something to prevent the expulsion of the 580 Jewish families, because, after all, their Christian landlords will suffer.

1938 •75 years ago

Violence Rises in Slovakia

Terrible stories of violent pogroms against Slovakia’s Jews are leaking out of the area. Under attack by the Nazi-affiliated Hlinka Guard, the country’s Jews are hiding behind closed doors, fearing that if they leave their homes, they will be brutally attacked. German-speaking residents of Slovakia, together with the Hlinka pogromists, have been attacking Jews in the streets and plundering Jewish stores and property. In St. George, for example, Slovak hooligans forced Jews to damage their own synagogue and, after cutting off his beard, forced the rabbi to tear up the Torah. The town’s Jews were also forced to crawl on the streets and wash the sidewalks. Similar abuses of Jews have taken place throughout Slovakia. In many towns, the Jewish populations have simply left, and many Jews, unable to handle the attacks, have committed suicide.

1963 •50 years ago

Standoff at Bridge Olympics

The World Bridge Olympic, which opened recently in New York’s American Hotel, was immediately plunged into scandal when players from Egypt and Lebanon refused to participate in a match with a player from Israel. The leader of the Egyptian team, Academy Award nominated actor Omar Sharif, said that though he is personally prepared to play bridge against an Israeli opponent, the order was given from on high that the Arabs were not to sit at the tables with Israelis. The French head of the World Bridge Federation demanded that the order be repealed. On the other hand, if the Arabs refuse to play them, the Israelis will win by default.


The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.





Find us on Facebook!
  • Will Americans who served in the Israeli army during the Gaza operation face war crimes charges when they get back home?
  • Talk about a fashion faux pas. What was Zara thinking with the concentration camp look?
  • “The Black community was resistant to the Jewish community coming into the neighborhood — at first.” Watch this video about how a group of gardeners is rebuilding trust between African-Americans and Jews in Detroit.
  • "I am a Jewish woman married to a non-Jewish man who was raised Catholic, but now considers himself a “common-law Jew.” We are raising our two young children as Jews. My husband's parents are still semi-practicing Catholics. When we go over to either of their homes, they bow their heads, often hold hands, and say grace before meals. This is an especially awkward time for me, as I'm uncomfortable participating in a non-Jewish religious ritual, but don't want his family to think I'm ungrateful. It's becoming especially vexing to me now that my oldest son is 7. What's the best way to handle this situation?" http://jd.fo/b4ucX What would you do?
  • Maybe he was trying to give her a "schtickle of fluoride"...
  • It's all fun, fun, fun, until her dad takes the T-Bird away for Shabbos.
  • "Like many Jewish people around the world, I observed Shabbat this weekend. I didn’t light candles or recite Hebrew prayers; I didn’t eat challah or matzoh ball soup or brisket. I spent my Shabbat marching for justice for Eric Garner of Staten Island, Michael Brown of Ferguson, and all victims of police brutality."
  • Happy #NationalDogDay! To celebrate, here's a little something from our archives:
  • A Jewish couple was attacked on Monday night in New York City's Upper East Side. According to police, the attackers flew Palestinian flags.
  • "If the only thing viewers knew about the Jews was what they saw on The Simpsons they — and we — would be well served." What's your favorite Simpsons' moment?
  • "One uncle of mine said, 'I came to America after World War II and I hitchhiked.' And Robin said, 'I waited until there was a 747 and a kosher meal.'" Watch Billy Crystal's moving tribute to Robin Williams at last night's #Emmys:
  • "Americans are much more focused on the long term and on the end goal which is ending the violence, and peace. It’s a matter of zooming out rather than debating the day to day.”
  • "I feel great sorrow about the fact that you decided to return the honor and recognition that you so greatly deserve." Rivka Ben-Pazi, who got Dutchman Henk Zanoli recognized as a "Righteous Gentile," has written him an open letter.
  • Is there a right way to criticize Israel?
  • From The Daily Show to Lizzy Caplan, here's your Who's Jew guide to the 2014 #Emmys. Who are you rooting for?
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.