Gerald Eskenazi

A Personal History of Sports and Anti-Semitism

Ugly chants at European soccer games suggest a rise of anti-Semitism. But, according to former New York Times sportswriter Gerald Eskenazi, sports fans and anti-Jewish prejudice have a long history together.

Crowd Control: With an 82,000 seat capacity, MetLife even has prayer areas for those in search of a minyan.

Will This Be the Most Kosher Super Bowl?

At this year’s Super Bowl, there will be more than just kosher franks, knishes and pretzels. ‘We will be the most kosher stadium in the country.’

Golden Mensch: We all know Aly Raisman, but how about Yasmin Feingold?

Debunking Myth of the Unathletic Jew

We are endlessly fascinated by stories of Jews who play sports and play them well. An under-the-radar publication suggests there are more of them than you might think.

Sixty Summers Ago, Dodgers Dream Died for a Jewish Boy

The Brooklyn Dodgers and Cal Abrams had the pennant locked up along with the loyalty of millions of Jews. In a flash, they blew their lead and turned a kid’s world upside down.

Filling In: Retired journalist Gerald Eskenazi found himself conducting Friday night services aboard his cruise ship.

Shabbat on the Queen Mary 2

It certainly wasn’t your average Friday night Sabbath.

Proud Pappy: Gerald Eskenazi and his granddaughter, Alexa, during her bat mitzvah at Masada.

Baby-Sitting Means a Trans-Atlantic Flight

It used to be so simple: On Sunday mornings I’d go upstairs to my grandma’s part of the house, snuggle in bed with her and sing “You Are My Sunshine.” How she kvelled.

Around the World: Gerald Eskanazi and his wife, Rosalind, outside a shop in ?Jew Town? in Cochin, India.

When Travel Brings Out Our Heritage

In corners of the world I never expected my Jewishness to surface, my ancient heritage finds me. Or is it the other way around?

Want A Schmear With That? Rosalind Eskenazi, left, finds ?New York Style Bagels? flavored with green tea at a shop in Sendai, Japan.

An International Hunt for the Elusive Bagel

I was sailing along the Nile on a fancy cruise, breakfast-time. I looked in the breadbasket, and there I saw them: bagels! On the Nile!? I knew, just knew, they couldn’t be good. And they weren’t. They were white bread made round.

The Olympics Aren’t Always Fun and Games

Ever hear of a Jewish motocross racer? Neither have I, and I’ve been around sports for almost 50 years and written about Olympics from the Alps to Barcelona.

Down Memory Lane: Cochin was once a center of Jewish culture. Above, a street leads to a synagogue in the city's old Jewish quarter (circa 1950).

Eating (Jewish) in India

The candles were lit just before sundown, and the Sabbath meal was about to be served.