The Texas Rangers’ Jewish general manager, Jon Daniels, idolized the Mets while growing up in Queens, but he always assumed his future wouldn’t include being a star ballplayer for the team. It became that much more apparent when he tried out for the freshman baseball team at Hunter College High School in Manhattan. As he said in an interview with Fast Company magazine, “I could throw, and I wasn’t afraid to take a beating, but I couldn’t hit for shit.”
San Diego Jewish Academy, which fields what it says is the nation’s only all-Jewish high school football team, is experiencing its share of tsuris.
Shortly after the North American press premiere of “The Matchmaker” hit technical difficulties and screened without English subtitles, the film’s Israeli director, Avi Nesher, tried to calm himself. “Wrist-slashing is an option,” he said.
The cringe-inducing spectacle of Jews tied to the world financial implosion took center stage at the recent Cannes Film Festival. Even fiction got in on the act.
It took a 101-year-old Catholic to give Judaism its due at the Cannes Film Festival this year. Manoel de Oliveira, the oldest active director in the world, breathed new life into the ancient issue of persecution in “The Strange Case of Angelica.”
With only one major ice rink and a mountain that would never be confused with the Alps, Israel is being buffeted by opposing forces as it prepares to send a small delegation of athletes to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
The Kunstler daughters have made a new documentary about their father, William Kunstler, a Jewish lawyer who represented Martin Luther King Jr. and the Chicago Seven earning a reputation for carrying freedom in his briefcase. He never spoke of antisemitism, but his daughters believe it steered his outlook.
In defiance of the odds on a scale of, say, holding a royal flush, four of the nine players who will be sitting at the final table at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas are Jewish.
Matthew Soffer, a 29-year-old rabbinical student from Philadelphia, was the rookie manager of a weak fantasy league baseball team until he turned to his faith and traded for a player of Jewish heritage.
What’s a Jewish boy from Brooklyn doing provoking Christians worldwide?It’s a matter to which Akiva Goldsman didn’t give much thought while adapting “The Da Vinci Code” for the screen.
“You sort of have to put your head down and do the work,” the writer told the Forward, “and politics has to come second to doing your