Sy Syms, Retail Magnate and Y.U. Benefactor, Dies at 83

Sy Syms, the founder of the discount retail clothing chain Syms and the founding board member of the Sy Syms School of Business at New York’s Yeshiva University, died November 17. He was 83, and the cause of death was heart failure.


Were Israelis Banned From Komen’s Egyptian Cancer Meeting?

When the international advocacy and fundraising organization Susan G. Komen for the Cure called two Israeli advocates to invite them to a breast cancer conference in Egypt, “we were very excited about it,” one of the women said. “This is a level we never dreamed of, breaking political barriers. This collaborative effort with Middle East women dealing with the same issues we are. This holds us together, this universal experience.”

Champion! Yuri Foreman, who boxes under the Israeli flag, seen here punching Daniel Santos of Puerto Rico during their WBA super welterweight championship fight on November 14. Foreman continued his winning streak and captured the title. Our Gordon Haber writes from Las Vegas about this aspiring rabbi who is now Israel?s first boxing world champion.

Yuri Foreman: Future Rabbi, Present World Champion

Boxing is a sport for immigrants, for tough young men looking to make a living. Which is why it used to be a sport for American Jews. Before World War II, there were a number of superior Jewish fighters, like Benny Leonard, Barney Ross and Maxie Rosenbloom. But these days, the Jews in boxing tend to be promoters.

Not Horsing Around: David Cohen, one of only a few Jewish jockeys, rides Malibu Moonshine to the starting gate at Aqueduct Racetrack.

It’s Off to the Races With a Jockey Named Cohen

It’s the sixth race at New York’s Aqueduct Racetrack, and David Cohen is rounding into the home stretch on the back of a black filly named Beautiful Pear. He is crouched over her, the both of them gray from splattered dirt, his whip slapping furiously at the filly’s right shoulder as they battle toward the grandstand.

Let?s Talk: Netanyahu told Jewish leaders he?s ready.

Amid Growing Crisis, U.S. Asks Israel for Action To Boost Abbas

Facing a political crisis in the Palestinian Authority, the Obama administration has privately presented Israel with a list of measures it should take to bolster embattled leader Mahmoud Abbas.