Second Israeli signs with NBA

  Now there are shnayim. The Dallas Mavericks signed Israeli basketball star Gal Mekel to a three-year contract July 10, making him the second Israeli ever to make it to the National Basketball Association. Omri Casspi, who recently signed a two-year deal with the Houston Rockets, was the first. He previously played for the Cleveland… Read More

Locals to join 9,000 fellow Jews in Maccabiah Games

From July 18-30 approximately 9,000 Jews from 70 countries, 37 states and D.C. will gather in Israel to compete in the 19th annual Maccabiah Games. Athletes of all ages will be competing in team and individual sports while touring Israel and making new friends. Many of them will meet their teammates and practice together for… Read More


ASHKELON, ISRAEL -€” The Israel men’s national lacrosse team earned a 13-6 win over Turkey on Thursday in front of a near-capacity crowd at Ashkelon Municipal Stadium. The friendly, which was Israel’s first ever home international, was the culmination of the lacrosse associations’ pilot youth program conducted in conjunction with the Baltimore-Ashkelon Partnership. An enthusiastic… Read More

Maccabi Haifa team dethrones Israeli basketball dynasty

Ido Kozikaro stepped from his car and was engulfed by a delirious mob in Haifa who grabbed him, hoisted him onto its shoulders and paraded him to a Japanese restaurant. Kozikaro was holding the championship trophy of the Basketball Super League, Israel’s highest division, that he and his Maccabi Haifa teammates had wrested an hour… Read More

Jewish Senators and Nationals

The news that the Yankees had signed Kevin Youkilis was big news in New York in December. In fact, in the Washington edition of The New York Times, a full page was devoted to stories about the Yankees’ new acquisition. But it wasn’t big news simply for the fact that the Yankees had signed a… Read More

Play ball!

by Emily Jacobs Staff Writer The smell of the hot dogs and the freshly cut grass, the crack of the bat hitting the ball, the roar of the crowd and the crunch of the peanuts all mean one thing: baseball season is here. Our local Washington Nationals, who went 98 and 64 last season and ended… Read More

Local NYU player to play pro basketball in Israel

Carl Yaffe’s first word was not “mama” or “dada.” It was “ball.” This was perhaps an early hint that the New York University senior basketball player was destined to be an athlete from the beginning. After he graduates, Yaffe plans to get citizenship in Israel and play professionally for either the country’s Winner or National… Read More