A league of their own

The Washington Hebrew Congregation softball team last month defeated Temple Isaiah in the Suburban Maryland Synagogue Softball League’s championship game. Winning five out of six playoff games, Washington Hebrew’s team (known as the Washington Hebrew Nationals) brought its overall record to 22-2 for the nine-week season that began April 7. Lead by team captains, Rob… Read More

Amar’e Stoudemire at Maccabiah feels Jewish connections

JERUSALEM —The two Israeli television cameramen awaiting the Canadian basketball team’s arrival at the opening ceremony of the Maccabiah Games didn’t hint at the chaos about to envelop Amar’e Stoudemire. The 6-foot-11 forward for the New York Knicks stepped from the chartered bus last Thursday and the cameramen departed, duly satisfied they had captured their… Read More

A man named Macabi

  BALTIMORE — The first arrows Roxana and Rafael Gonzalez launched at the 19th Maccabiah Games took flight from their fingertips, but also from Jeffrey Sudikoff’s imagination. Roxana, 25, and Rafael, 24, are part of the first Cuban delegation to participate in the Maccabiah, a quadrennial sports competition that dates back to 1932. The siblings… Read More

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