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The Jewish Sport Report: This legendary Jewish sportswriter has a story to tell



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Hello and happy Friday!

With seven out of eight NHL first-round series reaching Game 6, these Stanley Cup Playoffs have not disappointed. And the Jewish players remaining have played a critical role for their teams.

Adam Fox has six assists for the New York Rangers, tied for third-most in the league during these playoffs. Zach Hyman has two assists and two goals for the Edmonton Oilers — one that he scored with his face (yes, really), and an overtime goal to win Game 4. Jack Hughes has three goals for the New Jersey Devils, including this smooth move on Monday. (Jack’s brother Luke has not appeared in a game for the Devils this postseason.)

Read on for this weekend’s Jewish hockey schedule.

Jerry Izenberg, Jewish reporter who covered 53 Super Bowls, has a story to tell

Jerry Izenberg, left, and boxing legend Muhammad Ali. (The Private Collection of Jerry Izenberg)

After 72 years as a sportswriter, Jerry Izenberg has quite the statline. He covered the first 53 Super Bowls. He went to 58 Kentucky Derbies. He’s covered thousands of boxing matches, and counted Muhammad Ali as a close personal friend. He’s covered the Olympics, World Cup, the list goes on.

The sports-writing legend has a new story to tell — about his Jewish upbringing in Newark.

Izenberg’s memoir, “Baseball, Nazis, and Nedick’s Hot Dogs: Growing Up Jewish in the 1930s in Newark,” hits shelves Monday. It’s a deeply personal — and funny — retelling of his childhood, centering on his relationship with his father, with whom he shared a serious passion for baseball.

“I’ve had a great life, and I’m having a great life, but I ain’t done yet,” the 92-year-old told me in an interview this week. He’s as fiery as ever.

Read more on the legendary sportswriter here.

Halftime report

NOT BUYING IT. When South Africa disinvited an Israeli team from an international rugby tournament last month, they claimed it was for safety and security reasons — an explanation that rugby’s global governing body has since affirmed. But the Tel Aviv Heat aren’t so sure about that. I spoke with the team’s CEO about it.

JEWISH FANS ARSENAL. In response to a number of recent antisemitic incidents among its fans, the Premier League club Arsenal announced the creation of a new affiliation group for Jewish fans called the “Jewish Gooners,” which incorporates the nickname for Arsenal fans.

THE YANKS ARE ABOUT TO GET BADER. New York Yankees Jewish outfielder Harrison Bader is nearing a return to action after missing the beginning of the season with an injury. Bader is rehabbing in the minor leagues, and is eyeing the Yankees’ May 5-7 series against the Tampa Bay Rays as a target for his season debut. (We still think it was the matzah ball soup that helped him heal.)

FIFA WITH THE ASSIST. FIFA is continuing its relationship with the Peres Centerfor Peace and Innovation in Israel, extending its financial support another year for the organization that uses sports as a vehicle for unity. Another Israeli program, “The Equalizer,” is receiving a $30,000 grant.

PEARL JAM. San Francisco Giants All-Star outfielder Joc Pederson celebrated his 31st birthday last Friday, and thanks to Team Israel, he did so in style. As a thank you for representing Israel in last month’s World Baseball Classic, Israel presented the fashionable slugger with a Jewish star pearl necklace.

we are so unbelievably grateful to all who choose to play with Team Israel on the global stage

Joc Pederson, at 20 years old, was with us in 2012 for the qualifiers

and then again in 2023 in Miami for the WBC

happy birthday, @yungjoc650, and thank you always

— Israel Baseball (@ILBaseball) April 22, 2023

Jews in sports to watch this weekend


Zach Hyman and the Oilers are up 3-2 over the Los Angeles Kings — Game 6 is Saturday at 10 p.m. ET. Jack and Luke Hughes and the Devils are up 3-2 over Adam Fox and the New York Rangers; Game 6 is Saturday at 8 p.m. ET. If either series reaches Game 7, they would be Monday.


Domantas Sabonis and the Sacramento Kings look to stave off elimination against the Golden State Warriors tonight at 8 p.m. ET. If they win, Game 7 would be Sunday.


Max Fried, who is sporting a 0.60 ERA in three starts, takes the mound for the Atlanta Braves tonight at 7:10 p.m. ET against the New York Mets. Dean Kremer starts for the Baltimore Orioles Saturday at 1:10 p.m. ET against the Detroit Tigers. In a World Series rematch, Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros face Garrett Stubbs and the Philadelphia Phillies in a three-game set this weekend.


Manor Solomon and Fulham F.C. take on Man City Sunday at 9 a.m. ET. The New Jersey Red Bulls are not off to a great start in the MLS season, but they do feature 20-year-old Jewish midfielder Daniel Edelman. The Red Bulls play the Chicago Fire tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. ET.


Three races into the Formula One season, Jewish Aston Martin driver Lance Stroll has 20 points, more than he earned all of last season. The Azerbaijan Grand Prix is this weekend, with lights out at 7 a.m. ET on Sunday.

Go team, go

The New York Knicks took care of the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games to advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals, which begin this weekend. And as the irreverent Instagram page Old Jewish Men points out, the team is not lacking in the, well, old Jewish men department — with fans like Jon Stewart, Howard Stern, Jerry Seinfeld and others helping cheer them on.

The Knicks also have a rich Jewish history. In the first-ever game in what would become the NBA, the New York Knickerbockers took on the Toronto Huskies, and featured four Jewish players in their starting lineup (plus two more on the bench). Can you name them? Email us at with your answer!

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Phyllis Pollock died at home Sunday September 3, 2023 in Winnipeg, after a courageous lifetime battle with cancer.
Phyllis was a mother of four: Gary (Laura), daughter Randi, Steven (deceased in 2010) (Karen), and Robert. Phyllis also had two grandchildren: Lauren and Quinn.
Born in Fort Frances, Ontario on February 7, 1939, Phyllis was an only child to Ruby and Alex Lerman. After graduating high school, Phyllis moved to Winnipeg where she married and later divorced Danny Pollock, the father of her children. She moved to Beverly Hills in 1971, where she raised her children.
Phyllis had a busy social life and lucrative real estate career that spanned over 50 years, including new home sales with CoastCo. Phyllis was the original sales agent for three buildings in Santa Monica, oceanfront: Sea Colony I, Sea Colony II, and Sea Colony. She was known as the Sea Colony Queen. She worked side by side with her daughter Randi for about 25 years – handling over 600 transactions, including sales and leases within the three phases of Sea Colony alone.
Phyllis had more energy than most people half her age. She loved entertaining, working in the real estate field, meeting new and interesting people everyday no matter where she went, and thrived on making new lifelong friends. Phyllis eventually moved to the Sea Colony in Santa Monica where she lived for many years before moving to Palm Desert, then Winnipeg.
After battling breast cancer four times in approximately 20 years, she developed metastatic Stage 4 lung cancer. Her long-time domestic partner of 27 years, Joseph Wilder, K.C., was the love of her life. They were never far apart. They traveled the world and went on many adventures during their relationship. During her treatment, Phyllis would say how much she missed work and seeing her clients. Joey demonstrated amazing strength, love, care, and compassion for Phyllis as her condition progressed. He was her rock and was by her side 24/7, making sure she had the best possible care. Joey’s son David was always there to support Phyllis and to make her smile. Joey’s other children, Sheri, Kenny, Joshua and wife Davina, were also a part of her life. His kids would Facetime Phyllis and include her during any of their important functions. Phyllis loved Joey’s children as if they were her own.
Thank you to all of her friends and family who were there to support her during these difficult times. Phyllis is now, finally, pain free and in a better place. She was loved dearly and will be greatly missed. Interment took place in Los Angeles.

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Gwen Centre Creative Living Centre celebrates 35th anniversary



By BERNIE BELLAN Over 100 individuals gathered at the Gwen Secter Centre on Tuesday evening, July 18 – under the big top that serves as the venue for the summer series of outdoor concerts that is now in its third year at the centre.
The occasion was the celebration of the Gwen Secter Centre’s 35th anniversary. It was also an opportunity to honour the memory of Sophie Shinewald, who passed away at the age of 106 in 2019, but who, as recently as 2018, was still a regular attendee at the Gwen Secter Centre.
As Gwen Secter Executive Director Becky Chisick noted in her remarks to the audience, Sophie had been volunteering at the Gwen Secter Centre for years – answering the phone among other duties. Becky remarked that Sophie’s son, Ed Shinewald, had the phone number for the Gwen Secter Centre stored in his phone as “Mum’s work.”

Raquel Dancho (left), Member of Parliament for Kildonan-St.Paul, and Nikki Spigelman, President, Gwen Secter Centre

Remarks were also delivered by Raquel Dancho, Member of Parliament for Kildonan-St. Paul, who was the only representative of any level of government in attendance. (How times have changed: I remember well the steadfast support the former Member of the Legislature for St. John’s, Gord Mackintosh, showed the Gwen Secter Centre when it was perilously close to being closed down. And, of course, for years, the area in which the Gwen Secter Centre is situated was represented by the late Saul Cherniack.)
Sophie Shinewald’s granddaughter, Alix (who flew in from Chicago), represented the Shinewald family at the event. (Her brother, Benjamin, who lives in Ottawa, wasn’t able to attend, but he sent a pre-recorded audio message that was played for the audience.)
Musical entertainment for the evening was provided by a group of talented singers, led by Julia Kroft. Following the concert, attendees headed inside to partake of a sumptuous assortment of pastries, all prepared by the Gwen Secter culinary staff. (And, despite my asking whether I could take a doggy bag home, I was turned down.)

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Palestinian gunmen kill 4 Israelis in West Bank gas station



This is a developing story.

(JTA) — Palestinian gunmen killed four people and wounded four in a terror attack at a gas station near the West Bank settlement of Eli, the Israeli army reported.

An Israeli civilian returning fire at the scene of the attack on Tuesday killed one of the attackers, who emerged from a vehicle, and two others fled.

Kan, Israel’s public broadcaster, said one of those wounded was in serious condition. The gunmen, while in the vehicle, shot at a guard post at the entry to the settlement, and then continued to the gas station which is also the site of a snack bar. A nearby yeshiva went into lockdown.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant announced plans to convene a briefing with top security officials within hours of the attack. Kan reported that there were celebrations of the killing in major West Bank cities and in the Gaza Strip, initiated by terrorist groups Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Hamas said the shooting attack Tuesday was triggered by the Jenin raid.

The shooting comes as tensions intensify in the West Bank. A day earlier, Israeli troops raiding the city of Jenin to arrest accused terrorists killed five people.

The Biden administration spoke out over the weekend against Israel’s plans to build 4,000 new housing units for Jewish settlers in the West Bank. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also finalized plans to  transfer West Bank building decisions to Bezalel Smotrich, the extremist who is the finance minister. Smotrich has said he wants to limit Palestinian building and expand settlement building.

Kan reported that the dead terrorist was a resident of a village, Urif, close to Huwara, the Palestinian town where terrorists killed two Israeli brothers driving through in February. Settlers retaliated by raiding the village and burning cars and buildings.

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