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Landing the Triple: Female, Israeli, and First

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Anya Davidovich

Anya Davidovich, a sixteen-year old girl born in the USA, will be skating for Israel in the Winter Olympics. Her parents are Israeli, and most of her family lives in Israel. She is part of the first-ever pairs team to compete for Israel in the Olympics and the only female member of Team Israel. Anya will be carrying the flag for the Israeli delegation.

Paula Sinclair, JWA Director of Programs & Partnerships, interviewed Anya and her mother as they prepared for their trip to Sochi.

Feminist-Fandom

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As the Red Sox went along, up and up the ladder to win the World Series, I noticed some posts from my leftist friends living in Boston. They were commenting on the perceived chauvinism of sports fans, mostly drunk men on the Green Line, who had rubbed them the wrong way.

It got me to thinking about my firm feminism ideals and my Sox fandom—are the two things directly contradictory? Is there something about being a sports fan that makes me less of an activist for justice?

Editor's Note: Feminist-Fandom was originally published on Always a Squeaky Wheel on November 27th.

Taking Things Into Her Own Hands: Disabled Israeli Athlete Belts Out Hatikvah

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In 1878, Naphtali Herz Imber, an English poet originally from current-day Ukraine, paid tribute to the dream of a Jewish homeland.

The Future Shomer Shabbos Weightlifting Olympian

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Barbells

Last January, a 4-foot, 9-inch bundle of power named Naomi Kutin squatted and focused her considerable energies on the task at hand: hoisting a whopping 214.9 pounds (more than double her own 97 po

Kayla, Rusty, and the "best sport in the world"

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When I opened The Boston Globe on Friday morning, I was greeted by a large photo above the fold of a jubilant Kayla Harrison, who had just become the first US judo athlete to win an Olympic gold medal.

Dear Aly: I could nevah hava (nagila) 'nuff of you!

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Dear Aly,

Grappling all the way to the Olympics

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Rusty Kanokogi teaching arm bar
Judo-Rosalba Forciniti of Italy celebrates winning a Judo bronze against Marie Muller of Luxembourg

For the first time in world history, this year every country competing in the Olympics has a female athlete on its team.

We've Come A Long Way, Rosa: Title IX and The American Jewess

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Rosa (1) Exercising
Rosa (2) Exercising

You didn’t think Title IX would reach its 40th birthday and go unrecognized here at JWA, did you?

The Patriots to honor memory of their "Jewish mother," Myra Kraft, at the Super Bowl

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Myra Kraft
New England Patriots logo

It's a tradition for players in the Super Bowl to wear a patch with the Roman numerals of the game's year on the left side of their chests (46, or XLVI, this year). On Sunday in I

Does cheerleading matter to Jewish women?

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Cheerleading

The National Collegiate Athletic Association is considering a proposal to recognize competitive cheerleading as an emerging sport, a step towards legitimacy as a championship sport. Anyone who has seen competitive cheerleading (and the injuries cheerleaders often sustain) can understand why; it’s a physically demanding and dangerous version of gymnastics where people perform flips and handstands not on a balance beam, but on top of a human pyramid.

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