How many Jewish sports stars can you name besides Brooklyn Dodgers legend Sandy Koufax and American League All-Star Hank Greenberg, and heavyweight boxing champion Max Baer? Learn about them and others in this FREE panel discussion, Beyond Sandy Koufax: Jews in Sports.
From Samson (Book of Judges) to Omri Casspi (NBA), there have been Jewish strongmen and athletes, with Jewish World Series heroes, NHL scoring leaders, even a pair of brothers in the NFL in between.
Is there a myth of the Jewish athlete? Get the answers, and explore the Jewish Sports world at large, from this “final four” of sports mavens:
Sportswriter Gerald Eskenazi, who spent decades at the New York Times and authored more than a dozen books along the way.
WNBC-TV sports anchor Bruce Beck, host of NBCs popular Sports Final and the host and sideline reporter for New York Giants pre-season football.
Art Shamsky, member of the famed 1969 Miracle Mets team, and later served as the manager of Israels baseball league.
Dr. Jane Katz, educator, author, and Olympic swimmer. As a member of the 1964 United States Synchronized Swimming Performance Team in Tokyo, Katz helped pioneer the acceptance of synchronized swimming as an Olympic event. At the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney, Australia in 2000, Katz was awarded a Certificate of Merit to honor her lifetime of “dedication and contribution to the development” of the sport of swimming. In 2011 she was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
Beyond Sandy Koufax: Jews in Sports is Thursday, March 30 at 7pm.
FREE, but registration is required both for security reasons and to ensure space.
At the Temple Emanu-El Streiker Center, entrance is at 10 East 66th St.
And you can learn more about Jewish athletes at the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in Commack, Long Island.