Florida Jews in Sports

February 15th, 2009  |  by  |  Published in Events

It is only in modern history that sports became popular and widespread among Jews, who like to brag about their sports heroes. In 1934 Hank Greenberg, the first Jew in the Baseball Hall of Fame, sat out a pennant game to observe Yom Kippur. Sandy Koufax did not pitch in the first game of 1965 World Series on Yom Kippur.

Our chests swelled with pride when windsurfer Gal Fridman won Israel’s first-ever gold medal in the 2004 summer Olympics. Right here in Florida, we have our own sports heroes who will be the subject for this exhibition – like JoAnn Mason Parker, who is a pockets billiards U.S. Open champion, Skip Bertman, who coached Miami Beach High School baseball team and NFL Miami Dolphin football player Ed Newman.

Event Date Through Feb 15
location Jewish Museum of Florida
address 301 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL
phone 305-672-5044
website http://www.jewishmuseum.com

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