All Local Maccabiah Athletes Medal As Games Conclude

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For most of her swimming career, Erika Schraber described herself as a distance swimmer. But after a five medal haul at the Maccabiah Games in Israel – in distances that ranged from 50 meters to 1,500 – she may just have to call herself a “freestyler.” Schraber set a meet record in winning the 1,500 […]

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Got Tired Teens? ‘The Sleep-Deprived Teen’ Explains Why

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It was the fall of 2015, and Lisa Lewis’ son had just begun his freshman year of high school. The family was prepared for the various challenges that a demanding school schedule usually brings and for the inevitable adjustment to a new school. What they weren’t prepared for was a thorny problem, one that was […]

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Medina’s Oliver Brown Represents Israel At U-13 Lacrosse Tournament

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Since picking up lacrosse five years ago, Oliver Brown took to it quickly – so quickly he gave up hockey to pursue it as his only sport. But beyond excelling at it, the Minnesota True Lacrosse player recently got another honor: playing for Israel’s Under-13 national lacrosse team. Oliver, a rising eighth-grader at Wayzata West […]

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Branson Appelman Hopes To Backstop USA Hockey To Maccabiah Gold

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This is the sixth and final in a series of profiles of Minnesota athletes who are competing for Team USA in the Maccabiah Games – also known as “the Jewish Olympics” – in Israel from July 12-26. Since the time he was three years old and just starting out, Branson Appelman always wanted to bring […]

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Schraber Dives In To Maccabiah Experience

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This is the fourth in a series of profiles of Minnesota athletes who are competing for Team USA in the Maccabiah Games – also known as “the Jewish Olympics” – in Israel from July 12-26. Erika Schraber wasn’t planning on submitting her swim times for consideration to be part of Team USA at the Maccabiah […]

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Taubie Sanders Named Winner Of Howie Stillman Leadership Award

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Taubie Sanders was the captain of the Hopkins High School Girls’ Swim and Dive Team, served as the EMTZA Region Israel Affairs Vice-President, and maintained a 3.97 GPA. But it was her level of commitment to making the world a better place that set her apart from the rest of the candidates in earning the […]

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Drew Charney Ready For A Jewish Baseball Experience

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This is the third in a series of profiles of Minnesota athletes who are competing for Team USA in the Maccabiah Games – also known as “the Jewish Olympics” – in Israel from July 12-26. Once Drew Charney watched Team Israel play in the World Baseball Classic, he knew he wanted to play for that […]

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Edina’s Dahlin Set For Volleyball Squad At Maccabiah

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This is the second in a series of profiles of Minnesota athletes who are competing for Team USA in the Maccabiah Games – also known as “the Jewish Olympics” – in Israel from July 12-26.  Aliyah Dahlin was interested in representing Team USA at the Maccabiah Games when they were supposed to take place last […]

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Who The Folk?! Rachel Sher

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Rachel Sher has worked all around the Twin Cities Jewish community, and after leaving for an opportunity in New York, she decided it’s time to come home. Sher starts this week as the new director of youth engagement at Adath Jeshurun Congregation, where among other things, she’ll supervise the synagogue’s youth groups. We talk about […]

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