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New Jersey Jewish Standard, January 10, 2014

New Jersey Jewish Standard, January 10, 2014

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Englewood  brothers work to save elephants
 JSTANDARD.COM
2014
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 JANUARY 10, 2014
VOL. LXXXIII
 
NO. 18 $1.00
GO TAKE A HIKE
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ZOA OPENS LOCAL OFFICE
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CELEBRATING TU BSHVAT
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NY JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
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JEWISH STANDARD JANUARY 10, 2014
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PUBLISHER’S STATEMENT: (USPS 275-700 ISN 0021-6747) is published weekly on Fridays with an additional edition every October, by the New Jersey Jewish Media Group, 1086 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666. Periodicals postage paid at Hackensack, NJ and additional offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to New Jersey Jewish Media Group, 1086 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666. Subscription price is $30.00 per year. Out-of-state sub-scriptions are $45.00, Foreign countries subscriptions are $75.00.The appearance of an advertisement in The Jewish Standard does not consti-tute a kashrut endorsement. The publishing of a paid political advertisement does not constitute an endorsement of any candidate political party or politi-cal position by the newspaper, the Federation or any employees.The Jewish Standard assumes no responsibility to return unsolicited editorial or graphic materials. All rights in letters and unsolicited editorial, and graphic material will be treated as unconditionally assigned for publication and copy-right purposes and subject to JEWISH STANDARD’s unrestricted right to edit and to comment editorially. Nothing may be reprinted in whole or in part without written permission from the publisher. © 2013
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CONTENTS
Kippa conquers court
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It was another giant leap for yarmulke lovers, even if a dis-appointing game for fans of the Northwestern Wildcats.On Sunday, freshman Aaron Lieberman took to the court for the final minutes of the Wildcats’ game against the Michigan Wolverines, which Northwestern lost 74-51.Mr. Lieberman, a graduate of Valley Torah High School in Los Angeles, failed to match the record of the last kippa-wearing gladiator to play on the Ann Arbor court: In 2000, Tamir Goodman of Towson University recorded 9 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds in 34 minutes in the Tigers’ 73-71 loss to the Wolverines.Mr. Goodman, however, though lauded as “the Jewish Jordan,” was not playing in the Big Ten Conference — an important distinction for some sports aficionados. Mr. Lieberman thus became the first player to wear a yarmulke in a game in Big Ten Conference history according to the Big Ten News Network — and they should know.The 6-foot-10-inch Mr. Lieberman reportedly has walked as far as eight miles to attend Friday night practices.And it seems that you don’t have to be an Orthodox Jew to shep naches at Mr. Lieberman’s combination of religious devotion and athletic ability. When Mr. Lieberman spoke after a home game last month about what it’s like for him to be an Orthodox Jew playing major college hoops, Northwestern handed approximately 200 purple yarmulkes with an N printed on them to people who attended.
 
LARRY YUDELSON & ADAM SOCLOF/JTA
Does her hijab help her hoops?
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Is what’s good for the hijab good for the Jews?Certainly, the hijab head covering makes the yarmulke and the sheitel less lonely in the world of religious garb.Its acceptance in American public spaces and sports parallels the acceptance of the kippa in public.So in that case, it was very good news for the Jews indeed when Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, a senior guard for the Indiana State Sycamores, notched a career-high 26 points against Missouri Valley Conference opponent Drake over the weekend.A transfer from Memphis now competing in her final year of NCAA eligibility, Ms. Abdul-Qaadir has worn a hijab on the court since high school, along with long sleeves and leggings. Ms. Abdul-Qaadir’s faith and celebrity have taken her to the White House to break the Ramadan fast with President Obama.As for how Aaron Lieberman and Ms. Abdul-Qaadir would fare in a one-on-one face-off — surely religious Jew and religious Muslim would agree that that wouldn’t be a modest contest.
LARRY YUDELSON & JTA WIRE SERVICE
The wide world of head-covered sports
Israeli kippa ban suspended in part after protests
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Despite fears that yarmulkes could serve as a gateway head-gear for other religions’ religious garb, Israel’s soccer association has suspended its ban on its mi-nor leaguers wearing kippot fol-lowing protests by athletes and politician.The Union of Soccer Referees had banned the headgear recently, saying that it was hewing to the rules of the FIFA International Soccer Association, but the protests were effective.“Until the end of the season, the status quo will remain for lower leagues, and any observant player who chooses to play with a kippa will be able to do so,” Israel’s Soccer Association said Friday in a statement. The association did not specify its policy on major league games.The new announcement followed protests by several soccer players and cabinet minister Uri Orbach.“The regulation against wearing head coverings is stupid,” Mr. Orbach, Israel’s kippa-wearing minister for pensioner’s affairs, said in an interview on Army Radio Thursday.Yariv Tefer, who heads Israel’s union of soccer referees, reportedly had justified the rule by saying that while he and his colleagues have the utmost respect for religion, they fear the policy permitting yarmulkes may lead to problems down the road.“The Jewish religion is not the only one, for there is Islam and other religions, each with its own symbols, and this must be kept outside the playing field,” he said.Israeli media reported on the new regulation after a player from Jaffa, Yair Cohen-Tzedek, protested against the prohibition. According to Army Radio, he asked teammates on the minor league Maccabi Kabilio Jaffa team and fans all to wear kippot at matches as a sign of solidarity with his campaign to have the new regulation scrapped.
A spokesman for the referees union told Army Radio that league matches are conducted according to FIFA regulations, which determine what players may wear on the field. No headgear of any kind is on the list.
“If FIFA issues a different regulation, we will act accordingly,” the spokesman said.
JTA

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