James Martin

Wingate's Craig Ellis' testimonial dinner

By James Martin, March 11, 2010

Craig Ellis, one of Jewish football's great stalwarts, was described as a "great leader of men" by former Charlton Athletic manager Les Reed, on the night 150 people attended his testimonial dinner.

Reed, who worked with Ellis as head coach of last year's GB football squad at the Maccabiah, was one of several high-profile figures at the dinner, which included a question and answer session with Tony Adams.

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Maccabi Masters clinch last 16 place

By James Martin, March 11, 2010

Maccabi Masters Select XI 6-5 Glasgow Maccabi (AET)

Peter Morrison Maccabi Masters came back from the dead to win a sensational Peter Morrison Trophy last-16 tie, thanks to an extra-time strike by sub Laurence Swerner.

The balance of the match, which saw a hat-trick from Mark Wagman, constantly swung, with Glasgow coming from 2-0 down to lead 3-2, before Masters went 4-3 up. Glasgow then led 5-4 early on in extra-time before Masters struck twice more.

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Charedim demand Hebrew, not Yiddish, census

By James Martin and Simon Rocker, March 4, 2010

Q: Makht a tsetl fun ale nemen, arayn-gerekhnt aykh aleyn un arayngerekhnt kinder, eyfelekh un lokatorn.
Including yourself, list all the names, including children, babies and lodgers.
Q: Vi kern zikh on di bney-bayes do eyner mitn tsveytn?
How are members of this household related to each other?

After a 110-year absence, the appearance of Yiddish in the 2011 Census has provoked controversy among the strictly Orthodox Stamford Hill community - who would prefer it to be Hebrew.

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Faithfold nine-goal thriller against North London Raiders

By James Martin, March 4, 2010

Faithfold 5-4 North London Raiders

Faithfold player-coach James Bloom insisted Daryl Phillips is still "among the best finishers in Jewish football" after his four goals won a nine-goal thriller against North London Raiders.

Running the show in this Maccabi Masters Division One contest alongside his MSFL colleagues Zuriel Solomon and David Garson, Phillips' speed over five yards and opportunism proved too much for a Raiders team who until recently still harboured title ambitions.

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Neasden win cup tie on penalties

By James Martin, February 25, 2010

North West Neasden A 3-3 Brady Maccabi AET (NWN won 4-2 on penalties)

Treble-chasing Neasden showed that practice makes perfect as they came from behind to deny Division One Brady Maccabi a giantkilling in a JC Cyril Anekstein Cup tie settled by a penalty shootout.

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Renzhin disappoints at Winter Olympics

By James Martin, February 24, 2010

Skier Michael Renzhin finished a disappointing 55th in the men's giant slalom at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Crossing the tape in a combined time of 2:53:81, the Israeli finished nearly 16 seconds behind champion Carlo Janka of Switzerland. America's Bode Miller, who has already won three golds, was eliminated from contention after skiing off-course during his first run.

Laura Spector raced the final leg for the USA in the women's 4x6 biathlon relay, but was unable to prevent the team finishing a disappointing 17th, out of an entry of 19.

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Israeli skaters miss out on a medal

By James Martin, February 23, 2010

Roman and Alexandra Zaretsky's moving free dance in last night's ice dancing was not enough to win them an Olympic medal.

The brother and sister pair gained an impressive 90 points as they performed to music from Schindler's List, which saw them finish a highly respectable 10th.

The music was chosen, in part, as a remembrance to 27 members of their family that died in Minsk, Belarus during World War II.

“It’s very important to us,” said Roman Zaretsky. “We grew up with this every year, the memory of Yom Hashoah.” The pair made aliyah from Minsk in the early1990s.

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Lions Cup win amid linesman controversy

By James Martin, February 18, 2010

Referee Tony McEvoy defended his decision not to use linesmen during the first half of a controversial JC League Cup tie in which the Lions came from behind to win.

The official was clearly rattled after an incident-packed tie during which he awarded the hosts two disputable penalties and sent off RJC left back Sam McCarthy after the final whistle for foul and abusive language.

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Jody Scheckter's fear of Formula One

By James Martin, February 18, 2010

FORUMULA ONE

Ex-Formula One world champion Jody Scheckter says he reached top despite fearing the high risks of one of the world's most dangerous sports.

The South African born Scheckter said: "The risks, which were high, were never going to stop me trying to make a career in motor sport. However, I didn't miss putting myself in danger when I retired. I lived with the risks but didn't like them."

Scheckter, who moved to London as a 21-year-old, said: "I had achieved everything I wanted to do in the sport when I retired.

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Calls to Drugsline double

By James Martin, February 18, 2010

The drugs helpline set up by a Chabad rabbi is reporting a 100 per cent rise in Jewish callers.

Drugsline, providing confidential information and support for people with drug and alcohol problems, says that 168 callers in 2009 identified themselves as Jewish. In 2008, the number was 85.

Of the 168, 130 rang over drug issues and 14 about alcohol problems. Twelve people called over both drug and alcohol problems and a further 12 rang about other addictions. Calls were from both users, friends and family.

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Lions still contenders for MSFL title

By James Martin, January 28, 2010

LONDON MACCABI LIONS A 3-1 HENDON UNITED A

Lions showed they are still contenders for the Premier Division title after a rusty-looking Hendon were put to the sword by Max Fieldgrass, Yoav Lebens and Mike Pearson.

An even opening half-hour saw Avidan Last, alone up front, shoot just wide for Hendon whilst Avi Schwarz’s curling shot was palmed away by Danny Berliner at the other end, before the Lions took the lead just before half-time. Fieldgrass received a through ball from Sam Arghebant and clipped past Berliner at his near post.

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Phillips keeps Faith tuned in

By James Martin, January 21, 2010

Faithfola A 2-1 FC Team A

Faithfold A manager Zuriel Solomon believes that his team’s Premier Division quality and experience proved the difference after his team were given a scare before proceeding to the quarter-finals of the JC Cyril Anekstein Cup.

A late strike from Daryl Phillips helped the Superhoops come from a goal down to beat second division FC Team A in one of only four JC MSFL matches played.

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Cyril Anekstein Cup: Faithfold A v FC Team A

By James Martin, January 19, 2010
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Cyril Anekstein Cup: Faithfold A v FC Team A - 17/01/10

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Jerusalem rabbis to reopen Jewish status case

By James Martin, January 14, 2010

An Israeli whose Jewish status was put in question by the Jerusalem Beth Din is to have his case reheard after the Higher Rabbinical Court acknowledged a procedural error in the first hearing.

The case involves London-based actor Yossi Fackenheim, 30, the son of the noted Reform theologian Emil Fackenheim, who died in 2003. Because his mother was a convert, the two-year-old Yossi, like his siblings, underwent an Orthodox conversion in Canada.

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Snow causes chaos for Eruv

By James Martin, January 7, 2010

The North West London Eruv has been "breached" due to the inclement weather.

Orthodox members, who are allowed to carry certain items within a marked area during Shabbat, are being told: "not to assume the eruv will be up" this weekend

People who normally carry certain items such house keys, prayer books and handkerchiefs within a strictly enclosed area, will not be able to carry anything.

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Iran official resigns over Israel email

By James Martin, January 4, 2010

One of Iran’s top sports officials has resigned after his emailed New Year’s greetings to members of world football’s governing body was mistakenly forwarded to Israel’s football federation.

Mohammad Mansour Azimzadeh Ardebili sent the message through the sport’s governing body, FIFA. It was intended to go to all FIFA members except Israel, but was reportedly forwarded to the Israel Football Association, too.

Ardebili was a spokesman for the Iranian Football Federation (FFI).

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Arik Shivek to share Israel role

By James Martin, December 30, 2009

Arik Shivek was yesterday announced as the new coach of Israel’s men’s basketball team, after the Israel Basketball Association allowed him to take up the role in a part-time capacity.

The 53-year-old, who agreed personal terms with the IBA last week, is currently the coach of Belgian club Dexia Mons-Hainaut, a position he will continue to hold as Israel boss.

His appointment was approved by IBA’s professional committee on Monday and he was officially named as Tzvika Sherf’s replacement when the IBA board ratified the decision yesterday.

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Nir Klinger sacked from Limassol club - because of Yom Kippur?

By James Martin, December 30, 2009

Nir Klinger has been sacked as coach of Cypriot club AEL Limassol, amid speculation that the club has been looking to get rid of him ever since he missed a crucial derby match because it fell on Yom Kippur.

The 44-year-old and his assistant, fellow Israeli Felix Naim, missed September’s match against Anorthosis Famagustas for religious reasons after the club’s attempt to move the game failed.

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Avram Grant's anger at African Cup losses

By James Martin, December 30, 2009

Portsmouth manager Avram Grant has expressed anger at losing four key men to the African Cup of Nations.

He is without Nadir Belhadj, Hassan Yebda, Nwankwo Kanu and Aruna Dindane until as late as the start of February when the tournament is completed. He is relieved that John Utaka and Kevin-Prince Boateng were not called up by Nigeria and Ghana respectively.

Speaking after the Boxing Day 2-0 defeat at fellow strugglers West Ham, he said: “I don’t know why FIFA allows this tournament to go ahead in January. We pay a lot of money to big players who are not here for two months.”

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Peer on top at Ra'anana

By James Martin, December 30, 2009

Shahar Peer and Dudi Sela underlined their dominance of Israeli tennis by winning their respective Israeli championship titles in Ra’anana last weekend.

World number 29 Peer comfortably disposed of Julia Glushko (320), 6-3, 6-0, while Sela (43) lifted his first national title since 2006 with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Amir Weintraub (576).

Peer, who won her sixth national championships and her fourth in a row, insists that she is attempting to surpass Tova Epstein’s record of eight in a row, achieved between 1965 and 1972.

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