1) After attending the Genesis Prize ceremony last night, Robert Kraft and the New England Patriots took part in an exciting Friday morning program, Touchdown in Israel III at the Kraft Family Sports Campus in Jerusalem. Numerous celebrities including Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion, Steve Leibowitz President of American Football in Israel as well as Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman, former star QB Drew Bledsoe and others signed autographs and took pictures with the hundreds of fans that attended. The Pats also brought along the Patriots six Vince Lombardi Trophies!
2) Although Yovel Zoosman wasn’t selected in the 2019 NBA Draft, hopes are high for the Israeli youngster who played with Maccabi Tel Aviv over the past two seasons. According to his agent Nadav Mor who spoke exclusively to The Sports Rabbi the plan going forward is as follows, “First thing we will do is rest and relax. It’s been a long season and a wild and exciting couple of weeks – from helping Maccabi win the championship, to the NBA Pre Draft workouts to draft night. The motivation to play at the highest levels is stronger than ever, and the dream is alive and well. The journey continues!” Zoos certainly has a bright future ahead of him and there will be plenty of opportunities for #50. It will be interesting and exciting to continue to follow his career as it progresses. Click here to find out more about Yovel Zoosman.
3) The Israel European Games delegation will be very busy on Saturday as rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram begins competing when she takes part in the All-Around as one of 12 competitors. A number of Blue & White’s Judokas will also be in action as Shira Rishony, Timna Nelson Levy, Daniel Ben David and Yarin Menaged will all be competing. Miroslav Kapuler will face a Belarus rival in boxing, cyclists Rotem Gafinovitz and Omer Shapira while acrobatic gymnasts Tzalil Hurvitz, Or Armony and Yarin Ovadia will compete in the game second day. On Sunday, Sergey Rikhter and Tal Engler will take part in the mixed doubles shooting event.
4) The Sports Rabbi in The Jerusalem Post! What’s the plan at Hapoel Jerusalem? With plenty of personnel decisions looming, Reds need to balance continuity with necessary changes.
5) ICYMI Take a listen to the captain of Maccabi Haifa Willy Workman in conversation with The Sports Rabbi! Don’t miss out on a classic interview from this past week!
6) Spencer Weisz signed with Hapoel Beer Sheva last night and The Sports Rabbi was the first to find out from the veteran Israeli how much he’s looking forward to his new challenge ahead, “I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to play for Beer Sheva next season. The organization has great aspirations for the future and I am grateful to be included in their plans.”
7) Hapoel Eilat has a new coach and it’s Erik Alfasi as he replaces Sharon Drucker who signed with Holon after leading the Red Sea squad to the Israel Basketball League’s Final Four. Alfasi took over for Mickey Gorka midway through the season and ensured that the northern side escaped relegation. “Eilat has always been magical to me and I believe with proper work we can build a quality basketball team here in the city. I am aware of the challenges faced by the club ans I will deal with them this coming season. I’m happy that there is a great group of people in Eilat and who are with the team.”
8) Beitar Jerusalem signed attacking midfielder Michael Ohana from Hapoel Beer Sheva after purchasing 50% of his player card. In 314 minutes later season he had no goals and no assists for the southern squad.
9) Roie Kehat joins Maccabi Netanya on a 2-year deal as he leaves Maccabi Haifa.