Hevrat Shalom Congregation in Gaithersburg, Maryland invited me to visit over the weekend. My film, The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, was screened and I talked with the congregation afterward.
Aviva Kempner with Rabbi Saltzman of Hevrat Shalom
I had a lovely time and I appreciate everyone who came out to meet me.
In other news, JTA has a great article about the new Jewish figures in the Detroit Tigers’ clubhouse: Manager Brad Ausmus and shortstop Ian Kinsler. Both Tigers had one Jewish parent, but identify with the faith as adults. Before he joined the Tigers, Ausmus was the manager of the 2013 World Baseball Classic Israel team.
Tigers fan Morris Amitay, AIPAC’s former executive director who came to watch Detroit sweep the three-game series here, said he can’t help but kvell over the combination of Jewish manager and player.
“Here’s a team that had Hank Greenberg, and now it’s gone back to its Jewish roots,” he said.
Amitay was a contributor to the Hank Greenberg film. Read more at JTA.