The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg at Maryland temple

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.

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One Response to The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg at Maryland temple

  1. Evdokia says:

    Good to hear from you Mike. I always know etlaxcy what to write to get you to pipe up, right? Reasonable people can disagree on these rankings, but Syracuse did just lose AT HOME to Pitt by DOUBLE DIGITS. I understand the Kansas-Cornell analogy by we all know Kansas would beat Cornell 9 out of 10 times. That’s the definition of a fluke. Can we say that about Pitt-Cuse? I don’t think so. Let me see more and then I will adjust accordingly. As for West Virginia and Villanova, I’ve had them 1-2 in that order since October and I see no reason to change that right now. Nova losing to Temple in one of those crazy Big 5 games (where upsets are commonplace) doesn’t upset the apple cart in my mind. Again, it’ll all play out. I actually enjoyed Boeheim’s postgame after Seton Hall, even his potshot at the media about OOC schedule strength (at least the quotes were interesting and usable). Much better than the normal blah-blah-blah you get from a lot of the other guys. Bitter, the point about last year’s Big East is how it was the deepest league ever. Obviously no league was better at the top than those mid-80s Big Easts. If it makes you feel better the next time it comes up I will put an asterisk and a footnote making this distinction. Piratefocus,I’ve been beating the drums for Fero Hall as you know, but he is way too small to play center in the Big East. Have you seen the size of the postmen on the other teams? Big John is a space-eater and is useful in short spurts (alas, his knees have robbed him of the rest). Fero has to beef up big-time before he can hold his own at center for any reasonable lengths.

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