List of Jews in sports: Wikis


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This list includes Jews who have had outstanding achievements in sports. The criteria for inclusion in this list are: a) 1-3 places winners at major international tournaments; b) for team sports, winning in preliminary competitions of finals at major international tournaments, or playing for several seasons for clubs of major national leagues; or c) owners of world records. Bolding denotes current competitor.



The topic of Jews in sports is important to counter the stereotype of Jews as non-athletic.



American Football

Artistic gymnastics

Association Football

Australian Rules Football



  • Max Zaslofsky, U.S. NBA 6' 2" guard/forward, 1-time FT % leader, 1-time points leader, All-Star, & ABA coach
  • Eli Given U.S NBA 6'2"


Ronnie Kerner (Ronnie "The Rottweiler" Kerner) US Heavyweight NYBSC Champion Aka. "The Knock Out King"

  • Julie Kogon,[26] U.S. lightweight boxer
  • Solly Krieger ("Danny Auerbach"), U.S. world champion middleweight boxer
  • Benny Leonard (Benjamin Leiner; "The Ghetto Wizard"), U.S. world champion lightweight boxer, Hall of Fame
  • Artie Levine, U.S. middleweight & light heavyweight boxer
  • Battling Levinsky (Barney Lebrowitz), U.S. world champion light heavyweight boxer, Hall of Fame
  • Harry Lewis ("Harry Besterman"), U.S. world champion welterweight boxer
  • Ted "Kid" Lewis (Gershon Mendeloff), English world champion welterweight boxer, Hall of Fame
  • Sammy Luftspring, Canadian welterweight boxing champion, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame
  • Saoul Mamby, U.S. world champion junior welterweight boxer
  • Al McCoy (Alexander Rudolph), U.S. world champion middleweight boxer
  • Daniel Mendoza, English boxer, Hall of Fame
  • Samuel Mosberg, U.S. Olympic champion lightweight boxer
  • Bob Olin, U.S. world champion light heavyweight boxer
  • Victor Perez ("Young"), Tunisian world champion flyweight boxer
  • Charlie Phil Rosenberg ("Charles Green"), U.S. world champion bantamweight boxer
  • Dana Rosenblatt ("Dangerous"), U.S. world champion middleweight boxer
  • Maxie Rosenbloom ("Slapsie"), U.S. world champion light heavyweight boxer, Hall of Fame, wore a Star of David on his trunks
  • Barney Ross (Dov-Ber Rasofsky), U.S. world champion lightweight & junior welterweight boxer, Hall of Fame
  • Mike Rossman (Michael Albert DiPiano; "The Jewish Bomber"), U.S. world champion light heavyweight boxer, wore Star of David on trunks
  • Shamil Sabirov, Russian Olympic champion light flyweight boxer
  • Dmitry Salita ("Star of David"), U.S. junior welterweight undefeated boxer
  • Isadore "Corporal Izzy" Schwartz ("The Ghetto Midget"), U.S. world champion flyweight boxer
  • Al Singer ("The Bronx Beauty"), U.S. world champion lightweight boxer
  • "Lefty" Lew Tendler, U.S. bantamweight, lightweight, and welterweight boxer, Hall of Fame, wore a Star of David on his trunks
  • Sid Terris ("Ghost of the Ghetto"), U.S. lightweight boxer, wore a Star of David on his trunks
  • Sammy Waltz,[26] U.S. boxer
  • Victor Zilberman, Rumanian Olympic welterweight bronze medal winner
  • Robert Waites (Wallasey Mark beating champion)
  • Nathan Lewis Wallasey England (Mosslands) heavy Wieght Champion 1999 - 2006
  • Sam Gaskell Wallasey, United Kingdom Olympic Champion, Gold Medalist





Field Hockey

Figure skating



Ice hockey


Mixed martial arts

  • Adam Brozer, US Olympic Karate Team Member
  • Jeffrey Kohn, US Olympic Karate Coach
  • Rory Singer, fighter from The Ultimate Fighter 3[39]
  • Sasha Susterman, South American Champion, Florida Champion, Venezuela Champion, Israel champion


Rugby League

Rugby Union


  • Tony Bullimore,[49] British yachtsman
  • Zefania Carmel, Israeli Women's yachtsman, world champion
  • Anat Fabrikant, Israeli Women's Double-Handed Dinghy 470
  • Gal Fridman, Israeli windsurfer, Olympic champion, Israel's first Gold Medallist
  • Valentyn Mankin, Soviet/Ukrainian, the only sailor in Olympic history to win gold medals in three different classes in 1968, 1972, and 1980, silver in 1976, Valentyn Mankin
  • Mark Mendelblatt, American 2004 Olympic Sailor, [31] [32]

Speed Skating

  • Irving Jaffee, U.S. Speed Skater, Olympic champion
  • Rafael Grach, USSR Speed Skater, 2 Olympic medals


Table tennis

  • Viktor Barna (Braun), Hungarian 23-time world champion
  • Laszlo Bellak, Hungarian/U.S. 7-time world champion
  • Richard Bergmann, Austrian/British 7-time world champion
  • Alex (Aloys) Erlich, Poland/France, 3 times World Singles Finalist.
  • Marina Kravchenko, Ukrainian-born Israeli table tennis player
  • Ivor Montagu, British table tennis player
  • Leah Neuberger (Thall), U.S., 29-time national champion
  • Marty Reissman, American International World class player.
  • Angelica Rozeanu, Romanian/Israeli 17-time world champion
  • Marcus Schussheim, First US national champion
  • Anna Sipos, Hungarian 21-time world champion
  • Miklos Szabados, Hungarian/Australian 15-time world champion
  • Leon Wajchenberg, Polish table tennis champion 1940, Egyptian table tennis champion 1945
  • David Zalcberg, Australian table tennis player
  • Selma Altshuler, Triple South African Champion 1957
  • Matt Farina, University of Richmond Champion, 2008


Track and field


  • Joanna Zeiger, U.S. Professional Triathlete, Ironman 70.3 World Champion 2008 and world record holder[55]


Water Polo



Professional wrestling

Commissioners, managers, and owners

Sportscasters & promoters



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  3. ^ Bornstein – named as on "Jewish Sports Review Men's All-America First-Team" at [1]; [2] ""It was amazing. It was great. I loved it. It made me realize how fulfilling and enriched Jewish culture really is", Bornstein said. "So in the past couple years, I've felt more Jewish than ever." His father is Jewish and his mother is a non-Jew from Mexico. Grew up celebrating Passover and Rosh Hashanah with relatives. Did not have a bar mitzvah, and doesn't consider himself observant. The Maccabiah experience was a way for him to connect with Judaism."
  4. ^ McNulty, Dean. "TFC trying to get off schneid". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2008-07-04. "Adam Braz won't be playing because he'll be at home in Montreal observing the Jewish high holiday (Yom Kippur) with his family" 
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  6. ^ Feilhaber - [4] "Outside of my UCLA teammate Benny Feilhaber, I never really thought there were other high-class Jewish soccer players out there"
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  8. ^ Bell, Jack (2005-09-20). "German Federation Admits to Nazi Past". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-07-05. "The book also details how thousands of German Jews were forced out of all levels of soccer. Some, including the national team player Julius Hirsch, were murdered by the Nazis." 
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  14. ^ [5] de Ridder - "he netted a Ajax's only goal in the Champions League game at Maccabi Tel Aviv, which Ajax lost in dramatic fashion. That fixture was a special one for De Ridder, who is Jewish and has an Israeli mother."
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  17. ^ Blomberg - [6] "Ron Blomberg... Big, hulking Jewish kid from Atlanta."
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  24. ^ [9] "Jewish shooting star aims to make his mark in NBA... Bluthenthal's late mother was Jewish and his father is black — the family name Bluthenthal originated with a slave owner David Bluthenthal believes was German-Jewish."
  25. ^ [10] "Bruin fans call him the Jewish Jordan...He's a real, live Jewish kid from the heart of Los Angeles, whose step-father is Israeli and has visited Israel twice" [11]
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  29. ^ [13] "2006 Jewish-American Olympians to watch for... Ice skater Sasha Cohen" [14] [15]
  30. ^ Galler-Rabinowitz -
  31. ^ [16] "2006 Jewish-American Olympians to watch for in Turin... Melissa Gregory" [17] "Gregory is the daughter of a Jewish mother and a non-practicing Catholic father. She now lives in Connecticut to train and Gregory recently spoke to the Connecticut Jewish Ledger about her religious background: "We [my brother and I] were brought up with the feeling that you have to believe in G-d. You have to believe in right and wrong. The rest they kind of left up to us. We celebrated everything-Christmas, Hanukkah, all the Jewish holidays, Easter. They taught us both traditions. Then when we got older they said whatever we chose and whatever we wanted was good with them. I identify that my heritage is Jewish. I feel proud of it.""
  32. ^ [18] "Emily Hughes — whose sister Sarah won the 2002 Olympic gold medal in women's figure skating — also is Jewish."
  33. ^ [19] "16-year-old Sarah Hughes has a Jewish mother, Amy Hughes née Pasternack, and reportedly grew up in a house with some attachment to Judaism. But odds are you didn't read about it in your local Jewish paper."]
  34. ^ [20] "2006 Jewish-American Olympians to watch for in Turin! Ice dancer Jamie Silverstein"
  35. ^ Name: RUDI BALL
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  38. ^ [22]: "Jewish skaters vie for spots in the NHL"
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  40. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: "Sheila's upbringing in an all-girl Jewish family generated no interest in motoring beyond her training as a Women's Auxiliary Air Force driver."
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  50. ^ Spitz -, following Michael Phelps [23] "Spitz became the first Jewish recipient of the James E. Sullivan Award..."
  51. ^ [24] ""He knows he's Jewish and the values are there with him", said Clark Goldstein, Paul's father."
  52. ^ [25], sprinter, Olympic champion
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  66. ^ Wilf - [28] "The team's owner, Zygi Wilf, an Orthodox Jew ..."
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