Archive | January, 2014

A Tribute to Dr Ed Weiner

Congratulations to Dr. Ed Weiner, former star basketball player at the University of Tennessee, who is being honored as one of the former greats of the Southeastern Conference member institutions.  Dr Weiner will be named a 2014 Allstate® SEC Basketball Legend at the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament in March at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. In addition to his support for his alma mater, the University of Tennessee, Dr Weiner has been a pillar of the Memphis orthodox Jewish community.  Any of us who have attended the Memphis yeshiva high school tournament have had the pleasure of meeting Dr Weiner and hearing him speak of his unusual history including a successful college career after never having played high school basketball and a stint in the pros which he voluntarily gave up (to the team’s dismay) to pursue a dental career.   One personal story that Dr. Weiner relates about an off the court experience stands out.  In 1953 he traveled to Israel as a member of the USA Maccabiah basketball team. That year he and the other members of the USA Maccabiah team, which included all-time YU great “Red” Blumenreich, had the distinction of being escorted by US Marines to the Kotel (wailing wall) on a very unofficial impromptu visit, thus becoming one of a very select few Jews to visit the Kotel between 1948 and the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967.   On behalf of the YU MACS we applaud Dr. Weiner and his wonderful wife Rochelle on this great honor.

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Mrs. Bernice Weissberg Kramer, z”l (of blessed memory)

 

On behalf of the Yeshiva University Basketball team I want to be menachem avel  (wish condolence) to  to Mr.  Zev Weissberg on the passing of his mother, Mrs. Bernice Weissberg Kramer (Blima Shoshana bat Reuven z:l]) and to express our sympathy to our co-captain Shlomo Weissberg on the passing of his grandmother.

According to Zev and Shlomo Mrs. Kramer was a big fan of the team and even ordered, on her own, a MACS track jacket. She watched every game on Macslive and knew the game well.  They assure me she would not have hesitated to give me her opinion regarding how Shlomo and the team played. Zev related that his mother did the same thing when she watched him play in high school except she didn’t express her opinions from behind a TV monitor but rather from directly behind his bench. To her credit she, nevertheless, had a warm relationship with his coach.  She was looking forward to surprising Shlomo by attending senior night on February 22.

May Zev, his sister Fonda Lowe and the entire extended Weissberg family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and may we in the future share only smachot (happy occasions) together.



 

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Interview with Miriam Wallach

I will be appearing on the Miriam Wallach show, “That;s Life,”   on Thursday January 30 2014 at 10 AM EST.
Tune in by logging on to www.nachumsegal.com and then hit the listen live button.

Enjoy.

 

 

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Looking for Action Pictures

I am building a gallery of action pictures by decade on the website.  If you  have some pictures of yourself and/or teammates tucked away in old album,  shoeboxes or digital files please dig them up and send them to me, ideally in digital or some electronic format.  If you cant put it into digital format please send  me a note at coach@jonathanhalpert .com and we can figure out a way to get them.

I am starting with the 1970’s but will be happy to receive pictures from any decade as you send them.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Coach

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