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Andrew Gershman is a Sports Journalist focusing on Jewish athletes of all ages around the world.

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When I was growing up, I was inspired by the example of Sandy Koufax: the baseball star who showed Jewish kids that Judaism was just as important as the World Series. My generation had its pick of Jewish heroes from Hank Greenberg to one of my favorites of all time Mark Spitz.

Today, we live in an America where Jews can do anything. The challenge for prominent Jews today is to be the stars they are while not leaving their Jewish identities behind. For the generation of my two boys, today’s generation, there are numerous athletes who embody the best of achievement on the field and in Jewish life. While the stories of Koufax, Greenberg and the other legends will always live on, today’s Jewish kids need living legends playing now: athletic and Jewish role models they can see in action, talk to, and model themselves after.  My dream is to bring the stories of these “Modern Day Maccabees” to my and your Jewish kids.

Over the past three years I have had the honor of interviewing and writing about Jewish athletes all over the world.  As the founder of Israel Sports Radio, an internet based radio station broadcasting from Jerusalem, Israel; I have spoken with basketball stars Omri Casspi and Shay Doron, as well as WBA Super Welterweight Champion Yuri Foreman. I also write regualry for the Jerusalem Post, JTA, LA Jewish Jounral and have a weekly column in the Washington Jewish Week. “Modern Day Maccabees" will feature Jewish athletes across the spectrum, from NHL player Eric Nystrom to Tennis Pro Shahar Pe’er. The book will also profile 21st century greats in the “big three,” such as Taylor Mays and Gabe Carimi in the NFL, Kevin Youkilis and Ike Davis in the MLB, and Jordan Farmar in the NBA.  The forward to the book is being written by 7 time Emmy Award winner Jim Williams. Up and coming young artist Jess Norris will be illustrating the book.

Help me bring the inspiring stories of these “Modern Day Maccabees” stars in the ring of athletics and Judaism, to my kids and kids all over the world! All proceeds go directly towards the publication and marketing of the book! Thanks for your Support. Please feel free to email me for more information andrewgershman@yahoo.com

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