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Major League Commissioners

Major League  Baseball            Allan Huber “Bud” Selig

National Basketball Association          David Stern

National Hockey League                        Gary Bettman

Canadian Football League                      Mark Cohon,

US, Major League Soccer                     Don Garber

NFL Network[65]                            Steve Bornstein CEO


Player Associations

Major League Baseball Players Association 

Marvin Miller

National Hockey League Players Association 

           Donald M Fehr    

 NFL Films                           created by Edwin Sabol

 Commissioners, managers/coaches, and owners

Roman Abramovich, Russia, owner of Chelsea Football Club

Leslie Alexander, US, owner of Houston Rockets;

Micky Arison, Israel/US, owner of Miami Heat

Arthur Blank, US, owner of Atlanta Falcons and Georgia Force

Norman Braman, US, former owner of Philadelphia Eagles

Alan N. Cohen, US, former owner of New York Knicks and New York Rangers, co-       owner of Boston Celtics and New Jersey Nets, and Chairman & CEO of Madison     Square Garden

Mark Cuban, US, owner of Dallas Mavericks

William Davidson, US, Chairman of Palace Sports and Entertainment, principal owner     of Detroit PistonsDetroit Shock of the WNBA, and Tampa Bay Lightning of the       NHL

Al Davis, US, owner/coach of Oakland Raiders

Barney Dreyfuss, US, owner of Pittsburgh Pirates

Steve EllmanUS, owner of Phoenix Coyotes

 Dan Gilbert, US, owner of Cleveland Cavaliers

Malcolm Glazer, US, owner of Tampa Bay Buccaneers, majority owner of Manchester United

Paul Godfrey, Canada, CEO & President of Toronto Blue Jays

 Chuck Greenberg, US, co-owner of Texas Rangers

Leon Hess, US, owner of New York Jets

Daryl Katz, Canada, owner of Edmonton Oilers

Raanan Katz, Israel, part owner of Miami Heat

 Louis "Red" Klotz, US, NBA owner of Washington Generals and New York Nationals

Herb Kohl, US, owner of Milwaukee Bucks

Bob Kraft, US, owner of New England Patriots & New England Revolution

 Al Lerner, US, owner of Cleveland Browns

Randy Lerner, US, owner of Cleveland Browns

Lerner family, US, owners of Washington Nationals

Jeffrey Lurie, US, owner of Philadelphia Eagles

Art Modell US. Owner of Cleveland Browns /Baltimore Ravens

Abe Pollin, US, owner of Washington Wizards

 Zygi Wilf, German-born US, principal owner of Minnesota Vikings

 Fred Wilpon, US, owner of New York Mets

Lewis Wolff, US, owner of Oakland Athletics

Coaches and Trainers

 Morris "Whitey" Bimstein, US, boxing trainer

 Ray Arcel, US, boxing trainer; trained 18 world champions

 Red Auerbach, US, NBA coach (9 championships) & GM, Hall of Fame

Big Bill Bachrach, US, swimming coach, International Swimming Hall of Fame

Larry Brown, US, basketball player & coach (Charlotte Bobcats)

Uri Coronel, Dutch, President of Ajax Amsterdam[312] 

Keith Dambrot, US, men's basketball coach University of Akron Maccabi Tel Aviv and Russia national team

 Nikolay Epshtein, Soviet ice hockey coach[6]

Charlotte "Eppie" Epstein, US, coach, International Swimming Hall of Fame[6]

Theo Epstein, US, General Manager (Chicago Cubs)[315]

 Lawrence Frank, US, Head Coach (Detroit Pistons)[29]

Marty Friedman, US, basketball player & coach[47]

Arcadi Gaydamak, Russia, owner of Beitar Jerusalem F.C.[316]

Alexandre Gaydamak, France & Russia, co-owner & Chairman of Portsmouth F.C.[317]

Sid Gillman, US, football player & coach[318]

 Avram Glazer, US, joint chairman of Manchester United board[319] Joel Glazer, US, joint chairman of Manchester United board[319]

 Alexander Gomelsky, Russia, head coach of USSR national team for 30 years, including victory in 1988 Summer Olympics, Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, FIBA Hall of Fame

Association football (Soccer)


Yael Averbuch West (born Yael Friedman Averbuch;) is a former American professional soccer player. She is currently the executive director of the National Women's Soccer League Players Association. A professional soccer player, she last played as a defender for Seattle Reign FC in the National Women's Soccer League.


Kyle Beckerman (born Kyle Robert Beckerman) is an American former soccer midfielder who played 21 seasons in Major League Soccer (MLS) with the Miami Fusion (2000–2001), Colorado Rapids (2002–2007) and Real Salt Lake (20072020). He was a starting central defensive midfielder and captain when RSL won MLS Cup 2009. He also earned 58 caps with the United Statesmen's national soccer team.


Steve Birnbaum (born Steven Mitchell Birnbaum is an American professional soccer player who is captain of and plays as a defender for D.C. United (since 2014) and the United States men's national soccer team. Birnbaum started every game for D.C. United in the 2018 season and played every minute in all 34 regular season games. He led Major League Soccer in total clearances, headed clearances, and aerials won, and in 2019 he again led the league in headed clearances and aerials won.


David BeckhamBeckham's maternal grandfather was Jewish, and Beckham has referred to himself as "half Jewish" and wrote in his autobiography "I've probably had more contact with Judaism than with any other religion". In his book Both Feet on the Ground, Beckham stated that growing up he attended church every week with his parents, because that was the only way he could play football for their team.[34]


Yossi Benayoun (born Yossi Shai Benayoun) is an Israeli former professional footballer who last played for Beitar Jerusalem and captained the Israel national team

Eran Zahavi (born Eran Zahavi) is an Israeli professional footballer who plays as forward for Eredivisie club PSV Eindhoven and the Israel national team. Zahavi was named Israeli Footballer of the Year twice (2013 and 2014), and finished as the top goalscorer of the Israeli Premier League for three consecutive seasons, in 2013–14 (29 goals)


Jonathan Bornstein (born Jonathan Rey Bornstein) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a left-back for Major League Soccer club Chicago Fire. He has captained and made 38 appearances for the United States national soccer team. In addition to also playing for Chivas USA in Major League Soccer (with whom he was the 2006 MLS Rookie of the Year, an MLS Best XI, and a two-time MLS All-Star), he has played in Liga MX and in the Israeli Premier League. He won a silver medal with Team USA at the 2005 Maccabiah Games, in Israel.


Benny Feilhaber is an American soccer coach and former professional player who is currently head coach of MLS Next Pro side Sporting Kansas City II, an affiliate of Sporting Kansas City. A midfielder, Feilhaber played for clubs in Germany, Denmark, England, and the United States. Born in Brazil but raised in the United States, he represented the United States internationally, including at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Ryan Adeleye, US/Israel, defender (Atlantic City FC)[44]

Jeff Agoos, US, defender (national team)[45]

Yari Allnut, US, midfielder (national team)[46]

Kyle Altman, US, defender[47][48]

Dudu Aouate, Israel, goalkeeper (RCD Mallorca & national team)[49]

Gary Assous. France/Israel, midfielder (Hapoel Katamon Jerusalem F.C.)[50]

Jonathan Assous, France/Israel, defensive midfielder (Beitar Ramat Gan)[51]

Gai Assulin, Israel, winger/attacking midfielder (Politehnica Iași & national team)[45]

Pini Balili, Israel, striker (Maccabi Ironi Bat Yam & national team)[45]

Tal Banin, Israel, midfielder, player & manager[53]

Orr Barouch, Israel, striker (Cal FC & national team)

David "Dedi" Ben Dayan, Israel, left defender (Bnei Sakhnin & national team)[58][59]

Tal Ben Haim, Israel, center back/right back (Beitar Jerusalem & national team)

Arik Benado, Israel, defender (national team)

Yossi Benayoun, Israel, attacking midfielder

Eyal Berkovic, Israel, midfielder (national team)

Rhett Bernstein, US, defender (Miami FC)

Steve Birnbaum, US, defender (D.C. United & national team)

Gyula Bíró, Hungary, midfielder/forward (national team)

Nick Blackman, England/Israel, striker (Maccabi Tel Aviv & Barbados national team)

Jean Bloch, France, Olympic silver

Harald Bohr, Denmark, Olympic silver

Louis Bookman, Lithuanian-born Ireland, forward

Jonathan Bornstein, US/Israel, left back/midfielder (Chicago Fire & national team)

David Boysen, Denmark, left winger (FC Helsingør)[

Daniel Brailovski, Argentina/Uruguay, midfielder (Argentina, Uruguay, & Israel national teams)[

Adam Braz, Canada, defender [74]

Ashley Brown, Australia, football (soccer) player Melbourne Victory

Jordan Brown, Australia, midfielder (Melbourne Victory)

 Tomer Chencinski, Israel/Canada, goalkeeper (Shamrock Rovers & national team)[76]

Jordan Cila, US, forward (Under-17 World Cup)

Avi Cohen, Israel, defender (LiverpoolRangersMaccabi Tel Aviv & national team)

Martin Cohen, South Africa, midfielder (Highlands ParkLA AztecsCalifornia SurfWits University & national team)

Steven Cohen, France-Israel, midfielder (free agent)

Tamir Cohen, Israel, midfielder (national team)

Edgar Davids, Netherlands, midfielder (Ajax Amsterdam, Juventus, and national team)

Rolf Decker, Germany-born US, midfielder (US national team)

Micky Dulin, England (Tottenham)

Yakov Ehrlich, Russia, striker (FC Ocean Kerch)

Sol Eisner, US, forward (New York Americans and USMNT)

Benny Feilhaber, Brazil/US, center/attacking midfielder (Sporting Kansas City & US national team)[86]

Lajos Fischer, Hungary, goalkeeper, national team player[87]

Otto Fischer, Austria, national team player and coach[88]

Gottfried Fuchs, Germany/Canada (German national team)[89]

Dean Furman, South Africa, midfielder (Carlisle United & national team)[90]

Peter Fuzes, Australia, goalkeeper[91]

Sándor Geller, Hungary, goalkeeper, Olympic champion[67]

Mikhail Gershkovich, USSR, forward, Europe U-19 Champion (national team)

Ludwik Gintel, Poland, defender and forward (national team)[92]

Andy Gruenebaum, US, goalkeeper[93]

Béla Guttmann, Hungary, midfielder, national team player & international coach[2]

Rudy Haddad, France, midfielder (Hapoel Ashkelon & U21 national team)[94]

Eddy Hamel, US, right winger (AFC Ajax; killed by the Nazis in Auschwitz)[95]

Julius Hirsch, Germany, winger, (Karlsruher FV; killed by the Nazis)[96][97]

Ya'akov Hodorov, Israel, goalkeeper (national team)[98]

Rinus Israel, Netherlands, defender (Feyenoord and national team)

Joe Jacobson, Wales, left back (Wycombe Wanderers & U21 national team)[99]

Tvrtko Kale, Croatia/Israel, goalkeeper[100]

Tal Karp, Australia, midfielder (Melbourne Victory)[101]

Scott Kashket, England, striker (Wycombe Wanderers)[102]

Yaniv Katan, Israel, forward/winger (Maccabi Haifa & national team)[103]

Josh Kennet, England/Israel, midfielder/right back (London Lions)[99]

Adolf Kertész, Hungary, defender, 11 caps for national team[104]

Gyula Kertész, Hungary, winger, player & manager[105]

Vilmos Kertész, Hungary, winger, 47 national team caps[106]

Józef Klotz, Poland, national team; killed by the Nazis[107]

Konstantin Krizhevsky, USSR/Russia, defender (national team)[108]

Mark Lazarus, England, right winger[19]

Jonathan Levin, Mexico, midfielder (Las Vegas Lights)[109]

Lucas Matías Licht, Argentina, left defender/left winger (Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata)[110]

Marcelo Lipatin, Uruguay, forward (C.D. Trofense)[111]

Józef Lustgarten, Poland (17 years in the Gulag)[92]

Zac MacMath, US, goalkeeper (Real Salt Lake)[112]

Mickaël Madar, France, striker[113]

Melissa Maizels, Australia, goalkeeper (Melbourne Victory FC (W-League))[114]

Gyula Mándi, Hungary, half back (player & coach of Hungarian and Israeli national teams)[2]

Shep Messing, US, goalkeeper (national team), manager, and sportscaster[38]

Federico Mociulsky, Argentina, midfielder (Deportivo Roca)[115]

Bennie Muller, Netherlands, midfielder (Ajax Amsterdam and national team)[116]

Andriy Oberemko, Ukraine, midfielder (Mariupol & U21 national team)[117]

Eli Ohana, Israel, won UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and Bravo Award (most outstanding young player in Europe); national team; manager[19]

Árpád Orbán, Hungary, Olympic champion[67]Zach Pfeffer, US, midfielder (Philadelphia Union)[118]

Roni Porokara, Finland, winger (national team)[119]

Boris Razinsky, USSR/Russia, goalkeeper/striker, Olympic champion, manager[67]

Charlie Reiter, US, forward (Pali Blues)[120]

Haim Revivo, Israel, attacking/side midfielder (national team)

Daniël de Ridder, Netherlands, forward winger/attacking midfielder (SC Cambuur & U21 national team)[121]

Ronnie Rosenthal, Israel, left winger/striker (national team)[122]

Moshe Romano, Israel, striker (national team)[123]

Sebastian Rozental, Chile, forward (national team)[19]

David Schipper, US, midfielder/fullback (Southern United)[124]

Aaron Schoenfeld, US/Israeli, forward (Minnesota United & Israeli national team)[125]

Ronnie Schwartz, Denmark, striker (Midtjylland)

Béla Sebestyén, Hungary, winger (national team)[126]

Barry Silkman, England (QPR/Man City)[127]

Juan Pablo Sorín, Argentina, defender (national team)[19]

Jonathan Spector, US, defender (Orlando City SC & national team)[128]

Leon Sperling, Poland, left wing (national team; killed by the Nazis in the Lemberg Ghetto)[92]

Giora Spiegel, Israel, midfielder (Israel national team)

Mordechai Spiegler, Soviet Union/Israel, striker (Israel national team), manager[19]

Daniel Steres, US, defender (LA Galaxy)[129]

Sjaak Swart, Netherlands, winger (Ajax)[116]Idan Tal, Israel, midfielder (Beitar Jerusalem & national team)[3]

Nicolás Tauber, Argentina/Israel, goalkeeper (Villa San Carlos)[130]

Yochanan Vollach, Israel, defender (national team)

Shon Weissman, Israel, forward (national team) (Valladolid)

Sara Whalen, US, defender/forward, Olympic silver[67]

DeAndre Yedlin, US, defender/midfielder (Newcastle United & national team)[131]

Eran Zahavi, Israel, attacking midfielder (PSV Eindhoven & national team)[132]

Michael Zandberg, Israel, left wing (national team)


Australian rules football[

·         Keith BaskinAFL footballer[134]

·         Mordy Bromberg, Australia, AFL footballer

·         Todd Goldstein, AFL footballer (North Melbourne Football Club)

·         Julian Kirzner, AFL footballer

·         Trevor KornVFL footballer[138]

·         Ezra Poyas, AFL and VFL footballer[19]

·         Ian Synman, AFL footballer, only Jew to play in a Premiership

·         Michael Zemski, Australia, AFL footballer




Morrie "Snooker" Arnovich, US, outfielder, All-Star[140]

Brad Ausmus, US, catcher, All-Star, 3x Gold Glove, mana

Lou ("Handsome Lou") Boudreau[140]

US, shortstop, 8x All-Star, batting title, MVPBaseball Hall of Fame, manager[140]

Ralph "Hawk" Branca, US, pitcher, 3x All Star[145][146][147]

Ryan Braun, US, outfielder, 6x All-Star, home run champion, Rookie of the Year, 5x Silver Slugger, MVP (Milwaukee Brewers)[148]

Alex Bregman, US, infielder, 2x All Star, Silver Slugger (Houston Astros)[149]

Mark Clear, US, relief pitcher, 2x All-Star[150]

"Harry the Horse" Danning, US, catcher, 4x All-Star[140][2]

Paul Goldschmidt, US, first baseman, 6x All-Star, 3x Gold Glove, 4x Silver Slugger, NL Hank Aaron Award, NL home run leader (St. Louis Cardinals)[159]

Sid Gordon, US, outfielder & third baseman, 2x All-Star[140]

Shawn Green, US, right fielder, 2x All-Star, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger[140]

Hank "Hammerin' Hank" Greenberg, US, first baseman & outfielder, 5x All-Star, 4x home run champion, 4x RBI leader, 2x MVP, Baseball Hall of Fame[140]

Ken Holtzman, US, starting pitcher, 2x All-Star, 2 no-hitters, Israel Baseball League manager[140]

Joe Horlen, US, pitcher, All-Star, ERA leader, no-hitter[140]

Ian Kinsler, US-Israeli, second baseman, 4x All-Star, hit for the cycle, 2× 30–30 club, 2x Gold Glove, Fielding Bible Award (Team Israel)[162]

Sandy Koufax, US, starting pitcher, 7x All-Star, 1 perfect game, 4 no-hitters, 3× Triple Crown, 5x ERA leader, 4x strikeouts leader, 3x Wins leader, 2x W-L% leader, 2× World Series MVP, 3x Cy Young Award, MVP, Baseball Hall of Fame[140]

Mike Lieberthal, US, catcher, 2x All-Star, Gold Glove[140]

Jason Marquis, US, starting pitcher, All-Star, Silver Slugger[140]

Jeff Newman, US, catcher & first baseman, All-Star, manager[140]

Joc Pederson, US, outfielder, All-Star (Atlanta Braves)[167]

Al "Flip" Rosen, US, third baseman & first baseman, 4x All-Star, 2x home run champion, 2x RBI leader, MVP[140]

Goody Rosen, Canada, outfielder, All-Star[140]

Richie Scheinblum, US, outfielder, All-Star[140]

Steve Stone, US, starting pitcher, All-Star, Wins leader, Cy Young Award[140]

Barry Latman, US, pitcher, All-Star[152]

Kevin "The Greek God of Walks" Youkilis, US, first baseman, third baseman, & left fielder, 3x All-Star, Gold Glove, Hank Aaron Award[140]




Other Outstanding Players

Robert "Bo" Belinsky, US, pitcher, no-hit game[141]

Max Fried, US, pitcher, Gold Glove, Fielding Bible Award (Atlanta Braves)[156]

Lip Pike, US, outfielder, second baseman, manager, 4x home run champion, RBI leader[140]

Saul Rogovin, US, pitcher,  In 1951, he led the American League with a 2.78 ERA

Larry Sherry, US, relief pitcher, World Series MVP[140]

Mose "The Rabbi of Swat" Solomon, US, outfielder, set minor league home run record with 49 home runs in 1923




·        Cal Abrams, US, outfielder[140]

·        Rubén Amaro, Jr., US, outfielder, general manager, first base coach (New York Mets)[140]

·        José Bautista, Dominican-born, pitcher[140]

·        Moe Berg, US, catcher, and spy for US in World War II[140]

·        Jeremy Bleich, US-Israeli, pitcher (Team Israel)[142]

·        Richard Bleier, US, pitcher (Miami Marlins)[143]

·        Ron "Boomer" Blomberg, US, DH/first baseman/outfielder, Major League Baseball's first designated hitterIsrael Baseball League manager[144]

·        Craig Breslow, US, relief pitcher[140]

·        Andy Cohen, US, second baseman, coach

·        Ike Davis, US, first baseman[151]

·        Cody Decker, US, first baseman[149]

·        Moe Drabowsky, US, pitcher[64]

·        Harry Eisenstat, US, pitcher[152]

·        Mike "SuperJew" Epstein, US, first baseman[140]

·        Harry Feldman, US, pitcher[140]

·        Scott Feldman, US, pitcher[140]

·        Nate Freiman, US, first baseman[154][155]

·        Sam Fuld, US, outfielder and general manager[157]

·        Brad Goldberg, US, pitcher[158]

·        John Grabow, US, relief pitcher[140]

·        Adam Greenberg, US, outfielder [160]

·        Jake Kalish, US, pitcher (Kansas City Royals; Team Israel)[161]

·        Rob Kaminsky, US, pitcher (Philadelphia Phillies)

·        Gabe Kapler, US, outfielder, manager (San Francisco Giants)[140]

·        Ty Kelly, US-Israeli, utility player (Team Israel)[140]

·        Dean Kremer, US-Israeli, pitcher (Baltimore Orioles)[163]

·        Ryan Lavarnway, US-Israeli, catcher (Cleveland Indians; Team Israel)[164]

·        Al Levine, US, relief pitcher[140]

·        Elliott Maddox, US, outfielder & third baseman[140]

·        Erskine Mayer, US, pitcher[140]

·        Bob Melvin, US, catcher, manager (Oakland Athletics)[165]

·        Jon Moscot, US-Israeli, pitcher (Team Israel)[166]

·        Sam "Subway Sam" Nahem, US, pitcher[140]

·        Barney "the Yiddish Curver" Pelty, US, pitcher[140]

·        Kevin "Superman" Pillar, US, outfielder (New York Mets)

·        Scott Radinsky, US, relief pitcher and coach[140]

·        Jimmie Reese, US, second baseman & third baseman[140]

·        Dave Roberts, US, pitcher[140]

·         Josh Satin, US, second baseman[168]

·        Scott Schoeneweis, US, pitcher[140]

·        Art Shamsky, US, outfielder & first baseman, Israel Baseball League manager[140]

·        Ryan Sherriff, US, pitcher (Tampa Bay Rays)[149]

·        Norm Sherry, US, catcher, manager[140]

·        Robert Stock, US, pitcher (New York Mets)

·        George Stone, US, outfielder, batting title[169]

·        Garrett Stubbs, US, catcher (Houston Astros)[149]

·        Rowdy Tellez, US, first baseman (Milwaukee Brewers)[149]

·        Danny Valencia, US-Israeli, third baseman (Team Israel)[170]

·        Phil "Mickey" Weintraub, US, first baseman & outfielder

·        Zack Weiss, US-Israeli, pitcher (Seattle Mariners; Team Israel)[171]

·        Steve Yeager, US, catcher, World Series MVP[140]

·        Andy Yerzy, Canada, catcher/first baseman (Arizona Diamondbacks)[172]

·        Josh Zeid, US-Israeli, pitcher (Team Israel)[