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September 12, 1980 - Image 81

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-09-12

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

1211.111 MVO 113175

TO ALL OUR
FAMILY AND FRIENDS
MILTON and FREDA
STEINHARDT & FAMILY

WE WISH OUR FRIENDS
AND RELATIVES A
HAPPY. HEALTHY

NEW YEAR
MR. and MRS. PAUL WORONA
and DAUGHTER, LINDA

Israel's 'Sportsman, of the '70s'
Is Winner On and Off the Court

By CHARLEY LEVINE

Israel Government
Press Service

HERZLIYA — Israeli
sportswriters recently hud-
dled and decided that a
former U.S. basketball
champ turned Israeli star
was the obvious choice for
the coveted title "Israeli

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MR. and MRS. LOUIS BORDOLEY

wish all their friends and relatives
a happy and healthy New Year

We wish our family and friends a
very healthy, happy and prosperous
New Year

MR. and MRS. CARL CHAIFETZ & FAMILY

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MR. and MRS. ALBERT CIMMER

wish all their friends and relatives
a happy and healthy New Year

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MR. and MRS.
JOE ROSENBLUM & FAMILY

would like to wish all our family
and friends a healthy and happy
New Year

DR. and MRS.
PAUL G. SMITH & FAMILY

Wishes Their Family and Friends

A Happy & Healthy
New Year

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MR. and MRS. IRVING WEINGARDEN & CHANA
MR. and MRS. DAVID WEINGARDEN
MR. and MRS. MORDECHAI WEINGARDEN & FAMILY

would like to wish all our family
and friends a healthy and happy
New Year

SHELLY and LOWELL SCHULTZ
MICE and JUSTIN

wish all their family and

friends a year filled with

health, happiness, joy

and peace

ARTHUR and GAYLE WEISS

wish all their family and

friends a year filled with

health, happiness, joy

and peace

Sportsman of the '70s."
Tal Brody, 36, has
dramatically changed the
population's attitude
toward sport in this small,
Middle Eastern country.
"When I first came to Is-
rael, it was strictly a one-
sport place, and that sport
was soccer. Today, in 1980,
basketball has earned a spot
as one of the country's most
popular sports. Its players
are recognized internation-
ally as being among the
world's most serious, and
other endeavors such as
golf, tennis, swimming and
even softball have thrived
in the changing climate
that resulted from basket-
ball's successes," Brody be-'
lieves.
The task Brody set for
himself was difficult but
never dull. "Ten years
ago, playing conditions
were primitive. We had a
5,000-seat, open-air
stadium. I had to accli-
mate to taking a wind fac-
tor into account when I
shot, not to mention get-
ting used to cancellation
of games due to rain," the
lanky player recalls in
the cozy den of his
Herzliya home overlook-
ing the Mediterranean.
"But now our basketball
center outside Tel Aviv
seats over 10,000. It is plush
and sells out regularly. We
even have a roof!"
Brody began playing bas-
ketball in high school in his
native city of Trenton, N.J.
He starred at the Univer-
sity of Illinois, making the
Big Ten's all conference
team and being chosen sec-
ond team All-American.
In 1965 he visited Israel
for the first time to partici-
pate in the Maccabia
competition of Jewish
athletes from around the
world. He liked what he saw
so much that he declined the
Washington Bullets' second
draft bid in order to accept
an offer from Tel Aviv's
basketball club.
"I returned to America
in 1968 for two years
when I was drafted into
the U.S. Army," Brody
says, proud of his dual
U.S.-Israel citizenship
despite the dual respon-
sibilities entailed.
Brody was back with the
Tel Aviv team in 1971 and
the long road to victory
commenced. The very first
year, his expertise guided
the club into a "revolution-
ary second place" in the
Europe-based World Cup
games; Israel was under-
standably electrified since
its team had never before
even made the quarter-
finals.
His proudest moment
came in 1977, again at the
European Cup competition
in Yugoslavia, when out-
ranked Israel beat such
giants as Spain, Czechos-
lovakia and the USSR, then
triumphed over Italy in a
78-77 squeaker to claim
first place — a feat that set
off an hour-long round of
car-honking from one end of
Israel to the other.

WE WISH OUR FRIENDS
AND RELATIVES A
HAPPY, HEALTHY

NEW YEAR
SIDNEY & ROSE
ROSENBERG & FAMILY

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TO ALL OUR
FAMILY AND FRIENDS
JOSEPH and ELIZABETH ROTH

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MR. and MRS. IZRAEL BESSER
SUZANNE and NANCY

Wishes Their Family and Friends

A Happy & Healthy
New Year

"When we came hOme
after that one, we felt a tre-
mendous surge of pride.
Over 150,000 people came
out to greet us."

Equal in significance to
the World _Cup success
was Brody's receipt in
May 1979 of the Israel
Prize, his nation's highest
civic honor. He was the
first athlete ever
awarded the distinction.
"We didn't only win, we
raised the standard of
sport in Israel," he says,
by way of explanation.

Brody officially retired in
1978 and now has more time
to enjoy life with his Israeli
wife Ronit, and children
Karin, 8, and Ron, 5. But he
is seldom more than a hook
shot away from the beckon-
ing backboard.
In between operating a
growing sports equipment
distributorship and think-
ing about a future career in
pro-ball coaching, Brody
seizes every opportunity to
visit distant schools, army
camps, even prisons, to host
basketball clinics and gen-
erally raise people's con-
sciousnesses about sports.
"If I did anything, I
helped prove that tenacity
pays off. A more serious,
professional approach .to
athletics is prevalent in Is-
rael today. The other teams,
not to mention sportsmen in
other fields, realized that if
my team could excel on the
merit of tough, exacting
training, then perhaps so
could they."

Israeli Envoy
Hits Holland's
Embassy Move

AMSTERDAM (JTA) —
Eytan Ronn, Israel's am-
bassador to the Nether-
lands, refused to open an
exhibit of Israeli theater
and costume designs in
Maastricht in the southeast
in protest against Holland's
decision to move its em-
bassy in Israel from
Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.
Instead, Ronn sent the Is-
rael embassy's cultural at-
tache, Gershom Zohar, to
open the exhibition. In his
address at the exhibition
Zohar emphasized that
Jerusalem is the united cap-
ital of Israel with freedom
for all religions.
Ronn's refusal and
Zohar's statement were
widely reported in the
Dutch press.

JERRY and ISADORA
HELFMAN & FAMILY

wish all their family and

friends a year filled with

health, happiness, joy

and peace

A very Happy, Healthy
and Prosperous New Year

to all our family and dear friends

MR. and MRS.
MORRIS SMITH & FAMILY

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A very Happy, Healthy
and Prosperous New Year

to all our family and dear friends

JERRY, FRAN,
MARCI & MARK UZANSKY

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Wishing all our friends and
relatives a year of health
and happiness

THE WILSONS

ED, LINDA, SCOTT, LISA & STACY

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