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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.

Commissioners, managers, and owners

Sportscasters & promoters


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


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





Field Hockey

Figure skating



Ice hockey


Mixed martial arts


Rugby League

Rugby Union


Speed Skating


Table tennis


Track and field


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


Water Polo



Professional wrestling

  • Tex Benedict, UK professional wrestler
  • Steve Blackman ("The Lethal Weapon"), U.S. professional wrestler
  • Barbie Blank ("Kelly Kelly"), U.S. professional wrestler
  • Matthew Bloom, ("Giant Bernard", "Rusher Road", "Prince Albert", "Albert", and "A-Train"), U.S. professional wrestler
  • Larry Booker ("Larry Latham" and "Moondog Spot"), U.S. professional wrestler
  • Abe Coleman ("Hebrew Hercules"), U.S. professional wrestler
  • Scott Colton ("Colt Cabana," "Scotty Goldman"), U.S. professional wrestler
  • Bill Goldberg, U.S. professional wrestler, NFL player
  • Tod Gordon, Founder of ECW
  • Alex 'The Tank' Glickman, BoDog Superheavyweight Champion of the World. Won belt 3 times. WWE Raw 4-time Champion.
  • Peter Gruner ("Billy Kidman"), U.S. professional wrestler
  • Paul Heyman, Owner of ECW
  • Barry Horowitz, U.S. professional wrestler
  • Glenn Jacobs, ("Kane," "Isaac Yankem DDS") U.S. professional wrestler
  • William M. Kucmierowski, ("Brimstone" and "Will Kaye"), U.S. professional wrestler
  • Scott Levy ("Scotty The Body," "Scotty Flamingo," "Johnny Polo," "Raven"), U.S. professional wrestler
  • Aviv Maayan, Welsh
  • Darren Matthews, US Professional wrestler
  • Marc Mero ("Johnny B. Badd"), U.S. professional wrestler
  • Lanny Poffo ("The Genius"), U.S. professional wrestler (Jewish mother)
  • Stephen Rattigan ("The Ballymun Brawler")
  • Jerome Saganovich ("Jerry Sags"), U.S. professional wrestler
  • Randy Savage ("Macho Man"), U.S. professional wrestler
  • Michael Seitz ("'P.S.' ("Purely Sexy") Hayes" and "Dok Hendrix"), U.S. professional wrestler & manager
  • Morris Shapiro ("Mighty Atlas"), U.S. professional wrestler
  • Dean Simon ("Dean Malenko"), U.S. professional wrestler
  • Larry Simon ("Boris Malenko"), U.S. professional wrestler
  • Brian Yandrisovitz ("Brian Knobbs" and "Terrorist"), U.S. professional wrestler



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  3. Historical View
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  7. Robert David Jaffee, "Jamie McCourt Proves She’s an Artful Dodger President," The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, July 19, 2006
  8. Pleat, David : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum
  9. Wilf - [1] "The team's owner, Zygi Wilf, an Orthodox Jew ..."
  10. Bornstein – named as on "Jewish Sports Review Men's All-America First-Team" at [2]; [3] ""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."
  11. Feilhaber - [4] "Outside of my UCLA teammate Benny Feilhaber, I never really thought there were other high-class Jewish soccer players out there"
  12. [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."
  13. Blomberg - [6] "Ron Blomberg... Big, hulking Jewish kid from Atlanta."
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  19. [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."
  20. [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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  22. [13] "2006 Jewish-American Olympians to watch for... Ice skater Sasha Cohen" [14] [15]
  23. Galler-Rabinowitz -
  24. [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.""
  25. [18] "Emily Hughes — whose sister Sarah won the 2002 Olympic gold medal in women's figure skating — also is Jewish."
  26. [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."]
  27. [20] "2006 Jewish-American Olympians to watch for in Turin! Ice dancer Jamie Silverstein"
  28. Name: RUDI BALL
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  30. [21] "Nystrom is the highest Jewish draft pick in NHL draft history"
  31. [22]: "Jewish skaters vie for spots in the NHL"
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  33. 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."
  34. Encyclopedia Judaica, Second Edition, volume 19, p146
  37. Bath, Richard (ed.) The Complete Book of Rugby (Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997 ISBN 1 86200 013 3) p68
  40. "Bullimore's sister buoyed by rabbis' support", Jewish Chronicle January 24, 1997 p.1
  41. Spitz -, following Michael Phelps [23] "Spitz became the first Jewish recipient of the James E. Sullivan Award..."
  42. [24] ""He knows he's Jewish and the values are there with him", said Clark Goldstein, Paul's father."
  43. [25], sprinter, Olympic champion
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  47. Floridian: A wrestling dynasty

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