The entire world is about to focus its attention on the Olympic Games in South Korea, and as it is with every competitive sports competition, Jews like to cheer for Jews. After all, there are not a lot of Jewish athletes in the world, and the specialized sports of the Winter Olympics narrows that pool even more.
That said, there are several compelling Jewish Olympians to keep our eyes on in these Winter Games, and before the action begins, you might want to look up their back stories. Here are five Jewish names to watch for (some for Team USA and others for Israel):
Alexei Bychenko – male figure skating (Israel)
Vladislav Bykanov – male speed skating (Israel)
Paige Connors – skating pairs (Israel)
A.J. Edelman “The Hebrew Hammer” – skeleton (Israel)
Jonathon Blum – hockey (Team USA)
Jason Brown – male figure skating (Team USA)
We hope you will join us this Friday night as we transport ourselves to South Korea in spirit. Our Shabbat experience will begin with a Korean Shabbat Dinner, followed by a brief service and an Olympic Oneg. During the oneg, we will watch the opening ceremonies together.