Bethlehem Shoals is a founding member of FreeDarko.com. He has contributed to GQ, Salon, and Slate. Follow him on Twitter @freedarko.
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Building Social Justice in the Pacific Northwest

In Portland, a gap-year program for high-school graduates connects Jewish learning and community service

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Identity Politics on the Court, Part 2

‘David Blatt is a reminder that when you invoke one form of Jewish identity you, to some degree, invoke them all’

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Identity Politics on the Court

‘Where does David Blatt end and Jewishness begin?’

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’Twas the Night Before Holiday

Don’t pretend Christmas isn’t Christmas. It’s an opportunity to shore up who we are as Jews.

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Jump-Shot Jews

Neal Pollack’s novel Jewball re-imagines the prewar era when Jews ruled pro basketball and Nazism threatened to gain an American foothold

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Hammer Time: Al Rosen (1924–2015)

For a few glorious years, Al Rosen was the next Hank Greenberg. But his career ended prematurely, thanks to physical injuries, mental slumps—and Hank Greenberg.

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Make Some Noise

Nadav Samin was a nice Jewish boy in Brooklyn who made it big at a key moment in hip-hop history and then walked away to take up Middle East studies. Now it turns out he never really left rap behind.

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Court Jew

NBA coach and commentator Jeff Van Gundy is not Jewish, but his brainy banter, nebbishy looks, and nervous intensity have led fans to think otherwise

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City Game

The New York Knicks, headed to the playoffs for the first time in seven years, were once pro sports’ most Jewish franchise, thanks to a smooth and balanced style of play today’s team has abandoned

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King David: Stern’s 30-Year NBA Reign Comes to a Close

Commissioner David Stern made the NBA the world’s most popular sports league by running it with a stereotypically Jewish collection of traits: humor, cutthroat deal-making, and focus on the bottom line

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