With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics starting this week, Jewish sports fans are abuzz with one question: Who’s representing the tribe? As it happens, there are plenty of promising Olympians with fascinating stories, from Argentine tennis phenom Diego Schwartzman to Jewish Japanese basketballer Avi Schafer and a whole lot of American and Canadian fencing stars—to say nothing of Israel’s contenders in marathon, judo and racewalking.
On this week’s episode of Menschwarmers, our Jewish sports podcast, hosts Jamie and Gabe are joined by Emily Burack, deputy managing editor of Alma, who has spent the last few months investigating and writing about Jewish Olympians from around the world.
Listen and subscribe above.
- Follow Emily on Twitter (@emburack) or Instagram (@emburack)
- Read her stories at heyalma.com
- Listen to the Menschwarmers’ past Olympics episodes: an interview with Canadian fencer Eli Schenkel, baseball pitcher Dean Pelman and baseball coach Nate Fish
- Check out Emily’s essay, “Diego Schwartzman and the Outsized Power of Representation“
Menschwarmers is hosted by James Hirsh and Gabe Pulver, and produced and edited by Michael Fraiman. Our intro music is by Coby Lipovitch, and our outro music is “Organ Grinder Swing” by chēēZ π. This show is a member of The CJN Podcast Network. Follow the Menschwarmers on Twitter and The CJN Podcast Network on Twitter and Facebook, or find more great Jewish podcasts at thecjn.ca.