This year in Jewish sports: Recapping the highs and lows of 2022

Notable Jewish athletes had big and small moments in 2022: Alex Bregman, Max Homa and Taylor Fritz (top row) enjoyed big wins, while Bubby Rossman and JT Daniels are finding their feet, and Elina Svitolina had a rough year—and a baby.

As we wrap up this year (and the third season of Menschwarmers), we’re taking a look back at some of the most impactful stories, biggest successes and most unfortunate fizzle-outs that Jewish athletes went through in 2022.

While Israel didn’t perform particularly well at the Winter Olympics and the few Jews in the NFL are flailing, we’ve had lots of victories to celebrate—including Alex Bregman’s second World Series win, Max Homa’s stellar year and Taylor Fritz becoming a top-10 tennis player. Plus, there are babies!

Thanks for listening this year—we’ll see you all in 2023.


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 @menschwarmers or TikTok @menschwarmers. To learn how to support the show by subscribing to this podcast, please watch this video.