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Jews You Should Know

Apr 9, 2018


What is a nice Jewish boy doing flying down an Olympic ice-track, competing for the Israeli National Team in the obscure sport of Skeleton? In AJ Edelman's view, at least, redefining what it means to be a Jew in sport, defying near-impossible odds and generating tremendous pride for his country.

Born and raised in Boston, MA, a hockey goalie growing up and through his university days at MIT, AJ was always a gifted athlete. But not until a chance encounter with his high school alumni director and a confluence of exceptional events did he determine he could change the perception of and landscape for Jewish athletes.

In this hour-long conversation, we discover what it takes to learn an entirely new sport, from scratch, and in a matter of several years to rise to its highest echelons of competition, earning respect and representing Israel valiantly along the way.



Jews You Should Know introduces the broader community to interesting and inspiring Jewish men and women making a difference in our world. Some are already famous, some not yet so. But each is a Jew You Should Know.

The host, Rabbi Ari Koretzky, is Executive Director of MEOR Maryland (, a premier Jewish outreach and educational organization. MEOR operates nationally on twenty campuses and in Manhattan; visit the national website at

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A special thank you to Jacob Rupp of the Lift Your Legacy podcast for his invaluable production assistance.