Aly Raisman, Munich 11’s David Berger to join Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
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Aly Raisman, Munich 11’s David Berger to join Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

Gymnast Raisman earned Olympic gold performing to ‘Hava Nagila,’ dedicated medal to slain Israeli athletes

"Hava Nagila" fan Aly Raisman will take her moves to "Dancing With the Stars." (YouTube)
"Hava Nagila" fan Aly Raisman will take her moves to "Dancing With the Stars." (YouTube)

JTA — Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Aly Raisman will be inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame & Museum.

Raisman, 18, of Needham, Mass., will be among eight inductees into the hall in Commack, NY, in April.

Also to be honored at the 21st annual induction ceremony is weightlifter David Berger, who was among the 11 Israelis killed at the Munich Olympics in 1972.

Raisman won a gold medal in the recently completed London Games on floor exercise with a routine set to “Hava Nagila,” and helped the US to the women’s team title. She also earned a bronze on the balance beam.

Other inductees in April include sports photographer Andrew Bernstein; Steve Bilsky, the athletic director at the University of Pennsylvania; Bruce Cohen, a National Lacrosse Hall of Fame member; Randy Grossman, a former tight end for the Pittsburgh Steelers; and US swimmers Marilyn Ramenofsky and Garrett Weber-Gale.

Raisman was recognized last year by the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame as the recipient of the Pearl D. Mazor Outstanding Female Jewish High School Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.

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