2013-08-09 / Columns

Honorable ‘Menschen’

Anyone deserving of an ‘Honorable Menschen,’ can contact Sherry Hoffman via her e-mail: Sherryjewishtimes@gmail.com.
By Sherry Hoffman ... and YOU.

HARVARD’S GAIN

Samantha Goldhagen of Linwood is off to Harvard University, where she’ll earn a Master’s Degree in Technology, Innovation, and Education. After graduating with honors from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s in psychology and education, she’ll continue at Harvard on her path to enriching and improving the education of preschoolers. While at Maryland, she interned for Sesame Street Workshop where she researched Sesame Street segments and assisted on Hope Against Hunger, a one-hour program to show children who are food insecure that they aren't alone. Another project of Samantha’s, this one for Child Trends, was researching preschool intervention for disadvantaged kids and the effects it has on their learning.

Samantha is the daughter of Jerry Goldhagen and Ina Rosen Goldhagen. Her family has been teaching preschoolers for generations. Mom teaches at Congregation Beth Israel’s preschool in Northfield. Mom Mom Cleo Rosen was a preschool teacher at Temple Emeth Shalom in Margate where her Pop Pop Seymour Rosen was Rabbi. And Samantha’s aunt, Harriet Rosen Uris, teaches preschool at Congregation M’kor Shalom in Cherry Hill. Imagine how many kids whose lives will continue to be changed for the better because of Samantha and her family.

RUNNING WITH THE TROTTERS

Red Klotz has had a love affair with basketball for the past 90 years. When he was three years old his mom put a basketball in his tiny hands and at that moment his fate was sealed.

Tim Kelly, retired Media Relations Director for Stockton College of New Jersey has written “ Red Klotz: Running with the Trotters” (Comteq Publishing) with a forward by famed sports writer Joe Posnanski. Due out in September the book follows Red’s life as he bought, coached, and began playing for the team that would regularly compete, and lose to the Harlem Globetrotters.

“Red is the last great untold sports story of a guy that had no business being the superstar in basketball that he is,” says Kelly. “ He is probably the greatest living pioneer of the game, having played in over 100 countries and introduced the game in many of those countries that are now beating us in the Olympics and in international competition. They were all kicking soccer balls around when Red first started out.”

Red agrees. “They learned about basketball from us and we made the world fall in love with the game.”

The 5’ 7” point guard has been inducted into the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and virtually every major magazine has run a story about him including a 6-page spread in the 1990 swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated. But being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame has eluded him. Kelly hopes his book will get Red’s story out and he will finally get the credit he deserves.

Don’t be surprised if some savvy producer swoops up the movie rights to “Red Klotz: Running with the Trotters.” Kelly’s vision: Toby Maguire playing Red Klotz.

Red and wife Gloria raised their six kids: Ronee, Chuck, Glenn, Kiki, Jody and Casey in Margate, where Red was regularly seen at the basketball courts playing and beating kids onequarter his age.

Ronee Groff is her dad’s biggest fan. “He has had a lifetime of the highest level of integrity that you can have and be called a sportsman. You don’t lose thousands of games and never say a bad word about anyone.”

Red’s team has lost thousands of games against the Globetrotters and in turn caused Red to be known as “ the losingest coach in basketball.” Just for the record – the team did win one game. But Red’s theory is this: “When you make people laugh –that’s winning.”

DANCE TO THE MUSIC

A 30-year tradition is coming to the Katz JCC in Margate on August 9 at 6:30 p.m. The Israel Friendship Caravan, a traveling group of Tzofim (Israeli Scouts), crisscrosses America every summer sharing their lives through song, dance and story. Performing in Hebrew, English and Yiddish, the Scouts bring a great spirit with them and encourage the audience to dance in the aisles. The event is free and open to everyone.

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