List of Jews in sports

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This list of Jewish athletes in sports contains athletes who are Jewish and have attained outstanding achievements in sports. The topic of Jewish participation in sports is discussed extensively in academic and popular literature (See also: List of Jews in sports (non-players)). Scholars believe that sports have been a historical avenue for Jewish people to overcome obstacles toward their participation in secular society, especially before the mid-20th century in Europe and the United States. [1]


The criteria for inclusion in this list are:

Boldface denotes a current competitor.

To be included in the list, one does not necessarily have to practice Judaism, or to hail from Israel. Some members of the list may practice other religions or no religion at all, but are of Jewish descent.


American football

Nate Ebner Nate Ebner 2017.JPG
Nate Ebner
Julian Edelman Julian Edelman 2014.JPG
Julian Edelman
Anthony Firkser Anthony Firkser 2019 12-22.jpg
Anthony Firkser
Greg Joseph Greg Joseph.jpg
Greg Joseph
Ali Marpet Ali Marpet WFT-Buccaneers NOV2021 (cropped).jpg
Ali Marpet
Josh Rosen Josh Rosen vs Virginia (cropped).jpg
Josh Rosen
Mitchell Schwartz Mitchell Schwartz 2017.JPG
Mitchell Schwartz

Association football (soccer)

Yael Averbuch Yael Averbuch with flag.jpg
Yael Averbuch
Kyle Beckerman Kylebeckerman5a.JPG
Kyle Beckerman
David Beckham David Beckham 2010 LA Galaxy.jpg
David Beckham
Yossi Benayoun Benayoun Haifa (2a).jpg
Yossi Benayoun
Steve Birnbaum Steve Birnbaum DC United.JPG
Steve Birnbaum
Jonathan Bornstein WikiBornsteinJUL2010.jpg
Jonathan Bornstein
Benny Feilhaber Benny Feilhaber 2017 (cropped).jpg
Benny Feilhaber
Zac MacMath Zac MacMath 2012 Philadelphia Union.jpg
Zac MacMath
Daniel de Ridder CELTAriddersign02.jpg
Daniël de Ridder
Manor Solomon Manor Solomon - Press Conference - Israel Football Association - 26 May 2022 (cropped).jpg
Manor Solomon
Matt Turner CINvRIC 2017-07-09 - Matt Turner (40074313270) (cropped).jpg
Matt Turner
Shon Weissman Shon Weissman (cropped).JPG
Shon Weissman
Eran Zahavi EranZeahviCelebrating.jpg
Eran Zahavi

Australian rules football


Alex Bregman, infielder
(Houston Astros) Alex Bregman during his at-bat, March 2, 2019 (cropped 2).jpg
Alex Bregman, infielder
(Houston Astros)
Scott Effross, pitcher
(New York Yankees) Scott Effross (6740) (cropped).jpg
Scott Effross, pitcher
(New York Yankees)
Max Fried, pitcher
(Atlanta Braves) Max Fried July 16, 2019 (cropped).jpg
Max Fried, pitcher
(Atlanta Braves)
Ian Kinsler, second baseman
(Team Israel) KinslerHeadshot.jpg
Ian Kinsler, second baseman
(Team Israel)
Dean Kremer, pitcher
(Baltimore Orioles; Team Israel) KramerDean.jpg
Dean Kremer, pitcher
(Baltimore Orioles; Team Israel)
Ryan Lavarnway, catcher
(Miami Marlins; Team Israel) Ryan Lavarnway 2012.jpg
Ryan Lavarnway, catcher
(Miami Marlins; Team Israel)
Eli Morgan, pitcher
(Cleveland Guardians, Team Israel) Eli Morgan (48362828232) (cropped).jpg
Eli Morgan, pitcher
(Cleveland Guardians, Team Israel)
Joc Pederson, outfielder
(San Francisco Giants, Team Israel) 20140919 Joc Pederson (3).JPG
Joc Pederson, outfielder
(San Francisco Giants, Team Israel)
Kevin Pillar, outfielder
(Atlanta Braves; Team Israel) Kevin Pillar September 30, 2015.jpg
Kevin Pillar, outfielder
(Atlanta Braves; Team Israel)
Rowdy Tellez, first baseman
(Milwaukee Brewers) Rowdy Tellez Dunedin.jpg
Rowdy Tellez, first baseman
(Milwaukee Brewers)


Deni Avdija Deni Avdija 2022 (52380408867) (cropped).jpg
Deni Avdija
Sue Bird Sue Bird at 2 August 2015 game cropped.jpg
Sue Bird
Omri Casspi Omri Casspi 3.jpg
Omri Casspi
Jordan Farmar Jordan Farmar Maccabi Tel-Aviv (cropped).JPG
Jordan Farmar
Gal Mekel Gal mekel.JPG
Gal Mekel



Hagar Finer Hagar Finer 2.jpg
Hagar Finer
Yuri Foreman Yuri Foreman.jpg
Yuri Foreman
Dmitry Salita Dmitry Salita.jpg
Dmitry Salita
Cletus Seldin Cletus Seldin.jpg
Cletus Seldin


Jessica Fox Jessica Fox 2016.jpg
Jessica Fox
Shaun Rubenstein ShaunRubenstein.jpg
Shaun Rubenstein


Michael Klinger Michael Klinger.jpg
Michael Klinger



Margie Goldstein-Engle MargieGoldsteinEngle.jpg
Margie Goldstein-Engle


Eli Dershwitz Eli Dershwitz 2015 WCh SMS-IN t122900.jpg
Eli Dershwitz
Yuval Freilich Trevejo v Freilich Fencing WCH EMS-IN t084538.jpg
Yuval Freilich
Delila Hatuel hsyypt dlylh KHtvAl.jpg
Delila Hatuel
Helene Mayer Stamps of Germany (BRD) 1968, MiNr 564.jpg
Helene Mayer
Soren Thompson Soren Thompson Trophee Monal 2013 n02.jpg
Soren Thompson

Field hockey

Giselle Kanevsky Giselle Kanevsky.jpg
Giselle Kañevsky

Figure skating

Max Aaron Max Aaron - 2013 U.S. Championships.jpg
Max Aaron
Sasha Cohen Sasha Cohen 2009 SOI Halifax Spiral.jpg
Sasha Cohen
Sarah Hughes Sarah Hughes.jpg
Sarah Hughes
Irina Slutskaya Rus-nat-Slutskaya2.jpg
Irina Slutskaya


Laetitia Beck 2013 Women's British Open - Laetitia Beck (1).jpg
Laetitia Beck
Morgan Pressel Morgan Pressel 2009-06-08.jpg
Morgan Pressel


Aly Raisman Aly Raisman Rio 2016b.jpg
Aly Raisman
Lilia Akhaimova Lilia Akhaimova RUS Floor.jpg
Lilia Akhaimova
Linoy Ashram Captura-de-Pantalla-2020-11-30-a-las-09.23.18-1024x677.png
Linoy Ashram

Ice hockey

Andre Burakovsky Andre Burakovsky playing with the Avalanche vs Islanders on January 6, 2020 (Quintin Soloviev).jpg
André Burakovsky
Jakob Chychrun Jakob Chychrun 2019-11-11.jpg
Jakob Chychrun
Adam Fox Adam Fox.jpg
Adam Fox
Zach Hyman Zach Hyman 2017-12-09.jpg
Zach Hyman
Luke Kunin Luke Kunin at Minnesota Wild open practice at Tria Rink in St Paul, MN (1).jpg
Luke Kunin
Nate Thompson Nate Thompson (26037539290).jpg
Nate Thompson
Jason Zucker Zucker (8442884581).jpg
Jason Zucker


Oren Smadja Oren Smadja.jpg
Oren Smadja
Arik Ze'evi Ariel Ze'evi (ISR) 2004.jpg
Arik Ze'evi
Alice Schlesinger Alice Hester Elizabeth Schlesinger.jpg
Alice Schlesinger


Mixed martial arts


Francois Cevert Francois Cevert 1973.jpg
François Cevert
Lance Stroll Lance Stroll 2017 Malaysia 2.jpg
Lance Stroll


Rugby league

Albert Rosenfeld Albert Rosenfeld.jpg
Albert Rosenfeld

Rugby union

Zack Test Zack Test 2014 (cropped).jpg
Zack Test


Jo Aleh Jo Aleh MNZM (cropped).jpg
Jo Aleh
Gal Fridman Gal Fridman (ISR).jpg
Gal Fridman
Shahar Tzuberi Shahar z.jpg
Shahar Tzuberi
Yoav Cohen Yoav Cohen, June 2021 (GPODBG 3895) (cropped).jpg
Yoav Cohen



Skiing and snowboarding

Speed skating



Anat Lelior Anat Lelior in 2017.jpg
Anat Lelior


Anthony Ervin Anthony Ervin at start of 50m free (27023743703).jpg
Anthony Ervin
Amit Ivry Amit Ivry 1.JPG
Amit Ivry
Katie Ledecky Katie Ledecky Golden Goggle Awards 2018.jpg
Katie Ledecky
Jeremy Reingold Jeremy Reingold Former World 200m Swimming Individual Medley Record Holder.jpg
Jeremy Reingold
Mark Spitz Mark Spitz 1972.jpg
Mark Spitz
Claire Weinstein Claire Weinstein 2019.jpg
Claire Weinstein

Table tennis


Avishag Semberg Avishag Semberg in 2020.jpg
Avishag Semberg


Madison Brengle Madison brengle cincy 2008.JPG
Madison Brengle
Camila Giorgi Camila Giorgi in the 2019 Bronx Open (cropped).jpg
Camila Giorgi
Aslan Karatsev Karatsev MCM22 (27) (52036927495).jpg
Aslan Karatsev
Shahar Pe'er Shahar Peer (5989571076).jpg
Shahar Pe'er
Diego Schwartzman Schwartzman EBN17 (7) (35716376102).jpg
Diego Schwartzman
Dudi Sela Dudi Sela Israel tennis championship 2008 2.jpg
Dudi Sela
Denis Shapovalov Shapovalov RG22 (26) (52144052686).jpg
Denis Shapovalov

Track and field

Danielle Frenkel Israel track and field championship 2011 Danielle Frenkel 01.JPG
Danielle Frenkel
Steven Solomon Steven Solomon.JPG
Steven Solomon



Alix Klineman 2019-07-06 BeachVolleyball Weltmeisterschaft Hamburg 2019 StP 0520 LR by Stepro (cropped).jpg
Alix Klineman

Water polo



Grigoriy Gamarnik Grigoriy Gamarnik at the height of his career.jpg
Grigoriy Gamarnik

Professional wrestling

Jewish sports halls of fame

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