Tamir Goodman and Judy Horwitz Goodman

Tamir Goodman, dubbed “The Jewish Jordan” by the media, captivated the public’s attention with the intriguing combination of devout faith and basketball prowess on the court. Tamir made history as the first Jewish basketball player to play D-I college and professional basketball while faithfully wearing a yarmulke on the court and without playing on the Jewish Sabbath. The media was there to document every twist and turn of Tamir’s career with feature reports in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, and on ESPN, CNN and Fox, among many others. Since retiring from playing in 2009, Tamir has established his reputation as a sought-after motivational speaker, coach, and educator. He is also the founder and director of the non-profit Coolanu Israel, creator and CEO of Sport Strings Tzitzit, partner in the Omri Casspi Basketball Camps, and the inventor of several basketball training aids. Tamir is a former soldier in the Israeli Defense Forces, holds a B.A. in communications, and is the father of four kids. For more information about Tamir, follow Tamir on twitter @tamirgoodman, like his Facebook page, or contact him through his website: TamirGoodman.com

Judy Horwitz Goodman was an outstanding competitive runner who opted not to train or race on the Jewish Sabbath. She completed a year of national service in Israel and went on to earn her BA and MA in English Literature from Bar Ilan University. Today Judy is the marketing director of the non-profit Coolanu Israel and of Sports String Tzitzit. She is also a freelance writer and a blogger for TamirGoodman.com. Judy is a mother of four kids; in her sparse free time she enjoys running, reading, writing, movies and cooking. Contact Judy at judy@tamirgoodman.com