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Siegman, Joseph

Pillar of Achievement - 1990

Joe Siegman founded the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1979. Two years later, in July, 1981, the entity added the word "International", and the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Museum was dedicated at the Wingate In-stitute of Physical Culture and Sport in Netanya, Israel.

Siegman served as Chairman of the lJSHOF during its first decade (through 1989), and continues on as Chairman of the Hall of Fame's Selection Committee.

In 1992, SPI Books, New York, published “The International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame”, the first in a series of four volumes authored by Siegman. Subsequent books, titled “Jewish Sports Legends”, were published in 1997 and 2001 by Brassey’s, Inc. (London) and 2005 by Potomac Books (Potomac, MD.).

A television producer-writer, Siegman won the 1989 U.S. Open Pairs Lawn Bowls Championship (with Lee Bain), and captured the U.S. Championships Pairs title (with Neville Sacks) in 2002. He has also been manager of numerous U.S. national lawn bowls teams since 1991.

The Chicago-born University of Illinois graduate holds the distinction of competing in five consecutive World Maccabiah Games. In 1973, he was a member of the U.S. Maccabiah Cricket Team. In 1977, 1981, 1985 and 1989 he was a member of the United States Maccabiah Lawn Bowls Team. He also served as Chairman of the 1977, 1981, 1985 and 2005 Maacabiah bowls teams.

Joe has been active with Maccabi USA/Sports For Israel (sponsors of USA Maccabiah Teams) since 1973, and was MUSA's Western Regional Vice-President and/or a member of the organization's Administrative Committee through most the 1970's-80's.

In 1982, he wrote and produced “Two Weeks to Experience, A Lifetime to Remember”, a documentary film about the Maccabiah Games. Among his professional sports-related projects, Joe produced the Los Angeles Dodgers’ annual Hollywood Stars Game at Dodgers Stadium from 1964 through 2003.

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