While walking at the lake, yesterday, I saw a man in a red kayak, gliding across the water. For some reason, I began to wonder if there were any Jews who were well-known in the kayaking world.
I know my father would often go kayaking at Prospect Lake in Brooklyn or Central Park in New York City. But, he wasn’t a famous individual. Famous to me, YES, to the world of kayaking, NO.
I came home and did a search for “Jews and kayaking”. The Jewish Virtual Library lists four men who have earned world recognition for their efforts in the sport. Their biographies regarding kayaking include the Olympics and other world kayaking events, that put them at the top of the field.
This article caught my eye: Immanuel Braverman, a Holocaust survivor, also kayaked white-waters.
Did you know that about 8,000 Jews were smuggled out of Denmark, and many were on kayaks.
Please excuse the graininess of the photos. I had to zoom my lens in quite a bit in order to get the captures.