Born on March 3, 1944, Yoram Jerrold Kessel, known as the man with a unique insight who helped to introduce cricket to Israel, and contributed massively to it. It was because of Jerrold’s keen enthusiasm for sports that he was not only good at playing a wide range of games but was also the captain of the Israeli national cricket team on three occasions, including when the team first appeared in the World Cup associate member play in 1979.
Jerrold Kessel Early Life, Career Development, Nationality, Ethnicity
Jerrold played for the team in the International Cricket Council Trophy from 1979 to 1990. He toured England in 1974, as a captain in 1979, 1982, and 1990, when the Israeli team won their first ever match in the ICC trophy against the Argentine team.
When Kessel was at the age of 17, he immigrated from Johannesburg to Israel. He attended the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and studied history, English literature, and librarianship.
Jerrold Kessel Career Details
Jerrold Kessel is alluded to as one of the leading English-language journalists of Israel. With a passion for history, sports, and politics, Jerrold’s media career spanned over four decades in radio and television. His career as a journalist took off in the late 1960s as a news reader and editor at Israel Radio. From 1990 to 2003, he worked as a reporter at the Middle East for CNN from its Jerusalem bureau. He worked for Israel Radio in the first instance, the Jerusalem correspondent for the London Jewish Chronicle, and the Jerusalem Post before joining CNN as an on-air correspondent in 1990. There was a time in 1990 when a considerable number of journalists left the paper because of an issue of editorial freedom, Jerrold was then offered the editorship, yet he declined.
While working for CNN, Jerrold achieved an international reputation on camera and became an easily recognizable figure because of his iconic white beard. He managed to cover some very significant events that affected Israel, like the Oslo Accords. Jerrold became the face of CNN in Israel when global television news was in its early stages. And made fans from all across the globe. He then left CNN in 2003 and started working as a producer soon after and co-produced an independent television program.
Jerrold Kessel loved his family dearly. He and his wife Lorraine built a lovely home with their son Michal and four grandchildren, who have all been subsidiary in all his success.
Through continuous efforts, repeated day in and day out, Jerrold Kessel made it big in his life. Limitations were not something Jerrold knew of. With his passion and imagination, he made his possibilities limitless.
He is the man likewise notable for authoring the book of soccer. He also wrote a sports column, “The Sakhnin Diaries, for, “Haaretz”, the daily newspaper that looked into the more extensive social importance of sports and the frequently recommended approaches that can improve the games, and was later turned into a documentary film.
He also had a weekly sports column, “On the Couch” in Haaretz English Edition. In his last several weeks, Jerrold invited readers to send him their, “dream teams”. He was the man who firmly believed in impartiality for all. His last column was published a week before his death in 2011. In his last section, which he composed when he was too frail to even type, Jerrold, presents his own, “dream team”. A rundown that includes not just extraordinary athletes who have accomplished everything there is to accomplish in their picked fields, but also the individuals who have contributed most to mankind, to Israeli society, and to sporting values.
Jerrold Kessel Death
After a long battle with cancer, on the 24th of February of 2011, Jerrold Kessel passed away. At that time, he was 65 years old. Even when Jerrold was suffering, he stayed optimistic. He used to wisecrack, that he was playing for a draw. It is when a team is playing only to avoid defeat but knows it can not win.
During his last times, he would even have a laugh saying that the fielders were closing in around the bat, which meant that he knew the game was almost coming to an end. It was remarkable how he stayed brave throughout his illness and never lost sight of what he loved to do.